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09/22/2010 04:27 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

There's More to Philly Street Food than Cheesesteaks

The City of Brotherly Love was recently invited to bring a handful of food trucks to the 2010 Vendy Awards in New York City this weekend to show off the very best in Philly street food. And believe it or not, there won't be any cheesesteak carts making an appearance!

Instead, meet two of the lucky chosen ones: Denise's Soul Food Truck and Honest Tom's Taco Shop. One representing tradition and the other representing the new breed of street food truck elevating food offerings in the city.

Denise's Soul Food Truck is where soul food is done a little differently - skillfully blending Haitian flavors and spices from "back home" with familiar recipes from the Deep South. It's known as one of the best and most established street food trucks in Philly, serving up heaping (and if I could think of a bigger word than heaping I would use it b/c heaping doesn't even capture the portion sizes you get here) plates of heavily sauced, fall-off-the-bone marinated jerk chicken, rice & beans, collard greens and more with a twist, of course.

Fifteen years ago, Renault Hyppolite, the co-owner, had originally opened a Haitian food truck, but quickly realized they had to tweak the menu to appeal to Philly eaters unfamiliar with Haitian food. So, after many months of menu development and playing in the kitchen, they decided to add their experience of eating down South to the mix. And the results, for me, just taste like it was meant to be. It's comforting food. Food that makes you want to sit in a rocking chair and pass the day chatting it up with friends. Food that definitely tastes like it's got some soul...Caribbean soul...

Here above lies Honest Tom's Taco Shop, a psychedelic, day-of-the-dead lean mean taco machine on four wheels. Run and founded by Tom McCusker, a self-taught cook who wanted an excuse to bring his love for breakfast tacos to the masses. Yes, he does sell a killer sweet potato taco and other lunch meat options, but the breakfast taco is his true passion. And a big reason for that is because of where his food comes from. Just watch the video and see!

Hope some of you are making it out to New York City for the Vendy Awards event on Governor's Island, Saturday, September 25th. If you are, these are two carts you won't want to miss.

Thanks for watching food. curated. Happy eating!

Cross-posted from food. curated.