FROM WHEELS TO WALLS: KOGI BBQ

The hottest food craze in decades, food trucks are starting to put it in park and go brick-and-mortar. Stay tuned as we feature three truck timelines to see the roads they traveled, ending with…

KOGI from Los Angeles, CA!

August 2008:  Mark Manguera and Caroline Shin had joked about fusing two of L.A.’s favorite cuisines by opening a Korean BBQ truck—then Shin meets the owner of a few mobile operations, who offers her a truck for a month to test the idea.

November 2008:  The two, now joined by chef Roy Choi and selling Mexican-Korean creations like kimchi quesadillas, start with the bar crowd, opening at 11 p.m. Crowds line up ever earlier, until the truck eventually starts opening at lunchtime.

March 2010:  The team christens its first sit-down space with the name Chego. Their boast: “It’s everything you’ve ever wanted. In a bowl.” 

Find out more here: kogibbq.com Twitter: @kogibbq, 3300 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA

—Andrew Kaplan

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FROM WHEELS TO WALLS: BIG GAY ICE CREAM

The hottest food craze in decades, food trucks are starting to put it in park and go brick-and-mortar. Stay tuned as we feature three truck timelines to see the roads they traveled, continuing with…

BIG GAY ICE CREAM from New York, NY!

June 2009: With an original investment of about $1,000, Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff open a truck in NYC selling soft-serve cones with toppings like wasabi pea dust and olive oil. They gain a following for their inspired concoctions—an early fave is the Bea Arthur, a vanilla cone covered with crushed Nilla wafers.

September 2009: A shower of media attention follows the introduction of the Salty Pimp, a chocolate-dipped vanilla cone infused with dulce de leche and sea salt.

September 2011: After a friend spots an empty storefront near his restaurant, the guys open the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop with their signature treats and a milkshake menu. Customers wait for up to 45 minutes.

Find out more here: biggayicecream.com, 125 E. 7th St., New York City, NY

—Andrew Kaplan

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From Wheels To Walls: El Narango

The hottest food craze in decades, food trucks are starting to put it in park and go brick-and-mortar. Stay tuned as we feature three truck timelines to see the roads they traveled, starting with…

EL NARANGO of Austin, Texas!

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March 2010

After moving to Texas from Oaxaca, Mexico, chef Iliana de la Vega opens El Naranjo Mobile in Austin. Customers line up for tacos al pastor, tacos carnitas and her killer weekly mole specials.

December 2010

El Naranjo is the only truck to make Texas Monthly’s roundup of the state’s 50 best Mexican restaurants.

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May 2012

Just after de la Vega turns a 100-year-old house into El Naranjo the restaurant, The Austin Chronicle publishes a glowing review.

Find out more: elnaranjo-restaurant.com 85 Rainey St., Austin, TX

—Andrew Kaplan