The food truck trend keeps rolling in Fresno with Morton's Grill officially joining CartHop events this week.
Morton's, a yellow and dark green truck, specializes in barbecued and smoked meats. You can find the truck at lunchtime CartHop events on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Morton's sells a smoked tri-tip with the owner's own barbecue sauce recipe, along with pulled pork and a tri-tip without barbecue sauce.
The truck carries a trailer that has a barbecue and a smoker.
Owner Henry Morton recently left a career working at car dealerships to run the truck full time. It's a scary move, but cooking is his passion. He discovered cooking as a kid, preparing food for himself when his single mom couldn't, and he has cooked for friends and family for years.
Those car salesman skills -- Morton has worked in financing and as a sales manager, too -- are coming in handy as he markets the truck to private events.
Morton's also stops at Bella Frutta, at Shepherd and Willow avenues, on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You can find Morton's at CartHop lunch events, all from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: on Tuesdays in the Applebee's parking lot at Friant Road and Fresno Street, on Thursdays on Fulton Mall near Fresno Brewing Company and on Fridays at Eaton Plaza near the water tower.
Follow Morton's Grill on Facebook and on Twitter at @mortonsgrill.
Chosen Frozen YogurtThe new Chosen Frozen Yogurt has opened at Shepherd and Chestnut avenues near the Walgreens.
The yogurt shop carries all the regular flavors, plus a few different ones, such as sea salt caramel pretzel, and popular cookies and cream. Same goes for toppings, which include candy and fruit, but also bacon bits.
The yogurt shop is larger than your typical yogurt places because the owners want families and groups to sit and stay awhile. The business also wants to host fundraisers and to be part of the community, the owners say.
The business is a family affair. Kim and Rod Lichti opened the business after looking for something for Rod to do after he retires from his job as a Clovis Police Department sergeant. You'll find their three older kids working there too, along with their 10- and 12-year-old adopted daughters from China.
"They think something is wrong if they can't come every day after school and get a cup of yogurt," Kim Lichti says of the younger ones.
She had hoped to name the business Honey Hill Yogurt, in honor of her Madera beekeeper grandparents who had a business called Honey Hill. But the name was taken by an Arkansas dairy. Coincidentally, the dairy makes a liquid yogurt mix that now supplies Chosen Frozen Yogurt.
Other news-- Craft beer lovers take note: Firestone Walker Brewing Company's 805 ale is now available in the 559. The honey blond ale, brewed in Paso Robles, developed a following among Valley folks who were bringing it back with them from trips to the Central Coast.
Someone from Donaghy Sales of Fresno talked the company into selling its beer through the distributor, the first time it's been sold outside the 805 area code. You can find it at many Save Mart stores, BevMo!, Whole Foods and several independent sellers. Several restaurants also have the beer on draft, including the Mad Duck, Doghouse Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings and Swiggs.
-- Here's a shout-out to the Triangle Drive In, which celebrated its 50th anniversary May 11. The burger joint on Belmont Avenue, just west of Highway 99, has some loyal fans. You can still get a jumbo burger for $3.55 here.
There's another Triangle Drive In in Ivanhoe, and plans are underway to open a third one on the east side of town. I'll keep you updated on plans for that.