Thank God for food trucks. Without them, we would have to rely on breweries to have spend major money on their kitchens instead of focusing that capital on bettering their beer. Thankfully, Colorado has a vast selection of varying genres of food trucks to keep us entertained and sustained. We rounded up three trucks: Umami: Asian Fusion, Tramp About: Regional American, and Talarico’s Taste of Italian to see what the food truck culture is all about.
Umami: Asian Fusion
In 2012 Umami became the second food truck to roam Fort Collins. Their goal: cultivate a tribe of loyal Umami “ninjas” (fans), and serve up the best asian-fusion cuisine on wheels. The original owner quickly grew a hearty following that did not fade when the truck changed ownership in 2014 to Sara Gilman, the self-described “head ninja.” GIlman says she originally wanted to start a brick and mortar restaurant but was convinced to look into food trucks by her buisness partner at the time. That same day, Umami was on Craigslist, and Gilman became the proud new owner of the fan favorite.
Gilman has no formal training but has a passion for fresh, healthy food. She told The Pint, “The Asian element of Umami was new for me but a fun factor to experiment with.” She has kept most of the previous owner’s same recipes under the philosophy of “Why fix something that’s not broken.” Try our their Edamame, Ninja Bowl with ginger Chicken and Spicy Peanut sauce, Asian Nachos, or seared dumplings, a fan favorite. Umami can be found roaming between Odell on Wednesday, Snowbank on Saturdays, and Equinox on Sundays. Umami is also on OrderUp!