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Bull City Food Vendor Roundup

Posted by RPP 18 Jun 2010 26 Comments

It looks like there is another food truck event being organized:  Sunday, June 27 from 4-7pm at the Durham Farmers’ Market pavilion.

According to the Herald-Sun:

On the roster: Only Burger, Indian Food on Wheels, Bulkogi, Parlez-Vous Crepe, Mom’s Delicious Dishes, Kona Chameleon, and Locopops. What’s new: Liberacion Juice Station, Joe’s Diner hot dog cart, and possibly Fired Flour, a wood-fired pizza oven mobile.


  • TSQ75 said:

    ah…good location…SUCKS that i wont be here :(


  • Ryan said:

    Why aren’t any taco trucks involved (again)? Do they not want to participate..or have they not been asked? But very cool nonetheless.


    RPP replies on June 21st, 2010 at 3:27 pm:

    We are working on getting our favorite taco truck hooked up with the organizers. Stay tuned!


  • gabefarkas said:

    Any word if this is still on? I’m planning on going…


  • robertg said:

    The 2nd Roundup was great. The Farmer’s Market pavilion worked much better for this event than the Sam’s parking lot (Sam’s is an awesome place, just not good for this kind of thing). Excellent food was to be had by all. I don’t think the Bulkogi folks ever showed up though. -r


  • Joshua said:

    I just got back from the Food Truck event at Durham Farmers’ Market, and I was very disappointed. I was all excited about it and dragged my wife to the event. We were psyched to see everyone from the community out and dancing to the awesome DJ.

    We got in line at 6pm at OnlyBurger and spent *40 minutes* in line, only to find out that they ran out of burgers with four people in line in front of me and 15 people behind me.

    I was craving a burger after all of this, so I went to McDonald’s and got a Big Mac combo in all of 2 minutes.

    Yeah, I realize maybe people will say stuff like OnlyBurger is made out of real ingredients and McDonald’s all corporate and full of disgusting meat and all that, but can a burger really be worth a 40 minute wait? I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to ever find out… The whole thing was so http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/


    Joe replies on June 27th, 2010 at 10:04 pm:

    “I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to ever find out”… umm … didn’t your McDonald’s hamburger in essence take about 45 minutes total (40 minutes in line then 2 minutes for food and a couple minutes travel time between locations)? So I guess the answer is yes you do know what one tastes like as you easily could’ve avoided the 40 minutes by going straight to McDonald’s. Should be thankful weren’t at the first event when every vendor ran out of food in about an hour and a half. As to not being able to try OnlyBurger, there are plenty of opportunities available to you. OB makes a very regular route around the Durham area and is working on opening a brick/mortar store fairly soon. Just follow them on Twitter and you’ll know each morning where the truck will be that day http://twitter.com/onlyburger.


    KW replies on June 27th, 2010 at 11:00 pm:

    If you want to try something different, something locally owned, something freshly sourced, something in finite supply at an event with an unknown demand, well then you run the risk of things not going exactly as planned.

    If you want something that’s the same every time, something that’s not freshly sourced, something that comes from a freezer, that won’t decay let alone go bad, that won’t run out because it’s from a box that is delivered by an 18-wheeler every week, then by all means go to McDonald’s. It’ll be the same consistently crappy burger every time, it’ll arrive to you in around the same amount of wait time every time. And maybe in your life, that’s as much excitement that you’ll allow yourself.

    You won’t be supporting your local community where almost every cent of your money is going back into it, you won’t be taking part of an event that brings the city together, and you won’t get the opportunity to enjoy one of the best burgers in the Triangle.

    Oh well, that’s your choice. But please do this. Put yourself in their shoes. They’re serving burgers out of a truck. They get slammed. They run out of burgers because there’s no way to know how many they’re going to sell. It happens. What are they supposed to do?


    DID replies on June 28th, 2010 at 1:59 pm:

    Hey – Only Burger is at Sam’s Quick Stop tonight – usually Only Burger takes about 7 minutes. Worth following on twitter to keep up with where the truck will be each day for lunch and dinner. And they are opening a brick and mortar spot behind target sometime this summer. We’ll update you when this happens.


    Cindy Lewis replies on July 1st, 2010 at 9:27 am:

    Well, “behind Target” is technically true, but Only Burger’s upcoming brick/mortar locale is at the refacaded (new word) Shannon Plaza, home to the Post Office, on Shannon Road (where there’s also a sit-down Pop’s Back Door).


    burgeoningfoodie replies on June 28th, 2010 at 3:48 pm:

    I’m sure you had other things going on on a Sunday. But why did you wait until 6pm to get inline for one of the most popular trucks in Durham? It took me awhile to get through the line for this too, but I expect 10-15 mins on a made to order hamburger (once ordered). Five Guys is almost the same as far as time and burgers. Funny the one in SouthPoint mall is slow, but the other branches are pretty quick. I suggest seeking it out at non-rally locations or come early and just get in the line at 4. If you’ve had some of this countries great burgers, I wouldn’t expect something that displaces your favorite all-time burger, but it is one of the best ones in the triangle. Maybe Wimpie’s should get a truck.


    Laura replies on July 26th, 2010 at 10:36 am:

    That’s just too bad that your experience was so poor. I wish you’d been able to come earlier so you could really get a chance to see what an outstanding burger onlyburger is. I follow that truck around like it’s the grateful dead and I’m a deadhead. It’s the only reason I signed up for a twitter account. Even my husband follows it on his phone! Crazy! Maybe next time you’ll be able to get there early and see what we all love about this business.


  • 9/9 said:

    Sad not to see Bulkogi there.


    burgeoningfoodie replies on June 28th, 2010 at 3:45 pm:

    I agree!


  • pork chop express said:

    Dear OnlyBurger,

    Could you please swing by my house, put the burger in my mouth, and move my jaw in a chewing motion.



    Get over yourself, dude. If you showed up at 6pm, during the last hour of the event, then you’ve only got yourself to blame for coming up emptyhanded. My group of friends planned our whole Sunday eating schedule around this event so that we would be there roughly when it started. Imagine that, planning ahead for a widely publicized and popular event.


  • kfestus said:

    rgordon: “by all” ? by all I guess you mean “you” since obviously not everyone had a good time. I was there early too, and I agree with the advice that people need to be more responsible if they expect to get something. i mean these are ‘trucks’ people. there’s a finite amount of food that can fit on any one truck… if the thing is popular, it’s gonna run out… and on a judgmental note – dude, if your fallback for onlyburger is mcdonald’s, i don’t know if you understand what we’re trying to do with the whole ‘local food’ thing


  • burgeoningfoodie said:

    BBQ Truck will be showing up in the near future I believe.


  • Joshua said:

    Sheesh. Sorry to offend the gourmands out there. Just trying to post my experience at the event – I don’t think the event was all that fantastic – or to put it another way, plenty of room for improvement.

    I suspect Food Trucks are a fad.

    They seem great if you happen across them, but not sure they’re meant for planning a whole day’s worth of eating in order to secure a “coveted” spot in line for a $4 burger.

    I’m willing to give them another chance, but it’ll have to be a random occurance as I won’t be signing up for twitter in the near future.

    Curmudgeonly yours,


    JB replies on July 1st, 2010 at 9:28 am:

    I think Joshua has a point. I was also planning on going, but a friend called me before 6:00 to tell me the trucks were already starting to run out of food. I’m really happy that they got a great turnout, but it frustrates me that they advertise a three-hour event but can’t supply enough food for even the first 2 hours. (The same thing happened to me during the first Rodeo… after waiting in line for 45 minutes, the truck sold out to the person just ahead of me.)

    I’m all about supporting the local taco truck scene, but I think the sporadic Rodeos are not the best venue to serve the sudden, massive influx of customers. Food trucks just aren’t suited for the quick turnaround time needed to deal with so many people. I think a weekly Rodeo would be ideal so people wouldn’t feel the pressure to attend one single event. I’m sure it would be less stressful for both the truck owners and their customers.

    But until that happens, I’m going to give up on the Rodeos and just keep frequenting the trucks individually. Sadly, that means I won’t be able to experience trucks like Mom’s and Parlez-vous Crepes, since I can’t justify the gas to track them down in Raleigh and Carrboro.


  • TSQ75 said:

    another roundup at central park this sunday july 25. new monthly event? nice…



    judas_escargot replies on July 21st, 2010 at 7:13 am:

    I will definitely be there for the line dancing.


    Laura replies on July 26th, 2010 at 10:41 am:

    And it was oh so good! Props to Onlyburger, Parley Vous crepes and everyone else who got their trucks out there. The daisy cake cupcake vintage airstream was too cool for words but the heat sucked big time!


  • Res said:

    According to OnlyBurger’s twitter, there’s another food truck round-up tomorrow from 5-8pm. Has anyone else heard anything about this and know which trucks are coming?


    MP replies on August 28th, 2010 at 4:31 pm:

    Apparently its at CCB Plaza and there will be live music, too. Don’t know what trucks will be there, but I’ll be there to find out!


  • MP said:

    Looks like its Mavis Swan Poole performing. Indian truck and Don’s Italian Ice, it appears, will be elsewhere, but Only Burger and Bulkogi should be there.


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