|2011 Vendy Cup winner Gigi and Big R|
Whether your day is made by a perfectly pulled macchiato from Rival Bros. Coffee or your afternoon is saved by the pick-me-up punch of chilled plantain soup from Zea May’s Kitchen, the current crop of carts is now an indispensable part of the city’s fabric. The Vendys are back for a second year, and nominations for best street food chef are now open. Only trucks that get enough votes will be invited to the judging, so be sure to head over and submit the name of your favorite cart for consideration before the nominations close on Thursday, July 5. The winner will be crowned on July 28 during a 3-7 PM festival at The Lot in West Philly (39th & Market), and $55 tickets are currently on sale.