Now that the weather is a bit warmer, you may want to venture outside of your host employer's office for lunch. If you're looking to grab some delicious, quick, cheap and unique foods, Food Trucks may be your answer!
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What are Food Trucks?
Food Trucks are big trucks equipped to provide you on-the-spot cooked food or treats for a low cost meal or snack. The trucks may change locations daily or hit a certain spot every lunch hour. You can stand in line to order your meal and have it in hand in minutes, steaming hot. Each Truck provides you with a different genre of food for different tastes.
If you're tired of your usual lunch and looking for some favorite Trucks, look no further. Below are some suggestions that have passed the delicious eats test and are highly recommended!
New York City
Big Gay Ice Cream Truck: If you're looking for your usual ice cream truck, this one is not for you. The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck is so much better! The menu combines traditional soft-serve ice cream with imaginative toppings such as wasabi pea dust, Nilla Wafers, Dulce de Leche, olive oil and sea salt and other offerings. These are all dispensed the way ice cream should be—with humor and good cheer. A personal favorite is the "Salty Pimp", a soft serve vanilla cone with sea salt, dulce de leche infused and dipped in chocolate.
Korilla BBQ: Opened just over a year ago this Korean BBQ attracts crowds daily and for a good reason! Vegetarians and meat eaters alike love their Korean tacos. For lunch you can get three tacos of beef, chicken, spicy pork or tofu for $7. You can't go wrong with the variety they offer. The pork is spicy all by itself, the tofu is soft and pillowy, the chicken has a good grilled flavor and the bulgogi beef is nice and marinated. Your meal may get messy, but it's worth it!
Wafels and Dinges: This truck offers "Good Things Belgian" and it doesn't disappoint. If you're in the mood for a hearty waffle for breakfast, lunch or dessert, this is the place to go. Each one is made to order with choices like the BBQ Pulled Pork Wafel, the famous Liege Wafel, or for meat lovers, the de Bacon Syrup Wafel. You can also choose from a variety of toppings to customize your wafel, such as nutella, duce de leche and whipped cream and strawberries.
Milk Truck: If you're looking for some old fashioned cheesy goodness, see where the Milk Truck Grilled Cheese is heading! A grilled cheese sandwich is a simple thing but the Milk Truck Grilled Cheese aims to be more than putting together butter and bread and cheese. After testing tons of different combinations they have come up with a complete menu of different sandwiches. They believe if they make and serve delicious things, it will make people happy.
Looking for more NYC Food Truck eats? Just visit: New York Street Food.
If you're looking to try them all, why not stop by one of many upcoming Food Truck Festivals! Parked is coming Saturday, August 4th to the South Street Seaport from 10am-9pm. Here you will find eats from over 30 of NYC's best food carts and trucks. The admission is free.
Cool Truck: If you're looking for hand crafted ultra premium gelato, sorbet and frozen yogurt dessert bars, this is your truck! This truck had its grand opening in the beginning of June so they are looking for you to come try their sweet treats.
Cousins Maine Lobster: Here you have traditional Maine lobster brought all the way to California for your tasting pleasure. They serve fresh, sustainably harvested lobster straight from Maine's waters.
Vizzi Truck: If you're looking for more than just your average tacos and burgers, this is the place. Here you will find truffle-flavored popcorn, spaghetti tossed with a garlic cream and Black Forest ham reduction and Japanese chicken sliders. Quite the exotic offering!
Looking to try more? Check out an LA Food Truck map!
Hapa SF: You won't find Hapa's food everywhere! Here you will some Nuevo- Filipino food blended with California sensibilities in the least likely way: a taco truck to satisfy any taste buds. The sisig tacos are full of crunchy pork bits with lime-lashed avocado salsa, cilantro and watermelon radishes.
Cupkates: Cupkates owner Kate McEachern's cupcake truck dispenses small, fine desserts that just happen to be baked in cupcake tins. Here you will find the very first mobile cupcake truck in the Bay area. The base of all her cupcakes is moist and dense, the butter cream swirl on her double vanilla cupcake in tinted taupe with vanilla-bean seeds and extract and even the salted caramel cupcake is the perfect balance between salt and burnt sugar.
JapaCurry: Food Truck owner Jay Hamada serves his best Japanese curry out of this truck. His cola-colored sauce, dense with caramelized onions, reduced chicken stock and spices, all flavor to make your mouth explode. Whether over kurobuta sausage, vegetable croquettes or chicken katsu, you will be pleased.
Bon Me Tuck: Welcome to fresh and fun Vietnamese cuisine! Here you will find banh mi, noodle salads and rice bowl foods in bright flavors. Wash down your meal with an herbaceous and sweet Thai-basil limeade. They became a crowd favorite after winning a city-sponsored competition voted on by the public last year.
Lefty's Silver Cart: Take one bite of these crazy vegetarian sandwiches and you will be hooked! The Granny-B-Good, slices of tart green apple and gooey cheddar, wedged in grilled sourdough, is paired with a side of Taza chocolate. You can also find here the 40 Thieves, a sandwich filled with tangy goat cheese, sour and crunchy slaw, cool mint leaves and the Middle Eastern herb mix za'atar, all piled on a veggie burger.
Roxy's Grilled Cheese: This isn't your average grandma's grilled cheese. Roxy's is taking grilled cheese to the next level by adding ingredients you never really thought possible! While the crew is currently competing on the second season of "The Great Food Truck Race" they still have time to come up with some grilled cheese classics such as the "Mighty Rib" which contains fontina, braised short rib and caramelized onions.
DC Empanadas: Featuring the first mobile purveyor of the savory stuffed pastry, DC Empanadas is less traditional than its brick and mortar counterparts in town. With choices like the Jersey Shore which includes meatballs, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese or the Menage a Trois holding brie, figs and marcona almonds. All delicious eats only $3.50-$4.50.
DCPieTruck: If you like sweet and savory, the DCPie Truck is the place for you! Selling sweet and savory quiches and pies by the slice you are sure to find what you crave. Look for lunch options like spinach with goat cheese and steak pies alongside sweet endings like pecan, chocolate cream and coconut chess.
Red Hook Lobster Truck: This Brooklyn-born operation sells lobster rolls, shrimp rolls and Maine whoopee pies. The truck serves both mayo-based Maine-style and butter-slathered Connecticut-style rolls heaping with fresh lobster meat. You can also find other favorites such as New England clam chowder and warm apple cider. Although this truck draws lines, it's worth the wait.
GastroPod: GastroPod is said to be the first gourmet food truck in Miami. Fans swear by the chef's homemade Latin and Caribbean-style food. Here you'll find the old dirt dog, a smoked short-rib hot dog, which is very popular. GastroPod's constantly evolving menu combines the freshest seasonal fish, meats and produce with experimental preparation techniques and is always served up with a laid-back, home-style vibe.
The Yellow Submarine Truck: The concept of gourmet fast good is living large inside this yellow submarine. This truck serves ham, chicken and turkey sandwiches with names like Killer Queen and Original Sin. You can also get a frankfurter named Yellow Dog which comes with crumbled potato chips, provolone, ketchup, mustard, mayo and pineapple sauce.
Latin Burger & Taco: If you love tacos, this is your domain. Latin Burger & Taco trucks eight-inch chicken tortilla trumps all other tacos. You also can find the grilled Portobello mushroom sandwich. These delicious eats all come from Food Network Host and restaurateur Ingrid Hoffman, who is part owner of this truck decked out in black and pink.
How to Find a Food Truck
Most locals are able to keep up with Food Truck's locations and menu updates via social media websites such as Twitter or Facebook. Since Food Trucks move around often, this is the easiest and most efficient way to keep tabs on all your food favorites! You can also check out a food truck map!