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En Place Food Truck Hits the Street

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson En Place Food Truck Hits the StreetAll photos by Ayana Wilson.
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What do you do when you and your family really enjoy eating out, especially at food trucks, but could never really eat at the same one owing to the fact that you eat meat but your family doesn’t?

Sure, you could wait for a festival, where the sheer number of mobile restaurants all but assures that you and the family can finally dine together at the same time. But, what about on a Tuesday afternoon? Or when festival season eventually comes to an end?

These are the questions Nic Piccin asked himself one day, and the answer to those queries – En Place Food Truck. Piccin already had a culinary background, having honed his skills with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants as both a sous chef at Martini, and on other projects in Tampa.

He eventually found his culinary path diverging from the corporate, and when he realized he was essentially living as a part of a niche group to which few food establishments consciusly cater, he decided to try his hand at being both his own boss and primary feeder.

“I wanted to have a truck where both vegetarians and meat eaters alike could find something healthy and delicious,” shares Piccin. “I try to think about what would be satisfying for both, so that families and groups like mine have more everyday options from trucks than just burgers or barbecue.”

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En Place Food Truck’s menu is seasonally-driven, simple in its description, and explosive in flavor. The Bok Choy & Napa Salad, with red peppers, scallions, peanuts, soba noodles, and a wickedly addictive sesame ginger dressing, is served vegetarian or with grilled chicken.

As is the Primavera Pasta: penne, zucchini, squash, and onions tossed in a parmesan lemon cream sauce. The Sprout Sandwich, finished with vegan mayo and served on Ezekiel Bread, is as purely vegetarian as the Spicy Chicken Sandwich, topped with jalapenos and sriracha mayo is not.

They’re both served with fries for $7-$9. The final item on En Place’s summer menu is the Pork Belly Sliders ($12) – two perfectly-sized fistfuls of joy filled with confit pork belly and topped with corn and a jalapeno jam for sweet, spicy contrast.

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Piccin cooks everything to order on the truck, which can usually be found parked out front Clintonville Outfitters, 2864 North High Street, across from the Giant Eagle, weekdays during lunch hours, 11:30am – 2pm.

En Place Food Truck is also out in Powell, at 1490 Manning Parkway, every Wednesday for lunch service at the same time. They will be participating in both the QFM/Food Fort Food Truck Fest on August 9th, as well as the Food Truck & Cart Festival on August 15th-16th.

En Place Food Truck is available for catering every occasion, so think of them the next time you want to treat yourself and your family and friends to some honestly delicious food.

To find where En Place Food Truck will be today, follow them at www.facebook.com/enplacefoods.

All photos by Ayana Wilson.

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