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In recent years, mobile food vending has become increasingly popular in part due to a developing “foodie” culture and the lingering effects of the 2007 economic recession. While the mobile food business model provides clear benefits for entrepreneurs and consumers alike, communities throughout the nation are divided into pro- and anti-vendor groups in response to issues involving licensing, health regulation, zoning, unfair competition, and the ways in which the presence of mobile food vendors affect brick-and-mortar restaurants. This Note focuses specifically on these existing tensions in New York City and New Haven, Connecticut. First, this Note examines the policies and laws governing mobile food vendors in starting and maintaining a mobile food business and then compares them to laws governing the maintenance of brick-and-mortar restaurants. This Note then analyzes the actual effects of the current regulations, prior to presenting recommendations for each city that aim to promote fair competition and opportunities for both business models to prosper.