Food trucks aren't just for big cities any more. They're a growing trend everywhere for restaurateurs seeking low entry costs and for consumers looking for affordable, authentic cuisine. In McMinnville,Ore., where the wine boom has elevated the food scene (and commercial rents) on every level, these are some of the mobile eateries that feed wine tourists and locals alike.
Omar's Mediterranean Grill, serving a fusion of West Asian and Southeastern European cuisine, is a regular fixture along the north side of McMinnville during the lunch rush and at the weekly Farmer's Market downtown.
Kate's Thai Cuisine, operated by first-generation Thai-American Kate Miller, doles out authentic Thai staples every weekday along Highway 99W.
Omar's is a family run business; Omar Ogsaen, son Brandon Ogsaen and daughter Christina Ginter work side-by-side in their small kitchen trailer.
Biscuit and Pickles is an offshoot of Chef Dustin Joseph's catering operation. Joseph's emphasis on fresh ingredients shows in these potato chips, made in-truck.
Joseph maintains a small staff to man his truck while he continues to cater. He hoops to expand to a second truck to visit festivals, fairs and other public events throughout Western Oregon.
“I love to cook and I want to educate all American people what authentic Thai food is,” Miller said. That education even extends to a bit of her country's culture, evidenced by the portrait of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej next to the pick-up window.
While Joseph's catering often focuses on highlighting the region's wine, his food truck debuted with a heartier menu to compliment their first host, Allegory Brewing's tasting room.