Food trucks to roll onto scene in time for celebration
The Hillsboro Tuesday Night Market is a summer favorite for many, and every year some newcomers are welcomed into the fold.
Local favorites from as far as Portland have made their way to the event to deliver unique flavors and eats to those strolling around, including Koi Fusion, Spice of Africa, Cajun Papa's and more.
Among the food carts set to feed the masses at Celebrate Hillsboro on July 15 are On Tots and Home Plate Sliders.
Stuartt Fox who owns Home Plate Sliders, opened up his food truck just over five years ago. He was familiar with some slider trucks in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and knew there weren't any rolling around in Portland.
"The idea of a baseball-themed slider truck was perfect for me as I grew up playing baseball year-round," said Fox. "I believe in local, top notch ingredients and hard work and built my business on that foundation."
The truck serves many different kinds of sliders, but keeps it fairly simple. The Ranger, a popular slider on the menu, features crispy onions, barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese. The Slugger, another favorite, is a tornado potato that's fried and lightly salted. All of the items are between $3 and $6.
"We just finished a run at Food Truck Fridays in downtown Hillsboro at the Civic Center Plaza and we're excited to come to Celebrate Hillsboro on July 15," said Fox.
Lesley Wise retired recently as the manager of the Tuesday Night Market after nine years. She was ready to sit and relax for a little while, but events are in her blood.
"Being from England, an English tea house and bed and breakfast has always been my dream and my husband, Rob, and I have been looking for the right place for several years," she said. "One night we were talking cafe and bakeries with my daughter Paula, who loves to cook and feed people, and we starting talking about food carts and the latest ones we had eaten at."
The family enjoyed eating tots, and started thinking about what they could put on them, and On Tots was born.
The menu ranging from $4 to $10 features Tot Dogs, Chicken Tot Pie, Something Like a Taco and other tasty creations. In the first couple months of business, On Tots has been well received in Hillsboro and Beaverton. Right now you can find them at Tuesday Night Market, Showtime at Shute, Hornings Hideout, events in Beaverton and various business parks for lunch.