Food Truck Etiquette- The Do's and Don'ts of Mobile Dining

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Although they are nothing new, food trucks have exploded in popularity over the last two years. It seems like every foodie-driven city has a Twitter Feed filled with mobile dining options and equally long lines to match. And while these on-the-go options are redefining local street-fare and special events catering, there are some tips and tricks to be sure you have the best experience possible.

Below are a few of my unofficial food truck do's and dont's, feel free to contribute in the comment section.

  1. Do the Research
    Consult your local A&E media for the lowdown on your food truck options. Browse Twitter to find their location and scope out Yelp for the dirt on whether or not your chosen target is the right one for you.

  2. Cash, Credit or Both?
    Not every truck will take cards. Before waiting in line, stop at an ATM for some cash just in case. There's nothing worse than waiting for 20 minutes only to discover they don't accept credit cards. Also, if you arrange for a food truck to cater your event, find a way to let guests know if the experience is complimentary or if they will need to pay for their meals.

  3. Patience is the virtue
    The lines can be long but be kind to those working inside those small, hot kitchens. It's not their fault they're the popular kids on the block. They're working at lightening speed to deliver the goods, don't let the frustration of waiting and a drop in blood sugar spoil an otherwise fun experience for everyone around you.

  4. Decisions, decisions
    Make sure you know what you want before you reach the window. There should be enough time in line to narrow it down and when you're there, go easy on the custom orders. This may mean food trucks aren't the way to go for pickier eaters. Use this as a chance to broaden your culinary horizons so going with the flow is key.

  5. Don't Forget to Tip
    Just like in any other restaurant, you want to show the staff some love. You don't have to go overboard but it's still important to tip.

  6. Clean it up
    If you have trash, throw it away or recycle. If you spill chipotle aioli, wipe it up. If they're out of forks, kindly ask for more. It's all about creating a happy eating community.

Happy food trucking!

Ada Walton

Digital Content Editor
Meetings + Events Magazine

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