The overhead doors at 2nd Street Market are up. Fresh air, sunshine and hungry people looking for a lively social scene mean it’s outdoor food season.
Warm weather fills the sidewalk seating along 5th Street with bustle. Coffee shop denizens sit outside and watch people go by, crowds of Riverscape strollers appear, and downtown office workers don sunglasses to dash out for a precious lunch-hour escape. And they’re all interested in food.
You wouldn’t know it, but a guy like me who’s worked at the Savoy Hotel, in London, who’s even served a royal or two, is actually a great fan of street food. So it’s an exciting time for me to be back in Dayton with my family. Because the talent we’ve got here on the streets is terrific.
That means on top of our usual festival street fare—the wonderful ethnic treats you get exposed to as the restaurants and churches come out to the summer crowds—you can now avail your taste buds of food truck fare.
I’ve tried them all and have yet to decide on a favorite: Fressa Truck, G’s Cue BBQ, Go Cupcake, McNasty’s, Harvest Mobile Cuisine, Zombie Dogz, Ringo’s North Star Mobile Eatery, The Monchon “The Social Sandwich” and the Craig’s Pesto Hot Dogs (a cart).
The names alone tell you adventurous eating awaits. If you miss the Food Truck Rally on Friday, May 10th, 5-10pm during Urban Nights, don’t worry, you’ll have more chances. Check out this list of Mobile Food Vendors that are serving up great eats on the street.
During my years as a chef and caterer, I’ve noticed something has fundamentally changed with people. They’ve come to appreciate fresh and healthy offerings, they’re much more adventurous, in search of variety and look for a whole experience around food.
Food attracts people, and people attract more people. I think that’s why the streets of downtown Dayton have gotten a little more populous in recent years. While I see food as a form of creativity and a way to please the senses—it’s also a meeting place, an adventure, a joy.
Enjoy the outdoor food season, if even it’s just sitting on your stoop with a glass of wine. I recommend a nice glass of St. Supéry Rosé. Cheers!