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Indian Food Truck?

Posted by RPP 3 Mar 2010 47 Comments

According to this post in the Carpe Durham forums (which more people should use!), there is a new Indian food truck parking outside Sam’s.

Anyone have more info?


  • LD said:

    Oooh, need more information on this ASAP. Hours? Menu? How exciting!


    TSQ75 replies on March 4th, 2010 at 9:40 am:

    i’m assuming Menu is whatever’s written on the bord on the side of the truck…like any good food wagon, you take your chances and show up. lol


  • Trey Ravalli said:

    The menu is not posted, but is pretty simple: Chicken Curry, Beef Curry, Masala Dhosa and Samosa Chaat – all $5 Dhosa and Chaat were very tasty. It took 5 minutes to prepare, but I was the only one there. Not sure what happens if a line forms. I don’t know the hours, but I was there at 11:45am.


  • Nando said:

    Is this the Sam’s Quick Shop at 1605 Erwin Rd in Durham?


    Sean Lilly Wilson replies on March 4th, 2010 at 12:22 pm:

    Nando -

    yep, that’s the location.


  • Janeen said:

    It must be moving elsewhere from time to time, surely. Also, any weekend sitings?


  • tinomuvonga said:

    This is why I miss living in Durham! Food trucks rock!


  • mclaugh said:

    Talked to the owner while I was waiting for my order (Samosa Chaat and Chana Dal).

    Sam’s is a trial location: he’s been there about a week, and if business goes well, he’ll stay put; otherwise, he’ll look for a new location.

    For now, Masala Dosa and Samosa Chaat are staples; other menu items change day by day (today’s items are Saag Paneer, Chicken Curry, and Chana Dal). All items are available regular or spicy. (Go for spicy: the emphasis is on flavor, not heat. It does have a bit of burn, but it’s not hot.) Portions are generous and quite tasty: definitely worth $5, and definitely worth a second (third, fourth, fifth, etc.) trip.


  • yvette said:

    We call it the Big Red Dosa Bus

    Masala Dosa
    Dosa served with spiced potatoes, coconut chutney, sambar
    all are delicious

    Samosa Chaat
    Chat is traditional indian street food, or fast food. The only place I previously knew to get chaat was Cool Breeze in Cary, near Udipi.

    The samosa chat from the Big Red Dosa Bus is tasty. It is two samosas, topped with chick peas, yogurt and sauce (green and flavorful, not spicy) and garnished with cilantro.

    The day we were there (sunday), the owner said he would try curry the next day, and indeed there were chicken and beef curry the next day. Being vegetarian, I have not tried them.

    We chatted a bit with the owner, saying how much we love dosa and how we usually drive to Sitar or Tower to get our fix. We used to like the dosa at Kebab & Curry, but they stopped serving them. The owner said he opened Kebab & Curry, he was a partner in the business, and when he left, so did the dosa.

    I must say, I think his dosa are superior to any we’ve had in the area. Though we do love dosa at both Sitar, Tower and Cool Breeze. They are crisp and almost lacy, the coconut chutney is a great compliment as is the sambar.


  • mmmyummy said:

    Stopped by Sam’s tonight around 6:30 but the bus wasn’t there. The people at Sam’s said the bus is usually there during the day (10am-3pm? if I remember correctly), but got kicked off the property today by the City for not having the correct permit (something along those lines). They weren’t sure when they’d see the bus again, but they figure not for a couple of days as permit issues get sorted out.

    in the meantime, i am sad. and in want of indian street food from a red schoolbus.


    Tooth replies on March 4th, 2010 at 11:13 pm:

    Red School bus?! Please tell me that this isn’t the Taqueria Rubio bus!


    mmmyummy replies on March 5th, 2010 at 12:59 pm:

    Don’t think so–saw Taqueria Rubio on Hillsborough Rd last night, looked the same.


    yvette replies on March 6th, 2010 at 1:27 am:

    dosa guy said something about renting the bus, so maybe it’s a dosa bus by day and taqueria rubio by night . . .

    TSQ75 replies on March 6th, 2010 at 8:39 pm:



    burgeoningfoodie replies on March 8th, 2010 at 3:21 pm:

    Wait why is that a bad thing? You worried about ethnicities mixing? Come on a dosa filled with al pastor? Or a taco filled with some chicken tinga?


    TSQ75 replies on March 8th, 2010 at 4:11 pm:

    um…the “NOO” was for the Truck being shut down by the Man

  • Gilgamesh said:

    When foodies fight…


  • LD said:

    I went by last week at around 5:15 & it wasn’t there. If anyone sees it open somewhere at dinner time, please let us know.

    It needs a twitter account like OnlyBurger has. VERY convenient for knowing where it is at all times.


  • Toby said:

    We ate at the big red dosa bus next to Sam’s Quik Shop (aka the Blue Light) a couple Sundays back. Food was delicious, if a bit slow in arriving — some problem with the stove I think. I’m pretty sure it is the Taqueria Rubia bus — I recall seeing that name somewhere on the bus. Hopefully, they’re sharing it.


    Tooth replies on March 10th, 2010 at 10:03 am:

    I guess it makes sense that the Taqueria Rubio folks are renting the bus out during daytime hours. I read an article in the Duke Chronicle recently that mentioned how taquerias and other Mexican businesses in the area are hurting in these economic conditions. The article is here:



  • JB said:

    Has the big red dosa bus returned? Any sightings or updates? I’ve been out of town, but I was really looking forward to trying it out next week…


  • mmmyummy said:

    Still at Sam’s Quik Shop, spotted at both lunch (12:30) and dinner time (5:30).


  • enw said:

    Had samosas, dosa, and chicken tikka masala tonight from the Red School Bus at Sam’s Quick Shop. Even better, I went in and got some Highland Ale while my food was prepared. Good price and a really nice, up front unique spicing on the food. The lentil dal that came with the tikka masala had a particularly unique spice blend.


  • Donny said:

    Any word on a Twitter, Facebook or website for times when open?


  • Kaija said:

    I ate there on Friday (masala dosa…fantastic!) and they said they will be there from about 11:30 to 8 most days of the week. All permits are done and they will be a fixture at Sam’s! :)


  • Tooth said:

    I stopped by the “Indian Food On Wheels” bus this past Saturday afternoon. I ordered the masala dosha ($5.00) and my lady had the samosa chaat ($5.00). The dosha was good and, because of the tater factor, super filling. The real winner though was the samosa chaat. Really tasty and a more than a little spicy because we ordered it “extra hot”. After eating my dosha and some of the samosa chaat at noon, I wasn’t hungry for the rest of the day. Long live Indian Food On Wheels!


  • Sant said:

    okay, I got the scoop on this place. He used to run Indian restos in NYC. Then he came to work in the kitchen at Sitar (his wife and the wife of one of the owners at Sitar are sisters). After being repeatedly approached by a Pakistani fellow (he is Begali from Calcutta but moved to Bombay when he was 6) they became partners at Kebab & Curry House. I won’t give details but they had a falling out and now a lawsuit is involved. So while that is going on he has undertaken this endeavor. He is hoping to raise enough capital to start his own resto eventually.

    As for his food, as a fellow Bengali, I think his spicing is great. He is looking to expand his menu in the near future (pani puri, bhel puri, and other Indian street foods for example). He says lunch time is a bit slow but gets good business in the evenings. I hope this guy makes it because he may be offering things that are hard to get at other Indian joints.


    CA replies on May 2nd, 2010 at 9:24 am:

    Hmmm….then this is the guy that was at a Taste of India in Raleigh before it changed hands/became less good. If so, I must track down the bus. The food at the place in Raleigh (before he left) was amazing!!


  • talos4 said:

    Yay!! Thanks for the update, Sant. Pani Puri is one of my favorite things, quintessential Indian street food. I visited the Indian/Mexican Red Bus a few days ago and had the Samosa Chaat. It was excellently spicy and went well with the hot-ass weather that day. I encouraged the owner to get on Twitter ASAFP, but he said he wanted to continue testing the waters for a few months. I’ll keep pestering him about it.


  • CA said:

    I had a chance to stop last night – and he is the former owner of A Taste of India in Raleigh. Great food, and a really nice owner. Currently planned hours are 11 – 7 or 7:30 7 days a week. So glad to be able to get a really good Indian Food fix locally.


  • CS said:

    Finally drove by Sam’s when the bus was there yesterday. Awesome food! I’ve felt that Sitar has gone downhill in terms of quality over the last 5-10 years (though I love their Chicken 65), have never liked Dale’s and think Kabob and Curry House, while tasty, has far too small portions for the money…The bus fills a sorry Durham gap!

    The samosa chaat–as others have mentioned–was very good, as was the aloo tiki chaat. Chicken curry was good, but I thought the saag paneer was absolutely fantastic. Probably the best I’ve had in the US. Dinner for two was $11. I will definitely be back.


  • MP said:

    Just had lunch from Indian Food on Wheels…fantastic! Samosa chat was incredible and the chicken curry was also good. He threw in a sample of the vegetable korma which was also quite good. Total cost for all, including a generous serving of basmati rice…$10. What a deal! I am VERY happy about this addition to Durham’s food scene!


  • lm said:

    I had the aloo tiki chaat last week, and was so impressed! I almost returned for another order the next day…


  • hillary said:

    so is the truck there at sam’s m-f 10-3ish? might have to try this for lunch tomorrow. can’t wait!


    hillary replies on May 6th, 2010 at 3:07 pm:

    nevmind, now i see it is 7 days a week 11-7. awesome!


  • Jim said:

    Just visited the Indian Food Truck for the first time! I found it at the Sam’s Quick Mart at 2pm on a Wednesday.

    I had absolutely no idea what Aloo Tikki Chaat was when I ordered it, but figured I’d give it a shot…am I glad I did! It was absolutely delicious.

    Definitely one of the best Indian dishes I’ve had in the area…and at such a bargain price of $5. This will definitely become a regular lunch spot for me.


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  • Indian Food Truck said:

    Indian Food Truck — from tomorrow (August 2nd) for dinner, 6pm to 10pm. At 3301, Hillsborough Road (Advance Auto Parts Parking Lot), Durham, NC

    Lunch from 11am to 3pm — 807 E Main St, Durham, NC.

    ORDER BY PHONE! 919.452.2382

    Menu and Contact Info:http://sites.google.com/site/indianfoodtruck/

    Check us out on Twitter: http://twitter.com/indianfoodtruck


    Indian Food Truck replies on August 2nd, 2010 at 2:08 pm:

    That should be August 3rd


  • RobertG said:

    I took a look a the menu for this place and I’m disappointed that samosas are no longer on the menu. From the posts above, it seems the samosas were popular. Besides being one of the more recognizable/expected Indian treats, they are also very portable (seems like a good thing for a truck). I hope they start making ‘em again. In the meantime, I guess I’ll have to go to the sit-down Indian places to get what I want. RG


    sue vide replies on August 19th, 2010 at 12:31 pm:

    Spice Bazaar and Little India sell home made samosas @ $1 a piece. I like them better than ones from the Indian food truck because they have a bit of a (spicy) burn to them, but I wouldn’t turn down the ones from the food truck.


    TSQ75 replies on August 19th, 2010 at 1:55 pm:

    :O the guy at spice bazaar always charges me $2! grr!

    *but i keep getting them because they are delish and homemade*


  • JNB said:

    Stopped by the truck yesterday in the Nice Price parking lot & picked up 3 Indian tacos (pork, beef & chicken). The chicken was absolutely delicious! It’s test-run time for the tacos so please let the guy know if you like them or not. If he gets enough yes votes, they’ll stay.


  • Jessica said:

    Found the truck today at “Nice Price Bookstore” on Broad.

    The food was yummy but was $8 for the main dish (rice plus two “vege”- I got dahl and an aloo dish) then another $2 for bread. This seemed a bit high and when I got it home, there was a huge proportion of rice and less of the other dishes than I would have expected.

    $5 like mentioned in some of the other comments would have been a steal but I definitely did not feel like I got my money’s worth for $10, considering I could have gotten a lunch buffet for about that or just a little bit more elsewhere.


  • devi said:

    Any updates on his menu (especially veggie items)?


  • Jamilla said:

    Today we went out to find the the Only Burger truck at Summit Church and were pleasantly surprised be the indian truck being there as well, so I opted for that instead! The owner recommended his version on an inidan taco, available both in chicken and before, so I tried one of both. $3 each. Both were good, but the chicken one was especially good, with a smoky, well seasoned chicken that kept me wishing for more. Both tacos were a good size, bigger than the average taqueria taco you might get. I’ve eaten the tacos at the bulkogi truck, and one of these is probably equal to two of those. My only complaint is that they were both a little heavy on the raw onion, but other than that, great! I will be definitely be getting those again.


  • Mo said:

    Saw the Indian food truck on Broad St by the Bp gas station around 1pm


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