When it comes to street eats, there’s usually two problems.
One, how do you choose between so many awesome options. And two, how the heck do you find these trucks anyway? Well, we can help you track down Philly’s best food trucks. But deciding on one is on you. Good luck!
Among other glorious truck options located in an alley behind Drexel University, lies the Cap’n Crunch Tilapia Burrito. Loaded with cabbage, avocado, and a recommended spicy sauce, the sugary cereal adds a crispy pop to every bite. Also try the Thai-style tacos and bubble teas.
Find them: Located on the corner of 31st and Ludlow Streets. Follow @Cucina_Zapata to check out daily hours and crazy specials
While you’re strolling the Drexel alley, keep your eye out for this truck that is constantly rotating locations. Freshly ground sirloin burgers and twice fried french fries are a must. Feeling Philly? Half-pound cheesesteaks are also served.
Find them: @spotburgers posts their location regularly or check out their restaurant located on Drexel’s campus.
Move over, cheesesteak! This midwest-styled culinary staple, the cheese curd, is taking over Philadelphia. Dominating with multiple food truck awards, including ‘Best of Philly’, the power of the fried, unprocessed, and 100% natural state curd is here to stay.
Home of the three little pigs – smoked pork, bacon, and chorizo. Topped with pico de gallo, avocado, and a special cheese that will make you never want any other taco.
Find them: Wednesdays – Saturdays @ 830-3am at Frankford and Girard (Fishtown)
The city’s only food truck for fresh, gourmet, handmade specialty donuts. Not feeling creative? No worries, there’s enough amazingly innovative custom donuts ready to go! There’s the Wake-Up: chocolate dunk, espresso dust, and cream swirl. And on the opposite end, the 420, described on the website as “Whatever we got man – just chill.” Awesome.
Find them: Wednesdays @ 7am – Love Park, Thursdays @ 7am – Breakfast at City Hall Courtyard
Foo Truck is transforming traditional asian cuisine into on-the-go, yummy grilled square sandwiches. Fill it in with green-curry quinoa salad, ginger flavored meatballs, pork belly with tea egg, or lemon grass chicken with peanut seasoning.
Find them: Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri @11:30-2:30 – 35th & Market (University City), Tuesdays @ 11:30-2:30 – Love Park
Find here the classic crepe and the more unusual (pepperoni, bbq, tuna salad). This long time favorite on Temple’s campus is made for eating and walking, especially since nothing beats a fresh-made crepe!
Find them: Mon-Fri @10am-8pm and Saturdays @11am-6pm – 13th & Norris Sts
Philadelphia’s first and only Polish food cart is serving the finest pierogies to touch your tongue. Cheap, filling, and with a rotating list of non-traditional choices alongside the constant classic potato cheddar, you’ll wonder why Polish food doesn’t get more credit.
Find them: Find the daily location on Twitter @mommomnomnom
It’s easy to find Pitruco Pizza – just follow that warm, brick oven wood-fired pie scent. 11” personal sized pizzas are made from scratch to order. It’s one of Craig LaBan’s notable raves, so you know it has to be legit.
Find them: Follow @PitrucoPizza to check out their daily location and pie of the day
These ambitious land and sea lovers roam from Florida up to Philly and NJ regularly. Surprisingly though, their claimed specialty is lobster rolls! Not your thing? Order shrimp, fish tacos, salmon sliders, or some turf for your surf.
Find them: Changes are made often in a trucker’s life! Check @surfturftruck daily but be prepared for last minute, state swinging switches.
Wondering where the best popsicle truck ever is? It may be chilly, but that doesn’t stop us from loving Lil Pop Shop’s hand-crafted with fresh, natural, locally sourced ingredients paired with seasonal fruit. Rather than shiver in the cold, stop by the West Philly shop during winter hours.
Find them: Spring 2016 OR 265 South 44th Street
From NJ to Philly, Oink and Moo brings us a meat fleet of three trucks to fill our bellies. You’ll have a blast pairing sauces and BBQ choices until the cows… are on your plate.
Find them: @OINKandMOOphl (Make sure you follow the specific Philly Twitter)
“Sweet & Savory Waffles” reads the side of this brightly colored yellow truck. But do not be fooled by the sweet ladies mixing the batter – these waffles are no joke. Nutella and marshmallow cream is a crowd favorite while others swear by seasonal specials.
Find them: Check out their calendar to see where they are for the season.
Nobody can resist a gourmet dessert, right? Spoil yourself on a regular basis with to-die-for crème brulée with Madagascar vanilla bean or one of the many macarons with rotating flavors based on the day of the week. Seasonal favorites are also available.
Find them: Mon – Fri @ 38th St b/w Walnut & Sansom St.
Gourmet French fries galore! With over 10 different types of fries and 25 topping choices, there are tons of ways to enjoy these out-of-this-world French fries. Special dietary restrictions? Vegan and vegetarian options are available, too.
Find them: Check out their Facebook page to see what events they’re attending
This cart is a super popular, lesser known spot serving up middle eastern food in Center City. The perfect joint for vegetarians AND meat lovers. The hummus is legendary and if you’re lucky maybe you will catch the delicious tabbouleh.
Find them: Open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night @ 16th and JFK
The 2015 Vendy Awards Rookie of the Year Korean-American Fusion truck is, needless to say, off to a great start. Try the Korean cheese steak: Korean BBQ marinated beef, kimchi, whiz, and onions. Their’s is a more obscure menu filled with American twisted favorites you will lay eyes on.
Find them: Follow their website’s calendar to see where they will be
Philadelphia’s first and only mac’n cheese food truck. Chow down on the decadent grilled cheese, mac’n cheese sandwich, or BBQ-in-a-bowl. You really can’t lose at this place.
Find them: Look over their site’s event list to find their next spot
You may have seen this truck on the Jay Z & Ron Howard Made In America Documentary on Showtime. With a new delivery option, you can grab a delicious sandwich without having to track down the truck (it is currently being revamped).
Find them: Check the Track-the-truck calendar to see when it is up and running again
Zsa’s is a gourmet ice cream truck featuring artisanal small batch ice cream, along with their signature ice cream sandwiches. The holidays introduces the peppermint bark sandwiches that will be popping up all over Philly freezers this season.
Find them: Follow @zsas_ice_cream to learn about the most recent flavor releases
Global street food made from scratch! Offering holiday catering, there really isn’t anything this truck doesn’t offer. Breakfast sandwiches are super inexpensive and a wonderful way to start the day.
Find them: Check @StFoodPhilly to see their latest location
Hawaiian lunch options featuring lumpia, Spam musubi, and bibingka. It’s basically like ordering your typical “fresh catch of the day” turned exotic. Try some of their delicious snacks such as the silken tofu with sesame-agave.
Find them: Often found at the City Hall courtyard and surrounding suburbs of the city
The local conscious and artsy vibe Farm Truck offers many healthy and environmentally sustainable options that are mostly vegetarian.
Find them: The site’s event tab is perfect for tracking down their next location
A two street-side food truck business venture, Magic Carpet Foods offers whole world vegetarian cuisine. Try one of their combo platters (veggie chili is the bomb) or a manager’s special that offers a great deal on super healthy food.
Find them: The flagship cart is located in the courtyard at 34th and Walnut streets and the second cart is located on Spruce between 35th and 36th. Hours vary slightly but are typically @11-3pm Mon-Fri
Locally sourced ingredients make this food choice a must. Try the pork fritters or feast on the duck confit. Specials change daily and all are rich and savory.
Find them: Follow @Local215 to track their spot
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