the food truck scene in Des Moines has exploded beyond
neighborhood taquerias and catering at local breweries. Several
food truck festivals have been held, and popular places to find
a truck include Western
Gateway Park, the parking lot north of the Lucas State
Office Building and east of the State Capitol, Des Moines City
Hall, and the Regency
West office park on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines.
Breweries including Confluence,
515, and Firetrucker continue to
be destinations as well. Below are a just a few of the
vendors-on-wheels plying their way into our stomachs.
Powered by Fries serves
up first rate Belgian-style fries with excellent sauces and
toppers. The fries exhibit a golden, crisp exterior, but are oh
so fluffy on the inside. A light sprinkling of salt complements.
As for dipping sauces, the beer mustard aioli is thick and
creamy. zesty and lightly sweet. Their curry ketchup is sweet at
first, then warming spices blossom on the palate, tickling the
What I can
say about the steak taco from Roadside Tacos
is 'Whoa!' With tender beef, familiar spices, plus a zippy
salsa, I fought the urge for seconds.
Street Eats DSM
brightened my summer with gourmet 'sammiches' and an excellent
poutine. Their basic poutine, golden brown fries topped with
cheese curds and gravy, is crispy, cheesy, salty, and gravy [as
noun and verb].
DSM's Grinder with Italian sausage with fries,
onions, peppers, marinara, and cheese sauce is delicious and
filling. I'd love to see this sans hoagie as a poutine.
onto 515 Pi's parked on Mulberry, I excitedly ordered a Bacon
& Blue with bacon, poblano, caramelized onion,
and blue cheese. Its some kind of awesome!
At Taco Loco I enjoyed a trio of tacos with carne molida, cilantro and onion. The
ground beef is simple and clean tasting, but a single corn tortilla
isn't sturdy enough for this moist filling. Both roja and verde
salsas are zesty!