By Amanda Wigley |Staff Writer|
Say goodbye to leaving campus for lunch and say hello to the on–campus food trucks.
If you are on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12 and 2 p.m. you might have noticed the food trucks that are located outside the Pfau Library.
On Tuesdays you will find the Calbi BBQ food truck, which is a taco and burrito shop. Thursdays the Crepe Bonaparte food truck can be found offering several different breakfast, savory, dessert and traditional crepes.
Student Danny Ferryman tried the Calbi BBQ truck for the first time noting that he was drawn over because of the delicious smell. When I asked him what he liked about the food truck he stated that he loves “the convenience and not having to drive around wasting gas looking for food.”
The food trucks have been coming to our campus since Spring 2012. Emily Orquiza, CSUSB’s marketing coordinator and retail supervisor, notes that our campus decided to get them due to the rise in popularity on other school campuses. The school wanted to accommodate students by offering a different way to get lunch on campus.
Orquiza says the success rates are great and that she hopes to get more trucks that offer different types of food to our campus. There are also hopes to get them to come other days of the week, but for now Tuesdays and Thursdays seem to be the most highly demanded days of the week.
Chuy Flores is the orange county operations manager for the food truck company. He has been with them for a year and half and mentioned that their food trucks travel all over Southern California down to San Diego.
Last Tuesday I went to check out the Cali BBQ truck. I got there about 15 minutes before the truck opened and there was already a line of about 20 people waiting to get lunch. Throughout the time they were open for business there was a continuous flow of traffic.
Students are responding positively to the food trucks, especially on Thursday when I went to check out the Crepe Bonaparte truck. Sure enough there was a line just like on Tuesday, proving that the popularity of the food trucks on campus isn’t slowing down.
If you are concerned about the wait and getting to class on time, I found that they work very fast and get students their food quickly.
Both food trucks offer a variety of food however, they seem to be equally popular to the students on campus. The trucks have websites where you can check out their menu and where they are headed to next.
If you are on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you should stop by for a bite and see what you think.