The History of the Food Truck

Have you ever wondered where food trucks originated and how they became so popular? We decided to take a journey back into history and found an interesting historical timeline of the American food truck.

Our history lesson dates all the way back to 1681 in New Amsterdam, now known as New York City. The city began regulating street vendors from selling food from push carts. In 1866 Charles Goodnight invented the Chuck Wagon to feed cattlemen traveling through the old west. Then in 1894, sausage vendors started selling from carts known as “dog wagons” outside many eastern universities. Oscar Mayer introduced “The Weiner Mobile” in 1936 and it was not until the 1950’s, that Ice Cream Trucks started making rounds. By the 1960’s we had Roach Coaches selling food at construction sites and work locations around the country. The recession of 2008 forced many highly qualified and innovative chefs out of restaurants and onto the streets, leading many to instant overnight success of their food inventions.

Today you can find ethnic to fusion cuisine, tacos, rice bowls, cupcakes, ice cream and everything in-between. It’s estimated that more than 2.5 billion people eat street food from a food truck every day! The Sandpoint area is home to several local food truck innovators who have put their passion into food, and you can taste it!

Some of our favorite Sandpoint local Food Truck Innovators include: Taco Tacos in Ponderay, where owner Jimmy dishes up some awesome street tacos that remind me of my Tijuana days back in the 80’s!  Taco Tacos is located on Kootenai Cutoff Road next to Panhandle Animal Shelter and you can’t go wrong – these tacos are truly authentic street tacos! Also located in Ponderay across the street from the Co-Op is Shilla Korean BBQ. Their tagline is “Bringing a little Seoul to You” and boy do they ever!  Head Chef, Jeff Coleman whips up a Spicy Chicken Bowl that’s out of this world! If you’re looking for something in town with organic ingredients, then I recommend Jupiter Jane Traveling Café’, located near Fifth and Cedar Street across from Arby’s. The Skinny Jane is made with organic kale, seasonal vegies, black beans & cucumber-ginger dressing – it’s pure organic heaven! Also try “Janes Addiction” The best Chocolate Chip Cookie and it’s Gluten-Free! If you love a good “Breakfast” – you can’t go wrong with Moxies! They are  located at the Oak Street Food Court and serve all day breakfast and baked goods! Try their waffles, they are amazing! And last but not least, if you love traditional BBQ, Smokesmith Bar-B-Que makes an awesome Beef Brisket and offers some delicious grass roots BBQ, that everyone will love. Smokesmith BBQ is located in Ponderay right next to Panhandle Animal Shelter and they are smoking meats daily! These are just of few of our amazing Street Food Innovators, that make up Sandpoint’s  LOCAL Food and Flare. Please pay them a visit, you will not be disappointed.


  • Sean
    August 10, 2020 - 6:05 pmReply

    I never knew the history of the food truck, this is AWESOME! Thanks for taking the time to research it for me! 🙂

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