As great as our food scene might be, Chicago does lag behind other culinary cities when it comes to mobile eats. Los Angeles, Austin and Portland put our food truck game to shame. But the city has looked to rectify that in recent years. It's been a little over three years since the first food truck summit, and on Monday, DCASE wrangled some wagons for an official City of Chicago Food Truck Rally.
Despite the cold weather, long lines formed in Daley Plaza, especially for the Fat Shallot sandwiches and Chicago Lunchbox's banh mi. The not-Tommy-Hawk Blackhawks mascot was there, as were marketing folks for Jon Favreau's new food truck movie. There were cupcakes and Chicago pizza. Because of course. Frankly, the plaza could have used more vehicles. Where were Chicago food trucks like the Roost? Lillie's Q? Hummingbird Kitchen?
There should be more food trucks in our Loop lunch lives soon, as Mayor Rahm announced last week that more defined food truck zones would be created downtown.