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A recent Saturday visit to Curbside Cuisine revealed some enthusiastic diners who offered up their thoughts on the culinary future of Colorado Springs.

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Greg Wilhelms of the Rockrimmon area is a physical therapist

What's the best item you've ever eaten off a mobile cart, here or elsewhere? In Portland, Oregon. It was a breakfast burrito.

Portland has a big food truck culture; do you think that could happen here? Yes, but downtown needs to change a little. It's mostly nightclubs and bars now. I'd like to see it go back to little retail stores and independent businesses.

What else do you think could benefit our local culinary scene? We go out to eat a lot, all over town, and I don't really think anything's lacking. There's lots of good food in town.

If you could have your own food truck, what would you serve? Hot dogs. We came from Chicago, and I miss the hot dogs. But Margo's on the west side is really good.

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Sarah Renner of the Northgate area is an occupational therapist

What's the best item you've ever eaten off of a mobile cart? A deep-fried Twinkie in Michigan.

Portland, Oregon, and L.A. have big food truck cultures. Do you think that could happen here? I wish it would happen here. I think the city would benefit from it. Especially if they were open 24 hours.

What else do you think could benefit our local culinary scene? If it were more accessible and more affordable, it would be more college-student friendly. The prices here at Curbside are really reasonable.

If you could have your own food truck, what would you serve? Alcoholic ice cream. I lived in Houston for a while, and I tried it down there. There were lots of different flavors — even the whipped cream had alcohol in it.

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Karl Larsen of the southwest side is an architect

Are you a regular visitor to Curbside Cuisine? I've only been here twice; I've tried the pizza and the crepes. They're both delicious, but my favorite was the crepes.

Portland, Oregon and L.A. have big food truck cultures. Do you think that could happen here? I can't really see it, even though I'd like to see it. This spot could be bigger.

What else do you think would benefit our local culinary scene? If the downtown area had more affordable housing, it would bring more professionals downtown and that could benefit the downtown food scene.

If you could have your own food truck, what would you serve? Burgers. Spicy, hot-sauce burgers.

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