Street food coming to downtown Phoenix

[Source: Michelle Laudig, Phoenix New Times Chow Bella[/caption]

Phoenix isn’t exactly on a roll — yet. But a mobile street food revolution is slowly taking shape here.

Photo courtesy of Torched Goodness via Phoenix New Times

Stringent laws in Valley cities have made it hard for food cart culture to flourish locally, but a new group that calls itself the Phoenix Street Food Coalition is working to change that. Yesterday, the group announced its involvement with a new weekly event coming to the Phoenix Public Market, aMobile Food Court that will open for lunch every Friday starting October 1.

Elsewhere, there’s plenty of inspiration. There’s a huge cluster of food carts in downtown Portland, offering everything from meatball subs to sopapillas to Thai noodles. And in Los Angeles, locals follow their favorite vendors on Twitter to see which neighborhood they’re parked in at the moment. The phenomenon even has its own Food Network series, The Great Food Truck Race.

Once the Mobile Food Court starts up, you’ll be able to sample an excellent crepe from Truckin’ Good Food, bite into a gourmet hot dog from Short Leash Dogs, indulge in some creme brulee from Torched Goodness, and snack on homemade treats from other coalition members, including La Vida Locavore, Puro Sabor, FruFru Pops, Udder Delights, What’s Your Grind, and MF Tasty.


The Mobile Food Court will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday at 14 E. Pierce St., beginning Friday, October 1st.

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One thought on “Street food coming to downtown Phoenix”

  1. This is good news. I’m in LA right now and was in Portland during the Suns-Blazers playoff series. The street food culture in both cities was terrific. The City of Phoenix’s M.O. needs to go from “CYA” to “how can we make Phoenix awesome?”

    I can understand the worry about street food leaking into NIMBY neighborhoods that might freak out, but the City needs to figure out a way to allow street food along the Capitol Mall and in Central Phoenix from the tracks to Missouri and between the 7s at least.

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