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Culture / Foodie Events

Popular Houston Food Trucks Transition to Bricks and Mortar

BY // 05.07.15

Tired of chasing food trucks? You’re in luck! Two local favorites are setting up shop in bricks-and-mortar locations.

Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream Bus goes from neighborhood ice cream truck to neighborhood creamery with a permanent address at 724 Telephone Road (formerly Scoops Ice Cream), opening end of May. Regarded as Houston’s first urban ice cream truck, Chocolate Wasted has taken the city by storm, pushing creamy confections made with fresh local ingredients. A fourth-generation East Ender, owner Susan Sahwani-Garcia says, “I think what makes us special is that we grew up in the East End area, and we are still growing with it, as there are so many changes happening to the area. I just wanted to give back and, at the same time, leave a piece of me. I wanted something for the community that is unique to the area. It won’t look like your normal creamery; it will be funky and artsy.” A colorful hand-painted mural by artist Anat Ronen will add to the desired funky, artsy vibe. Fans can expect a variety of in-house ice creams, as well as popsicles made with fresh juices and milk. And then there’s the Chocolate Mess: a decadent medley of ice cream, meringues, fruit, sauces and whipped cream. (Never fear, Chocolate Wasted will continue to operate its ice cream truck as well.)

John Peterson‘s beloved food truck The Rice Box is taking the road less traveled, opting for a space in the food court at Greenway Plaza (5 Greenway Plaza at Plaza Drive). Opening this month, the eatery will add show-stopping style to the court with 80 crimson lanterns, oscillating video panels (one of which will display the menu) and a custom tea bar. The Rice Box’s signature Chinese chow will be joined by a noodle option and a trio of curries with Japanese, Thai and Indian flavors, among other menu additions.

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