Norfolk, VA: Norfolk’s Charming Food Trucks

By Philip Newswanger  |  The Daily News Wanger


Those charming food trucks

Everything is harmonious in Norfolk, the food truck town.

We are now hip, cool and trendy.

We have food trucks, hawking their wares.

Dozens line Granby Street and Main Street.

Hundreds descend on our food trucks buying hot dogs, tacos, beer, wine, cupcakes and cuts of meat.

Even Beach residents, afraid to visit Town Center, arrive in Norfolk, hungering for food truck fare.


The homeless from Pee-Town jump on the ferry to sample the savory food pitch by vendors, fighting the homeless in Norfolk for a place in line.

A food fight breaks out. But the cops break it up with night sticks and mace.

Chesapeake residents send envoys to Norfolk City Council to see if they can advise how Chesapeake can get some food truck action.

Norfolk City officials tell the envoy they must have a legitimate downtown first before they can even consider food trucks. Imagine the liability suits, for example, if food trucks roamed the suburban surface world of Greenbrier, fighting trucks, cars and Christian Broadcasting Network limousines carrying executives to and from their private jets at Norfolk International Airport.

Melodious music fills the streets of Norfolk. Office workers applaud the soothing melodies of Bach and Beethoven. But they especially like the tunes of Mistee Softee.

Vendors sell t-shirts saying Hardcore Norfolk.

Vendors hawk framed photographs of Norfolk’s City Council members for $9.99.

Others sell paintings of the cruise ships leaving Norfolk, a sunset in the background.

The city has approved a license for Alt Daily to sell gourmet burgers and paninis stuffed with a daily dose of creative class news and commentary.

Early reports indicate that Veer Magazine was refused a license because the Veer van didn’t meet community art standards. Veer protests. In retaliation, the city impounds Veer publisher’s news racks.

It was worth the hundreds of hours of City Council and city executive and staff time spent on the food truck issue instead of on our children, our schools, the homeless, the impoverished and the mentally ill.

It was worth the hundreds of column inches the Virginia-Pilot devoted to food trucks instead of on less pressing issues such as the rising costs of light rail, the city’s inefficient bus system and the thousands of minim wage workers relegated to a waiting list for Section 8 housing.

What’s next?

How Team Better Block circumvented the bureaucracy and staged a better block event, despite roadblocks such as code violations and zoning regulations. It can be done folks.

Yep, right here in Bi-Polar on the Bay. Published by Indie News Network LLC