Local food trucks offer creativity and personality

A4 TRUCK parked in Dewey Square at lunch time last week. New this season, the food truck is operated by Area Four, the Cambridge bakery and restaurant.
A4 TRUCK parked in Dewey Square at lunch time last week. New this season, the food truck is operated by Area Four, the Cambridge bakery and restaurant.KAYANA SZYMCZAK FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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When the current breed of food trucks rolled into town, it was a novelty. Rather than junk food, they were selling creative dishes made from high-quality ingredients. It was exciting simply to be able to purchase a real meal from a truck. Now these vehicles are everywhere, and there is room for discernment. It’s not enough, anymore, to serve gourmet sandwiches or rice bowls — they have to be good enough to keep up with other local offerings. And as more food-truck concepts lead to brick-and-mortar establishments, and more brick-and-mortars spawn food trucks, the line between the two blurs. They are all restaurants. Some of them just happen to move. Given that, it’s time to take a critical look at a few of these mobile eateries.

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