I stopped for lunch today at the Cracked food truck when it was parked near Neil and Church streets in downtown Champaign. My first time eating from a real, full-fledged food truck.
It was a good sandwich (I got the Sloppy Jose), and the prices were reasonable. I went just before noon today, and the truck wasn't overrun with orders, but there were a handful of people standing around chatting. The truck was playing one of my favorite songs. It was a fairly lively atmosphere.
And it is the third truck to have started operating under the city's pilot program for food trucks that will continue to next August. If you live or work in downtown Champaign, you've probably also spotted the Crave truck or the Burrito King trucks at one of the spots designated under the food truck program.
So the program is growing. Like them or not, the food trucks and their customers are hard to miss in downtown Champaign these days. No word yet on whether we should expect to see Derald's crossing Wright Street or BoBo's heading north on Neil Street. Right now, Derald's parks at meters in Urbana, which has been legal, and BoBo's uses private property. Mas Amigos and Hawaiian Ice are on private property, too.
I hope to hear from some readers. What do you think of the food trucks on public property in downtown Champaign? You can comment below or send me a message on Twitter.