Do You Live in One of the Best Food Truck Cities in the U.S.?

Over the last few years, food trucks have been taking the country by storm. Many patrons are jumping at the chance to support their community’s small businesses while trying interesting cuisines and one-of-a-kind fusions they can’t find anywhere else. Some people are even choosing to have their wedding or corporate event catered from these trucks to infuse their gathering with a dash of local flavor. 

Whether it’s convenience or cost, something about these trucks has crowds gathering and savoring no matter where they pull up – legally of course. Virtually every major city has a food truck scene, but these can’t-miss destinations have what it takes when it comes to mobile eateries. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of these cities, or you’re headed there to visit, here are some of the places you might want to taste:

Friends taking selfie in front of food truck

Austin

Austin has always prided itself on being different. Perhaps that’s what made it one of the pioneers of the modern food truck frenzy. At a time when other cities were just starting to learn about food trucks, Austin was already welcoming them with open arms.

The city may be known for its breakfast tacos, but don’t miss out on the unforgettable selection of other foods. One of the most popular trucks in this region is Gourdough’s Big. Fat. Donuts, topping donuts with everything from PB&J to fried chicken strips and honey butter. 

Speaking of fried chicken, Tommy Want Wingy offers chicken lollipops coated in one of nine homemade sauces. 

For those with certain dietary restrictions, sometimes you’re forced to give up the food you love to satisfy your health or morals. However, at Arlo’s, that isn’t the case. At this burger and taco truck, everything from the patty to the bacon is 100% vegan. You haven’t lived until you’ve had a vegan-friendly Frito pie burger with a side of mac ‘n cheese.

Minneapolis

When you think of food truck cities, you may think of warm places along a luxurious coastline – likely somewhere far away from the often-icy climate of Minnesota. However, the state, and particularly Minneapolis, has surprisingly carved out a home among food truck aficionados. With so many unique trucks to choose from, you can hardly help but be indecisive.  

For a new twist on classic tater tots, visit Tot Boss and savor a delectable array of tot nachos and bacon-wrapped tots. 

Foxy Falafel brings Mediterranean cuisine to the City of Lakes. Here you’ll find fresh, organic ingredients making up some of your favorite dishes from the Middle East, including shawarma, gyro, falafel and hummus. 

If you want to feel good about what you’re eating, Moral Omnivore offers comfort food – including seasonal salads, fried tomato BLTs and butternut squash taco bowls – made from local, ethically sourced ingredients

Washington, D.C.

Normally thought of as the hub for government and a mecca of business and tourism, Washington, D.C. is home to a flourishing culture unlike any other in the country. This culture has contributed to the rise of countless modern conveniences, and the food truck scene is certainly one of them.

According to Juliann Francis, co-owner of Captain Cookie and the Milk Man, the city’s success is due in large part to a heavy concentration of foot traffic in specific areas of downtown, causing many to search for a quick and convenient way to enjoy great food. Her truck, which she runs with her husband, Kirk, is often regarded as one of the best dessert trucks in town. If you’re craving mouthwatering cookies and ice cream sandwiches, their three trucks, located at various points around the city, make them hard to miss. 

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more savory, Red Hook Lobster Pound brings the distinctive seafood that has become synonymous with the Northeast to the streets of Washington, D.C. 

For days when you just can’t seem to find enough food to satisfy your cravings, Basil Thyme is home to an assortment of lasagnas and other Italian comfort food.

Portland

Another city that prides itself on its uniqueness, Portland offers over 500 food trucks to choose from. You definitely won’t have to waste time trying to find one you like if you live and/or work here. If you can think of a cuisine, there’s probably a truck for it.

Authentic Chinese street food can be found at Bing Mi. This incredibly popular truck serves only one item: jianbing, an oversized crepe stuffed with eggs, sauces and wonton crackers. 

For a taste of a different point of Asia, Nong’s Khao Man Gai serves some of the best Thai food in the country. If you don’t believe us, look no further than the James Beard Awards, where chef Narumol “Nong” Poonsukwattana earned a semifinalist spot in 2018 for Best Chef: Northwest. 

Staying on the subject of authenticity, there’s nothing more classic about an American dining experience than grilled cheese. You’ll find some of the best in the city at the Grilled Cheese Grill. It’s most popular for the Cheesus, a burger with grilled cheese sandwiches serving as the buns. The truck also provides several vegetarian, meat-filled and even dessert options.

Orlando

The king of tourism, Orlando welcomes over 70 million visitors each year. While most come for the world-famous theme parks and other one-of-a-kind activities, even the most unsuspecting of guests will quickly stumble onto the city’s ever-growing food truck scene.

One of the most unique trucks, Twisted Plates, gets its name from putting fresh twists on classic dishes you know and love. Its menu changes seasonally to ensure fresh ingredients, but you’ll often find dishes such as Philly cheesesteak fries, loaded tostones and pretzel burgers with house-made beer cheese. 

Bem Bom offers a cuisine so original, there isn’t even a name for it. Chef Chico Mendonça has combined his love of Portuguese food, experience in French kitchens and interest in New American cooking to form an offbeat fusion you won’t find anywhere else. Putting his own spin on everything from tacos to prego, he proudly serves your favorite foods in ways you’ve never experienced them before. 

Tamales are one of the most iconic meals in Mexican cuisine, and you’ll find the best in the city at Tamale Co. Specializing in this traditional dish, this truck handcrafts each and every tamale from fresh ingredients, sourced directly from local farmers.

Food truck employee cooking meal while customers watch

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