From Our Editors
When Suzy Phillips and her Asheville Street Food Coalition convinced the city to change its 25-year-old ordinance against food trucks in 2011, she opened the door for an entire new industry. She also opened the door for her own business, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, an environment-loving food truck that doles out authentic Lebanese street food along the streets of Asheville.
Behind the wheel of Spartacus, a vintage step-up van, Suzy sets up shop at various spots around the city. She's no stranger to traveling, having moved to the United States from Beirut, Lebanon, when she was 16. Suzy channels her upbringing daily, drawing on a passion for cooking that derived from her mother to create Lebanese favorites, including falafel and shawarma. Forever conscious of the environment, Suzy and her staff utilize local and organic ingredients whenever possible, and her restaurant's oil is even converted into biofuel.