5 Chain Food Trucks We Wish Existed

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This line depresses me, although I know it's because the Taco Bell truck was giving out free tacos.
A few weeks ago, I was riding my bike past an otherwise quiet hotel parking lot on the edge of EaDo when I spotted it: a Taco Bell-branded food truck. The truck was dormant, its driver perhaps holed up in the cheap hotel, and I've yet to see the truck since. I wonder if it was just passing through Houston on its way to a market that's more welcoming to food trucks, although I admit I wasn't eager to sample its fare. Once you've made a late-night, half-drunk, face-size dent in a box of Doritos Locos tacos, you've pretty much experienced Taco Bell to its fullest.

Chain and/or fast food restaurants have been entering the food truck game in larger and larger numbers each year, with Taco Bell as only one example. Applebee's and Sizzler both have their own branded trucks now, and the Huffington Post has recently proclaimed that it's only a matter of time before corporate food trucks "kill mobile dining's street cred for good."

The editor-in-chief of our paper even spotted a McDonald's food truck hawking Big Macs and fries outside of the Alley Theatre one odd night downtown -- although the truck has since disappeared. McDonald's corporate office was of little assistance in trying to track down the ephemeral food truck, saying only:

Approximately 85 percent of McDonald's restaurants are owned and operated by independent businesspeople. As independent owners, McDonald's franchise owners have the authority to make certain operating decisions as they relate to their McDonald's restaurant operations. As such, decisions regarding the use of a food cart are at the discretion of the Owner/Operator of each location.

Well, you know what, McDonald's? I didn't want to eat at your dumb food truck anyway. (No matter how much I like a quarter pounder with cheese every few months.) Thanks for nothing.

On the other hand, there are a few chains and fast-food restaurants I wouldn't mind seeing enter the food truck market, the Huffington Post be damned...

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5. White Castle

There are no White Castles in Houston, which is enough of a travesty -- the damn place invented sliders, show a little respect -- but this oversight could easily be rectified by sending some of those tasty little squareburgers down Texas way on a truck. Think of the business it would do in potheads alone.

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4. Red Lobster

Cheddar Bay biscuits. Outside of a bar, after a long and fruitful night of Lone Star consumption. Outside of a coffee shop and stuffed with sausage, eggs and cheese for the best breakfast sandwich ever created. On the edge of a park, where you could picnic on buttery biscuits and whatever else Red Lobster sells to your heart's content. The point is: Cheddar Bay biscuits. All day and all of the night.


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Mon Ica
Mon Ica

Taco bell is gross!!!

Smedley
Smedley

Barf. Barf and puke.

Upinarms
Upinarms

This is so lame...why not just drive to these places.  How lazy have we become that we cant even go through a drive thru window now????

poorleno111
poorleno111

Why don't you just go to an already established chain of one of the restaurants you listed... I don't see what's so hard about that. There's a lot better food form the trucks that serve similar food to what you mentioned.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Time for a prisoner exchange, we will send a Whataburger truck North and West, and In N Out and White Castle can send trucks South......

trucks
trucks

Honestly, I wouldn't want any of these trucks. Trucks have become a unique food symbol in the US.  If a corporation went into this, It takes away the experience. 

 

thesonyag
thesonyag

@EatingOurWords I'm salivating at work. Mmmmm.... cheddar bay biscuits...

thisisnotapril
thisisnotapril

@EatingOurWords there actually is an In-N-Out truck. Mainly for private events but I bet 4 the right price you could have them drive to you

nickrallo
nickrallo

@EatingOurWords Yes = Cheddar biscuits. I'd also be down for a McNugget truck.

Megan
Megan

Whataburger truck.  YES.  THIS X 1,000. Could it come up to Kansas City?  They'd make a killing with all the ex-pat Texans here. (There are few things I miss about Texas, but the people, Whataburger, HEB and good Tex-Mex are my top 4, not necessarily in that order.)

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @poorleno111 Guys, it's just for fun. Let's all take a deep breath and think about Cheddar Bay biscuits.

EatingOurWords
EatingOurWords

@nickrallo It wouldn't even need to serve anything else. Just those biscuits, revamped a dozen different ways. *Homer Simpson drool*

tee-wee
tee-wee

 @Megan

 I swear I saw a whataburger truck at a UT football game when I was in college (15 years ago or so).

nickrallo
nickrallo

@EatingOurWords Totally. OH OH--Cheddar biscuits grilled cheese.

etee
etee

@nickrallo MUST. GET. ME. SOME. OF. THIS.

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