America's Best Food Truck Cities
December 20, 2013 3:45 pm Post a comment
This California metropolis is known for its innovative food scene, and its street fare is no exception: 200 gourmet food trucks offer everything from Korean barbeque to handmade beignets and regularly rotate throughout the city. Munch on crispy fried chicken and honey lavender biscuits at French Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s LudoTruck. East coast transplants will enjoy the Lobsta Truck, which serves up fresh Maine lobster and crab on a toasted split top roll. For Mexican-inspired soul food, try Sky’s Gourmet Tacos. Kogi BBQ, one of the city’s most popular food trucks, offers spicy Korean tacos that will set your mouth on fire. Cool down with dessert: Coolhaus’ “architecturally inspired” treats include ice cream sandwiches with flavors like balsamic fig and mascarpone, and molten chocolate cake.
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Everything’s bigger in Texas, including food trucks: Austin boasts an impressive number of food wagons, trailers, and carts, all with unusual themes. At Hey!...You Gonna Eat or What?, husband and wife team Eric and Lizziane Regan offer gourmet, Southwestern-inspired sandwiches. The Lonestar BLT includes thick cut slices of applewood-smoked bacon and poblano pepper aioli, and the Texas Mesquite Turkey is topped with fried green tomatoes and homemade jalapeño jelly. At Biscuits + Groovy, the menu pays homage to 70s-era music icons: the Aretha Franklin includes three freshly baked buttermilk biscuits with white pepper gravy and sausage, while the M.C. Hammer offers one open-faced buttermilk biscuit with two scrambled eggs and bacon. If you’re in the mood for barbeque, visit Micklethwait for tender beef brisket and pulled pork sandwiches.
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New York City
Hungry New Yorkers don’t have to look far for quick eats. From Times Square to the Upper West Side, food trucks are scattered throughout the city and provide diverse fare fit for any palate. Kimchi Taco Truck features classic street food with a unique twist, including the Tofu Edamame Falafel Taco and Fresh Kimchi Bowls with beef, pork, or chicken. For Taiwanese-style fried chicken, look no further than Bian Diang. The truck serves pan-fried chicken and pork, served atop a mountain of jasmine rice. For something lighter, stop by The Cinnamon Snail. The truck offers a seasonal menu with everything from blue corn pancakes with pine nut butter to maple mustard tempeh on grilled spelt bread.
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When it rains in Seattle, it pours—but that doesn’t stop hungry eaters. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the city’s 50 food trucks, which serve everything from tacos to Filipino cuisine. At Where Ya At Matt, Southern comfort food has never tasted so good. Dishes include shrimp po’ boy sandwiches and Cajun jambalaya, and the truck also offers authentic pecan pie and beignets for dessert. Off the Rez features Native American-inspired fare, including sweet vanilla pear butter fry bread and tacos with chicken chili verde. For Hawaiian-Korean food, stop by Marination. The truck offers stuffed-to-the-brim tacos and sliders, cooked to order and topped with a tangy slaw.
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Most DC food trucks are located in the downtown area, offering busy politicos and visitors the chance to sample the city’s street fare. Tasty Kabob features chicken, lamb and veggie kabobs and a rotating menu of specials. Hawaiian food is hard to find in the nation’s capital, but Hula Girl serves some of the best: The truck’s grilled-to-order teriyaki steak, chicken, and tofu are menu mainstays, and lunch includes bánh mì-style sandwiches and salads. Pho lovers will enjoy Pho Junkies, where you can order a bowl of steaming soup with your choice of meat. For a sweet treat, visit Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats. The city’s first and only “vintage mobile eatery” serves old-fashioned frozen custard from a 60-year-old Metro Van.
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Often considered a culinary underdog, St. Louis is gaining momentum as a popular food truck city. Guerrilla Street Food serves Filipino-inspired cuisine with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The truck’s rotating menu includes dishes like slow roasted pork asado and sausage with chilis. For fresh tacos and sandwiches, look no further than Cha Cha Chow. The truck prepares all of its spicy street fare onboard, and offers dishes like curried sweet potato tacos and handmade burgers topped with poblano peppers and spiced ketchup. Go! Gyro! Go!—the city’s only Greek food truck—features traditional dishes such as chicken souvlaki and grilled pita with homemade tzatziki.
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In terms of sheer number of food trucks, Portland takes the cake. The city boasts over 600 food carts that are grouped into pods, making it easy to sample a variety of dishes. For Chinese dumplings with a creative twist, stop by The Dump Truck. Popular flavors include the bacon cheeseburger with a housemade secret sauce, and vegan-friendly potato curry with coconut sauce. The Frying Scotsman serves authentic British fish and chips, complete with a side of peas and curry sauce. Eat waffles all day at Solar Waffle Works, Portland’s first solar-powered food truck. Late night eaters flock to Potato Champion, which serves up classic Canadian comfort food like poutine.
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Food trucks in Minneapolis have to weather the seasons, as cold winters can deter hungry patrons. But many trucks remain open throughout the year to serve seasonal, organic comfort food that helps locals stay warm. Chef Shack offers a diverse menu with everything from Indian-spiced organic mini-donuts to grass-fed beef tongue tacos. For locally sourced gourmet fare, visit Dandelion Kitchen. The menu includes a duck confit sandwich with house-made rhubarb sauce, and salads with organic microgreens and a selection of farm cheeses. True to its name, the Moral Omnivore serves sustainable food that’s good for your stomach and your conscience. Popular dishes include butternut squash tacos and beet sliders with creamy mustard sauce.
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San Francisco is a veritable food mecca, and food trucks have taken center stage. The city boasts over 150 roaming carts, an annual street food festival, and weekly markets that bring local vendors together. Many top chefs and foodies helm local trucks. At Me So Hungry, a team of top chefs prepares hearty sliders with angus beef, marinated short ribs, and spicy Asian-inspired sauces. RoliRoti, the country’s first mobile rotisserie food truck, offers sustainably farmed meats. At CurryUpNow, hungry eaters can enjoy Indian-inspired street food, including fried ravioli with tikka masala dip and “deconstructed samosas” with meat and chutneys. Stop by the Crème Brûlée Cart for creamy desserts in flavors like frosted flakes and green tea.
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Bostonians love their street food. Trucks circulate throughout the city, attracting hungry college students and suited businessmen alike. For organic tacos, tortas, sopas, and ensaladas, visit The Taco Truck, which serves authentic Mexican fare on crispy corn tortillas, and offers sides like fried sweet plantains and churros with pumpkin sauce. The Bon Me Truck serves a classic Vietnamese bánh mì with pickled carrots, daikon, house-made pork pate, and spicy mayo, all piled high on a toasted baguette. Grilled Cheese Nation serves gourmet sandwiches with ingredients like Great Hill blue cheese, organic fig spread, and aged cheddar from Vermont.
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