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June 4, 2008 2:56 PM

Portable pleasures: The truck stops -- where?

Posted by Nancy Leson

So, it's taken how many years? But Seattle's finally gotten hip to the trucked-food trip. These days you can buy pizza from a portable wood-fired pizza oven hauled on the back of a trailer. Mexican food's served out of taco trucks everywhere, including my favorite, Taqueria La Fondita in White Center:

I've yet to stop at Kaosamai -- whose stepvan-cum-Thai-food-kitchen was parked near Seattle Pacific University last time I saw it, but I've been dying to try their phad Thai (have you had it? what do you think?). Nor have I gotten my mitts on a fresh-roasted ear of corn like the ones Jonathan Kauffman's Voracious about. The very elote stands that had my pal Yoko flipping her lid when I told her they're finally within her reach: She's been looking for one locally since she tasted fresh-roasted corn slathered with mayo, chili powder and lime down in Long Beach, CA.

What brought this all to mind is, about an hour ago, Nicole Tsong -- whose desk sits 10 feet from mine -- walked into the office with a lemongrass-pork sandwich from Skillet Street Food, the bistro disguised as an Airstream parked around the corner from the Seattle Times. "Here," she said, handing over her lunch, "You've got to taste this!" (P.S. It tasted great, and at $7 was a huge bargain, but if she was a real friend, she would have brought me a whole sandwich):

So: how about sharing your portable pleasures? Which fab-food road shows are giving you a thrill? What are they serving, and where can we find them?

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