Food trucks' constant mobility means they can be tough to account for, something that's made even more difficult for those poor CFAs by the fact that they rarely use receipts. Finally organizing the gastronomical madness: Roaming Hunger.
An LA go-to that's just decided Boston has enough food trucks to be worth their while, Roaming Hunger's e-tools (also accessible on their fresh iPhone app) track the city's burgeoning battalion of rolling eateries using "real-time tweets and calendars", because, as they say, "food tastes better eaten from a curb". Stomach-satiating highlights include:
City Map: This real-time Gmap (centered on your address and sortable by time of day/meal) rocks clickable icons that reveal truck locations, recent tweets, and how long they'll be parked in a specific spot, though given how tough it is to parallel those things, they'd be silly to ever move.
Alerts: Better yet, let the map come to you: just enter your phone number/ email, desired dining time, and the distance you're willing to shlep, and they'll drop you a text/email when your chosen truck pulls into your 'hood, unless your 'hood is The Jungle, in which case you've already been made aware by dudes flipping pigeons.
Book a Vendor: Get all assertive and use the site to book a truck to cater your next lunch, board meeting, or quinceanera by breezing through questions like "expected attendance" and "who will be paying", which again, considering the time it takes to go through their disorganized records, will always be "the truck's accountant".
Published: September 1, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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