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2012-10-04 03:24:53 PM
Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.
 
2012-10-04 03:36:32 PM
That's getting to be a really, really tired excuse

/typically used by cowards and liars
 
2012-10-04 03:36:43 PM
I've heard this argument before in other towns. It usually comes down to local restaurant businesses telling the town council to pretend the food trucks are a terror threat.

I don't know why they'd want to do that... nope. No idea.

It's a shame too. There are some pretty decent food trucks in Houston.
 
2012-10-04 03:42:36 PM
BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

//
 
2012-10-04 03:44:38 PM

cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

//


This time though, they're trying to specify which kinds of brown people.
 
2012-10-04 03:48:29 PM
Houston with it's famous lack of zoning laws decides to draw the line at food trucks? WTF Houston?
 
2012-10-04 03:52:50 PM
Dealing with this crap down here in New Orleans, too.  Though they haven't used the "terrorist" angle.  Yet.
 
And we have some awesome food trucks.
 
2012-10-04 04:01:28 PM

cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

//

 

What "brown people" are you referring to?
 
2012-10-04 04:03:26 PM
I think the excuse local restaurants use here in Raleigh is the food trucks don't have things like bathrooms and lower amount of employees so they have lower overhead and wahhhhhhhhhhh!

I'm not quite sure what leverage the restaurant owners have over local government though.
 
2012-10-04 04:06:57 PM

Dancin_In_Anson:
What "brown people" are you referring to?


Surely even you can't be that obtu - no, scratch that, you can.
 
2012-10-04 04:08:14 PM

kmmontandon: Surely even you can't be that obtu - no, scratch that, you can.


Did you RTFA?
 
2012-10-04 04:14:15 PM
I knew it! The local taco bus is being run by Osama Bean Laden as a front for Al Queso!
 
2012-10-04 04:15:26 PM

cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

//


i2.photobucket.com

There seems to be a pandemic of DNRTFA in here.
 
2012-10-04 04:25:09 PM

Vodka Zombie: It's a shame too. There are some pretty decent food trucks in Houston.


Can't throw a rock in this town without hitting a truck full of delicious tacos.
 
2012-10-04 04:27:50 PM
Look people, have you smelled the Grilled Cheese Truck? Have you? It could kill us all.


Nabb1: cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

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[i2.photobucket.com image 157x88]

There seems to be a pandemic of DNRTFA in here.


That has never stopped me before.
 
2012-10-04 04:29:22 PM
There are hundreds of explosions daily at the Taco Bell and they don't throw them out.
 
2012-10-04 04:30:17 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

// 

What "brown people" are you referring to?


Just because the article doesn't suggest what his true motivations might be doesn't mean we can't speculate.

So, he's either a dumbass or he has problem with Mexicans. Which would you prefer?

/yes, i rtfa
//realize he's brown, too
 
2012-10-04 04:34:44 PM

Diogenes: he has problem with Mexicans


dancininanson.net
 
2012-10-04 04:36:35 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: Diogenes: he has problem with Mexicans

[dancininanson.net image 235x163]


As I said, speculation.

So, dumbass it is! ;-)
 
2012-10-04 04:39:53 PM

Diogenes: Dancin_In_Anson: cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

// 

What "brown people" are you referring to?

Just because the article doesn't suggest what his true motivations might be doesn't mean we can't speculate.

So, he's either a dumbass or he has problem with Mexicans. Which would you prefer?

/yes, i rtfa
//realize he's brown, too


Hey, mister, other ethnicities sell food from a truck. Open your mind, man. If you want to see somewhere where they nixed foot trucks because they don't like Mexicans, that would be Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Fascists. I love taco trucks.
 
2012-10-04 04:42:41 PM

Nabb1: Diogenes: Dancin_In_Anson: cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

// 

What "brown people" are you referring to?

Just because the article doesn't suggest what his true motivations might be doesn't mean we can't speculate.

So, he's either a dumbass or he has problem with Mexicans. Which would you prefer?

/yes, i rtfa
//realize he's brown, too

Hey, mister, other ethnicities sell food from a truck. Open your mind, man. If you want to see somewhere where they nixed foot trucks because they don't like Mexicans, that would be Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Fascists. I love taco trucks.


Oh, man. We used to have the most awesome Cuban truck at work. She made the best picadillo I ever had.

Then they kicked her commie ass outta there!

/actually, she opened a restaurant
 
2012-10-04 05:02:31 PM
Those korean-mexican burritos cause me to fire off a few WMDs around the office.

/silent but deadly
 
2012-10-04 05:02:43 PM
Makes sense, the food cart pod a block from my place has Lebanese (aka Sand People) food.

/PDX foodcarts are pretty amazing - Thai Pasta is my absolute favorite.
 
2012-10-04 05:04:23 PM
Good, send 'em to Austin -- our Food Trucks are awesome!
 
2012-10-04 05:05:52 PM
The only thing I dislike about the houston food truck scene is that there are no non roach coach trucks near my office

I have been to Oh My Pocket Pies, those guys are good
 
2012-10-04 05:05:52 PM
Street food vendors are not allowed in downtown Houston because of laws passed years ago when scores of people were sickened from bad hot-dogs sold during a fair.
Now they're trying to block out all the trucks which are becoming more and more popular.
City health inspectors already make it difficult to operate the food trucks.
Food trucks have to dump their water in a specific location daily.
they are not allowed to be near chairs, but they must be within a certain distance of a bathroom...
 
2012-10-04 05:06:58 PM
To your bowels, maybe.
 
2012-10-04 05:07:04 PM
imageshack.us

The real threat isn't terrorism, it's COMMUNISM.
 
2012-10-04 05:07:06 PM

elchupacabra: Good, send 'em to Austin -- our Food Trucks are awesome!


is it not bad enough that ya'll seem to be stealing the music scene as well, but now the food trucks
 
2012-10-04 05:07:53 PM
Food Truck Terrorists would be a great name for a band.
 
2012-10-04 05:09:34 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Makes sense, the food cart pod a block from my place has Lebanese (aka Sand People) food.


Lebanese food trucks travel in straight lines to hide their numbers.
 
2012-10-04 05:09:42 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

Weapons of mass destruction.

www.laughoutnews.com
 
2012-10-04 05:10:32 PM

loonatic112358: is it not bad enough that ya'll seem to be stealing the music scene as well, but now the food trucks


Yep they took the Ton Tons, Robert Ellis and Rocky Moon and now they want our food trucks. Screw you Austin.
 
2012-10-04 05:12:16 PM
Easy solution. Taco trucks ok, falafel trucks no.
 
2012-10-04 05:12:40 PM

FloydA: I knew it! The local taco bus is being run by Osama Bean Laden as a front for Al Queso!


Well, after that food truck visits, there are reports of poison gas in the area. That and large explosions have been documented in area restrooms.
 
2012-10-04 05:15:03 PM

MrEricSir: [imageshack.us image 500x375]

The real threat isn't terrorism, it's COMMUNISM.




I still think it is stupid that they changed the name of that truck. Anyway I guess I support terrorism on a regular basis as I visit both TruckstopSF and Off The Grid all the time.
 
2012-10-04 05:15:53 PM
Our downtown welcomed them. Because, yes there food trucks, and there was also a free concert, and on a Thursday night they had 10x the amount of normal traffic in the area, and the restaurateurs were not stupid.
 
2012-10-04 05:15:55 PM

GBmanNC: think the excuse local restaurants use here in Raleigh is the food trucks don't have things like bathrooms...


Even if it could be done, do we really want to have food truck bathrooms?
 
2012-10-04 05:16:02 PM
 
2012-10-04 05:16:31 PM

loonatic112358: elchupacabra: Good, send 'em to Austin -- our Food Trucks are awesome!

is it not bad enough that ya'll seem to be stealing the music scene as well, but now the food trucks


Stealing the Music Scene? Wow, considering that the City Council seems to be trying its damndest to wipe out the live music in Austin (at least nickel-and-dime it to death), that's a laughable statement.

We may still be "Live Music Capital" blah blah blah but if that's the case, Live Music in general must be on its deathbed every where else.
 
2012-10-04 05:17:16 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

// 

What "brown people" are you referring to?


What a scary brown person in a food truck might look like:

www.foodieagogo.com
 
2012-10-04 05:17:55 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Makes sense, the food cart pod a block from my place has Lebanese (aka Sand People) food.

/PDX foodcarts are pretty amazing - Thai Pasta is my absolute favorite.


There are about 700 food carts in PDX. Surprised the whole city hasn't been decimated by Al Qaeda. Link 

/Cuban sandwich near the US Bank tower
 
2012-10-04 05:20:11 PM
Considering the explosion that often happens AFTER eating from a food truck, I can understand the need to be concerned.
 
2012-10-04 05:20:47 PM
CSB:

Many years ago I watched a Manhattan hot dog vendor take a leak in the alley behind the office building where I worked. His back was towards me and I watched, horrified, as urine pooled around his feet. After a lengthy whizz he vigorously shook his cock, stuffed it back into his pants, zipped up and then turned to see me, no doubt ashen-faced, as I had purchased numerous tube steaks from him. Perhaps by way of reassuring me, he exclaimed "Hey, I was careful!"

That was the last day I bought a hot dog on the street.
 
2012-10-04 05:21:04 PM
I lived in Seattle for a little while right by the Rancho Bravo Burrito truck in Wallingford. Great tacos. Then I came back a year later, and saw that they had moved into an actual restaurant establishment in Cap Hill. Gotta love capitalism.

/Gotta love their zagat score. Food: 23, Decor: 3.
 
2012-10-04 05:22:30 PM
Having eaten out of a few barf wagons here in Houston I can say that some of them do, in fact, pose a terrorist danger. Chemical warfare is scary.

/especially when it causes the far guy to have horrible gas
 
2012-10-04 05:23:34 PM

DaSwankOne: Cyno01: Easy solution. Taco trucks ok, falafel trucks no.

They have already opened a terrormart under one of the highest dollar apartment complexes in Downtown


with one of those damn bars attached to it

yummy yummy pita bread
 
2012-10-04 05:24:50 PM
I was assuming that someone was claiming a turrist could take a food truck, fill it with explosives, and drive it next to a government building. That's actually pretty reasonable but a turrist could do the same with a U-Haul truck and get way more payload space.

Then I RTFA and facepalmed. Goddamit why are people so farking stupid?
 
2012-10-04 05:25:40 PM
Andrew Burks would like to thank local restaurants for their generous contributions in fighting terrorism. #shakedown, city council style
 
2012-10-04 05:26:42 PM
He might not be in the pockets of the restaurants. He might just be that stupid.
 
2012-10-04 05:27:31 PM
alerttheaudience.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-04 05:28:12 PM

cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

//


These brown people frown on your shenanigans

duckduckgrayduck.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-04 05:30:27 PM
As long as I can still get my tacos de mollejas at Tacqueria Tacambro behind the Farmer's Market on Airport Blvd, I'll be as sound as a pound.
 
2012-10-04 05:32:41 PM

dj_bigbird: cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

//

These brown people frown on your shenanigans

[duckduckgrayduck.files.wordpress.com image 500x374]


I've been wanting to try that one...
 
2012-10-04 05:33:03 PM
Live outside of Houston, been following this. The big / real issue; downtown restaurants don't want their businesses hurt by competition.
 
2012-10-04 05:34:33 PM

FloydA: I knew it! The local taco bus is being run by Osama Bean Laden as a front for Al Queso!


And this is why your posts show up in color.

/that and the TF sponsorship that one time, thanks.
 
2012-10-04 05:35:41 PM
This seems legit to me. Now we just need to get rid of those gross after hours street tacos.
 
2012-10-04 05:36:36 PM
Houstonian here.

Terrorist attack downtown?

What of value is there downtown anyway? Keep these explosive food trucks away from the refineries & the ship channel, NASA, etc.

Put all those farkers downtown.
 
2012-10-04 05:38:06 PM

Shostie: Vodka Zombie: It's a shame too. There are some pretty decent food trucks in Houston.

Can't throw a rock in this town without hitting a truck full of delicious tacos.


Guess that "problem" will be solved, then
 
2012-10-04 05:38:14 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: /typically used by cowards and liars


actually, in this case it's an argument of the haves and against the have-nots. this argument is probably fueled by the restaurant industry in houston that does not want to suffer the competition of food trucks. nowadays, food trucks often have great chefs and enjoy much lower overhead, thus they can offer much better prices for good food.

/ if you live in a city, you want food trucks. it helps the whole landscape of your cuisine.
// if you are a restaurant in a city, you do not want food trucks.
 
2012-10-04 05:39:21 PM

loonatic112358: elchupacabra: Good, send 'em to Austin -- our Food Trucks are awesome!

is it not bad enough that ya'll seem to be stealing the music scene as well, but now the food trucks


"Seem to be"???
WTF, we've been kicking ass for decades, son. 

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-04 05:40:47 PM

Nabb1: cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

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[i2.photobucket.com image 157x88]

There seems to be a pandemic of DNRTFA in here.


no one could have expected how much full potato was in the article.
 
2012-10-04 05:42:16 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Live outside of Houston, been following this. The big / real issue; downtown restaurants don't want their businesses hurt by competition.


If you have AC, drinks, bathrooms and proper tables and you can't compete with the hot dog cart you have a farked up business model.
 
2012-10-04 05:43:28 PM
All youre falafel truck are belong to us.
 
2012-10-04 05:45:52 PM
I work in downtown Houston, and I'd love some options for lunch. About half the time I end up at the liquor store for lunch (Spec's), but I need options for the other half of the time.
 
2012-10-04 05:51:24 PM

dj_bigbird: cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

//

These brown people frown on your shenanigans

[duckduckgrayduck.files.wordpress.com image 500x374]


He's awesome.
 
2012-10-04 05:57:26 PM
That was the last day I bought a hot dog on the street.


//So you still bought a hot dog?
 
2012-10-04 05:58:13 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Live outside of Houston, been following this. The big / real issue; downtown restaurants don't want their businesses hurt by competition.



Yep.  Its pretty pathetic.  Now, I don't mind some rules like we have down here... you have to be X feet (or blocks) from a stand-alone restaurant.
 
The funny thing is here in New Orleans some of the fancy restaurants are the biggest cry babies.
 
Really?  I'm going to take the wife out on a nice date to a fancy place and drop $120 on food and drink... and we pass a taco truck and say "wait, lets just buy some tacos and sit on the street and eat them!"
 
Stupid.
 
2012-10-04 06:06:12 PM
The update about cooking with propane is amazing. Guess raw food trucks or sushi is fine?
 
2012-10-04 06:09:12 PM
They must have read that satire piece the other day about Bachmann calling falafels "terror cakes" and took it seriously.
 
2012-10-04 06:09:29 PM
The local restaurant owners in Lexington KY are trying their damndest to get the city council to ban food trucks here. Only problem is, the food truck I have eaten from are health department checked, they have to post their scores in plain sight on the front window, their food is usually great, and the new breweries don't have food licenses so they LOVE the food trucks.

Suck it, restaurant bums.

Ellos tacos FTW
 
2012-10-04 06:13:48 PM
Sounds to me like local business owners having the heavy overhead of a lease in a prime area of real estate are getting butthurt over the competition. Convenient excuse - terrorism.

Here in New York they tried this excuse amongst others. The latest manifestation is that food trucks pose a health risk since they aren't succeptible to the suprise buttsecks health department inspection and grading that the store-fronts are.
 
2012-10-04 06:14:37 PM

BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.


Because the restaurant is behind this. Rent seeking. Electric chair for them all.
 
2012-10-04 06:14:54 PM
Texas. For when the Florida tag isn't stupid enough.
 
2012-10-04 06:16:49 PM
lh4.googleusercontent.com

What a terrorist facilitator from Texas may look like.
 
2012-10-04 06:17:23 PM
Here in Tampa, the mayor holds a monthly food truck rally in a park downtown. Some of the local suburbs have actually started their own as well.
 
2012-10-04 06:19:51 PM

tetsoushima: Weapons of mass destruction.


/I peed a little
 
2012-10-04 06:19:58 PM
When shawarma is outlawed, only outlaws will have shawarma.

/shawarma
 
2012-10-04 06:20:13 PM
People on city councils are dumber than people in state legislatures. And that's saying a lot.
 
2012-10-04 06:21:18 PM

gunga galunga: As long as I can still get my tacos de mollejas at Tacqueria Tacambro behind the Farmer's Market on Airport Blvd, I'll be as sound as a pound.


Do they still have those?

When I went, they said they were all our of mollejas. When are you supposed to go the get mollejas?
 
2012-10-04 06:22:38 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: They must have read that satire piece the other day about Bachmann calling falafels "terror cakes" and took it seriously.


To be fair, it's impossible to tell satire from reality with Bachmann.
 
2012-10-04 06:25:51 PM

tetsoushima: Weapons of mass destruction.


FTFY
 
2012-10-04 06:30:20 PM

IAMTHEINTARWEBS: The local restaurant owners in Lexington KY are trying their damndest to get the city council to ban food trucks here. Only problem is, the food truck I have eaten from are health department checked, they have to post their scores in plain sight on the front window, their food is usually great, and the new breweries don't have food licenses so they LOVE the food trucks.

Suck it, restaurant bums.

Ellos tacos FTW


Same situation here in L.A. - the brick n' mortar community is split . The restaurants hate the food trucks, the bars love them.
 
2012-10-04 06:33:46 PM
Nabb1

>>> cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

There seems to be a pandemic of DNRTFA in here.

What do you expect? Moon-bats don't need logic to play they race card. For them it's wild, you can play it any hand.
 
2012-10-04 06:35:20 PM

BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.


He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.
 
2012-10-04 06:37:50 PM
You know what else causes terrorism? Paranoid hallucinations brought on by staggering ignorance.
 
2012-10-04 06:38:47 PM
If this is true then my ass is a terrorist weapon every day after lunch. There might be some truth to that. My coworkers tried to report me to the Hague as using chemical weapons
 
2012-10-04 06:40:43 PM
Taco Bell is explosive too.
 
2012-10-04 06:40:54 PM
Explosive diarrhea is a KIND of explosive.

/Who knew Houston was full of pussies.
 
2012-10-04 06:42:50 PM

Nunpoo: Here in Tampa, the mayor holds a monthly food truck rally in a park downtown. Some of the local suburbs have actually started their own as well.


That's because Bob Buckhorn isn't a shameless hack.
 
2012-10-04 06:58:05 PM
Because there have been so many attacks by bomb-filled food trucks lately.

And by lately, I mean ever.
 
2012-10-04 07:01:03 PM

Mock26: BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.

He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.



In Austin, the smart restaurant owners and chefs have started their own food trucks. Health codes require much prep work to be done in a commercial kitchen, and they already have that, making the overhead of the truck very low.

Also, by stating "such and such truck is by Chef Amazing" it gives both truck and restaurant additional cachet. For example, Paul Qui and the East Side King mini-franchise of deliciousness. It's a win for everyone.
 
TWX
2012-10-04 07:05:21 PM

Smeggy Smurf: If this is true then my ass is a terrorist weapon every day after lunch. There might be some truth to that. My coworkers tried to report me to the Hague as using chemical weapons


Hence all of the "weapons of ass destruction" jokes...
 
2012-10-04 07:06:29 PM
This is Texas?

Didn't know y'all Texans were such PUSSIES!
 
2012-10-04 07:08:05 PM
Texas: You can buy booze and liquor at a drive through, but a taco truck is just too dangerous.
 
2012-10-04 07:08:25 PM
Discovered a kebab truck just a few weeks ago. Sooo glad I did.

/Yes, we have food trucks here, too
//What? It goes both ways, like a reach around
///... Wait, that didn't sound good
 
2012-10-04 07:08:56 PM

indylaw: Texas: You can buy booze guns and liquor at a drive through, but a taco truck is just too dangerous.


Not drunk, I promish.
 
2012-10-04 07:09:15 PM

indylaw: Texas: You can buy booze and liquor at a drive through, but a taco truck is just too dangerous.


Why not move the trucks indoors? Same cooking, only on a building. Some people do that here.
 
2012-10-04 07:12:46 PM
A gasoline tank has more explosive capabilities than a propane tank.
 
2012-10-04 07:19:21 PM

CygnusDarius: indylaw: Texas: You can buy booze and liquor at a drive through, but a taco truck is just too dangerous.

Why not move the trucks indoors? Same cooking, only on a building. Some people do that here.


You mean park them in a garage, or just open a restaurant instead? It's not the same. I'm not sure you could run a food truck in a parking garage without carbon monoxide issues.
 
2012-10-04 07:20:18 PM

TheGreatGazoo: A gasoline tank has more explosive capabilities than a propane tank.


And food trucks have both!

I'm not helping, am I?
 
2012-10-04 07:35:20 PM
Vancouver is pretty receptive to food carts/trucks. There's a long waiting list and constant expansions. They're nice to have available, but they're a big "meh" for me. Prices are usually comparable to a sit down restaurant, and most of them (especially the carts) don't take cards, and I never carry cash. About the only thing I will go out of my way for is a jumbo smokie occasionally.

/$14.75 from one truck for (mediocre) 2 piece fish and chips a few months ago.
//Japadogs are overrated. There, I said it.
 
2012-10-04 07:36:58 PM
Read TFA.

Thinks the Houston city councilman in question is batshiat crazy.

Would like him to make that same argument to a certain Hank Hill.
 
2012-10-04 07:38:27 PM
Dear Houston City Council,

You august and mind board is populated with clinical imbeciles.

Did you know?

- the rest of the civilized world
 
2012-10-04 07:42:00 PM
I'd be a sad panda if food trucks were banned in Minneapolis. In fact I have a sad now because most will be packing it in soon due to winter :-(
 
2012-10-04 07:43:12 PM
Oh, and the building I work at chased off the food truck that had been servicing us for the last three years... because the company that is moving part of their operation into the building complained. A Japanese-owned auto-parts manufacturer. Whose employees, at their assembly plant that is literally across the street, have to buy their food from the company-owned cafeteria.
 
2012-10-04 07:49:07 PM

tetsoushima: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 700x525]

Weapons of mass destruction.

[www.laughoutnews.com image 640x480]


FTFY
 
2012-10-04 07:51:10 PM

indylaw: CygnusDarius: indylaw: Texas: You can buy booze and liquor at a drive through, but a taco truck is just too dangerous.

Why not move the trucks indoors? Same cooking, only on a building. Some people do that here.

You mean park them in a garage, or just open a restaurant instead? It's not the same. I'm not sure you could run a food truck in a parking garage without carbon monoxide issues.


One or the other, but I guess the first is more than likely, really.
 
2012-10-04 07:52:31 PM
No Houston, you can't be cool like Portland. Not yours.
 
2012-10-04 07:55:32 PM

Vodka Zombie: I've heard this argument before in other towns. It usually comes down to local restaurant businesses telling the town council to pretend the food trucks are a terror threat.

I don't know why they'd want to do that... nope. No idea.

It's a shame too. There are some pretty decent food trucks in Houston.


In my crappy town the Chamber of Commerce was pretty frank about not wanting change for the sake of maintaining brick & mortar businesses. The City Council ended up allowing them if they pay a $600 fee. If they go 2 blocks to the neighboring town, they pay the same fees as other businesses. Guess what happened.
 
2012-10-04 07:55:55 PM

moops: No Houston, you can't be cool like Portland. Not yours.


I'll take some serious partyig and endless dancehalls over a bunch of hipsters getting high and biatching about everything that's actually fun any day.
 
2012-10-04 07:57:20 PM
What a lot of restaurant owners seem to misunderstand is that it's better to have more food options in their neighborhood than fewer. If there are a lot of places to eat in a neighborhood, people start to gravitate towards it whenever they want a meal, because there are so many choices. They think that they'll do better if they have a monopoly, but the reality is that they'll do better if they are part of an area with a vibrant and varied food scene.

OTOH, they may complain about the food trucks because it may mean they have to produce something a little more interesting than what they've done in the past.
 
2012-10-04 07:59:25 PM

indylaw: Texas: You can buy booze and liquor at a drive through, but a taco truck is just too dangerous.


Dude, where do you think taco trucks originated? Minnesota?
These guys have been selling tacos out of trucks and trailers for decades, but they always needed the permission of whoever owns the parking lot they inhabit (usually a gas station). Now they just want permission to stop on the side of the street like the trendy people in the librul states.
 
2012-10-04 08:00:02 PM
That's Falafel what thet are doing in Houston!
 
2012-10-04 08:02:10 PM

mynameist: moops: No Houston, you can't be cool like Portland. Not yours.

I'll take some serious partyig and endless dancehalls over a bunch of hipsters getting high and biatching about everything that's actually fun any day.



330 days of clouds doesn't sound like fun?
 
2012-10-04 08:02:43 PM

Gough: What a lot of restaurant owners seem to misunderstand is that it's better to have more food options in their neighborhood than fewer. If there are a lot of places to eat in a neighborhood, people start to gravitate towards it whenever they want a meal, because there are so many choices. They think that they'll do better if they have a monopoly, but the reality is that they'll do better if they are part of an area with a vibrant and varied food scene.

OTOH, they may complain about the food trucks because it may mean they have to produce something a little more interesting than what they've done in the past.


The big complaint I got is that the trucks can go where people are, like concerts, outdoor festivals, and football games. It seems more like jealousy than anything else, but plenty of businesses are willing to adapt to survive. I've seen at least one food truck from an existing brick and mortar restaurant. It's like outlawing catering.
 
2012-10-04 08:09:49 PM

indylaw: Nunpoo: Here in Tampa, the mayor holds a monthly food truck rally in a park downtown. Some of the local suburbs have actually started their own as well.

That's because Bob Buckhorn isn't a shameless hack.


During SXSW in Austin, they had an area that was a festival of Austin food trucks. Keep in mind that SXSW is when restaurants make money hand-over-fist. Yet they made a food truck area more or less in the thick of it all.

There's a food truck near a hackerspace I'm at frequently. One guy in a wagon, no English. EXCELLENT tacos.
 
2012-10-04 08:11:24 PM
It's not the food trucks they need to worry about
deathandtaxesmag.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com
 
2012-10-04 08:16:31 PM

makaz: gunga galunga: As long as I can still get my tacos de mollejas at Tacqueria Tacambro behind the Farmer's Market on Airport Blvd, I'll be as sound as a pound.

Do they still have those?

When I went, they said they were all our of mollejas. When are you supposed to go the get mollejas?


Never had that happen to me, but I recommend going early. It's a very popular location and the mollejas is a much requested item.
 
2012-10-04 08:21:28 PM
I live in NYC and I can confirm that most people that work in food trucks are in fact diarrhea terrorists.
 
2012-10-04 08:22:45 PM
Osama won.
Especially in shiat-stoopid Texas.
 
2012-10-04 08:23:29 PM
Food trucks aren't allowed downtown in Houston for one reason...

Those filthy, stinking, wetback Mexicans with their shiat mobiles, stinking the place up with their road kill tacos and sewer water filled sinks.

Actually, it's because Houston has always been hard on food trucks until recently. They're changing laws to make it easier for food trucks, but this "keep them out of downtown" crap is a last-ditch attempt to stop them.

Houston makes it very hard to run a food truck. You HAVE to use one of their handful of preapproved commissaries (cronies of the city) - meaning - you have to PAY them to use their services so you can dump and clean out all of your equipment EVERYDAY. Can't be trusted to clean it on your own.

There are hundreds of crappy food trucks around too. "Lucy's Pink Taco" in Aldine has rats crawling out the window - it's a frigging mobile vehicle!

Hopefully they get all this resolved, because food trucks are good.
 
2012-10-04 08:25:45 PM

ClavellBCMI: Oh, and the building I work at chased off the food truck that had been servicing us for the last three years... because the company that is moving part of their operation into the building complained. A Japanese-owned auto-parts manufacturer. Whose employees, at their assembly plant that is literally across the street, have to buy their food from the company-owned cafeteria.


When I worked at a well-known newspaper catering to the military, we couldn't run any ads for Japanese automobiles near or around stories about World War II. Really.
 
2012-10-04 08:37:01 PM
"We live in a different world now than what used to be."

That's either always true, regardless of terrorist events; or it's not true in spite of them. I'm not sure which it is, but this sentiment is remarkably common and remarkably stupid.
 
2012-10-04 08:38:29 PM

loonatic112358: elchupacabra: Good, send 'em to Austin -- our Food Trucks are awesome!

is it not bad enough that ya'll seem to be stealing the music scene as well, but now the food trucks


STEAL?!? No, Austin IS the music scene. Houston just hopes to get a little contact high by standing real close and breathing deep.

I may have said too much about the Austin music people...
 
2012-10-04 08:44:07 PM

downstairs: Dealing with this crap down here in New Orleans, too.  Though they haven't used the "terrorist" angle.  Yet.
 
And we have some awesome food trucks.


Restaurant owners always cry foul, claiming that the food trucks have an "unfair advantage" (low startup costs, no rent, etc). And that's a shame, because who doesn't like grabbing a cheap, quick bite that isn't Burger King?

As long as the restaurateurs complain about food trucks stealing their profits whenever the issue crops up, city council will never approve widespread food trucks. Hell, it took decades just to approve those bicycle taxis because the cabbies always aligned against it.
 
2012-10-04 08:47:43 PM
This is on the level of the Senator who thought Guam might capsize if there were too many people on it.
 
2012-10-04 09:03:11 PM
I went to Texas once.
I saw people using exploding propane tanks to light their cheroots.
'Nuf said.
 
2012-10-04 09:03:32 PM

downstairs: Satanic_Hamster: Live outside of Houston, been following this. The big / real issue; downtown restaurants don't want their businesses hurt by competition.


Yep.  Its pretty pathetic.  Now, I don't mind some rules like we have down here... you have to be X feet (or blocks) from a stand-alone restaurant.
 
The funny thing is here in New Orleans some of the fancy restaurants are the biggest cry babies.
 
Really?  I'm going to take the wife out on a nice date to a fancy place and drop $120 on food and drink... and we pass a taco truck and say "wait, lets just buy some tacos and sit on the street and eat them!"
 
Stupid.


If you give people good food "too cheaply", it makes the fancy places look that much more expensive by comparison.
 
2012-10-04 09:07:01 PM
And this, America, is why we can no longer have any freedoms. We have allowed dvmba$$es to elect dvmba$$es to every level of government.

This is just as stupid as the 3 oz & quart Baggie rule.
 
2012-10-04 09:10:24 PM
It's not a valid argument unless you're controlling access to downtown for all vehicles.

It wouldn't be hard to paint a Ryder to look like a FedEx truck, if you know what I mean.
 
2012-10-04 09:16:30 PM
Gee, it's not like there are a bunch of pipelines relatively nearby moving millions of cubic feet of propane, butane, butylene, butadiene...
 
2012-10-04 09:19:58 PM

I May Be Crazy But...: loonatic112358: elchupacabra: Good, send 'em to Austin -- our Food Trucks are awesome!

is it not bad enough that ya'll seem to be stealing the music scene as well, but now the food trucks

STEAL?!? No, Austin IS the music scene. Houston just hopes to get a little contact high by standing real close and breathing deep.

I may have said too much about the Austin music people...


Shut up, Austin sucks and no one should ever move there.
 
2012-10-04 09:20:45 PM

Vodka Zombie: I've heard this argument before in other towns. It usually comes down to local restaurant businesses telling the town council to pretend the food trucks are a terror threat.

I don't know why they'd want to do that... nope. No idea.

It's a shame too. There are some pretty decent food trucks in Houston.


This. Competition sucks, doesn't it?
 
2012-10-04 09:21:17 PM

ZzeusS: Portland


It's awful. Stay where you are.

/Plenty of people here already
//Food carts now at Jeld-Wen field on game days...NOM
 
2012-10-04 09:22:04 PM

MrEricSir: The real threat isn't terrorism, it's COMMUNISM.


Chairman Mao? More like Chairman Wow!
 
2012-10-04 09:24:19 PM

TheDirtyNacho: Mock26: BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.

He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.


In Austin, the smart restaurant owners and chefs have started their own food trucks. Health codes require much prep work to be done in a commercial kitchen, and they already have that, making the overhead of the truck very low.

Also, by stating "such and such truck is by Chef Amazing" it gives both truck and restaurant additional cachet. For example, Paul Qui and the East Side King mini-franchise of deliciousness. It's a win for everyone.


Good point. The closest food truck to us is operated by a local Mexican joint. The food truck is an expansion of that business and is always busy. The restaurants should get it together and compete -- or go out of business.
 
2012-10-04 09:28:40 PM

pxlboy: TheDirtyNacho: Mock26: BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.

He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.


In Austin, the smart restaurant owners and chefs have started their own food trucks. Health codes require much prep work to be done in a commercial kitchen, and they already have that, making the overhead of the truck very low.

Also, by stating "such and such truck is by Chef Amazing" it gives both truck and restaurant additional cachet. For example, Paul Qui and the East Side King mini-franchise of deliciousness. It's a win for everyone.

Good point. The closest food truck to us is operated by a local Mexican joint. The food truck is an expansion of that business and is always busy. The restaurants should get it together and compete -- or go out of business.


Reminds me a bit of downtown Chicago, where the restaurant owners have managed to keep push cart vendors banned for quite some time. They claim that it would drive them out of business. Yet, they do not seem to care when a new restaurant opens up.
 
2012-10-04 09:31:51 PM

Salacious Salad: I May Be Crazy But...: loonatic112358: elchupacabra: Good, send 'em to Austin -- our Food Trucks are awesome!

is it not bad enough that ya'll seem to be stealing the music scene as well, but now the food trucks

STEAL?!? No, Austin IS the music scene. Houston just hopes to get a little contact high by standing real close and breathing deep.

I may have said too much about the Austin music people...

Shut up, Austin sucks and no one should ever move there.


Hey, I had to move away. So everyone, Austin is a paradise. There's beautiful spring fed pools where women don't wear tops. And great music and food. And a permissive culture. I'm not even kidding.

All you Californians should keep moving there and ruining it.
 
2012-10-04 09:33:40 PM

Mock26: pxlboy: TheDirtyNacho: Mock26: BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.

He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.


In Austin, the smart restaurant owners and chefs have started their own food trucks. Health codes require much prep work to be done in a commercial kitchen, and they already have that, making the overhead of the truck very low.

Also, by stating "such and such truck is by Chef Amazing" it gives both truck and restaurant additional cachet. For example, Paul Qui and the East Side King mini-franchise of deliciousness. It's a win for everyone.

Good point. The closest food truck to us is operated by a local Mexican joint. The food truck is an expansion of that business and is always busy. The restaurants should get it together and compete -- or go out of business.

Reminds me a bit of downtown Chicago, where the restaurant owners have managed to keep push cart vendors banned for quite some time. They claim that it would drive them out of business. Yet, they do not seem to care when a new restaurant opens up.


I would imagine that a brick and mortar restaurant is more likely to fail and would not be much competition for more established places. But the food trucks are great because they are not confined to a single location. They can go where the people are and that's just not fair!

My sister and her husband opened a burrito joint near here and, while delicious, should have been a food truck.
 
2012-10-04 09:38:25 PM
RTFA and this thread.

My dumbass quota is now filled for October and half of November.

Thanks, Fark.com
 
2012-10-04 09:45:19 PM
We had awesome food trucks outside of my high school. The local public high school had a KenTacoHut in their cafeteria.

/italian beef sandwiches...mmm. i need to find a recipe.
 
2012-10-04 09:51:55 PM
It's a bit interesting to see folks fascination with the Middle East, but little acceptance that the relative peace we enjoy here in the States is not always the case around the world. Yes, people say "Oh, I know...", but do they really think about it? If you were going to construct a car/truck bomb, would you not think to use something like a Food Truck as a base? It's already got a gas reservoir, and propellants/fuel wouldn't look that out of place at first glance.

I'm clearly not suggesting that Houston is about to be bombarded with Food Truck Bombs, but in the general sense Food Truck as a Potential Threat is somewhat feasible - given the right circumstances.
 
2012-10-04 10:00:15 PM

I May Be Crazy But...: Salacious Salad: I May Be Crazy But...: loonatic112358: elchupacabra: Good, send 'em to Austin -- our Food Trucks are awesome!

is it not bad enough that ya'll seem to be stealing the music scene as well, but now the food trucks

STEAL?!? No, Austin IS the music scene. Houston just hopes to get a little contact high by standing real close and breathing deep.

I may have said too much about the Austin music people...

Shut up, Austin sucks and no one should ever move there.

Hey, I had to move away. So everyone, Austin is a paradise. There's beautiful spring fed pools where women don't wear tops. And great music and food. And a permissive culture. I'm not even kidding.

All you Californians should keep moving there and ruining it.


You go to the hell, you go to the hell and you die.
 
2012-10-04 10:04:08 PM
That's the Houston I know and hate.

I work downtown and food trucks would be a logical fit in some areas.
 
2012-10-04 10:05:34 PM

bmr68: That's the Houston I know and hate.

I work downtown and food trucks would be a logical fit in some areas.


But, like the cable companies, the restaurants fear real competition.
 
2012-10-04 10:08:38 PM

buckler: This is on the level of the Senator who thought Guam might capsize if there were too many people on it.


But Guam could very well tip over. You cannot debate his scientific analysis!
 
2012-10-04 10:31:09 PM
 
2012-10-04 10:36:27 PM

DeathByGeekSquad: It's a bit interesting to see folks fascination with the Middle East, but little acceptance that the relative peace we enjoy here in the States is not always the case around the world. Yes, people say "Oh, I know...", but do they really think about it? If you were going to construct a car/truck bomb, would you not think to use something like a Food Truck as a base? It's already got a gas reservoir, and propellants/fuel wouldn't look that out of place at first glance.

I'm clearly not suggesting that Houston is about to be bombarded with Food Truck Bombs, but in the general sense Food Truck as a Potential Threat is somewhat feasible - given the right circumstances.


I can think of a whole lot of things that are Potential Threats under the right circumstances, but that's hardly a reason to ban them from downtown locations.
 
2012-10-04 10:38:22 PM

PullItOut: ZzeusS: Portland

It's awful. Stay where you are.

/Plenty of people here already
//Food carts now at Jeld-Wen field on game days...NOM



I'll take sun, beaches, babes, and margaritas over rain and .. whatever those leather circlet things you guys wear on your wrists and everyone wearing brown and green.

Brother lives there. Been there done that. Enjoy!
 
2012-10-04 10:42:05 PM
I can understand their decision. Those food trucks can lead to big gassy explosions
 
2012-10-04 10:46:38 PM
The only terrorist attack is going to be later that day in the bathroom.
 
2012-10-04 10:47:49 PM

meintx2001: And this, America, is why we can no longer have any freedoms. We have allowed dvmba$$es to elect dvmba$$es to every level of government.

This is just as stupid as the 3 oz & quart Baggie rule.


It's because we don't focus on local elections. We're only worried about whether Obama or Romney will win and make sure we're taken care of. Very few people vote in local elections. We see the infinite wave of dumb signs promoting whatever candidate is on the ballot, but we never really dig in to find out WTF is going on locally.

It's a real shame too... we're having more freedoms pulled and more pressure added by municipalities than by the feds.
 
2012-10-04 10:49:42 PM

GBmanNC: I think the excuse local restaurants use here in Raleigh is the food trucks don't have things like bathrooms and lower amount of employees so they have lower overhead and wahhhhhhhhhhh!

I'm not quite sure what leverage the restaurant owners have over local government though.


they pay more taxes - property, employment, etc. It's also easier to monitor and control someone if you always know where they are so restauraunts are more attractive to a beauracracy anyway.
 
2012-10-04 10:49:53 PM

pxlboy: TheDirtyNacho: Mock26: BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.

He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.


In Austin, the smart restaurant owners and chefs have started their own food trucks. Health codes require much prep work to be done in a commercial kitchen, and they already have that, making the overhead of the truck very low.

Also, by stating "such and such truck is by Chef Amazing" it gives both truck and restaurant additional cachet. For example, Paul Qui and the East Side King mini-franchise of deliciousness. It's a win for everyone.

Good point. The closest food truck to us is operated by a local Mexican joint. The food truck is an expansion of that business and is always busy. The restaurants should get it together and compete -- or go out of business.


The East Side King trucks sell good asian style street food for $6 or so. That's fairly expensive for what it is (pork buns etc), but people think "The guy from Uchiko and that TV show", and it seems suddenly like a great deal and sells like crazy. Profit city.

And I don't think you need to be a famous chef, a well known restaurant can easily play the same way. It's silly to complain about it when there's money to be made.
 
2012-10-04 11:16:49 PM
I work in downtown Houston and there's a food truck every other day parked right there in the middle of the HOuston Pavillions.

/Bernie's Burger Bus has the best fries in downtown Houston
//food trucks in Washington Ave sell overpriced pieces of shiat
 
2012-10-04 11:24:21 PM
This is the Douche-Nozzle Andrew Burks who "thinks" terrorists are going to explode the city with food trucks.

I wouldn't be surprised if this idiot believes islands can capsize, just like that other ignoramus what's-his-name.

i651.photobucket.com

I swear I want to punch the next politician in the nutz who uses "terrorism" as an excuse for anything. That's a topic for the kiddie table, not where adults are talking, Janet!
 
2012-10-04 11:24:46 PM
OFFS the problem with gourmet food trucks isn't "terrorism", it's "$14 sandwiches".

Now. The mexi-japanese dog-wagon rollin' up to the work site with burritos and wonton soup and wraps and chips and Dr. Pepper?

Mess w/that, councilman, and reap the GODDAM whirlwind.
 
2012-10-04 11:40:22 PM

safetycap: [i651.photobucket.com image 250x235]


You look uppity.
 
2012-10-05 12:00:30 AM

mynameist: moops: No Houston, you can't be cool like Portland. Not yours.

I'll take some serious partyig and endless dancehalls over a bunch of hipsters getting high and biatching about everything that's actually fun any day.


We don't biatch about what's fun, we just go do it. Except when it's raining - that sucks. Or when the mutton isn't lean - hate the fatty mutton.

What was the question again? Sometimes our farkin' stupendous green-ary causes mental slowage. :)
 
2012-10-05 12:22:54 AM

tetsoushima: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 700x525]

Weapons of mass destruction.

[www.laughoutnews.com image 640x480]


That looks delicious
 
2012-10-05 12:24:47 AM

dj_bigbird: cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

//

These brown people frown on your shenanigans

[duckduckgrayduck.files.wordpress.com image 500x374]


Black eyed pea burritos?

//taste better than you think
 
2012-10-05 12:35:54 AM
Their excuse is missing, This announcement paid for and brought to you by the Chamber of Commerce and our many local fine dining establishments.

I believe it's 100% correct: The economic terrorism posed by young gourmet chefs with lower fixed costs to start a business is quite serious, and should not be taken lightly. The solution is wrong, though; ship 'em to Gitmo and let them feed their terrorist food to the real terrorists instead of just banning them.
 
2012-10-05 12:37:59 AM

Void_Beavis: Sounds to me like local business owners having the heavy overhead of a lease in a prime area of real estate are getting butthurt over the competition. Convenient excuse - terrorism.

Here in New York they tried this excuse amongst others. The latest manifestation is that food trucks pose a health risk since they aren't succeptible to the suprise buttsecks health department inspection and grading that the store-fronts are.


But they are. In LA, they have to display their latest inspection grade just like sit-downs do, but I assume that reality is inconvenient when it comes to scapegoating competition.
 
2012-10-05 01:01:02 AM

mynameist: This seems legit to me. Now we just need to get rid of those gross after hours street tacos.


I have had those twice in my life. Though the ones in Mexico were probably cat tacos I would still happily eat them again. At 2:30 in the morning with about 9 each of beers and tequila shots in your gut there is no better sight than a street taco stand.
 
2012-10-05 01:03:09 AM

Mock26: pxlboy: TheDirtyNacho: Mock26: BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.

He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.


In Austin, the smart restaurant owners and chefs have started their own food trucks. Health codes require much prep work to be done in a commercial kitchen, and they already have that, making the overhead of the truck very low.

Also, by stating "such and such truck is by Chef Amazing" it gives both truck and restaurant additional cachet. For example, Paul Qui and the East Side King mini-franchise of deliciousness. It's a win for everyone.

Good point. The closest food truck to us is operated by a local Mexican joint. The food truck is an expansion of that business and is always busy. The restaurants should get it together and compete -- or go out of business.

Reminds me a bit of downtown Chicago, where the restaurant owners have managed to keep push cart vendors banned for quite some time. They claim that it would drive them out of business. Yet, they do not seem to care when a new restaurant opens up.


My sister lives down there, was talking to her a few weeks ago and she was telling me that they recently relaxed quite a few rules on food trucks, letting them do more of the cooking on the truck itself, but then they went and passed some rule that they couldnt operate within 200 feet of an actual restaurant or something like that. And 200' from a restaurant is nowhere in downtown chicago.
 
2012-10-05 01:09:14 AM

Mock26: BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.

He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.


Shifting market forces will eventually cause their lobbying campaign to run out of gas.
 
2012-10-05 01:29:58 AM

tilrman: Mock26: BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.

He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.

Shifting market forces will eventually cause their lobbying campaign to run out of gas.


Only if the terrorist blow it up.
 
2012-10-05 02:11:52 AM

carrion_luggage: After a lengthy whizz he vigorously shook his cock, stuffed it back into his pants, zipped up and then turned to see me, no doubt ashen-faced, as I had purchased numerous tube steaks from him.


If you purchase the tube steaks does that make you a power bottom?
 
2012-10-05 08:35:48 AM
Forget the food trucks. what is important is this link at the bottom of the page

Link

nsfw
 
2012-10-05 09:36:38 AM

CMYK and PMS: Forget the food trucks. what is important is this link at the bottom of the page

Link

nsfw


Is that a pro-ghey article? Looking at the food next to the naked broad makes me think that maybe that's what their area looks like. Old soggy taco. Or that one with the green stuff in it.

Bad marketing.
 
2012-10-05 10:22:10 AM

PallMall: Is that a pro-ghey article?


This city is very pro-gay.
Also the Houston Press is usually about 50% sex/strip club ads so I wouldn't say bad marketing on their part. That IS their market.
 
2012-10-05 10:29:51 AM

Mirrorz: PallMall: Is that a pro-ghey article?

This city is very pro-gay.
Also the Houston Press is usually about 50% sex/strip club ads so I wouldn't say bad marketing on their part. That IS their market.


*facepalm*
 
2012-10-05 10:31:57 AM

Mirrorz: Also the Houston Press is usually about 50% sex/strip club ads so I wouldn't say bad marketing on their part. That IS their market.


I quit reading the Houston Press when they went to the glossy covers.
 
2012-10-05 11:04:20 AM

PallMall: I quit reading the Houston Press when they went to the glossy covers.


I have no idea when that was. I just did contract work for them on their annual menu or menus. I worked for Free Press Houston more often but that's pretty much just a group of my friends.

As for the article, I've never eaten anything off of a food truck that didn't go from Zero to Liquified Bowels in less than a minute.
 
2012-10-05 11:31:42 AM

Mirrorz: PallMall: I quit reading the Houston Press when they went to the glossy covers.

I have no idea when that was. I just did contract work for them on their annual menu or menus. I worked for Free Press Houston more often but that's pretty much just a group of my friends.

As for the article, I've never eaten anything off of a food truck that didn't go from Zero to Liquified Bowels in less than a minute.


I've had some good food truck food.
 
2012-10-05 11:37:18 AM

Mirrorz: I have no idea when that was. I just did contract work for them on their annual menu or menus. I worked for Free Press Houston more often but that's pretty much just a group of my friends.

As for the article, I've never eaten anything off of a food truck that didn't go from Zero to Liquified Bowels in less than a minute.


Maybe it's been about a year or so. I did always like John Nova Lomax's bigger stories. I'm glad Free Press has blown up so much lately. Hopefully they don't end up going the way of Houston Press - which has less and less to do with Houston's point of view (like Chron).

Food Trucks are directly attributed to gastrointestinal mutilation.. so I can fully agree there. I suppose it has to do with the garbage most of them serve. I hope quality keeps going up.
 
2012-10-05 11:37:59 AM

overlord_mike: I've had some good food truck food.


In Houston?
 
2012-10-05 04:10:33 PM

pxlboy: Good point. The closest food truck to us is operated by a local Mexican joint. The food truck is an expansion of that business and is always busy. The restaurants should get it together and compete -- or go out of business.


And that's the thing; most of the downtown restaurants in Houston that are biatching/fighting against the food trucks are NOT setup to serve the working lunch crowd. You know, people who actually have a set time to get and eat lunch, the type that would actually be using the food trucks. If you only have 30-60 minutes for a lunch, you're NOT likely to go to a sit down place.
 
2012-10-05 10:15:22 PM
Texas, of course.

For a state that loves to pose so much, they sure are full of scared pussies.
 
2012-10-06 06:46:13 PM

gutterman: I May Be Crazy But...: Salacious Salad: I May Be Crazy But...: loonatic112358: elchupacabra: Good, send 'em to Austin -- our Food Trucks are awesome!

is it not bad enough that ya'll seem to be stealing the music scene as well, but now the food trucks

STEAL?!? No, Austin IS the music scene. Houston just hopes to get a little contact high by standing real close and breathing deep.

I may have said too much about the Austin music people...

Shut up, Austin sucks and no one should ever move there.

Hey, I had to move away. So everyone, Austin is a paradise. There's beautiful spring fed pools where women don't wear tops. And great music and food. And a permissive culture. I'm not even kidding.

All you Californians should keep moving there and ruining it.

You go to the hell, you go to the hell and you die.


I'm in Houston, so I've already got the first part under control. Not planning to die anytime soon, though.
 
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