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Get Rollin’ with Santa Cruz’s Hip Mobile Businesses

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

Some creative Santa Cruz businesses are ditching their addresses for four wheels and a Twitter account. With clever ideas and sleek renovated vehicles, mobile companies are taking the party to Santa Cruz’s parks, beaches, and breweries. From food trucks to trailer bars, we’ve listed some of our favorite on-the-go ventures to get you rolling.

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Food trucks are having a moment in Santa Cruz with inventive chefs and cultural mash-ups like Korean tacos and poke nachos fueling outdoor gatherings around town. Helmed by the talented husband and wife duo Kasia and Jonathan Smith, Ate3One dishes up modern street food like Philly Cheesesteaks and Naughty Fries loaded with bacon, garlic, and Parmesan cheese.

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

Brittany Crass is the patron saint of local beer drinkers with her Suns Out Buns Out cart making frequent appearances at Santa Cruz’s many breweries. Brittany grills up savory hot dogs and sausages from local butchers and serves them with all the fixins, from sriracha mayo to pickled jalapenos.

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

Even Braddah Timmy, who owns Downtown’s Pono Hawaiian Grill, got rolling with a food truck that slings their beloved poke bowls and BBQ plate lunches.

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Santa Cruz even has a new food truck gathering that brings together a rotating lineup of vendors alongside local wineries and craft breweries. Food Truck A Go Go holds fun evening events each month as well as weekly lunches in Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley and a Taco Tuesday event each week at Anna Jean Cummings Park in Soquel. Organizer Lauren Kates, aka Aunt LaLi, operates her own food truck which dishes up frozen goodies via Aunt LaLi’s Treats.

Photos Courtesy of Kraftbar

With a stylish bar and lounge tucked into a gorgeously renovated Airstream, we’d follow Kraftbar anywhere. The 28-foot trailer hides an eye-candy, wood interior with seating for 8. At the bar, owners Breana and Toby White shake up seasonal cocktails – using small-batch spirits like Venus – and pour local beer and wines such as Alfaro Family Vineyards. For now, they’re available for private events but are working on a seasonal mocktail menu that they plan to serve at food truck events.

Photo courtesy of Brew Cruz

In our dreams, we drink good beer on a fun, lounge-like bus as we’re shuttled to the many breweries and tap houses that dot Santa Cruz’s coastal landscape. Thankfully, Brew Cruz makes our fantasy a reality. Beer baroness Annie Pautsch transformed a 1989 school bus into a beer lover’s land yacht complete with sofa and coolers. You’ll hit all the spots that make Santa Cruz such a burgeoning craft beer destination including Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery and Seabright Brewery.

Photo courtesy of Flatbed Coffee Company

Thanks to Flatbed Coffee Company, small-batch brew arrives via a spiffy 1952 Dodge truck. Owner Samantha Vroomen scoots around town in a vintage truck whose wooden bed is outfitted with a custom pour over bar. Beans are freshly ground and the coffee is organic, fair trade, and delicious. Flatbed is often parked at outdoor spots around town and is available to bring jolts and joy to your next occasion.

Photo courtesy of The Booth Bus

Photo by Julie Cahill

File this under Best Idea Ever: VW camper vans converted into rolling, state-of-the-art photo booths. The Booth Bus is the brainchild of Anthony Alcala who wheels his two vintage Westfalias, Georgia and Ginger, to weddings and events throughout the Bay Area. Guests grab fun props, step into the van, and strike a pose. Two 2×6 photo strips are instantly printed out with the ability to add filters and share via social media.

In Santa Cruz, you never know what creative transport may pull up alongside you at the stoplight. And don’t let the fun pass you by. Keep up with food fests and other happenings via the events listings on our site.

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