Food Truck Roundup!
We support this city’s food truck community. We watched in excitement as Councilman Bill Peduto introduced a bill to help loosen up the strict regulations hurting the food truck presence in Pittsburgh. A bill that could help Pittsburgh attain the sort of food truck culture flourishing in cities like San Francisco, where entire food truck parks feature a school bus “bar” to provide libations along with food. Peduto’s bill, now fading out of Pittsburgh City Council, proposed to remove the ban on trucks parking in metered spots and also increased the time they were allowed to remain in one place from 30 minutes to 4 hours. The major point of contention is that it also removed the restrictions on parking within 500 feet of a restaurant selling similar food. When the bill died at the end of last year, Peduto unfortunately chose not to reintroduce it, due to the lack of support in City Council.
Regardless, the food truck community here continues to grow. Major brick-and-mortar restaurants have created food truck extensions, while some food trucks are independent, unique eateries. At the North Hills Food Truck Roundup last Saturday, your options included everything from raw sushi to cupcakes to vegan hot dogs. I had a great time exploring the options, and indulging in some pierogies on the grassy lawn. Check out the photos below of all the great vendors, and don’t miss the next one! We’re just hoping food truck roundups become a permanent event around here.
The next North Hills Food Truck Roundup will be held Saturday, April 27th at the Coffee Buddha on Rt. 19.