GREENSBORO, NC -- If you think of a hot dog vendor when the words "food truck" are mentioned, you haven't eaten at one of the food trucks of today.
We're talking gourmet meals a
nd desserts. From full pound lobster rolls to fondant covered cupcakes with ganache fillings.
When 2WTK asked you to vote on your favorite food truck, The Great Escape won with it's gourmet noodle dishes and crepes.
The great thing about a food truck, is it's mobile. The Great Escape truck put the brakes on when it got to the WFMY News 2 parking lot. 2WTK took you inside to see how an entire kitchen fits in a truck.
You might be surprised to find out food trucks are inspected just like their brick and mortar cousins. The Great Escape earned a 99.5 on their last inspection. The half point was docked for dust on the ceiling duct.
Co-owner Dallas Baker says the key to keep the close work space clean, is organization and preparation. He says we can all bring that into our bigger kitchens. Baker says out of of necessity, they cut up all of their ingredients ahead of time. Baker adds, that not only cuts down on the clutter in your work space, but it makes cooking faster and cleaning up faster too.
The Great Escape went from a catering company to a food truck in 2012. They can serve about 60 people in an hour. In a busy week, uses 40 to 60 pounds of dried noodles, 60 pounds of cabbage and four cases of shiitake mushrooms.
To find The Great Escape and where they will be stopping next, check out their website or facebook page.
Food Beast estimates there are nearly 3 million food truck vendors in the U.S. Everything from the hot dog cart to the gourmet trucks. The culinary site estimates it costs about $2,000 for a used standard hot dog style cars, nearly $40,000 for a retrofitted food truck and upwards of $75,000 for a new food truck.