America is extremely diverse due to the large amount of different cultures. The origins of all these cultures and the convergence of these can be clearly seen in the food culture of America.
In America, people from all over the world have come together to share their culture and learn from each other. There are restaurants that serve phenomenally authentic Japanese or Indian food, but also places where there is a kind of fusion of different origins, such as Korean BBQ, a combination between Korean and American BBQ.
Food trucks are also an integral part of American food culture, but they only really became popular after the financial crisis of 2008, when many unemployed people decided to take a risk and start their own food truck business. It was much cheaper than a restaurant in a fixed location and less risky. The movie chef with Jon Favreau from 2014 is a free interpretation of that transition. The amount of food trucks increased exponentially, which also made the competition more intense and a food truck had to deliver high quality in order to compete. This article will highlight some of the most popular food trucks. Would you like to visit these food trucks during a vacation to America? Then you will also read in this article what you need to do to prepare your trip and how to apply for a visa, an ESTA America, to America. It is also important to be aware of the conditions for ESTA.
Luke’s Lobster, New York City
How does a former investment banker become a lobster roll restaurateur? The founder of Luke’s Lobster grew up in Maine, where his father worked as a fisherman and lobsterman. As a child, Luke Holden worked at the docks in the summer, but after graduating from Georgetown University, he moved to New York City to work as an investment banker. Unable to find a decent lobster roll that wasn’t too expensive, he decided to make and sell his own lobster roll in 2009.
Thanks to his father, Holden was able to buy directly from the fishermen in Maine, making sure the lobsters were fresh. Today, he sells lobster, crab and shrimp rolls, lobster grilled cheese sandwiches; and chilled lobster tail shells with cocktail sauce and butter.
Taco Truck, Hoboken, New Jersey
Taco Truck, which opened in 2009, serves authentic Mexican food, including Al Pastor Tacos (marinated pork, onion, coriander, pineapple, fresh green salsa), Avocado Tacos (crispy avocado, black beans, sesame seeds, pickled onions, tortilla fritas, chipotle salsa) and a Barbacoa Burrito(braised beef, onion, cilantro, roasted red salsa, red rice, black beans, Mexican crema), to name just a few dishes on their menu.
The owners stayed in Mexico for a while and designed the menu with the help of chefs from the region. The food truck can be found alternately in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Ms. Beautiful, Miami
It’s hard to say that grilled cheese isn’t the king of comfort food is. The owners of Ms. Cheezious, the Miami-based food truck company, certainly agrees. In December 2010, their first Ms. Delicious food truck in Miami with a modern twist on the grilled cheese sandwich. The offer includes grilled blue and bacon (crispy bacon with creamy blue cheese and green onion on sourdough bread) and that BBQ pulled pork melt (pulled pork with sharp cheddar cheese on Texas toast), and for dessert s’mores melt – roasted marshmallows, salted chocolate hazelnut spread and graham cracker crumble on sourdough bread.
Fukuburger Truck, Las Vegas
After making burgers in his grandfather’s sandwich shop during his childhood, Colin Fukunaga wanted to open his own business. In 2010, his mother noticed many taco trucks popping up in Los Angeles. Fukunaga wasn’t interested in tacos, he wanted to combine West Coast burgers with Japanese flavors. So on July 4, 2010, he opened his Fukubuger truck in Las Vegas, serving up burgers with toppings like wasabi mayonnaise, pickled red ginger and his secret “crack sauce.”
Kogi BBQ, Los Angeles
Roy Choi, the owner of this Los Angeles-based food truck company, is known in the industry as the godfather of the food truck movement. In 2008, he launched his first food truck in LA, where Korean and Mexican food merged into dishes such as spicy pork tacos and Kogi Kimchi Quesadillas.
He now has four food trucks running around Los Angeles, serving Asian rice bowls like chubby pork dish (kochujang lacquered pork with a fried egg, pickled radishes, vegetables, cotija and peanuts) and creme fraiche hen house (marinated grilled chicken with a fried egg, vegetables, sour cream sambal, Thai basil, toasted sesame and red chili pepper).
Apply for an ESTA
These 5 food trucks have revealed the secret of what it takes to succeed in this industry. Want to try all the goodies these food trucks have to offer? So plan a trip to the country of this amazing fusion of food cultures now. Don’t forget to apply for an ESTA America well in advance of departure. This digital travel permit is valid for two years and can be used indefinitely. Also read the conditions for ESTA, so that you are extra well prepared for your culinary journey.