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Have you heard? Food trucks are kind of the big thing in Dayton.
Dayton's food trucks are gathering this Friday in celebration of Urban Nights. At least half a dozen will be perched along RiverScape MetroPark from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. The food trucks have been raising a lot of hype, and the response is apparent; all of their Facebook walls are lined with expectant fans and 700+ have already said they'd be at the first rally of the city's mobile food base.
Working downtown, I've been able to visit (and review) a number of our newest mobile eateries, but I'll be honest with you, it's hard to keep up. Last fall it was easy to track all of them, but now there are too many in the works to keep tabs on. Everywhere you look, it seems like another one is springing up. And it's drawing a crowd.
Whether you're up for some outstanding local cuisine from Patrick Sartin's 'Harvest Mobile Cuisine,' or you want to relive the good old days with Richard "McNasty" Bell's mobile iteration of his former Vandalia restaurant, or you want to challenge the very limit of how much delicious flavor that can go into a hot dog with Zombie Dogz, one thing is clear: the food trucks are singularly reinventing cuisine in this town. They're bringing innovative new dishes and a business model that makes people take a special detour whenever one can be found nearby. Now, at last, here is your chance to see all of the best of the Dayton food scene together.
I've said it before, but ambitious young businesses like these are what really gets me going. They're not chains, they're not coming from another city. They're Dayton born and raised, and Dayton proud. I'm ecstatic to see the people of the city really flocking behind something that we can call our own.