Missing food trucks? 8 Vermont restaurants that started on the road

Food-truck season is fast approaching, which means you can soon start feasting upon all sorts of alfresco delicacies handed to you from someone ensconced inside a cramped kitchen on wheels.

Until prime food-truck season gets here, however, you can prepare mentally and culinarily by visiting Vermont restaurants that trace their roots to trucks or carts. Some kept the same name as their wheeled business, some opted for new monikers; a few continue to operate trucks or carts while others left their portable operations in the dust.

Several of those erstwhile truck-and-cart eateries responded to email pleas from the Burlington Free Press asking them to spill the beans on their business backgrounds and provide a look ahead to what 2022 might bring. (Some responses have been edited for clarity.) Take a seat and get ready to eat…

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Daisy Hoagland cooks up a pair of crepes at The Skinny Pancake food cart on Church Street in Burlington on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

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The Skinny Pancake

Michael Cyr, director of marketing

When did the food truck/food cart begin? 2003. On Church Street during (Burlington Discover) JazzFest!

When did the restaurant begin? 2007 was the first one on the Burlington Waterfront. 

Do you still run a food cart? Sure do! Right on Church Street.

Anything new for 2022? Oh yeah! Improving the inside and outside of existing restaurants, introducing some new menu items, and excited to get back on the road for our festival tour!

Information: Hours for all locations (Burlington near Waterfront Park; Burlington International Airport; University of Vermont in Burlington; Montpelier; Quechee; Stowe/Mountain Road; Stowe/Spruce Peak; and Albany, New York) available at www.skinnypancake.com.

A lunchtime crowd gathers at Restaurant Poco in Burlington on July 17, 2019.

Restaurant Poco

Susie Ely, co-owner

When did the food truck/food cart begin? Dolce VT Food Truck began September 2013. 

When did the restaurant begin? April 2019. 

Do you still run a food truck? No.

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Anything new for 2022? We are looking forward to a busy summer season and working with our local farmers.

Information: Restaurant Poco, 55 Main St., Burlington. 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. www.restaurantpoco.com

Joe Collier serves customers waiting to be served from the Maudite Poutine food cart on Church Street in Burlington on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Maudite Poutine/Tiny Community Kitchen

Joe Collier, co-owner

When did the food truck/food cart begin? We registered our business in September 2016, hand-built the cart that fall and started slinging poutine on Church Street in December 2016. Our first full season was summer 2017. My brother Michael, my sister, Leah, and I own it together. Michael’s title is Chief Poutineologist. Leah is Senior Partner in Poutine Logistics. I am the Principal French Fry Technician and heavily involved in R & D as well.