For some time now, the food truck craze has been taking the world by storm. Hundreds of food trucks in various cities are now handing down their delicious concoctions from the high perch of the truck counter and customers can’t get enough of this modern “fast food”. With new food trucks constantly joining the scene, it can sometimes be a little hard to find one that really sticks out from the crowd. Our travel experts at FlipKey decided that they were hungry to find out where the most creative and unconventional food trucks are revving their engines and, amidst some steep competition, they decided that these ten are worthy of the title. Next time you’re in one of the cities listed below, be sure to break out the food truck map and get a taste of what these impressive mobile restaurants have to offer!
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Known for: Handmade Korean sausages
Most insane menu item: Galbi Poutine – 8 hour braised short ribs served on top of twice fried french fries with cheese, kim-chi pickled onions, and avocado lime crema
What’s the big deal?: A three man operation, you may know this truck from the third season of The Great Food Truck Race when they took first place, and rightfully so! Today, they’re serving up their most creative and delicious Korean BBQ meals to the Los Angeles area and beyond. If you’re one of the many who can’t get enough of kim-chi or sriracha, this is definitely the truck for you.
Location: Austin, TX
Known for: The big red van, verbal wit, and twists on the classics
Most insane menu item: The Shiner Monte Cristo – Shiner Bock beer battered monte cristo with pit-smoked ham and mesquite-smoked turkey, cheddar and provolone cheese, and a homemade cherry + fig jelly
What’s the big deal?: Excepting the quirky name, this truck stands out from the crowd for it’s daring moves towards reinventing classic sandwich varieties. Thought you’d had every version of the BLT that the world had to offer? Well how about one with friend green tomatoes and aioli? As you enjoy your delicious meal, enjoy the snarky phrasing on the side of this truck, including the classic, “Stop being a princess. Use your freakin’ hands.” A food truck that talks back — just the way we like it!
Location: Dallas, TX
Known for: Super sliders!
Most insane menu item: Sweet and Lowdown Slider – angus beef, bacon, goat cheese, and strawberry jam
What’s the big deal?: Head to Dallas for the burger truck where the “high fives are free”. This classy little cruiser whips up some creative bite size burgers for all of Dallas to enjoy. These aren’t just your every day burgers; homemade buns and sauces, local ingredients, and some brilliant culinary intuition has put this truck above and beyond stationary burger joints.
Location: NYC (also Dallas, Austin, and LA)
Known for: Expertly designed ice cream sandwiches
Most insane menu item: Louis Ba-Kahn Sammie – brown butter candied bacon ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies (might want to wipe up that drool)
What’s the big deal?: This might just be the coolest truck on our list…literally. If you thought you were excited to see the ice cream truck as a kid, just wait until you see the grown up menu for this freezer on wheels. Savory and sweet are the best of friends on this truck with recipes like the balsamic fig and mascarpone ice cream or the potato chip and butterscotch cookie.
Location: Seattle, WA
Known for: Delicious pulled pork
Most insane menu item: MAXImus Pulled Pork Sandwich – hot and spicy from a mixture of peppers, onions, and fruit juices. Add some MAXImus slaw with hints of chipotle, radish, and cilantro and wash it down with a ginger lemonade
What’s the big deal?: There are many things that make this truck a specialty. Maybe it’s the delicious and juicy pulled pork, maybe it’s the choice of getting your meal MAXImus (on the spicy side) or MINImus (on the sweet side)…or maybe it’s the fact that the truck is actually a terrifyingly enormous steel pig. There’s no way you can miss this pig-shaped restaurant rolling down the streets of Seattle, and trust us when we say that you won’t want to once you catch a whiff of that pulled pork!
Location: Reno, NV
Known for: Jazzing up one of America’s favorites – the grilled cheese
Most insane menu item: The King – Peanut butter, bananas, and bacon grilled together on white bread. Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich!
What’s the big deal?: If you’re a cheese lover, we suggest you drop everything right now and head to Reno! This truck offers grilled cheese sandwiches with just about anything you can think of. They have a full menu of creative options to try, or you can make your own! With a tag line like “We will fill your belly and melt your heart”, how could you go wrong?
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Known for: Japanese style hot dogs
Most insane menu item: The Gyoza Dog – a hot dog in a bun topped with Japanese gyoza. A dog so crazy, you have to see it to believe it…so here it is:
What’s the big deal?: With a history that stretches back to 2005, JapaDog has since expanded its reach in Vancouver and even the United States with hotdog stands, indoor stores, and, most importantly, the truck. While the JapaDog menu does have regular, plain dogs available, the true essence of Japadog is the fusion of Japanese ingredients including wasabi, soy sauce, miso, and even soba noodles! If you’re feeling adventurous and hungry, this truck has the perfect menu for you.
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Known for: Tasty, tasty ‘za
Most insane menu item: The Jones Island Slice – Tomato sauce topped with swiss cheese, leeks, and pickled herring
What’s the big deal?: Looking for late night grub? This truck offers night owls a whole lot more than the desperate 2am grease pit; Streetza Pizza has received several awards for having the best pizza in town and its innovative menu says it all. Local ingredients and fresh Wisconsin cheeses make all the difference for these signature slices.
Location: Paris, France
Known for: California classics, dude
Most insane menu item: The Obama Burger AKA PanchoVilla – Beef, arugula, gouda, chipotle sauce, guacamole, red onion, lettuce, and tomatoes
What’s the big deal?: The menu may sound like boring American cuisine to you, but the creativity of its options is relative to the truck’s location. Next time you’re in Paris and you’re feeling a little homesick, find this truck for a genuine burger, taco, or even a cupcake. All of the meats served are 100% organic and even the tortillas, buns, and desserts are homemade. To top it all off, this truck offers pancakes, french toast (ironic), and breakfast burritos on the brunch menu. Voilà!
Location: Boston, MA
Known for: Vietnamese cuisine with a twist
Most insane menu item: Deviled Tea Eggs – Eggs soaked in a black tea mixture then topped with house made spicy mayo, cayenne pepper, and scallions
What’s the big deal?: This truck is a Boston-based favorite. Since it took its first spin in 2010, Bon Me has now expanded into four different food trucks and one stationary restaurant location. The step by step ordering process involves first choosing your meal in sandwich, noodle bowl, or rice bowl form and then fillings. What really sets this truck apart, though, are the sides. Try the thai green papaya salad or the deviled tea eggs for a food adventure!