Let's admit it: one of the best parts of festivals, concerts, and farmers markets is the food trucks. Generally cheap, quick, and delicious, they're a convenient way to try some of the best the area has to offer — and on your lunch break no less. The list of new new trucks and trailers rolling around the city is growing all the time, featuring fresh and diverse choices. From comfort food to ice cream, sandwiches, döner, and more, here are 14 excellent food trucks to try in Detroit right now.
The Mac Shack
Seen at seemingly every major metro Detroit event and regularly on Wayne State’s campus and Eastern Market, this mac-and-cheese-mobile is always a safe bet. A fan favorite made with their five cheese blend is the Papa Smurf, topped with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, and shaved parmesan. Vegan mac is also available. Visit their website to see where they’ll be parked next.
[Photo: Courtesy of Mac Shack]
Local coffees and teas are served up from this downright adorable vintage food trailer, featuring Eli Tea from made in Birmingham and Hyperion Coffee made in Ypsilanti. Add homemade syrups for just a few cents more. Follow them on Instagram to see where they’ll land next.
[Photo: Facebook/Drifter Coffee]
El Guapo Grill
Is there anything better than good Mexican food? Especially when it’s available as quickly and easily as El Guapo Grill? This Detroit-regular features delectable selections like Korean beef tacos served up with fresh Asian slaw, and shrimp burritos. Often found at Eastern Markets on Saturdays, check their website for more details.
[Photo: Facebook/El Guapo]
Created by chef Matt Tulpa of the pop-up Salt & Saffron, you can expect this food trailer to be a step above the regular. Tulpa churns up chef-inspired, small batch ice creams with unique flavors like smoked vanilla and kale. Currently the airstream trailer is making appearances outside of venues like Motorcity Wine. Check their Facebook for regular updates.
Beignets 2 Go
Featuring New Orleans-style French doughnuts, cronets (a mic of a Beignet and a Cronut) and fresh coffee, it’s hard not to love this Eastern Market regular. For a beyond decadent breakfast, try a cornet sandwich topped with sharp cheddar, savory bacon or ham, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
[Photo: Facebook/Beignets 2 Go]
On a potato or in a bowl, this Detroit food truck serves up hearty comfort food available in a variety of dietary options like including vegan and gluten-free. Made with locally-sourced ingredients, favorites include the gyro bowl (grilled chicken, feta, tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki with pita bread). A true Southeast Michigan treat.
Salt and Sugar Co.
Rolling regularly to farmers markets in Lathrup and Royal Oak, this food truck specializes in fresh, locally-sourced and organic foods. Favorites on the rotating menu include lemon basil orzo pasta and desserts like the flourless lava cookies. Check their social media pages for menus and locations.
[Photo: Facebook/The Salt Sugar Co.]
Detroit 75 Kitchen
Chef Mike Nassar uses fresh and seasonal ingredients for his artisanal sandwiches and sides like fattoush salad and hand-cut cajun fries. On Wednesdays don't miss out on the smoked chicken. Find them at the U.S. Fuel Truckstop Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
[Photo: Facebook/Detroit 75 Kitchen]
One of the originals, this Detroit food truck is rock solid, featuring fresh dishes with fun names. Favorites include the Princess, a falafel burger topped with artichoke-quinoa tabbouleh, roasted red pepper hummus, crispy pita, and a drizzle of Greek yogurt vinaigrette. Find them parked outside Campus Martius for lunch during the week.
[Photo: Facebook/Concrete Cuisine]
The ultimate Turkish street food kebabs are now rolling around metro Detroit. Mito's motto might just be true, "Once you have it Turkish style, you can never go back!" Find their shaved meat wraps (chicken, beef, and veggie) downtown or at events and festivals across Southeast Michigan. Visit their website for a calendar and more details.
Hero or Villain
Does anything scream lunch quite like a deli on wheels? Make the ultimate (and extremely difficult) choice by selecting from the "hero" or "villain" side of their rotating sandwich menu. Favorites include the Captain Planet hoagie, topped with sautéed portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and caramelized onions drizzled with a pesto aioli. Check their Instagram for weekly locations and menus.
Part food truck, part supper club, wholly delicious. Headed by chef Marc Bogoff, the menu changes regularly featuring high-quality sandwiches. Past options have included the Thai beef, topped with with swiss, apple slaw, cilantro, peanuts, and chili aioli.
Chef Omar Anani halal food truck serves up an ever-changing (and delicious) menu, with highlights like the twisted burger, made with certified Angus beef, and topped with beef bacon jam, cheddar cheese, pickle, lettuce, tomato, fried onion, and their signature sauce. Follow their social media for locations.
[Photo: Facebook/Twisted Mitten]
The Mean Weenie
It's hard not to smile when you're at the Mean Weenie. This metro Detroit food truck serves up all-American hot dogs and sausages in a uniquely culinary way. Favorites include the Wasabi-ach combining a Hoisin glazed hot dog and a wasabi and ginger slaw. These aren't your typical dogs.
[Photo: Facebook/The Mean Weenie]
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