Wednesday, March 23, 2011 / 9 Comments / Restaurant Reviews , Santa Barbara
The Burger Bus Santa Barbara and The Gourmet Food Truck Phenomenon
My girls and I met our friends for lunch at the Burger Bus in Santa Barbara today. The Burger Bus serves up gourmet burgers and uses all local and high quality ingredients including grass fed free range beef, freshly baked local ciabatta rolls, and produce from the farmers market.
The kids clearly thought it was very cool to have lunch from a school bus.
We plopped down on the grass for an impromptu picnic fit for a princess.
Fresh yam fries and juicy burger with sweet grilled onions.
I love this concept of gourmet food trucks. A few years ago I would have never thought I could get anything other than fatty low quality food from the side of a truck. But in the last few years that has all changed. Kogi has been wildly successful with it's Korean BBQ truck in Los Angeles, as has Milwaukee's Streetza, a truck serving gourmet pizza. And Tropical Taco in Hanalei, Kauai will always hold a place in my heart as having the best and freshest crunchy beer battered fish tacos I have ever had.
Perhaps my favorite food truck, or trailer rather, is the vintage cupcake trailer from Enjoy Cupcakes in Los Olivos. Enjoy serves up ridiculously incredible wine infused cupcakes at weddings and parties. They also sell their cupcakes in Sarrloos tasting room. Let me just tell you, wine + cupcakes = the perfect food. Here's a typical Enjoy cupcake:
Chardonnay cake, filled with fresh pineapple curd, topped with chardonnay frosting and pineapple glaze
|Enjoy Cupcakes. Photos by Jose Villa|
Sprinkles has a cupcake truck too, but after Enjoy, their truck, and their cupcakes seem rather boring. Sorry Sprinkles, I still love your red velvet cupcakes and thank you for starting the cupcake craze.