- Aren’t you tired of the usual food carts? (Yes, you know which carts I’m referring to)
- Here’s a list that I guarantee will be a cold splash of water on your face – guaranteed to wake you up and get you excited again!
NEW FOOD CART IDEAS
You know that it’s time for something new when your clients answer, in a deadpan voice, “FIC, Potato Corner” when you ask them what food carts they will get for their child’s birthday party. While these are certainly very respectable food cart businesses that offer tasteful food, they’ve practically dominated the scene to the point that their names are an automatic reply.
Well, I’m sorry to say but “automatic” can sometimes also mean “boring”.
Here are 10 fresh, and delightfully surprising new takes on the age-old food cart concept:
1. SPUD BUDS
It’s no secret that Filipinos LOVE potato fries and chips, hence the strong popularity of Potato Corner. But haven’t you ever wondered, is there something else? Spud Buds is out there to answer that, with their delicious potato skins and shoestring fries. Take a look for yourself!
What I Like: While I love both their Shoestring Potatoes and Ultimate Potato Skins, my personal favorite is the Ultimate Potato Skins. The skins are delightfully thin with just the right amount of crunchiness, while dripped and slathered with generous amounts of cheese, bacon bits and other toppings. Be sure to try they chocolate chip potato chips as well!
Contact number: +63 917 843 7006
Yes, you guessed it right. Not only have creative minds put a new spin to potato fries and ice cream, but they’ve done it to cotton candy as well. Fluffed is putting a new spin on an old favorite, and it’s getting noticed. It’s the new new thing and you’d best try it out for yourself:
What I Like: In the spirit of being craft and artisanal, Fluffed offers delightfully unique flavors such as Pina Colada, Cherry Pepper, Maple Bacon, and Honey Mansi!
3. MERRY MOO
When it comes to artisan ice cream, Merry Moo is one of those who started it all. If you’re tired of the usual flavors and up for an adventure (Candied Bacon flavor, anyone?), Merry Moo is right up your alley and in my book, remains one of the best-tasting craft ice cream out there. Take a look for yourself:
What I Like: Besides the perennial best-seller Sea Salt Caramel, you’d better try the Avocado flavor. All I can say is, creamy goodness!
Contact number: +632 633 3601 (look for Angie of Merry Moo, available M-F 9am-6pm)
4. SCHMIDT’S GOURMET HOTDOGS
Once you try Schmidt’s you’ll know that hotdogs will never be the same again. Schmidt’s offers a unique twist on the hotdog, offering flavors such as the Wagamama (Japanese-inspired hotdog), the Coney Island Chilli Dog. Those names truly inspire some serious mouth-watering anticipation!
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What I Like: Call me typical, but I’m sucker for the classics. I love the Coney Island Chilli Dog and the Seattle Dog, both American-inspired hotdogs! If you’d like to give their hotdogs a try first before hiring them for your birthday party, they have stores in The Podium Mall, Maginhawa Food Park, and in 8 Missouri St. Greenhills.
Contact number: +63 917 532 4831
Tamayaki offers various Takoyaki and Milk Teas and Juices as well. Takoyaki is that curious Japanese delicacy that is cooked flour-based balls of tasty goodness topped with special Takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise. For those who are tired of the usual fishball/squidball and milk tea options, Tamayaki offers a Japanese-centric perspective on street food.
What I Like: You’d better try the seasoned octopus flavor and the Korean pork barbecue. You won’t regret it!
Contact number: +632 570 7789, +63 922 861 3092
6. PEPI CUBANO
A hidden gem for foodies is this little Cuban sandwich shop called Pepi Cubano. This hidden gem serves authentic, honest-to-goodness Cuban sandwiches, offering slow-roasted pork loin marinated in secret sauce, mixed with ham, pickles and just the right amount of mustard, pressed in between two Cuban bread. For those who cannot make the pilgrimage to Legaspi Village, you can now call them and they will come to your party!
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What I Like: As a primer, go for the classic Pepi Cubano (slow-roasted pork loin). Pan De Bistec (sirloin beef with caramelized onions) is a great choice too!
For a minimum order of 50 sandwiches +15% service charge, Pepi Cubano can service your event. For orders of 100 sandwiches and above, service charge is waived.
7. POP UP BAR MANILA
Pop Up Bar Manila offers every snack that you need – churros, nachos, sausages, tacos, gelato, iced tea, lemonade, the works – all wrapped up in a nice, clean, and perfectly styled package. This concept presents a refreshing take on the food cart concept by doing it in style.
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What I Like: Go for their churros and sausages. Deee-licious!
Contact number: +63 947 994 6949
If you’re the Belgian fries type of person, here’s a nice alternative to NYFD. The Frittery offers gourmet fries (and also hotdogs!), with a whole range of dips available as well such as barbecue ranch, honey mustard, and the slammin’ secret (Frittery was created by the same people behind Slammin’ Burgers)!
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What I Like: Their criss-cut fries are a must. Of course, you cannot miss Frittery’s Classic Belgian fries as well!
Contact number: +63 917 519 9986
9. ICE POPS MANILA
For those of us 90’s kids, the memory of those blissful summers doing nothing but play in the sun and sucking on ice pops will forever be etched into our memories. Why did ice pops suddenly disappear? Well, despair no more, as Ice Pops Manila is bringing this famed product back, with of course, that modern, artisan twist.
It might just be the perfect time for a Strawberry Mojito! What inspired us to come up with this flavour was the further push to turn a slushie into a popsicle. We thought, well the colder the better! So we have come up with the most refreshing mix of fresh strawberries blended with lime and mint–and of course the perfect kick of booze! One lick takes us back to the beach 😝 Do you have popsicle ideas? #FlavaFriday #HaveANiceDayMNL #IcePopsMNL #BoozyPops #StrawberryMojito
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What I Like: I’m a sucker for their Oreos and Cream Ice Pop, and their Orange Sunburst is a must-try!
Contact number: +63 917 631 8328, +63 916 430 3031
10. BONO GELATO
For ice cream connoisseurs, the difference between ice cream and gelato is the difference between the Earth and Moon. While technically still considered an ice cream, the gelato is much denser in flavor, and has a smooth, silky texture. For those of you who favor the gelato, in my opinion the number 1 brand is Bono Gelato.
Bono Gelato has already achieved quite some fame as a gelato brand, but it is lesser known that they can also cater to events and parties!
What I Like: I love the California Strawberry, Milo Dinosaur, and Kooky Monster!
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