Some of the most exciting food in America is being served at farmers’ market stands and out of trucks that update their locations on Twitter. Now, some of the best cooks have become so successful they’ve opened brick-and-mortar restaurants and bakeries.

August 01, 2009

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Hoosier Mama Pie Company, Chicago

Paula Haney made pastries at acclaimed Chicago restaurants like Trio before opening her Green City Market stand. She launched her adorable, and adorably named, bakery in March, but still has a stand at the market and buys produce there, including the cherries for her stellar pies.

Cherry-Berry Pie

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Mogridder’s, New York City

For almost four years, Fred Donnelly’s red Mogridder’s BBQ truck has animated a nondescript section of the Bronx, where it sits in front of his auto repair shop. (The Mogridder’s special—an oil change and brake check plus a platter of slow-smoked ribs—does brisk business.) Last October, Donnelly finally opened a place to sit and eat. He makes the spectacularly sticky ribs below at home. “Anyone you make them for falls in love with you,” he says.

Mo’s Sticky Ribs

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Kogi at The Alibi Room, Los Angeles

When Kogi’s truck first Tweeted its stops last November, no one had heard of Korean short rib tacos. Now hundreds of people line up for them, and for kimchi hot dogs. Credit Roy Choi, who cooked at NYC’s Le Bernardin and recently opened a Kogi counter at L.A.’s Alibi Room.

Kogi Dogs

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