The debate has been raging in Somerville about whether we should have food trucks on our city’s streets. Several Somerville businesses operate as food trucks (or mobile food delivery servies) and with our burgeoning food scene, food trucks seem like a natural fit for our city. Starting tonight, residents will get to experience the magic of food trucks through a pilot program at Union Square’s Swirl & Slice market.
Tonight, August 16 and next Thursday, August 23, the Swirl & Slice market will host Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, which is often seen trucking all over Boston with its unique sandwiches, like the Green Muenster Melt (muenster cheese, homemade guacamole, applewood bacon) or the Boomer (jack cheese, roasted portobellos and red peppers, garlic spinach and basil aiol).
In September, Left’s Silver Cart will be at the Swirl & Slice market on Thursday nights serving tasty vegetarian fare like the Elvis sandwich (Nutella, Fluff–which was invented in Somerville, and bananas) or the Figment (goat cheese, fig jam and truffle vinaigrette dressed mixed greens), both of which are served on Iggy’s products (you can also find Iggy’s at the Saturday Union Square Farmers Market).
I’m eager to see food trucks in Somerville because they’re a great way for small businesses to get started without the major overhead costs of a storefront location. (I do want to make sure that businesses in the city already are protected, of course.) Plus, they bring a diversity of cuisines to the neighborhoods they visit and they can enhance Somerville’s already killer food scene.
What do you think about food trucks coming to Somerville? Will you be trying Roxy’s and Lefty’s at the Swirl & Slice Market?