Written By Anya Levykh Folks / Reporter Jul 10, 2012 Lunch Pick: Street Meet Food Truck SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest left: crispy risotto balls stuffed with braised pork and drizzled with a basil-truffle aioli. right: The Street Meet. Photos by Anya LevykhVANCOUVEROnce could say that the street food scene in Vancouver has undergone a renaissance in the last three years, but that wouldn’t be quite accurate, since it wasn’t very good to begin with. A more accurate term might be chrysalis. For years, we were the caterpillar to other cities’ butterflies—aswith Portland, Oregon, for instance. And while we still don’t have a city of food “pods” with hundreds of options, what we do have is varied, inventive and flavourful. Yes, we’ve broken out of our cocoon of hot dogs and roasted chestnuts in favour of real food. Take Street Meet, for instance. This cheerful, sunshine-coloured food truck opened a few months ago and specializes in tastes from around the Mediterranean region. The menu revolves around what’s fresh, seasonal and locally produced, kind of like the owners, chefs Alessandro Vianello and Mike Carter. Carter and Vianello seem to run a straight-up business. The truck runs on propane, all containers and utensils are fully biodegradable, their used cooking oil is sold to a local bio-diesel co-op, and, most importantly, all ingredients are sourced and traceable. Sloping Hill pork, Polderside chicken and Ocean Wise seafood are staples. Salt Spring Island lamb and creamy local feta on a hefty bunPotato chipsA recent visit had me trying the lamb burger ($12), with Salt Spring Island lamb and creamy local feta on a hefty bun. The meat was cooked perfectly, with a hint of pink and a lot of juice. The burger came with a large mound of crispy potato chips that had the barest hint of grease. The crunch on these was fantastic, to the point where the person sitting next me on the park bench where I chowed down looked affronted at the level of noise I was producing (yeah, don’t eat these next to a sleeping baby). The crispy risotto balls ($5) were another standout item, stuffed with braised pork and drizzled with a basil-truffle aioli. Finish off with some of the Sicilian cannoli ($3/each or $5/two) – lovely cones filled with tiramisu cream – and you have a meal fit for the gods. Located at Burrard St. & Pender St. | www.streetmeettruck.ca Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30am-3pm Folksstreet foodVancouver SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Anya Levykh Anya Levykh was born on the shores of the Black Sea, in what was formerly the USSR. The cold, Communist winters were too much for her family, and, before she was four feet tall, they had left for warmer climes in the south of ... Read More You may also like Food People July 4, 2017 Island Food: The Challenges of Growing a Food Business on the Gulf Islands Twenty minutes of climbing and I am gasping for breath, initially from the hike, then from the unexpected beauty of the view. Sapphire sky fills the ... Read More Food People / Victoria May 19, 2017 Meet Entrepreneur Daniel Edler and his Ice Cream Subscription Business Daniel Edler of 49 Below Artisan Ice Cream, an ice cream subscription service based in Victoria, BC, will be a featured speaker at the June ... Read More Food People / Interesting Locals May 18, 2017 Meet Entrepreneur Mike Rowe of Accio Mike Rowe of Accio, an on-demand restaurant and retail delivery service based in Victoria, BC, will be a featured speaker at the June 12th EAT ... Read More Interesting Locals / Victoria May 15, 2017 Meet Food Entrepreneurs Alyssa & Corey of Local Urban Bites Alyssa and Corey of Local Urban Bites, a meal kit delivery service based in Victoria, BC, will be two of the featured speakers at the June 12th EAT ... Read More Interesting Locals / Vancouver March 31, 2017 10 Questions for BC Distilled Founder Alex Hamer BC Distilled is British Columbia’s premier artisan distillery festival. Its goal is to celebrate and highlight British Columbia’s ... Read More Causes / Events March 28, 2017 10 Questions for Food Activist Arlene Stein Arlene Stein is a Canadian food activist and the executive director and founder of Canada’s largest food symposium, Terroir, which takes place ... Read More Comments are closed.