Food trucks keep popping up around Lower Fairfield County, and officials seem divided on whether to encourage or regulate the burgeoning industry.

Fairfield is seeking out one or more new vendors to set up shop at the Fairfield Metro train station to satisfy rising demand. But Stamford is considering a new ordinance that would allow the city to decide when and where the popular lunch spots can operate. In Ridgefield, prospective food truck vendors have to pass a background check before they can receive a permit.

The action shows that while customers are eating up the ease and culinary variety that come with mobile kitchens, increasing regulation poses challenges to the industry’s continued growth in Connecticut. 

Last summer, there were 11 food truck festivals in Connecticut. Though complaints from neighbors and business owners mean that trucks have to move around a lot, they still attract a steady stream of  Fairfield County locals who follow their favorite on-the-go chefs via social media and word of mouth.

But mobile food trucks are not always easy to track. Famous ones, like HAPA or The Tasty Yolk in Fairfield, frequently change their locations, which doesn’t stop patrons from coming back.

“The people are really looking for the local experience where they know the guy cooking the food,” said Michael Bertanza, co-owner of The Tasty Yolk. His breakfast burritos and egg, steak and cheese sandwiches range from $4 to $6. “They are actually getting to know their chef. They feel like they’re at the cutting edge of something new, that they’ve found something great that no one knows about.”

The Tasty Yolk recently won Connecticut Magazine’s 2017 Reader’s Choice award for best food truck, and Yelp reviewers would agree. With a 4.5 star ratings, the famed gourmet truck is on Yelp’s list of best Lower Fairfield food trucks.

Click through the slideshow to find out what other food trucks made the list in Southwestern Connecticut.