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The 22 Hottest Food Trucks Across the US Right Now

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Attention please, it is time to take a look at 22 of the most buzzed-about food trucks across the United States. After bursting onto the American culinary scene a few years back, it's kind of a weird time for food trucks. In New York, people are speculating whether this is the end of the food truck era, while cities from Los Angeles to Dallas to Minneapolis and beyond seem to be experiencing a slowing of food truck growth. In many cities, food truck owners are focusing instead on opening up brick-and-mortar businesses. And in other cities, such as Chicago, food truck business is still hampered by legal battles. That said, there's certainly no shortage of food trucks on American roads. The following trucks — listed alphabetically, please note — have all opened over the last twelve months and are garnering some serious acclaim.

These include a boom of sorts of food trucks tricked out with their own pizza ovens, such as those in Boston (Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co), Dallas (Bellatrino), or Minneapolis (WildEarth WoodFired). Elsewhere in Texas, Austin has a couple of new trailers — conveniently located adjacent to one another — run by alums of the much-loved Ramen Tatsu-Ya (Kyoten and Patakon), while Houston's Goro & Gun has relaunched the food truck that started it all (The Modular). Former Border Grill chef Mike Minor is also offering a pretty epic take on "urban hipster" barbecue in Las Vegas (Truck-U Barbeque), while the classically trained Wes Avila is knocking food critics' socks off with his take on tacos in LA (Guerrilla Tacos). Here now, the full map:


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1. Arepa Zone

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(786) 554-2009
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Washington, DC's Arepa Zone is still young, but gaining plenty of traction locally for its rendition of the traditional Venezuelan arepa. The Washington Post recommends its Sifrina version of the grilled corn patty, which comes loaded with chicken avocado salad and shredded yellow cheese. The truck also serves cachapa (a corn pancake) and tequenos, which are cheese sticks with dipping sauce. Find it @ArepaZone. [Photo: Official Site]

2. Bakin' Bakery

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Denver, CO 80204
(303) 565-0849
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Kickstarter-funded Bakin' Bakery is Denver's new "sweet and savory bacon infused food truck." Chef Renee LaLonde is selling things like bourbon cronuts, bacon jam, hand pies, gluten-free chocolate on chocolate doughnuts and more using seasonal ingredients. Track these baked goods @bakinbakery. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Bellatrino

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New on the Dallas food truck scene is the tricked out pizza truck BellaTrino that comes with built-in seating and a wood-fired pizza oven that Eater Dallas writes "churns out super legit Neapolitan pies in just 70 seconds." Beyond pizza, this truck also offers salads, sandwiches, pastas al forno, and desserts. Catch it @BellaTrino. [Photo: ]

4. boxcar

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New Orleans, LA
Just today, Eater NOLA named Boxcar one of the seven new food trucks to watch in New Orleans right now. Run by students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, this truck serves up some gravy truffle fries that Eater NOLA describes as "poutine-like" plus ginger-carnitas nachos, jalapeno poppers with pimento cheese and a white barbecue sauce, and a dreamsicle pie for dessert. [Photo: Facebook]

5. Burrasca

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SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR
Florentine food cart Burrasca debuted in Portland last Fall and has been hot ever since, even taking Willamette Week's designation of Food Cart of the Year 2014. The menu here changes, but right now includes a roast pork loin sandwich on Florentine-style flatbread, chicken and potato croquettes in tomato sauce, and daily pasta specials. [Photo: Official]

6. Guerrilla Tacos

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826 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(818) 640-3033
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Guerrilla Tacos has been kicking around LA for a little while now, but has really caught fire in the last year. Classically trained chef Wes Avila has turned his taco stand into a food truck that LA Times critic Jonathan Gold raved about in a review this past February. Tacos change daily, but might include a braised oxtail taco with pickled onions and almond chili or a roasted sweet potato taco with braised leek, Oaxacan cheese, and red pepper chili. Find them @guerrillatacos. [Photo: Facebook]

7. Kaiteki Ramen

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Kaiteki Ramen was dubbed one of the hottest ramen shops across the US just last Fall as Oklahoma City's first ramen food truck. The regular menu offers two types of ramen (one of which is vegan), plus pork belly bao, chicken wings, and fried brussels sprouts. The main Kaiteki ramen is shoyu style with ginger ale braised pork belly. Follow the truck @kaitekiramen. [Photo: Official Site]

8. Kyoten

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1211 East 6th.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 888-7559
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Also one of the country's hottest sushi restaurants, Kyoten is commanding great attention in Austin's trailer dining scene. Chefs Otto Phan and Leo Rodriguez have trained in kitchens such as Masa, Nobu, Uchi, and more, and are offering sushi and rice bowls from their East 6th Street trailer. [Photo: Facebook]

9. Longshot Lobsta

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Longshot Lobsta became Louisville's first lobster roll truck back in November 2013, offering lobster bisque, clam chowder, cheddar bay biscuits, and three kinds of lobster rolls. These styles of lobster rolls include the traditional cold lobster roll, as well as Maine and Connecticut styles. Track it @longshotlobsta. [Photo: Twitter]

10. Moo Shu Grill

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New York, NY 11201
Moo Shu Grill launched in New York in August of last year, replacing what had been the Fishing Shrimp truck. Owners Thomas and Diana Yang are serving moo shus with a choice of proteins: five-spice pork, Taiwanese basil chicken, XOXO beef, tofu, and Peking duck. They've also got rice bowls on offer, with an additional protein option of braised pork belly. Midtown Lunch's Zach Brooks picked it as one of Zagat's 10 hottest food trucks just last month. Moo Shu Grill is tweeting @mooshugrill. [Photo: Twitter]

11. Patakon

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1213 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702
Chef Juan Llano, a Ramen Tatsu-Ya alum, opened Patakon in April, focusing on updated Colombian classics such as an empanada, bistec, and papa chorriada. You can find it on East 6th Street just next to the also-hot Kyoten. [Photo: Facebook]

12. Pierogi Wagon

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Chicago, IL
The Pierogi Wagon was among Eater Chicago's six food trucks to watch this Spring for its Kickstarter-funded Polish dumplings. And the truck also just unleashed a new menu item: Polish sausages. Find them @PierogiWagon. [Photo: Facebook]

13. Pink Bellies

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Pink Bellies launched last Fall with a short rotating Vietnamese menu of pho, banh mi sandwiches, smoothies, Vietnamese iced coffee, and more. They've also got variations on traditional dishes, such as the blueberry pulled pork banh mi made with blueberry jam, pulled pork, jalapenos, pickled carrots, red onions, and cilantro. Find them @PinkBellies. [Photo: Instagram]

14. Rocko's Ice Cream Tacos

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530 Showers Dr #7-210
San Francisco, CA 94040
(650) 762-5608
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Rocko's Ice Cream Tacos has been a popular dessert cart in San Francisco for some time now, but Eater SF reports that it recently took to the road with a brand new truck. Rocko's has built a reputation on its elevated Choco Taco, which owner Lori Phillips customizes with ice cream flavors from pistachio to salty caramel dipped in a choice of peanut butter, dark, milk, or white chocolate. It's then flash-frozen with liquid nitrogen. Follow it @RockoSez. [Photo: Facebook]

15. South Philly Barbacoa

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Philadelphia diners are excited right now by the Mexican food served up at South Philly Barbacoa. Owners Cristina Martinez (the official chef de barbacoa) and Benjamin Miller launched the cart at the beginning of this year, offering slow-cooked lamb and pancita steamed in maguy leaves with tortillas, consomme, and salsas. [Photo: Facebook]

16. Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co.

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Boston, MA 02210
(617) 982-3473
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One of the newcomers to Boston's fleet of food trucks is Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co, which has been commanding considerable attention with its wood-fired oven installed directly on the truck. Pizza options include marinara, pepperoni, mushroom, buffalo chicken, and buffalo brussels sprout. [Photo: Facebook]

17. The Cook's Crossing

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Detroit, MI 48226
(586) 524-8536
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The Cook's Crossing is Detroit's new food truck hotness from chefs Thom Ingram and Nate Bonkowski, the duo known local for pop-up dinners under the same name. Eater Detroit notes that "business is already booming" for the truck that offers its own spin on sandwiches such as currywurst, Coney Island chicken pita, and a Vietnamese banh mi. Follow them @TheCooksCrossin. [Photo: Facebook]

18. The Modular

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Earlier this year, Goro & Gun owner Joshua Martinez relaunched The Modular, the food truck that led to his opening of the popular brick-and-mortar restaurant. Eater Houston reports that the truck's menu "will be infused with Goro's influence" but include dishes beyond the scope of the restaurant's Asian cuisine. The truck also sports a brand new mural by local artist Daniel Anguilu. Find it @GoroNGun. [Photo: Mark Parmley]

19. Thoroughfare Food Truck

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807 South Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 735-8413
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Jessica and Neil Barley launched Thoroughfare Food Truck in August of last year with a menu that TOWN magazine assistant editor Andrew Huang described to Eater as "heavy on combinations of familiar and refined flavors." That means you might find chipotle disco tots, a rosemary chicken salad sandi with goat cheese cream, or pulled pork tacos with basil cabbage slaw and canteloupe when you catch it @thoroughfareft. [Photo: Facebook]

20. Truck-U Barbeque

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Las Vegas, NV
(702) 232-7579
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Former Border Grill executive chef Mike Minor debuted his epically meaty Truck-U Barbeque truck on the streets on Vegas a couple of months back, describing it to Eater Vegas as both "meat candy on wheels" and "urban hipster" barbecue. On the menu, he's offering a variety of tortas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more made with barbecued meat such as slow-cooked short ribs, slow smoked pork butt, and slow smoked brisket. Also fried chicken tacos, burnt ends burritos, and barbecue fries topped with things like short rib and barbecue pork. Find it @TruckUBarbeque. [Photo: Truck U Barbeque]

21. WildEarth WoodFired

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Twin Cities Metro area, MN 55403
According to Eater Minneapolis, mobile pizzeria WildEarth WoodFired met its Kickstarter goal within one week, with most of that coming on its very first day. Though not technically a truck, WildEarth is serving its 10-inch pies topped with any combination of meats, herbs, and veggies at public events all across town. Find it @WildEarthPizza. [Photo: Twitter]

22. Wok n Roll Food Truck

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6251 Stafford Dr
North Olmsted, OH 44070
(440) 847-9651
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Wok n Roll has not quite been open for a month, but has already been written up in much of the local press. The Plain Dealer interviewed owners Tricia McCune and Matt Bolam as they geared up to launch their Asian-inspired street food truck with dishes like okonomiyaki, Korean poutine, and ramen hot dogs. [Photo: Facebook]

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1. Arepa Zone

Arlington, VA
Washington, DC's Arepa Zone is still young, but gaining plenty of traction locally for its rendition of the traditional Venezuelan arepa. The Washington Post recommends its Sifrina version of the grilled corn patty, which comes loaded with chicken avocado salad and shredded yellow cheese. The truck also serves cachapa (a corn pancake) and tequenos, which are cheese sticks with dipping sauce. Find it @ArepaZone. [Photo: Official Site]

2. Bakin' Bakery

Moving Target, Denver, CO 80204
Kickstarter-funded Bakin' Bakery is Denver's new "sweet and savory bacon infused food truck." Chef Renee LaLonde is selling things like bourbon cronuts, bacon jam, hand pies, gluten-free chocolate on chocolate doughnuts and more using seasonal ingredients. Track these baked goods @bakinbakery. [Photo: Facebook]
Moving Target
Denver, CO 80204

3. Bellatrino

Dallas, TX
New on the Dallas food truck scene is the tricked out pizza truck BellaTrino that comes with built-in seating and a wood-fired pizza oven that Eater Dallas writes "churns out super legit Neapolitan pies in just 70 seconds." Beyond pizza, this truck also offers salads, sandwiches, pastas al forno, and desserts. Catch it @BellaTrino. [Photo: ]

4. boxcar

Press, New Orleans, LA
Just today, Eater NOLA named Boxcar one of the seven new food trucks to watch in New Orleans right now. Run by students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, this truck serves up some gravy truffle fries that Eater NOLA describes as "poutine-like" plus ginger-carnitas nachos, jalapeno poppers with pimento cheese and a white barbecue sauce, and a dreamsicle pie for dessert. [Photo: Facebook]
Press
New Orleans, LA

5. Burrasca

SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR
Florentine food cart Burrasca debuted in Portland last Fall and has been hot ever since, even taking Willamette Week's designation of Food Cart of the Year 2014. The menu here changes, but right now includes a roast pork loin sandwich on Florentine-style flatbread, chicken and potato croquettes in tomato sauce, and daily pasta specials. [Photo: Official]
SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR

6. Guerrilla Tacos

826 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Guerrilla Tacos has been kicking around LA for a little while now, but has really caught fire in the last year. Classically trained chef Wes Avila has turned his taco stand into a food truck that LA Times critic Jonathan Gold raved about in a review this past February. Tacos change daily, but might include a braised oxtail taco with pickled onions and almond chili or a roasted sweet potato taco with braised leek, Oaxacan cheese, and red pepper chili. Find them @guerrillatacos. [Photo: Facebook]
826 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

7. Kaiteki Ramen

Oklahoma City, OK
Kaiteki Ramen was dubbed one of the hottest ramen shops across the US just last Fall as Oklahoma City's first ramen food truck. The regular menu offers two types of ramen (one of which is vegan), plus pork belly bao, chicken wings, and fried brussels sprouts. The main Kaiteki ramen is shoyu style with ginger ale braised pork belly. Follow the truck @kaitekiramen. [Photo: Official Site]

8. Kyoten

1211 East 6th., Austin, TX 78702
Also one of the country's hottest sushi restaurants, Kyoten is commanding great attention in Austin's trailer dining scene. Chefs Otto Phan and Leo Rodriguez have trained in kitchens such as Masa, Nobu, Uchi, and more, and are offering sushi and rice bowls from their East 6th Street trailer. [Photo: Facebook]
1211 East 6th.
Austin, TX 78702

9. Longshot Lobsta

Louisville, KY
Longshot Lobsta became Louisville's first lobster roll truck back in November 2013, offering lobster bisque, clam chowder, cheddar bay biscuits, and three kinds of lobster rolls. These styles of lobster rolls include the traditional cold lobster roll, as well as Maine and Connecticut styles. Track it @longshotlobsta. [Photo: Twitter]

10. Moo Shu Grill

Moving Target!, New York, NY 11201
Moo Shu Grill launched in New York in August of last year, replacing what had been the Fishing Shrimp truck. Owners Thomas and Diana Yang are serving moo shus with a choice of proteins: five-spice pork, Taiwanese basil chicken, XOXO beef, tofu, and Peking duck. They've also got rice bowls on offer, with an additional protein option of braised pork belly. Midtown Lunch's Zach Brooks picked it as one of Zagat's 10 hottest food trucks just last month. Moo Shu Grill is tweeting @mooshugrill. [Photo: Twitter]
Moving Target!
New York, NY 11201

11. Patakon

1213 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702
Chef Juan Llano, a Ramen Tatsu-Ya alum, opened Patakon in April, focusing on updated Colombian classics such as an empanada, bistec, and papa chorriada. You can find it on East 6th Street just next to the also-hot Kyoten. [Photo: Facebook]
1213 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702

12. Pierogi Wagon

Moving Target, Chicago, IL
The Pierogi Wagon was among Eater Chicago's six food trucks to watch this Spring for its Kickstarter-funded Polish dumplings. And the truck also just unleashed a new menu item: Polish sausages. Find them @PierogiWagon. [Photo: Facebook]
Moving Target
Chicago, IL

13. Pink Bellies

Charleston, SC
Pink Bellies launched last Fall with a short rotating Vietnamese menu of pho, banh mi sandwiches, smoothies, Vietnamese iced coffee, and more. They've also got variations on traditional dishes, such as the blueberry pulled pork banh mi made with blueberry jam, pulled pork, jalapenos, pickled carrots, red onions, and cilantro. Find them @PinkBellies. [Photo: Instagram]

14. Rocko's Ice Cream Tacos

530 Showers Dr #7-210, San Francisco, CA 94040
Rocko's Ice Cream Tacos has been a popular dessert cart in San Francisco for some time now, but Eater SF reports that it recently took to the road with a brand new truck. Rocko's has built a reputation on its elevated Choco Taco, which owner Lori Phillips customizes with ice cream flavors from pistachio to salty caramel dipped in a choice of peanut butter, dark, milk, or white chocolate. It's then flash-frozen with liquid nitrogen. Follow it @RockoSez. [Photo: Facebook]
530 Showers Dr #7-210
San Francisco, CA 94040

15. South Philly Barbacoa

Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia diners are excited right now by the Mexican food served up at South Philly Barbacoa. Owners Cristina Martinez (the official chef de barbacoa) and Benjamin Miller launched the cart at the beginning of this year, offering slow-cooked lamb and pancita steamed in maguy leaves with tortillas, consomme, and salsas. [Photo: Facebook]

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16. Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co.

Moving Target, Boston, MA 02210
One of the newcomers to Boston's fleet of food trucks is Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co, which has been commanding considerable attention with its wood-fired oven installed directly on the truck. Pizza options include marinara, pepperoni, mushroom, buffalo chicken, and buffalo brussels sprout. [Photo: Facebook]
Moving Target
Boston, MA 02210

17. The Cook's Crossing

Moving target!, Detroit, MI 48226
The Cook's Crossing is Detroit's new food truck hotness from chefs Thom Ingram and Nate Bonkowski, the duo known local for pop-up dinners under the same name. Eater Detroit notes that "business is already booming" for the truck that offers its own spin on sandwiches such as currywurst, Coney Island chicken pita, and a Vietnamese banh mi. Follow them @TheCooksCrossin. [Photo: Facebook]
Moving target!
Detroit, MI 48226

18. The Modular

Houston, TX
Earlier this year, Goro & Gun owner Joshua Martinez relaunched The Modular, the food truck that led to his opening of the popular brick-and-mortar restaurant. Eater Houston reports that the truck's menu "will be infused with Goro's influence" but include dishes beyond the scope of the restaurant's Asian cuisine. The truck also sports a brand new mural by local artist Daniel Anguilu. Find it @GoroNGun. [Photo: Mark Parmley]

19. Thoroughfare Food Truck

807 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601
Jessica and Neil Barley launched Thoroughfare Food Truck in August of last year with a menu that TOWN magazine assistant editor Andrew Huang described to Eater as "heavy on combinations of familiar and refined flavors." That means you might find chipotle disco tots, a rosemary chicken salad sandi with goat cheese cream, or pulled pork tacos with basil cabbage slaw and canteloupe when you catch it @thoroughfareft. [Photo: Facebook]
807 South Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601

20. Truck-U Barbeque

Moving Target, Las Vegas, NV
Former Border Grill executive chef Mike Minor debuted his epically meaty Truck-U Barbeque truck on the streets on Vegas a couple of months back, describing it to Eater Vegas as both "meat candy on wheels" and "urban hipster" barbecue. On the menu, he's offering a variety of tortas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more made with barbecued meat such as slow-cooked short ribs, slow smoked pork butt, and slow smoked brisket. Also fried chicken tacos, burnt ends burritos, and barbecue fries topped with things like short rib and barbecue pork. Find it @TruckUBarbeque. [Photo: Truck U Barbeque]
Moving Target
Las Vegas, NV

21. WildEarth WoodFired

Moving Target!, Twin Cities Metro area, MN 55403
According to Eater Minneapolis, mobile pizzeria WildEarth WoodFired met its Kickstarter goal within one week, with most of that coming on its very first day. Though not technically a truck, WildEarth is serving its 10-inch pies topped with any combination of meats, herbs, and veggies at public events all across town. Find it @WildEarthPizza. [Photo: Twitter]
Moving Target!
Twin Cities Metro area, MN 55403

22. Wok n Roll Food Truck

6251 Stafford Dr, North Olmsted, OH 44070
Wok n Roll has not quite been open for a month, but has already been written up in much of the local press. The Plain Dealer interviewed owners Tricia McCune and Matt Bolam as they geared up to launch their Asian-inspired street food truck with dishes like okonomiyaki, Korean poutine, and ramen hot dogs. [Photo: Facebook]
6251 Stafford Dr
North Olmsted, OH 44070

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