Food trucks are the new “in” way to experience different kinds of cuisines. There’s plenty of appeal there: food is cheap, portable and snack sized portions. You can grab tacos from one truck to go with wontons from another. Even award-winning chefs have set up food trucks and popup restaurants. So where can you find the best food trucks?
On my trip to San Francisco, fellow travel blogger Spencer Spellman of the Traveling Philosopher told me how amazing the Off the Grid food truck events are. Friday nights are the biggest of the weekly events, bringing in over 30 trucks AND BOOZE at Fort Mason Center. There are great views of the city and live music and it’s an event you can bring the whole family to.
- Trucks I Recommend: Mac and Cheese spring rolls from 3-Sum Eats, Garlic Shrimp Tacos from Kung Fu Tacos
Hawaii is known for its food trucks all over the islands. The North Shore of Oahu has the best, known for spicy shrimp, Thai and Mexican food. Even my beloved Leonard’s Bakery sells their malasadas in a truck in Waikele.
- Trucks I Recommend: Spicy Shrimp and Rice from Giovanni’s
My hometown has even caught food truck fever, with weekly events all over town. Now there’s a food truck park in town that is open daily for lunch and dinner with a farmer’s market, live music and movies on Friday nights. There’s plenty of fusion to be had, like Blaxican (soul food and Mexican) and Yumbii (southern, Asian and Mexican).
- Trucks I Recommend: Kwanza Bowl from W.O.W, Shrimp Etouffee from Roux’d and the Arnold Palmer popsicle from King of Pops
What Makes a Great Food Truck?
- Specials that bring people in– Sesame fries with sriracha cheese dip was one of the many specials I tried today. You need something that people see on the board and realize they can’t live without it.
- Something I can’t make at home– Although there are plenty of trucks that serve grilled cheese and other “simple” dishes, something needs to be different.
- Selection of drinks– I can’t eat spicy Cajun dishes without something to wash it down with.
Even the movies are making food trucks look freakin’ cool.