Friday, 19 July 2013

Street Food: What's the Big Deal?

Montreal has its first street food trucks this summer at various sites around the city  There's been a lot of comment, most of it favourable, about the 27 trucks that move from location to location. 

I, however, think they are an aberration.  They make a lot of noise because they constantly must run a generator to keep their equipment working, they are NOT aesthetically pleasing, and they offer nothing like the refreshment afforded by sitting down in shade with even the simplest of snacks.

This morning when out walking I passed one filling its proprane tanks at a service station.  Just around the corner a local terrace was opening up, offering coffee and croissants to eat sitting down beside a couple of flower boxes. 

There's no question where I'd stop to grab a bit to eat.

When the novelty wears off, it will be interesting to see just how many trucks find steady business.

1 comment:

lagatta à montréal said...

Some of them are cute, actually, but they are an environmental aberration and superfluous in all the places I've seen them.

And so many feature bacon + bacon and other "decadent" rich, fatty ingredients. I'm not a vegetarian, but too much of that stuff doesn't strike me as good for the body - it is easy to make things taste good with bacon; takes more skill to make something appealing and at least reasonably healthful...

The food problem at a lot of festivals derives more from restrictions on people bringing their own victuals... to increase profits.

Around here I can find empanadas (meat, fish and vegetarian varieties), Armenian-Lebanese flatbreads and savoury pastries and many other reasonably-priced things to takeaway and eat at one of the nearby parks.