With food options from all over the globe, food trucks serve up amazing food. With offerings from Thai to Hawaiian to Mexican food, there’s nothing better on a beautiful Arizona night than grabbing a quick bite to eat at one of the many food trucks in the Phoenix area.
They are fast, they change up locations, they help build community, they are convenient and they typically have better prices. What’s not to love about that winning combination?
Here’s a guide of a just a small sampling of some of the best food trucks in town, but there are so many wonderful options, be sure to get out this season and explore, we are sure you won’t be disappointed.
2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese
If the thought of grilled cheese makes your taste buds start to do a happy dance, then you should check out 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese where you can choose from one of their 20 variations of grilled cheese sandwiches.
Because really, nothing compares to the warm, grilled, gooey goodness of a grilled cheese sandwich!
The Flying Pigeon
Not sure what you want, but know you’re hungry for good food. Check out this one-stop shop of goodness. This food truck serves a little bit of everything. From Thai to Mexican to Cajun cuisine, chefs Shahe and Lena Koulloukian opened The Flying Pigeon in 2015, describing it as a “fusion of cultures with exotic and local ingredients.”
Are you in love with your papas, spuds, French fries, chips? Whatever word you use to describe the deliciousness that a thick-cut fry and double-fried potato, that owners Isard and Braden Jones call their classic Belgian pomme frites preparation it’s goodness. Then add just about any topping you can think of, you might just want to drive this food truck to your own driveway and keep it there permanently.
Aloha! Island Loco brings a taste of Hawaii to the Valley. This fusion food truck offers delectable dishes such as Hawaiian-style tacos, burritos, and plate lunches which feature steamed rice and pork or chicken.
Left Coast Burrito
Chef and co-owner Adam Allison, once an executive chef at restaurants across the Valley, is no stranger to the food truck scene. Left Coast Burrito is his newest venture on wheels, a partnership with Keri Frazier, who appeared on Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race.” The truck, offers nine specialty burritos and various combinations of “dirty fries.”
The Maine Lobster Lady
If you thought you couldn’t get great seafood in Arizona, you thought wrong. From November to April the southwest can enjoy lobster straight from Maine. Chosen as 2016 Best of Phoenix Best Food Truck, The Main Lobster Lady brings everything from different kinds of lobster rolls to shrimp puffs. All items are made from scratch with nearly all-local ingredients.
Mingo’s Louisiana Kitchen
Mingo’s offers classic Southern cuisine, with a selection of po’ boy sandwiches. With roots in New Orleans and a family full of chefs, Cory Mingo is carrying on a tradition of Southern cooking.
“Great mustaches aren’t born — they’re bread.” That slogan started it all for this Scottsdale-based truck, which hit the streets in March 2014, and has since turned into a popular snack stop. You can get freshly made, hand-rolled pretzels in the shape of handlebar mustaches from Mustache Pretzels. Using non-GMO flour, this food truck offers a variety of pretzel flavors and delicious dips.
Pho King is an amazing mixture of traditional Vietnamese dishes and traditional French recipes. The Pho King truck is open seven days a week and features a calendar on their website allowing their location to always be known to its hungry fans. In addition to having a food truck that traverses the greater Phoenix area, Pho King also has a brand new brick-and-mortar restaurant in South Scottsdale that includes a full bar, expanded menu, and a patio for outdoor eating.
Brothers Jayson and Jaymes Khademi are behind this stone bread pizza truck, which was featured on Food Network’s “Eat Street.” The pizzas are made with a Persian sourdough flatbread called sangtak. Saffron JAK also is a bakery and cafe in north Phoenix and offers catering services.
One of the original Phoenix-based food trucks, Short Leach opened in 2010 and has since grown into two brick-and-mortar locations and four food trucks.
Short Leash puts the other hot dog carts around here to shame with its unique twists on an All-American classic. All hot dogs are served on traditional naan bread — regular, all-beef, bratwurst, chicken, spicy beer hot or vegetarian dog. Toppings range from mac and cheese to veggie chili. Short Leash has added Rollover Doughnuts + Coffee at its Roosevelt Street location, offering a variety of doughnut flavors, from maple bacon to spicy Thai coconut.
The Traveling Cup
No matter where you travel, coffee is there to get you through the day. But, unlike traditional coffee shops, The Traveling Cup “bring[s] the brew to you.” This unique coffee “shop” will give you a taste of coffee from around the world!
With an always-changing menu, United Lunchadores never fails to satisfy their customers with their use of the freshest ingredients available. At this gourmet taco and quesadilla truck, you’ll find everything from authentic Mexican to Asian-Southwestern fusion, such as the All Thai’d Up: citrus-marinated chicken breast, serrano peppers, grilled onions, sweet Thai chili sauce and Jack cheese. The food truck owners also run a restaurant, Taco & Dilla Parlor, in north-central Phoenix.
Stop by a Waffle Love food truck for some freshly made waffles with your favorite toppings such as Nutella or strawberries and whipped cream! They also offer some gluten-free options.
Can’t get enough Waffle Love? Check out the restaurant in Gilbert.