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Food Truck Nation These trendy mobile restaurants have taken the nation by storm By ALYSON BOXMAN LEVINE

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ound in big cities and small towns alike, the proliferation of food trucks over the last five years has been deliciously widespread. From spicy Indian food to PB&J and everything edible in between, these mobile restaurants are both convenient and hip, and cater to a foodie demographic adventurous in their eating habits. According to research firms, food trucks and carts now make up a $1.2 billion industry. Atlantic City paid tribute to this explosive

trend in July at their first annual Atlantic City Food Truck Festival in Brighton Park at the Claridge Hotel. This free event featured Chef Brian Duffy of the Food Network and Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.” Duffy hosted live cooking demonstrations and the area’s top food trucks provided a variety of different dishes ranging from burgers to tacos throughout the successful two-day event. Featured trucks included: The Wahlburgers truck, founded by famous

brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg; Tacoholics; The Whirley Pig; Nick’s Roast Beef; The Empanada Guy; Dump N Roll; Mama’s Meatballs; PBandU and many more. History of Food Trucks According to historians, the modern-day food truck was born in Texas in the 19th Century. After the Civil War, cattleman needed to herd cattle to parts of the country where railroads did not exist and were away from home for

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