San Antonio is no stranger to pop-ups, but this one's coming all the way from California, and it's bringing something vegan. Vuture Food, a food truck and restaurant known for its vegan version of the Nashville hot chicken sandwich, will do a one-day pop-up called "Plant Based Junk Food Pop Up," taking place at Roadmap Brewing on February 22.
Vuture — "vegan" + "future" — was founded by Dominique Villarreal, who launched the food truck in 2018 to bring plant-based junk food to pockets of Southern California where it did not exist.
"I wanted good old-fashioned greasy food, [and] there was nothing like it, at least for our specific area," Villareal told Bakersfield.com.
Originally called Evolution Burger, the truck enjoyed great success — enough for Villarreal to increase his fleet, with requests from cities outside of Southern California. Pretty soon, they were making forays up the coast to Sacramento, San Jose, and Fresno, then east to Phoenix and Albuquerque.
It recently opened a brick-and-mortar location in its hometown San Pedro, partnering with a juice shop, where Vuture sets up daily. But that hasn't stopped the wanderlust.
In 2020, the truck is doing a tour across the country, hitting five major Texas cities during February, then heading to Florida in March.
Vuture's most popular food item is its Nashville hot chicken sandwich, a crisp "chicken" patty topped with coleslaw, Nashville sauce, and its own plant-based buffalo ranch.
But its grown the menu with other chicken sandwiches and loaded fries. The latest addition is called shrimp fries, sort of like a faux-seafood poutine dish consisting of fries topped with sauce and vegan shrimp.
Vuture's pop-ups stop most frequently at breweries, which makes sense since breweries already frequently have standing arrangements with food trucks. In San Antonio, it'll land at Roadmap Brewing at 723 N. Alamo St. on February 22 from 1-6 pm.
The Texas dates are as follows:
- February 20: Houston at Astral Brewing. 4-8 pm. 4816 N. Shepherd Dr..
- February 21: Austin, for whom this is a return trip to Celis Brewery. 3-8 pm. 10001 Metric Blvd.
- February 22: San Antonio, at Roadmap Brewing, 1-6 pm. 723 N. Alamo St.
- February 23: Dallas, at Celestial Beer Works. 2-7 pm. 2530 Butler St.