Food trucks are all the rage these days, and Boulder is never a city to miss out on the hippest trends.
So, on the odd occasion that you are tired of eating dorm food or ordering pizza or nuking ramen, I did some research on how you can enjoy some of Boulder's finest mobile meals. Hard work, I know.
The first thing you need to do if you want to become a food-truck aficionado is get on social media. Since food trucks are, you know, trucks, their schedule and locations can change from day to day.
For some, the best way to track them is on Twitter and Facebook, like with Verde (southwestern food, including an awesome California burrito), the Arepa Joint (plantains are the best thing ever) and The French Twist Food Truck (French food, with a twist!).
Other food trucks primarily use their websites, like Big Dawg Barbecue and What the Fork. There is also a website called Roaming Hunger that has a Boulder site and lays out food truck locations for you. And yes, there's an app for that.
But let's say you don't want to chase one truck around the city. You want to go somewhere where you can have your pick. Well, the best spot is the Rayback Collective at 28th Street and Valmont Road. Every night, a collection of three to four food trucks parks outside the building for you to peruse. You can check out their website at therayback.com for a schedule of all the food trucks that will be there on any given day.
A word of advice though: Carpool or ride a bike to Rayback if you can. Parking can get a little dicey around happy hour. Plus, added bonus, that means you can take advantage of the expansive selection of draft beers and other drinks on site.
Speaking of beer, breweries are also a really good bet to have some sort of food truck hanging around most nights. Upslope Brewing in east Boulder and Gunbarrel Brewing and Beyond the Mountain Brewing just a bit north of the city are two locations that usually get visits from a food truck in the evening.
If you are looking for lunchtime food trucks, Flatiron Parkway off of 55th is also a hot spot for food trucks due to all the nearby businesses (including the Colorado Daily and Daily Camera, so say hi if you see me).
And finally — I know it's not really a food truck, because it is always in the same location and it's more of a cart — but I would be remiss if I did not mention the Gyro Stand down on Pearl Street, which opens up late at night at the 11th Street end of the walking mall. Besides, you all are college students. You are going to ignore all of my carefully researched selections anyway and just go get greasy gyros when the bars get out. Ah, brings back memories.
Oh, and I also once wrote about a food truck that caters to dogs. In case there are any dogs reading this. Or, I guess, dog owners.
Mitchell Byars: twitter.com/mitchellbyars