August 27, 2013

Who's in the food truck fleet?

Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer

From tacos and vegan entrees to cupcakes and chicken and waffles, here's a guide to what food trucks are serving in Portland this summer:

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NOTE: ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MAY 8; UPDATED AUGUST 7.

EL CORAZON

Owners: April Garcia, Miles Perry, Laura and Joseph Urtuzuastegui

Location: Various, but look for them to make regular appearances at Spring and Temple streets and at Commercial and India streets

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. (on a rotating schedule).

Type of food: Mexican -- tacos, burritos, taquitos, tamales, Sonoran hot dogs and sides

Price range: $2.50 to $5.50; sides are $1

Their story: Los Angeles native April Garcia lived on the East Coast for several years before deciding, about a year and a half ago, to make Portland her home. About a year ago, she and her boyfriend were joined by her mother, Laura, and her mother's husband, Joseph Urtuzuastegui, a chef from Yuma, Ariz. The four of them have always dreamed of opening a Mexican restaurant together. El Corazon is the first step toward realizing that dream.

Track them down: elcorazonfoodtruck.com; Facebook.com/elcorazon 200-4801

Twitter @corazontweet 

WICKED GOOD TRUCK

Owners: Nate Underwood; food designed by Adam Alfter (formerly of Deux Cochon) and Chris McClay

Location: Home base, 154 St. John St.; the Portland truck is often parked on Commercial Street with a second one at Jones Landing on Peaks Island.

Hours: 7 to 10 a.m. for breakfast; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. lunch; late night starting at 10 p.m.

Type of food: The "wicked" half of the menu, designed by Alfter, will include chicken and waffles, frito pie, Philly cheesesteaks and breakfast sandwiches. The "good" half of the menu will be vegan dishes designed by McClay, owner of the Modern Vegan Cooking School.

Price range: Around $5 to $6 for the "wicked" side of the menu; vegan dishes will run $6 to $7.

Their story: Underwood started the venture to give his children experience in all facets of the business world. "My middle son will definitely be a chef," he said. "He has learned so much from watching Adam and Keith working on the truck."

Track them down: wickedgoodstreetkitchen.com; Facebook.com/wickedgoodtruck

Twitter @wickedgoodtruck

MAINELY BURGERS 2.0

Owners: Jack Barber and Ben Berman

Location: Home base, 108 St. John St. Regular parking spots include the corner of Congress and Pearl streets, next to City Hall.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. many days, but check Facebook for daily hours. Breakfast also served occasionally from 7 to 10 a.m.

Type of food: Similar menu as their Scarborough Beach truck, but will add sides such as roasted corn salad. Burgers that are customer favorites (the Mainah and the Beast) will always be on the menu, but they'll be rotating in some others they tried before and liked.

Price range: Burgers $5 to $8, all sides under $5.

Their story: Barber and Berman are childhood friends who reconnected in Boston while they were in college by sharing meals at restaurants and food trucks. When they discovered food trucks weren't allowed in Portland, they opened one at Scarborough Beach instead. (That one will open on Memorial Day and serve from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.) The business now has 15 employees, all Maine students.

Track them down: No website yet; Facebook.com/mainelyburgers

Twitter @MainelyBurgers

SMALLAXE

Owners: Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy

Location: Breakfast from their East Bayside location at 122 Anderson St., between Tandem Coffee Roasters and Bunker Brewing. Lunch served  in the Central Parking Services lot on Congress and Pearl streets, next to City Hall. 

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