Meals on Wheels

Gourmet chefs are cooking and serving from kitchens in trucks

Charles Peterson for TIME

Customers rave about dishes from an Airstream trailer based in Seattle.

This is a dining alternative that could not have existed 20 years ago. Your father did not think, Sure, I'd like some grilled wild salmon with roasted-shallot bread pudding--but I don't feel like sitting down to eat it. But gourmet-food trucks, staffed by trained chefs who have worked in high-end restaurants, have been appearing on city streets throughout the country. "People in their 30s and late 20s are not caught up with trying to impress people by going to the most luxurious establishment and throwing money around," says Jerome Chang, 31, who dispenses $5 crème brûlée out of the Dessert Truck...

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