Rollin Greens: Where Gourmet Meets the Street

by Grace Boyle on June 23, 2011

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Meals (and desserts) on wheels? I’m all over it.

With the recent approval and “green light” for allowing food trucks in Boulder, there has been a surge of unique and delicious food trucks hitting the streets in Boulder.

One of the newer trucks to hit the streets in Boulder is Rollin Greens, a healthy spin on street food with their organic and healthy food.

The Story:

Boulderites, Lindsey Mandel and Ryan “Ko” Cunningham love food and had an entrepreneurial vision. Within two and a half months from the idea, they found their beloved truck, gutted it, rebuilt it, created the menu, Ryan did the epic paint job in a day and then, they hit the streets.

Ryan’s mother, Joanne Saltzman, owns and runs the School of Natural Cookery here in Boulder, so he was raised with the emphasis on local and natural. Furthermore, in the 70’s Ryan’s parents had one of the first mobile food trucks in Boulder as they would make fresh, organic food from home, then transport it to customers. Paying homage, 25 years later, Lindsey and Ryan are bringing it back.

The cute couple (they’ve been together four years, but have known each other for years) focus on carrying local vendors like White Girl Salsa and Colorado food purveyors.

My good friend and I visited them at one of their event stops at 303 Vodka. Check out what we ordered, it was healthier than any street food I had, yet had the indulgent “I want more,” zap to it.

Beet Basil Marinade. Beets marinaded in basil balsamic vinaigrette.

Steeped organic kale. We tried the kale in tamari and umeboshi.

Veggie eggrolls. Fried organic cabbage and carrot eggroll with a chili sauce.

Deep fried tacos. Organic tempeh and carmelized onions. These tomatoes were so juicy and fresh. Also available in chicken and/or 100% grass-fed beef.

Since The Man wasn’t able to make it with me this time to visit Rollin Greens (much to his dismay) I ordered him the BBQ Brisket Sandwich with curly fries. I jacked the fries for myself. Loved them.

The part that touched me the most? The personalization that Ryan and Lindsey exude. They love the food, they love serving good food to people and they love Boulder and creating a great new business for their hometown.

The food was inventive (order those tempeh tacos), still has the goodness of street food, but you can taste the freshness. It’s delicious!

You can find where they’ll be parked on their Facebook page here, Twitter @RollinGreens1 and on their website: http://www.rollingreens.com.

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  • daniel

    I expected more…this was far from gourmet food. Fries were too salty and you had to beg the girl to give you a napkin…but then again, who needs a napkin when the brisket hardly has any sauce on it. I would not consider this part of the food truck revolution but someone trying to make a buck off of average food who didn’t have start up money to lease a space.

    • http://gracefullplate.com grace

      Hi Daniel, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t have a good experience. That’s too bad.

      I have to ask, how many times have you been? Some of the best restaurants could serve a bad meal, or especially those who are just getting going (just like Lindsey and Ryan). I would encourage you to go again and see if the same experience or tastes conspire. Whenever I’ve been, napkins are sitting out for everyone to use as they please…

      I had the exact opposite experience each time I visit them and although it’s still street food and not the kind of gourmet you might experience, all the menu items were so tasty. I’ve brought numerous friends who have agreed.

      I would also finally suggest, since you’re complaining on a blog that isn’t affiliated with Rollin Greens, that you approach them directly with your complaints and offer constructive criticism. They are: rollingreensfood@gmail.com. They’re open to feedback :)

      Thanks for sharing.

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  • pati turner

    Hello Grace, My name is Pati Turner and we are having a festival in Lyons on August 4, we would love to have you as a vendor at our event. Here is the website for the festival: http://www.sacredearthfound.org/events.shtml. Vendors are donating 20% to the non-profit benefit but we can talk about that if it’s a problem. we are so excited and are expecting around 1000 people throughout the day.

    blessings,
    Pati 719-629-8055

    • http://graceboyle.com/ Grace Boyle

      Hi Pati – just shot you an email. I am actually not Rollin’ Greens the food truck, I am a food blogger who wrote about them :) reach out to them directly if you’re interested in them being a vendor. Thanks!

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