Food Trucks

Visiting The Lime Truck

We’ve reported on The Lime Truck before, particularly last week’s news of their plans to open a brick & mortar location under similar management. When we saw that they were going to be in the area, we hopped in our car to the SoCoFM shopping center to get a taste of their goodies.

The first thing we noticed about the truck was the fun lime-green wrap, designed by our friends over at IM King clothing. If you’re familiar with their clothing and aesthetics, you’ll definitely make the connection with some of the truck’s design choices. We hopped on the chance to try several of their menu options, including the Yum Yum Lamb Sandwich ($7), a veggie, tzatziki and Sriracha wrap — turning the traditional gyro wrap on its side, for the better (bottom, right):

Pictured above, on the left, is the truck’s Spicy Hanger Taco ($4), a menu item that brings together tocino marinaded steak with seranno-mint carrot slaw and Cotija. Here’s a lofty accolade for you Yelp-heads…who need reassurance from places that aren’t Yelp:

Pictured directly above is the Ultimate Taco ($3), a pork-based taco with meat that’s been marinated for 10 hours. To make things even more juicy, it’s topped with a light guacamole hit, a chipotle-honey slaw and Cotija cheese. I’m not a Yelper, so I won’t be reviewing this place, but my experience with that Ultimate Taco was borderline dream-within-a-dream like. Inception reference? You know I’m happy!

To keep up-to-date on The Lime Truck, stay tuned to their website, Facebook and Twitter for all relevant information!


Food Trucks

The Lime Truck Set To Open a Brick & Mortar Location

While some chefs and talented foodies may take to starting a food truck to avoid the high startup costs associated with a brick-and-mortar restaurant, the fellows behind The Lime Truck have done it a bit differently. Lime was created to fill a void, as their mission statement reminds. They wanted to deliver fresh food to people on the go, people cramped in office cubicles every day, and food to insomniacs during those late nights.

After seeing their truck’s success, opening a second roaming truck to meet the demand, and even being featured on the second season of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” (airing August 14th), the truck’s co-owner and consulting chef, Jason Quinn, told the OC Register his plans for his own restaurant opening.

The information gleaned from the report is minimal; no word on the menu, no exact date, and no word of any The Lime Truck co-branding. All we know thus far is that the restaurant will be in Santa Ana at 4th and Spurgeon, will open in a “few months” and will have both upstairs and downstairs patios.

Notably, this isn’t the first piece of news regarding a food truck making the jump into a brick-and-mortar location. It wasn’t too long ago Chef Roy Choi of the Kogi BBQ Truck notoriety opened up his LA-based Chego restaurant, following the success of his mini Korean-Mexican food truck empire.

Could we see more trucks make the leap in the future? Are there any in specific you feel would work well as a standalone restaurant?