One of Boston's own food trucks has beat out 14 other trucks from around the country to be named the 2011 Food Truck Rookie of the Year.
The Staff Meal food truck, the self-described "food truck for carnivores," nabbed 3,393
votes in the on-line contest by Mobile Cuisine in which more than 10,000 people voted.
"We're definitely happy to be noticed, and to be noticed in the restaurant community," said Patrick Gilmartin, co-owner of Staff Meal, as he cleaned up after a day doling out tacos filled with Chinese sausage, General Tso's duck tongue, shrimp, and other meats in the Back Bay. "That's where we see ourselves--as part of the food community as a whole."
The list of the top five rookie food trucks was rounded out by trucks from Chattanooga, Tenn.; Appleton, Wis.; Orlando, Fla.; and Reno, Nev. The site, which covers the mobile food industry, is considering holding separate contests for large and small cities next year.
"[Staff Meal's] votes came in steadily throughout the contest and were able to hold off a number of advances into their lead once some trucks were able to get their supporters here to cast their votes," states the Mobile Cuisine page announcing the results.
Adam Gendreau, the truck's co-owner, stirred the conversation amongst the city and food trucks in Boston last week when he wrote an open letter to the city calling for a revamped system to boost the industry.
Staff Meal plans to be stationed on the Greenway by the Aquarium Wednesday, and a schedule for all food trucks is available online.