Prediction 2013: The Year of the Food Trucks in Buenos Aires

Update and new prediction: 2014 will be the year of the Buenos Aires Food Trucks

It was only a matter of time the gourmet food truck trend that ravished the United States in 2011 make its fashionable trucker debut in Buenos Aires. Many thought it wouldn’t happen. Restrictions, regulations, habilitaciones municipales, there were just too many laws in place that strictly forbid any type of mobile kitchen (unless it served choripán and bondiola). But just like the closed-door restaurant-supper club craze and the pop-up hybrid rave took over the city, food trucks will be the next big BA thing.

Unveiling at Masticar, the Nomade food truck was a giant hit with their brightly colored stencil-covered fast food on wheels. They sold ‘Min Pao’ aka Momofuku-style buns filled with pork, pulled beef and mushrooms. Even though on Friday they were selling these for AR$5, $8 & $10 and by Sunday they were up to AR$15 & $20 (inflation at its finest), these bad ass two-bite wonders were the real deal. Especially the pork.

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Obnoxiously and shamefully way too excited for this breakthrough in BA food, I tried to pull all my slick Carmen Sandiego investigative reporting moves to squeeze more information about their project: SHOT DOWN. No business cards, no website, no Facebook page, no Twitter, no Pinterest, no blog-Tumblr-Foodspotting-Instagram… NO NOTHIN’.  They gave me a very cryptic generic ‘we’re coming soon’ response. A 21st century food trend with no online exposure?! So underground.

After a bit of digging, it turns out Nomade is the brainchild of Ernesto Lanusse of Espacio Dolli, the son of the Mother-Lord of Buenos Aires food personalities, Dolli Irigoyen. That’s Dolli in the photo sticking her head out of the passenger seat of the food truck. Narda Lepes is also there for the photo-op. And so are the swarms of fans. Apparently chef worshipping is the new black.

*A few days after Masticar, Espacio Dolli’s Nomade food truck was spotted quietly and indiscreetly (it’s a pretty loud neon truck) parked on Carranza and El Salvador in Palermo Hollywood.

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And Espacio Dolli isn’t the only one with plans of a food truck. The capo in the kitchen Matias Kyriazis, of Paraje Arevalo and Local filled me in on a little secret: he too has plans of egg trucking it with his magnificent huevos. Here is the wonderful huevo apanado with trout and greens that he served at Masticar, that’s bound to make an appearance on his future food mobile. La Cabrera also has a food truck that was spotted parked in front of their restaurant in Palermo.

Is there hope that Buenos Aires will let these food carros roam free, offering a quick, nomadic and *cough*affordable*cough* new food option? Throw the legal permit out the window, by the power of the mega gastro-moguls, we are just one step closer toward food trend globalization.

**UPDATE – MARCH 13, 2013**Coffee Av-2

The first real Buenos Aires Food Truck Coffee Van has been spotted (by the girl about town) roaming around Retiro! Coffee Avenue and their “hot drinks on wheels” marks a historical day for food trend lovers, pointing towards a bright Buenos Aires food truck future. To find out exactly where to grab your coffee on the go, follow Coffee Avenue on Twitter and Facebook. (Photo by Coffee Avenue). 

**Update — June 6, 2013**

Two food trend double whammies coming at ya: Popular supermarket soup brand Knorr will be cruising the streets of Buenos Aires in their own… wait for it… SOUP TRUCK. It’s only in the last two years that Buenos Aires has become soup-nazi crazy, and now there will be a whole truck, operated Knorr, hopefully not serving their powder packaged soups. The horror, the horror! From the photos of Argieworld celebrities (yes, those two dudes are semi famous), uniformed promotion CHICAS, and to-go coffee cups(?) as soup bowls, I’m a little frightened to see how this trend pans out.

**Update Jan 17, 2014BUENOS AIRES FOOD TRUCK REVOLUTION IN THE WORKS

It looks like all our hopes and prayers have been answered, food trucks are actually starting to pop up in Argentina! With about a dozen members and climbing, Argentina’s Food Truck organization is in full force, aiding to the creation of mobile burgers and hot dogs. El Puesto de Fabio will be in full force in San Isidro while Hollywood Dogs has been deep throating panchos around town this past year. As of now, the majority of the food trucks work only to cater special events, but let’s hope they will hit the road this year and finally give BA the food trucks she deserves.

Stay tuned for more………

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16 Responses to Prediction 2013: The Year of the Food Trucks in Buenos Aires

  1. iS TRUE THAT YOU CAN GET ONE OF THOSE SO CALLED “CHORIPETE” FROM THIS TRUCKS?

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  3. Oscarthegeek says:

    Prediction 2029: The year of the flying choripan stands in Buenos Aires. You’ll be able to get a choripan from your flying car, but they still won’t break a $50 bill

  4. TL says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. <3

  5. tuliobraganca says:

    I don’t wanna be an “aguafiestas” but in the Feria Masticar I asked the people from this truck if they were thinking about making a real food truck and they sad to me that was only for the Feria and didn´t have plans to be in the streets!

  6. marulandia says:

    Have you ever heard of “carritos de la costanera”? Those were the food trucks back 40 years ago. So it’s not a trend, just a comeback. Plus, Macri is going to replace the old “carritos” for new food trucks starting February 2013…

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  8. Luther Vandross says:

    food trucks are illegal in BA unless they’re permanently in one spot (defeating the purpose of wheels)

  9. forkyou says:

    But closed door restaurants are illegal too, and that is one of the major food trends that the culinary scene has received the most press for in recent years (both locally and internationally). The majority of choripan stands across the city are illegal too. And so is dancing in bars. There are tons of examples of certain restrictions or laws that are broken all the time.

  10. calmyourbeans says:

    Reblogged this on calmyourbeans.

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