While sit-down restaurants will never go out of style, there’s something so satisfying about sipping and savoring creative cuisine from a mobile eatery – especially during the summer. From the quick service and affordable prices to the option for every person in a group to get the fare they’re most in the mood for, food trucks have fueled a big fan base, and we’re happy to be following the tasty trend.
Check out these six cities with food trucks worth traveling for:
No matter where you find yourself in Boston, chances are, you’re close to some food truck fare. With mobile eateries popping up in almost every neighborhood, finding a quick bite while on the move is pretty easy. Asian food aficionados will find it hard to resist the fresh rice and noodle bowls that the award-winning Bon Me is known for, while seafood lovers will find their own satisfaction with a fresh lobster roll and cup of clam chowder from The Cod Squad. Other food truck favorites exclusive to the city include The Chicken & Rice Guys, Boston Burger Company and Boston Trolley Dogs.
Food truck fans in The Lone Star State are sure to be found at Klyde Warren Park. This urban oasis in the heart of the city has a rotation of food trucks daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., along with community sponsored activities, free board games, Ping-Pong tables, kid-friendly water features and an off-leash dog park. Ruthie’s Rolling Café is one of the many trucks often in the park’s lineup, specializing in over-the-top grilled cheese sandwiches such as the Crazy Chicken (crispy chicken strips, bacon, house-made jalapeno ranch and melted creamy Havarti cheese on grilled sourdough bread) and Nutella Nirvana (Nutella and cream cheese frosting on grilled sourdough bread sprinkled with cinnamon sugar). The Butcher’s Son is another Klyde Warren regular, offering everything from macaroni sliders to braised beef quesadillas.
Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch in the heart of Center City or experiencing campus life in the areas of U Penn, Drexel and Temple, you’ll find a variety of tricked-out trucks to treat your cravings at. Mac Mart, Philadelphia’s first mac ‘n cheesery, is a legacy for fans who prefer their favorite side dish to take the spotlight. Go with the classic seven-cheese mac topped with a potato chip panko crunch, or switch things up with the Heart Attack (mac topped with caramelized onions and crispy bacon) or Barclay Basil Chicken (mac topped with basil pesto marinated chicken chunks). Looking for another side dish superstar? The Tot Cart adds some personality to deep-fried potatoes with everything from cheese steak fixings to pulled pork and chicken.
Once a city with tough rules and regulations when it came to food trucks, Phoenix is now a feasting ground for restaurants on wheels. On Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons, Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market fills up with food trucks of all flavors. Take your cravings on a ride with radical tacos from Rock a Belly, the food truck that describes itself as an East Coast diner meets West Coast taco shop, or snack on the highly addictive popcorn flavors from Southwest Kettle Corn. Phoenix is also home to a variety of food trucks designed to help you beat the desert heat, including Mister Softee AZ, It’s Snow Divine and DeMarco Italian Ice.
Tuesday and Thursday are highly anticipated in Nashville, as they result in up to 20 food trucks lining up along downtown’s Deaderick Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Among the popular mobile eateries is The Grilled Cheeserie, featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and voted Best Food Truck in The Nashville Scene and The Tennessean six years in a row. Hoss’ Loaded Burgers is another grab-and-go favorite for meat lovers who like their burger with some personality and paired with a side of parmesan or Cajun fries. Don’t forget dessert! S’more Love Bakery is a city legend for its creative twist on the classic campfire delicacy.
New York City
With competition up and down every corner, it’s hard to make it as a food truck in New York City, whether posted up at the Brooklyn Flea Market or right outside of Central Park. That being said, there are still many success stories worth savoring. Take Wafels & Dinges, for example. Starting as a single Belgian waffle truck in 2007, Wafels & Dinges quickly became one of the city’s top franchises and now has shops and trucks all over the concrete jungle. The Cinnamon Snail is another NYC favorite. As the country’s first vegan organic food truck, the mobile eatery prides itself on changing people’s expectations of health-conscious food with flavorful tofu breakfast burritos, blue corn pancakes and lentil burgers. Other must-try trucks in the city include Harlem Seafood Soul, Harajuko Sushi & Crepe and Tuson Sate.
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