Two new Chicago food blogs have launched which seem, in a nutshell, to sum up everything that our food scene is about. Which one you will find more worth following is a little window into your foodie soul.
Food Truck Freak’s mission is explained in a single giant purple button: LOCATE A FOOD TRUCK! You thought the food truck movement was about bringing food to you (especially if you were in a large boring office building like the Merchandise Mart or the Aon Center). Well, silly you: it’s now about bringing you to the hottest new food trucks, wherever they may be. Food Truck Freak aggregates all the info from various food truck Twitter feeds and websites, and helps you pinpoint their location so you can swoop in like The Batman to get your cupcake or meatball sandwich. Blogger Alex Levine also covers the food truck scene with news of new trucks, reports on the popular northside Food Truck Thursdays events, and more.
There’s also a gas-guzzling element to Chicago Cab Fare, but it’s a human who’s being transported this time while the food stays put. David Heiser apparently has a day job that puts him in cabs a lot, because once he’s in one, he always asks his driver where he likes to go eat. Then he checks their recommendations out and blogs about them. Not surprisingly, the result is a blog that zooms past pricy hotspots to pull up in front of dirt cheap 24-hour hangouts, especially Indo-Pak and African ones. It’s a great gimmick for revealing hidden corners of our food scene— as Heiser says, “you’re almost assured to be the only one not from the chef’s home country, which is always an interesting experience.”