They've arguably become a little too popular — almost cliche — but that doesn't change the fact that it's a smart play to see if you have what it takes. For a fraction of the cost of opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant, you can concentrate on your main dish, learn, fail, and succeed — all with the small-scale risks and responsibilities of working inside a wagon. It's a tried-and-true method for seeing if maybe you have the right stuff, and it's also why you often see owners of food truck start-ups trying to take the next step on television reality shows.
Watch the video to hear what the hosts of "Restaurant Startup" think about turning passion into a business.
Tune in to "Restaurant Startup," Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNBC, to watch entrepreneurs compete for the backing of the show's celebrity restaurateurs.