Food trucks are in, and Philly has every gourmet kitchen on wheels a foodie could ever want. Character and charm—like hand-written chalkboard signs and funky paint colors—are musts for suitable food trucks, but these local roving restaurants let their exciting culinary creations do the talking. From savory seafood to cheesy mac to tangy BBQ, check out these mouthwatering mobile eateries.
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The macaroni and fromage at this spot is so good that they’re opening a brick-and-mortar shop. The “original mac,” which is the base of most of the eclectic menu options, is made with seven different cheeses and topped with a parmesan Panko crunch. From there, the combinations (in both bowls and on sandwiches) are endless. We recommend the Cowboy Cup, which consists of jalepeño-infused mac, crispy bacon, homemade buttermilk ranch, and a sweet cornbread crumble. the Basil Chicken Pesto, featuring the original mac topped with chicken bites marinated in basil and pecorino is another can’t-fail.
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Get there early—the college crowd loves this food truck and doesn’t mind waiting in a long line. With a fusion of Mexican and Asian flavors, Cucina Zapata thrives on next-level creativity in every balanced mashup that it dishes out. The most out-of-the-box selection is the Cap’n Crunch Tilapia Tacos, which includes double-crispy tilapia breaded in cereal, crunchy cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, and spicy sriracha mayo; get it over rice or as a burrito. The Chicken Katsu is also notable, featuring juicy fried chicken over rice that’s topped with a fried egg and a sauce drizzle of your choice. Don’t forget to grab a bubble tea, too.
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Named the 6th best food truck in America in 2015 by The Daily Meal, Oink and Moo brings authentic barbecue flavors to the heart of Philly. The Chipotle Chicken Tacos are a staple—perfectly-cooked, chipotle-rubbed chicken topped with a light chipotle-lime sour cream and paired with pickled poblanos that pack just the right amount of heat. When the days get cold, the Oink and Moo Chili will warm your gut and soul. Juicy brisket and tender pulled pork are spiced to perfection, and a chunk of cornbread on the side offers a sweet balance.
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Everyone loves waffles. Everyone loves toppings on waffles. And this truck brings every sweet and savory topping that you could ever want. From traditional to imaginative, you’ll be in waffle heaven. On the savory side, the Pork Belly Bahn Mi Waffle is rightfully the favorite. The coriander, black pepper-glazed pork belly is seared and paired with a biting pickled cabbage, fresh jalapeños, cucumbers and cilantro. Togarashi and sriracha sauces add even more heat, and this non-traditional Vietnamese “sandwich” is served on a fresh Belgium waffle. On the sweet side, check out the Liege sugar waffle options that are complemented with mascarpone whipped cream and a variety of sweet or sweet-n-salty toppings like black pepper bacon toffee, salted caramel, smoked sea salt.
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When you need a seafood fix, look no further than this beachtown-esque food truck. With traditional New England-style lobster rolls in addition to twists on the classic, it’s hard to find anything that isn’t delicious. The Creamy Lobster Roll stuffs chunks of warm and buttered fresh lobster into a crispy roll with kale, and tops it with the truck’s hot lobster bisque and bacon bits. Or check the the Lobster Grilled Cheese, which marries our favorite shellfish with gooey cheesy, tomatoes and kale in a delectable sandwich. If all the “lobstah” isn’t tickling your fancy, check out the “turf” side of the menu which includes a rosemary steak sandwich that give any cheesesteak a run.