Popular Fatbelly Taqueria debuts its food truck, a growing trend in our area

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

In less than a year, Fatbelly Taqueria has built a loyal following in downtown Nevada City. Last summer, entrepreneur and chef Chris Goodman debuted his street taco venture at ol’ Republic Brewery and sold hundreds of tacos the first night. Then Fatbelly set up in the doorway of Java Johns on Broad Street. Open from 6 p.m.-2 a.m., it was popular with the late night crowd.

On Thursday night, Fatbelly Taqueria debuted a food truck at SYRCL’s annual “State of the Yuba” event, dubbed the “soft launch.” Along with others, we enjoyed the authentic street tacos with fresh, local ingredients from one of Fatbelly’s staffers (see photo) while he told us Chris recently got the truck from San Diego. The truck looks great and required little retrofitting (AKA “it was ready to go”).

Fatbelly plans to park its food truck in Brunswick Basin in the parking lot on Maltman Drive where Walker’s Office Supplies is located. We’ve seen the An Honest Pie food truck in that spot before. The truck also will cater events. Fatbelly hopes to get permission to serve food from its taco truck in Nevada City — an issue that is now being debated.

Food trucks are commonplace in Sacramento, and they’re a growing presence in the foothills.

“All of our food, everything from vegan tacos to salsas, is prepared fresh, entirely from scratch,” according to Fatbelly. “We source from local farms as much as possible, providing a gourmet, farm-to-table experience. … Our pork tacos are non-GMO, and steroid free! Our beef tacos are made with free-range, grass fed beef!”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

5 thoughts on “Popular Fatbelly Taqueria debuts its food truck, a growing trend in our area”

  1. From Fatbelly’s Facebook page:
    “Att: Fatbelly family
    We had a minor accident yesterday involving the generator and a small fire. No worries though! No one was hurt and the fire dept came quickly!
    This does however put a slight set back in our “Grand Opening”..
    Stay tuned! We’ll be back soon!
    I STILL Believe.. In the Good Things Coming!”

  2. Food trucks, carts and vacant lots converted to food courts where trucks and carts park are common around Portland. Its amazing how busy they can be at 1 in the morning. Its a great way for local chefs to start a business and show their skills without all the expense of opening a restaurant. Its good to see local area finally catching up to trends fifteen or more years old.

    Hey, how about this, a movie theater that will serve beer and wine?

    1. Sierra cinemas will start serving beer and wine soon. They posted ABC notice on 2/26 for beer/wine and food —

      1. Right on! Watch a movie, have a brew, and maybe a something to eat. It will be interesting to see what simple pleasures add to their business.

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