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The Truck: Here and There Grill, found at Microsoft on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and in Edmonds

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Here and There Grill Serves Up Comfort Foods From Everywhere

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Photo courtesy of Here and There Grill.
The Truck: Here and There Grill, found at Microsoft on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and in Edmonds on Wednesdays. Find more details

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The Fare: All types of food, from here and there, some from the Thai, Mexican, Vietnamese persuasions.

The Stop: Julie Malcolm opened up Here & There Grill three years ago, when Seattle's food truck scene just began to roll out.

Even though she had experience in the restaurant business -- she grew up with a restauranting family, managed Arnie's in Edmonds, owned Cat's Eye in West Seattle, and even whipped her son's Little League commissary into shape -- establishing her truck was tough.

According to Malcolm, who now has her truck at the Microsoft campus four days a week, it was difficult to get business parks to even understand the concept of food trucks.

"They didn't get it. They thought it was a roach coach," Malcolm said. "Now, trucks are becoming accepted and even sought after because of food magazines and the Food Network show."

When asked if she helped pave the way for other food trucks in the Seattle area, Malcolm was modest: "I'm just kind of quiet in the North end, doing my own thing."

She might be keeping quiet at home in Edmonds, but she's certainly not keeping quiet in the kitchen, with her collection of 500 cookbooks that feed ideas for her revolving menu. She said she repeats most menu items every few months, but brings back popular dishes sooner -- like the steak sandwich, chicken saltimbucca, or even the veggie quesadilla, which she said a lot of non-vegetarians order.

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And, by the way, it's no surprise that Malcolm's veggie quesadillas pull in all types of eaters: it's filled to the crispy brim -- er, tortilla -- with zucchini, bell pepper, corn, caramelized onions, goat cheese, pepper jack cheese, and a bechamel sauce.

Almost everything on the menu seems nostalgia-inducing, like Malcolm's 7-inch chicken pot pie that she bakes herself or lets customers take home to bake. She fills puff pastry with fresh asparagus, bell pepper, corn, carrots, and a rich bechamel sauce to create what sounds like the best comfort food served on a truck. And just so you know, Malcom said that the chicken pot pie will be making a week-long menu appearance starting Monday, April 16.

This week, Malcolm said she's making fried chicken dinner, black bean sliders, and a Mexican steak salad.

It's important to wonder: how the hell has Malcolm not killed off her entire customer base with these rich foods? With her seemingly never-ending supply of new comfort foods, one would imagine all the Microsofties would collapse at their desks, head banging onto keyboards in fits of fullness.

On second thought, maybe that's why Malcolm offers up such hearty salads or vegetable-filled dishes.

Either way, it's clear that Malcolm, who was one of the first truckers in the area, will be sticking around for a whole while longer.

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