CEDAR CITY – Bacon wrapped hot dogs, s’more mini donuts, Nutella strawberry waffles, Hawaiian chicken grilled cheese? Sounds like dinner time on a Wednesday night at the Cedar City Food Truck Roundup in front of Ace Hardware.
On Feb. 25, six food trucks from Cedar City and St. George banded together to bring Cedar City a new dining experience. Waffle Truck/St. George owner and operator Michael Alexander saw an opportunity to join with other food trucks in the area for a weekly roundup and started having discussions with other food truck owners like Johnathan Gonzalez, owner of Cedar City’s Our Dog’z, Ginger Hall, of Cedar City’s Boondock Grill, and the owners of Donut Bites to bring a food truck roundup to Cedar City.
Gonzalez said the food truck owners started talking to each other and have become friends who communicate on a weekly basis. He is a believer in what his food truck peer Alexander says, “We can do more together than alone. If we band together here in Southern Utah, food trucks are here to stay.”
Alexander, who is based out of St. George, has been coming to Cedar once a week since the first week of August with his food truck, Waffle Love. The business’ gourmet waffles have developed a large following in Southern Utah for their crispy-on-the-outside and soft-on-the-inside waffles, topped with decadent toppings like raspberries, strawberries, Nutella, Biscoff and whipped cream. It also serves up seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice and peaches and cream.
Inspired by a similar roundup that happens once a week in St. George, Waffle Love, Donut Bites, Our Dog’z, Love Me Tender Chicken Tenders, World’s Best Corndogs, and Boondock Grill circled their wagons and opened for business on Feb. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. in front of Ace Hardware in Cedar City.
It was their second roundup in Cedar and the response was unbelievable. A crowd gathered and although the lines were long, people waited to sink their teeth into some mouth-watering menu items.
Waffle Love may be a chain food truck, but it is grateful to support and park next to local food trucks. Even Waffle Love founder Adam Terry from Northern Utah was visiting the Cedar City food truck roundup that night.
Reviews in the Cedar City Food Review Facebook group sung the praises of the variety of food available despite the long waits. The fried cheesecake and corndogs from World’s Best Corndogs may have new addicts. The mini donuts from Donut Bites were also getting sticky social media high fives and there were perfect strangers offering to share a taste of their donuts with new found foodie friends at the roundup. Boondock Grill was serving up some of its signature homemade potato chips with a friendly smile and although it has only been open since last November, it is quickly growing a local following.
There were a few fryer mishaps that delayed serving time, but the positive response for the second Cedar City Food Truck Roundup has Gonzalez encouraged for his full-time food truck opening starting in March. While he is attending events like the roundup, he and his wife plan to be open full time in March next to Soda Run. Gonzalez also hinted at plans for a permanent home for many of Cedar City trucks in the future. Food truck followers will just have to wait for the final details on that food truck news.
Until then, the food trucks are finding spots around town to fill Cedar City residents’ bellies and it is highly likely they are circling their wagons again March 4 in front of Ace Hardware.