Frites Street Food Truck Serves Belgian Fries With Scratch-Made Toppings

Chloe Nordquist
The Poutine EntreƩ with sherry gravy, smoked cheese curds, and pickled red onions.
A new food truck has rolled into town, and it goes by the name of Frites Street. Combining Belgium frites with homemade sauces and toppings, the truck operators pride themselves on their 100 percent homemade menu.

"If it's on our menu, we made it," says co-owner Braden Jones. "If you want to make good food, you gotta make it yourself."

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Yaya's Tacos Brings Gluten-Free and Paleo-Friendly Mexican Food to Metro Phoenix

Courtesy Yaya's Tacos
Esteban and Lizz Garcia with daughter Yasenya.
For the health-conscious, Mexican food is often reserved for a "cheat day." A new food truck to hit Valley streets is out to change that. Yaya's Tacos bills itself as Arizona's first gluten-free and Paleo-friendly truck, and it might be headed to a Crossfit gym near you.

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El Lorito in South Phoenix Sells Real Street Tacos -- and More

Natalie Miranda
A chicken quesadilla and an al pastor street taco from El Lorito.
All over town, Mexican restaurant menus offer "street style" tacos. Somehow everyone accepts them as street tacos -- and we don't understand why.

It's time to put the spotlight back on the real street taco, the kind you buy off a taco truck. It didn't take much searching for us to find not only some of the best street tacos, but some of the best Mexican food we've had in a while -- and it all came off a food truck that's been parked near the northeast corner of Broadway and 7th Avenue in Phoenix.

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Focoso Serves Wood-Fired Neapolitan Pizza from a Food Truck

Heather Hoch
Jessie and Robert Gall have something special (and blue) inside their food truck, Focoso.
Robert and Jessie Gall have named their oven Blue. Not everyone names their kitchen equipment, but Blue isn't your ordinary oven. Should you get the chance to see Blue, which isn't out of the realm of possibility because Focoso customers are often invited on board the food truck, you'll instantly understand why the husband and wife team behind Focoso are so enamored with the oven.

The Valoriani oven, which is bright blue, was made in Italy from terracotta bricks that were salt cured in the Mediterranean. The $10,000 piece of equipment takes up about one third of the space inside the truck. From this beautiful wood-burning oven to the pizzas that come out of it, the Galls are committed to crafting Neapolitan pizza the right way.

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From Food Trucks to Food Halls: The Future of the Food Truck Scene in Phoenix

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Ando Muneno
What's next for food trucks in Phoenix?
It's been years since food trucks exploded onto the mainstream dining scene. Three years ago they were all the rage, spawning television shows, cook books, and festivals all over the country. In 2011 the Phoenix Street Food Coalition counted less than ten members; today there are more than 60 trucks in the group. And new trucks are applying every week.

But is this trend doomed? Can it really last in a city where summers mean 104 degree heat outside and temperatures as high as 150 inside a food truck? I set out to get some answers and an idea of what the future of street food might look like in the Valley.

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Catch the Maine Lobster Lady Today -- Or Wait Until Next Year

Evie Carpenter
The lobster roll from the Maine Lobster Lady
We love all our local food trucks, but when it comes to fresh seafood options of the mobile variety, there's really nothing better than the Maine Lobster Lady. The only problem? She skips town when things get hot (smart woman) and therefore cuts off our supply of super-fresh lobster rolls all summer.

So if you want to get one last bite of salty, sweet lobster before this truck hits the road, you'll need to act fast. The Maine Lobster Lady will be making just two more stops before closing up shop for the season.

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Aioli Gourmet Burgers: Tom D'Ambrosio Brings Fancy Burgers to the Phoenix Streets

Lauren Saria
The Italiano Burger from Aioli Burger
Like burgers? So do we -- particularly when they feature ingredients like white truffle aioli, homemade falafel, and applewood bacon onion jam.

And the best part is that you don't have to head to a sit-down restaurant to get these kinds of gourmet burgers anymore. A new food truck, Aioli Gourmet Burgers and Catering is bringing them to you via food truck. The truck, started by three friends, centers on the work of chef Tom D'Ambrosio, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

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New Food Truck Alert: Comfort Cravings Hits Phoenix

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Comfort Cravings serves great Phoenix and surrounding areas in their refurbished 1966 van.

A new food truck is here to comfort the masses of Phoenix -- with comfort food.

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PHOTOS: Street Eats Food Truck Festival 2014 at Salt River Fields

Evie Carpenter
The tower of loaded chips from Tom's BBQ Pig Rig.
The Street Eats Food Truck Festival, held annually at Salt River Fields, has become a proving ground of sorts for Valley food trucks. The longer your line, the better you're doing tapping in to the local scene. The shorter your line, well . . .

On Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26, an estimated 25,000 people showed up to taste the food from more than 50 food trucks. Chow Bella was there to get a taste of this year's hottest trucks, including the Maine Lobster Lady.

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Street Eats Food Truck Festival at Salt River Fields on January 25 and 26; Here's the Lineup of Trucks

Diana Lustig
The long ribs plate from Montana Bar-B-Q Co. at last year's event.
By now you food truck fans should be gearing up for what's become the biggest food truck festival to hit the Valley each year. The Street Eats Food Truck Festival, presented by New Times, will bring more than 50 trucks from around Arizona and the country to Salt River Fields on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26. Attendees will also be able to catch live music, eating contests, and cooking demonstrations.

So you want to know what trucks will be strutting their stuff? Read on.

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