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Celebrate Good Times!

Hey hey hey…it’s Friday! Lucky for you peeps that work inside the Duke building, you don’t have to leave the a/c to get Roots for lunch today. We’ll be there on the 4th floor ready to feed your Friday face. Whatever that means.

Tonight we’ll be out at Sycamore Brewing, serving up food and listening to live music by Hunter’s Travesty! You should definitely plan to come through. Or if you have to get home, and don’t feel like cooking anything because you don’t want your house or you to get 1 degree warmer, stop by and grab something to go! Look out for that menu later on today.

Duke Lunch Menu
Roots Buffalo Chicken Salad
Roasted chicken with red onion, cucumber, garlic scape and a buffalo garlic aioli on Nova’s French Loaf bread or over Greens
Smoked Pork Taco
Pork Marinated in peaches and bourbon with rainbow chard and tatsoi slaw topped with local peaches
Chicken Gyro 
Roasted chicken with greens, cucumbers, tomatoes and a garlic tzatziki
Heirloom Tomato Sammie
Rowlands Row Heirloom tomatoes, greens and a garlic herb aioli on toasted Nova’s bread
Cucumber Salad 
Green Salad
Beets, cukes, peaches, and sweet onion and scape vinaigrette
friday smilin’,

Cold Turkey Thursday

Hi Charlottean friends! Yesterday was a fun and busy taco day, hope you enjoyed! We’re right back at the same spot uptown today, but we switched up the menu. Don’t want to spoil you by giving you tacos 2 days in a row.

Tonight is Thursty Thursday at Birdsong Brewing, so we’ll be there to fill your tummy with food to go with that delicious beer. That menu will be posted later, but I heard something about smoked wings and nachos, so get ready to rumble.

Newsflash! Tomorrow we will be serving lunch at a NEW spot, every other Friday. Right outside of One Day Surgery (1001 Blythe Blvd) from 11am-2pm. So plan on swinging by and treat yourself to a Friday lunch at Roots. And then a Friday dinner at Sycamore brewing…we’ll be there also. The Sycamore menu will be off the chain! Do people still say that? Craig’s on his way right now to Rowland’s Row farm to pick up some heirloom tomatoes, heirloom cucumbers, and banana peppers. He’s got something amazing planned, so check back tomorrow.

Thursday Uptown Menu

Grilled Chicken Pita

Marinated grilled chicken in a warm pita with local cucumber and garlic scape tzatziki, shaved radish and candy stripe beet, and fresh greens

Noodle Bowl

Vermicelli noodles, pulled pork, julienne of fresh summer veggies, fresh basil, cilantro and mint

Roasted Local Veggie Wrap

Roasted spicy red turnip, carrots, purple and pink radish, and sweet potato, wrapped up  with fresh greens and lemon aioli

Cold Turkey

Smoked turkey cold cut, fresh lettuce, goat cheese, garlic scape and sliced cucumber, all wrapped up!


Cool as a….

Local cucumber salad with shaved red onion, and red wine vinaigrette

Herbed Gazpacho

Cucumbers, Fresh Mint, Cilantro, and Lime…..refreshing and delicious

Farmer’s Salad

Fresh greens and sliced local raw veggies from our local farmers and a sweet pea vinaigrette

sippin on gazpacho,


Taco Day is finally here!

Fact. If you work in uptown Charlotte, you’ve probably visited our food truck at least once. I know many of you frequent the truck on Wed and Thurs and we truly appreciate your support! If you haven’t made it out to a Taco Wednesday yet (*gasp!), know that you are invited to make it a part of your weekly lunch routine and you won’t regret it. And remember, if you have a gluten-free diet we will gladly serve your tacos over greens instead of in tortillas.

Need something fun to scroll through on your work break…or during that dull meeting…? Check out our friend Stephanie Haviv’s blog. She spent some time with our food truck and takes amazing photos!

For today’s menu we have so many great local ingredients to work with that Kyle and Craig could not decide what to make, so they both went home and came up with separate ideas, then came back to work and mashed them together. We can only take half of the credit for this menu, the other half goes to the farmers. We have to do less cooking when the ingredients are this good.

Taco Day Uptown (across from Duke building)

Brambleberry BBQ Pork

Grilled and slow cooked pork with a Kentucky Bourbon and Brambleberry Barbecue Sauce (say that 10 times fast), topped with shredded Dinosaur Kale, Slivered Chioga Beet and Bright Orange Vinaigrette

Free Range Grilled Chicken

Poultry Junction Farm’s Free Range Chicken, Marinated, Grilled and Roasted, topped with Rowland’s Row Shaved Summer Squash Blend, seasoned with a slightly sweet and spicy garam masala from Savory Spice Shop

‘we was like peas and carrots….’

Roasted Carrots, Spicy Red Turnip, and Sweet Potato, Fresh Greens and Local Sweet Pea Vinaigrette

Panko Crusted Tuna Taco

Panko crusted Ahi Tuna, quick fried and topped with a charred South Carolina Peach Pistou, and whole grain aioli

NC Fried Oyster Taco

Fried NC Oysters topped with a deconstructed remoulade….lemon aioli, refrigerator pickled cucumbers and onions, and fresh herbs


Local Broccoli Casserole

Yes it is hot outside, but it’s cold in your office, so warm broccoli casserole makes sense….

Cucumber Meritage

Cucumber salad made with a blend of 3 types of cucumbers from Rowland’s Row


Cucumber mint gazpacho with soured cream and lemon

Double Hummus

Fresh Herb Hummus, and Lemon Grass Hummus with Toasted Pita Chips

keep on truckin,


Taco O’Clock

Hey hey! Since we couldn’t park uptown last week, I know you’ve been having taco withdrawals, so we’re here to save you! Lots of goodness on the menu today.

If you haven’t made it to the monthly #instabeerupclt event yet, tomorrow it’s goin’ down at Birdsong Brewing, 6pm-9pm. They’re always a good time, and Roots will be present to feed y’all!

Oh and we’ll be at Innovation Park and Uptown tomorrow, so be on the lookout for those menus in the AM.

Uptown Taco Menu (Tryon and Levine Ave of the Arts)

Pork Tikka Masala

Braised pork with roasted tomatoes and bell peppers, purple marinated cabbage and julienned carrots topped with Tikka Masala Sauce

Tuna Taco

Panko Crusted Tuna over greens and topped with watermelon, lemon grass salad and a mint Avocado Crema

Cashew Chicken

Poultry Junction Roasted chicken, kale and grilled jalapeno salad and a Cashew peanut aioli

Amarillo Cauliflower Taco

Local Yellow Cauliflower Florets blanched until soft over greens and topped with seasoned roma tomato and house made cheese and cracked black pepper


Potato Salad

Sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, bell peppers, onions and tabasco maple aioli

Pasta Salad

Rigatoni pasta, fire roasted veggies and roasted tomato and red wine vinaigrette

Green Salad

Local Ivy Place Strawberries, red onion, pistachios and simple vinaigrette

keep truckin,






Three’s Company

Third wheel. 3 legged race. Triple run. 3 strikes. Three seems to be our new theme for Thursday, as we’ll be at 3 spots now! Innovation Park and Uptown (across from Duke building, same place as Wed) for lunch and then Birdsong Brewing for din din. Hopefully one of those spots works for you! It’s Thursty Thursday at Birdsong which means they tap a new small batch every week, and tonight is a roasted carrot saison named “Cecilia”. Sounds like dinner in a cup to me. Okay maybe an appetizer because I’ll still want real food from Roots. AND they have live music tonight, so plan to stop by after work and be chillin’ like a villain.

With the weather being all warm and sunshiny, I can tell a lot of you are thinking about that birthday party, family reunion, or corporate event you’re heading up. Invite us. We heart parties. Let us help you! Interested in booking the food truck? Here’s some more deets, and email andrea@rootsfarmfood.com to inquire about your event.

Uptown Menu

Hot Ham and Brie Sammy

House cured ham, golden delicious apples, greens, cranberry apple aioli and melted brie on an hoagie roll and pressed

Roots Chicken Salad

Grilled chicken with celery, onions, cucumbers and a garlic aioli over greens

Roasted Veggie Wrap

Red quinoa, grilled zucchini, squash, eggplant, onions and a roasted red pepper vinaigrette over greens all wrapped up


Pork Belly and sweet Dijon Potato Salad

3 beans salad with sweet chili vinaigrette

Innovation Menu

Pork Sandwich

Braised pork with Texas style BBQ sauce with ginger, orange, lime slaw

Fish Tacos

Breaded Halibut with fruit salsa and cilantro lime Sour Cream

Roasted Veggie Wrap

Red quinoa, fire roasted veggies, greens and red pepper vinaigrette

Roots Chicken Salad

Grilled chicken with celery, onions, cucumbers and a garlic aioli over greens


Spring Pasta Salad

Pork Belly Potato salad

Hope to see you lovelies today or tonight!

third time’s a charm,


Bev it up!

It’s National Beverage Day! Just wanted to keep you in the know, so you have some small talk content while hydrating at the water cooler at work. Or you can talk about how it’s Taco Day uptown and discuss what tacos you’re going to savor today. Did you know you can get your tacos served over greens instead of in tortillas? Just ask!

Another important piece of knowledge is that we’ll also be in our Uptown spot tomorrow! Innovation Park will be happening too. AND Birdsong Brewing for supper time. Stay tuned for those menus later on. And we’d be thrilled to see your face today…and tomorrow.

Uptown (across from Duke building on Tryon and Levine Ave of the Arts)

Taco Day Menu

Banh Mi Taco

Braised pork in a Asian bbq marinade, pickled carrots, fresh minced jalapenos, cucumbers and cilantro
Chicken Cordon on Artichoke
Roasted Chicken, slivered house made ham, creamy swiss artichoke queso over greens and topped with toasted breadcrumbs
Fish Taco
Panko crusted NC Striped Bass with plum tomato and fresh fruit pico de gallo
Veggie Taco
Roasted crimini mushrooms, chopped cilantro in seasoned red quinoa over greens and topped with a creamy herb roasted red peppers dressing
Early Spring Pasta Salad
Fusilli pasta, crisp cucumbers, chopped tomatoes, red onions, balsamic vinaigrette, roasted garlic
Roasted Red Skin Potatoes with chopped herbs 
sipping on la croix,

Camp Food vs Roots

Roots wins all day erryday. After a few days on the trails, grubbin’ on dehydrated meals, bars, and oatmeal, I am so ready for some Roots tacos! Aren’t you?? Got some great ones on the menu today. We’ll be Uptown across from the Duke building. It’s pretty Springy outside too, so it’s a great day to take a little walk.

We will not be at Innovation Park tomorrow due to a private event, but you all can catch us at Birdsong Brewing for Thursty Thursday tomorrow night! If you haven’t been to their new location yet, definitely check it out this week. It’s a great post-work spot to unwind, catch up with your buddies, or make some new ones.

Taco Day

April 29th, 2015

Striped Bass Taco

Panko Crusted Striped Bass with heirloom tomato and mango salsa topped with lemon basil aioli

Braised Beef Brisket

Spice Rubbed beef brisket, braised in a beef demi glace, with mixed greens, black eye pea salad and chopped cilantro

Roasted Chicken

Poultry Junction roasted chicken with sweet chili purple cabbage,  bacon marinated purple asparagus and Avocado Cream and sesame seeds

Patatas Bravas

Creamy Herb roasted potatoes, sautéed bell peppers and onions with tangy tomato gravy, greens and slivered green onions


Baked Black Beans and Corn

Creamy Sweet Potato Fire Roasted Pasta Salad

keep truckin,


We love Earth.

In honor of Earth Day…

How can you tell the ocean is friendly?

It waves.

What did the tree wear to the pool party?

Swimming trunks.

Hopefully you’re grinning a little now. And pondering what might be on the Roots taco menu today. And hoping we’ve created an Earth Taco. Welp, here ya go!

We’ll be uptown Charlotte across from the Duke building. Talk about perfect weather to enjoy your taco lunch outside today.

Taco Day

April 22, 2015

Chicken BLT

Poultry Junction grilled chicken, chiffonade lettuce, plum tomatoes, pork belly and garlic aioli

Fish Taco

Panko Crusted local striped bass, pickled red onion and jalapeno and local strawberry relish

Brisket Taco

Braised brisket, greens and sweet and creamy kale and apple slaw

Earth Taco

Herbed quinoa and roasted corn, zucchini, squash, greens and sweet potato puree

Creamy Pasta Salad

Chili Spiced Black Beans

winning with all the tacos,


stripes or solids

What does every fisherman want?

A gillfriend.

What do you call a fish that won’t shut up?

A big-mouthed bass!

There are so many fish jokes! I will stop at 2. There’s also a good Dumb and Dumber quote about bass, but I’ll leave it at that. You already know it.

Who else is excited about grabbing some tacos from the food truck and eating outside today? We will be uptown across from the Duke building, at Tryon and Levine Ave of the Arts. Check out the menu below and you’ll start getting hungry.

Uptown Taco Day

Wednesday April 8th, 2015

Harissa Chicken Taco

Poultry Junction Grilled Chicken, topped with Harissa sauce, sweet tomato chutney and fried potatoes

Panko Crusted Striped Bass

Local Carolina Striped Bass breaded in herbed Japanese bread crumbs, with a mixer of pickled crisp carrots, celery, green peppers, garlic and ginger chive aioli

Pulled Pork Taco

Braised pork topped with jonagold apple and bell pepper pico and a SC BBQ sauce

Patatas Bravas

Fried Potatoes over Greens with a spicy tomato aioli and jalapeños


Chips and Chili con queso

Creamy Sriracha black bean and corn pasta salad

Spring Couscous

winner of billiards,


May I have your attention

Howdy friends! Got lots to share about this week. We hope you’ll be a part of it!

We will not be parking at Free More West today for lunch, I’m sorry! We have our grilling class tonight that we’re stoked about. Want a last minute spot? We may be able to squeeze you in. Next Tuesday the 14th we have a Cooking for Spring class. You can register for our classes HERE.

Tomorrow is Taco Wednesday, of course, so we’ll be uptown to take care of your taco withdrawals you’ve been having since last Wednesday. Thursday we’ll be at Innovation Park (university area) for lunch and then Birdsong Brewing for dinner. Were you at Birdsong on Saturday with the rest of Charlotte? That was quite the grand opening! Then Friday night we’ll be at Sycamore Brewing. What can we say, we love our breweries!

Ever been to a party at a farm? Or done a mud run? You can do either or both this Saturday right HERE. We’re excited to be there, and hope you’ll join us!

keep truckin,