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As we mentioned last month, influential foodie guide Zagat added food trucks to its list of

eateries it reviewed. Earlier this week, the creators of this guide made finding food trucks easier with the launch of Zagat Food Trucks, a free website designed to help hungry New Yorkers locate their favorite mobile cuisine.

The map, now in its beta testing phase, was created by creative interactive agency JESS3, allows users to search for food trucks by location, by cuisine and by Zagat food rating. Once a user has chosen a food truck, the site will indicate its location, social media links (Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter), as well as its Zagat ratings and reviews. Currently, Zagat’s top-rated food trucks are limited to trucks in the Manhattan area.

Trucks will also be able to make their wandering whereabouts known by tweeting their locations to @ZagatTrucks, which automatically updates the app. While there’s no mobile app version of this service, users can follow the action on their mobile browsers.

About Zagat Survey, LLC

Known as the “wildly popular” “burgundy bible,” Zagat Survey is the world’s most trusted source for consumer-generated survey information. With a worldwide network of surveyors, Zagat rates and reviews restaurants, hotels, nightlife, movies, music, golf, shopping and a range of other entertainment categories and is lauded as the “most up-to-date,” “comprehensive” and “reliable” guide, published on all platforms. Zagat content is available to consumers wherever and whenever they need it: on ZAGAT.com, ZAGAT.mobi, ZAGAT TO GO for smartphones and in book form.

The twitter analysis site, Klout, reviewed hundreds of the nation’s food trucks to determine who would be its most influential. It was determined that LA and NYC dominated the list of entries, with a couple surprising (to them) results from Phoenix and Chicago.

  1. Big Gay Ice Cream Truck – Not a traditional ice cream truck, @biggayicecreamtruck topped Klout’s list.
  2. The Grilled Cheese Truck – Coming in at a close second, is @grlldcheesetruk delivering a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches to the streets of Los Angeles.
  3. Kogi BBQ – @kogibbq LA’s busiest Korean BBQ Taco Truck.
  4. Happy Bodega – @happybodega offers gourmet snacks to the streets of Chicago.
  5. Schnitzel & Things – @schnitzeltruck is serving hand pounded, lightly breaded thin cutlets fried to golden perfection in the streets of New York City.
  6. Nom Nom Truck – @nomnomtruck is a Banh Mi Food Truck serving Los Angeles.
  7. Wafels and Dinges – New York’s @waffletruck has mastered sweet and savory waffles.
  8. Truckin’ Good Food – @truckingoodfood is a Parisian style street food truck with an All-American flavor from Phoenix, AZ
  9. Lomo Arigato – LA’s @lomoarigato is famous for it’s Asian fusion dishes.
  10. The Munchie Machine – And last but not least.. @munchiemachine1 is one of Los Angeles’ newest street food trucks serving traditional snacks like PB&J and Smores.

Mobile Cuisine Magazine sends its congratulations to you all, with a wish of continued success.

Road Stoves GPS
Developer:
Mobile Restaurants, LLC
Cost: $0.99
Runs on: Android, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch
Website: www.roadstoves.com

The Road Stove GPS app is a must download for anyone who is looking to use food trucks as a meal source, especially in the Los Angeles area.

The application first requests your area, then provides all of the trucks in their database that are within 5, 20 or 50 miles from you. Once you select the truck to follow, the software uploads the specific information for that truck. You are now able to view their menu, their twitter feed will populate your screen and once you choose to find them, you will get driving direction from your current location.

The only downside to this software is that once a vehicle has turned off the system, the application no longer gives you their location and drops them off any searches you may make. The problem I can see will be when the trucks are doing something like refueling, or replenishing their food products. While their system is down, there is no way to know if they are down temporarily or for the rest of the day.

If any suggestion could be made, it would be to include a status message for each truck so that followers would know if they should move on to the next food truck for service. Mobile Cuisine Magazine recommends this product to those whom follow food trucks. Even if they do not have your area covered, in talking with the developers, they should have something for you very soon.

Rating: (once the developers have included more cities, this application will easily move into the 4.5 – 5 star range)

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