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Beaumont food trucks performing well on health inspections
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
Our restaurant report card examines the inspection scores of dining spots in Southeast Texas. But what about mobile food trucks?
In other large cities, food trucks get more health code violations than restaurants because of the challenges they face operating mobile kitchens.
Monica Cobb is the owner of the Banh Mon mobile truck, her food is a fusion of American and Vietnamese cooking.
She's been open for a little more than two years.
"The most difficult part is really fine tuning a moving kitchen on wheels that we move here every day and move home every day so there's a lot of trial and error," Cobb says.
Every day, Cobb brings in fresh food, she prepares everything on site.
Not only to keep her food fresh, but because it's the law.
"When it comes to health inspections and keeping up to date, following the code, I have all my food permits, as far as food handling course," Cobb explains.
"It's just like if you had a restaurant. Mobile foods are not allowed to prepare or store foods at home," Sherry Ulmer, the Beaumont Health Director says.
In fact, Ulmer says most food truck violations in the city are minor, such as staff not using hair restraints.
"It's something that they can usually correct pretty quickly which does not prevent them from operating," Ulmer said.
"Sherry has been an instrumental key to making the food business such a success in Beaumont, she's guided us," Cobb said.
Guidance in following the rules so Cobb can follow her dream of doing this for a living.
The city inspects food trucks each month.
Those that participate at lunch at the lake are inspected every Monday before they open.