Columbus, OH: 2013 Food Truck and Cart Hop Begins

By Ayana Wilson | Columbus Underground


Now that food trucks are a crucial part of Columbus social dining, opportunities to showcase them are being created every day. Last year featured the inaugural Food Truck and Cart Hop, and this year, it’s back. On Sunday, April 28th, the 2013 installation of the Hop begins at Hal & Al’s, located at the Southwest Corner of Parsons and Gates in Merion Village, 1297 Parsons Avenue.

This year, the Hop will feature local mainstays like Tatoheads, Dan’s Deli, and the Green Meanie, as well as introduce a new face: The Grub Gallery, who’ll be there offering their instant classics. The Paddy Wagon, one of Columbus’ first food trucks, will also be debuting their new look at the event, as well as new menu items sure to arrest your taste buds.

Hal & Al’s new patio will be open for the debut, and with the weather promising to be pushing 70 degrees, the chance to grab a cold one (or a few) and enjoy your favorite food truck cuisine (or a few) seems like the best plans you can make for your weekend.

The Food Truck and Cart Hop culminates a week of celebration for Hal & Al’s, who’s officially turned four. Many weren’t sure if the vegan restaurant would survive, but the response to what’s simply and undeniably good food has elevated not only the eatery’s offerings, but their commitment to the community that embraced them as well.

This month’s Hop will benefit Homeport, who will also be on site selling root beer floats. Homeport is an organization dedicated to creating and preserving stable and affordable communities, by developing quality, energy efficient homes, and providing consistent and transformative educational services for residents.

The Food Truck and Cart Hop will continue to be held on the last Sunday of every month, no other special event permitting. The Hop officially runs from 12pm-6pm, but Hal & Al’s will continue to be rocking til midnight. To know exactly which trucks will be at the Hop each month, follow the movement