Amuse-bouche: The original food truck

Published February 11, 2019, Posted By Michael Somerby, By Scott Mechura EBS Food Columnist

One night, after a conversation with a chef friend, I started thinking about the origins of the food truck. So, I began to dig to see what I could stir up.

It turns out, in 1974, a man by the name of Raul Martinez made some modifications to an old ice cream truck and turned it into a mobile taco truck in East L.A. While Los Angeles was indeed at the forefront of the modern food truck, with Austin tight on it’s heels, that still wasn’t the true origin of mobile cuisine.


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