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Posted: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 3:04 pm

Freshly squeezed juices, super nachos and loaded hot dogs are among the variety of new foods being offered at several food trucks stationed near campus.

Just off the West Main Street and Flemingsburg Road intersection, three food trucks have set up camp next to BP gas station. A welcome addition to the dining options offered on campus, MSU students have been quick to try the new fast food eateries. Each of the three food trucks offers a distinctly different menu with varying degrees of the option to customize what you order.

First on the hit list was a hot dog joint called The Dawg House. Specializing in all-beef hot dogs loaded with toppings such as their specialty beef sauce, these hot dogs were a simple yet delicious option for a quick bite to eat.

A cheap eat, the priciest item on the menu was a funnel cake for $5. Customers could also opt to make it a meal by adding chips and a drink to their hot dog for a total of $5.

Parked right next to the Dawg House was another food truck called Lil’ Pablo’s. With only four options on its menu: super nachos, quesadillas, burritos, and tacos; I was a bit skeptical of whether or not the taste would compensate for the minimalist options. I ordered two burritos, one with guacamole, which cost an extra $2 to add.

When the burritos came, I was delighted to see that they were pretty large, and upon taking the first bite, I discovered a very generous amount of the shredded beef. However, although the portions were above average, I was slightly disappointed that the beans were undercooked. Whether or not guacamole makes up for undercooked beans is something I will let future customers decide.

The bill was seventeen dollars for both burritos, guacamole included. Although a little pricey for the average college student, it’s a closer and more condensed alternative to the nearest Taco Bell.

I saved the beverage truck for last, looking forward to something refreshing after gorging on hot dogs and burritos.

The Juicery offered a plethora of juices, smoothies, and homemade sodas. With seventeen drinks and three snack options, The Juicery had the most impressive menu. I ordered two eight-ounce smoothies, one of which was a strawberry and watermelon recipe called Berry Delicious. The other was a custom smoothie with strawberries, banana, and pineapple.

The final price on the tag was $7, which came as a welcome surprise. I downed the smoothie in under twenty minutes flat and would definitely do so again. The Juicery is a very healthy and affordable option for anyone wanting a flavorful and sweet refreshment.

Although a bit of a distance out of central Morehead, the Rise and Roll Brick Oven Company was well worth the trip. Set up at the intersection near Pop’s Southern Style BBQ and Dollar General, Rise and Roll wasn’t an actual food truck, but rather a canopy set up with a firewood oven.

We clearly weren’t the first to discover the pizza eatery as there was already a line of customers waiting for their freshly fire-baked pizza. Along with their fresh pizzas, Rise and Roll also offered their homemade ginger and apricot bread along with several other breads and pizza products. I could smell my Bacon and Pepperoni pizza cooking while I spoke to a customer, who was a regular, who stocked up on their bread and raved about the pizza.

The fifteen-minute wait seemed like a very small price to pay after I opened that pizza box and took the first bite. It was $8 very well spent.

So, if you’re on the hunt for some new dining options, or perhaps you're just looking for something quick, keep these new food trucks in the back of your mind.