Best food trucks in the Triangle: Here’s a virtual food truck rodeo

The Cubano sandwich (smoked pork, house-made pickles, Swiss cheese, ham, roasted red peppers and Dijon) from American Meltdown.Juli Leonard

When I started writing about food trucks in early 2016, the trend was already well underway. With scores of these colorful mobile vendors to choose from, I was like a grownup kid in a candy shop.

But I’ll admit I was a little concerned that at some point I would run out of new trucks to check out.

I needn’t have worried. More food trucks than ever are cruising Triangle roads and highways, and there isn’t a day of the week you can’t find several to choose from if you’re willing to put a few miles on the odometer to track them down. What’s more, since the recent opening of County Fare, a sort of permanent food truck rodeo venue in Durham, you don’t even have to plug in the GPS to find a good selection.

Another telling statistic: Of the 29 mobile vendors I’ve reviewed so far, only three have closed. And one of those (Fetch Hot Dog Co.) closed so that the owner could devote his full attention to a restaurant (Village Diner in Hillsborough, where you can still enjoy his Weeping Radish Butchery dogs). That’s a success rate that brick-and-mortar restaurants would envy.

Now that the food truck trend is firing on all cylinders, and food truck rodeo season is in full swing, here’s a look at all of the trucks I’ve reviewed so far. They’re in alphabetical order, and I’ve shared my favorite menu item from each.

Think of it as a virtual rodeo, or your guide to the next food truck rodeo you attend.

American Meltdown

Twitter: @americanmltdwn

Specialty: grilled cheese sandwiches

Dibs on: Scarborough Fare (herb pesto and gouda on sourdough)

Note: American Meltdown also has a location in the food court of Streets of Southpoint mall in Durham.

Arepa Culture NC

Twitter: @arepaculturenc

Specialty: arepas

Dibs on: La Tica (chicken, peppers, onions and cheese)

BBQ Proper

Twitter: @bbqproper

Specialty: barbecue

Dibs on: blue cheese brisket

Curry in a Hurry

Twitter: @curryinahurrync

Specialty: Indian

Dibs on: lamb curry

Note: Curry in a Hurry will soon have a brick and mortar location in the new Morgan Street Food Hall in downtown Raleigh, which will open July 23.


Twitter: @flattzchef1

Specialty: flatbread sandwiches

Dibs on: Truffle Chicken

Mr. Puebla Tacos

Twitter: @mrpueblatacos

Specialty: authentic tacos

Dibs on: carne asada tacos

Pie Pushers

Twitter: @piepushers

Specialty: pizza

Dibs on: local country sausage with optional fried egg

Note: Pie Pushers also has a restaurant at 117A W. Main St., Durham, above The Pinhook.

See the full list here


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