Slurp food truck specializes in made-from-scratch ramen, accompanied by Korean fried chicken and Asian-inspired tacos. Slurp owners boast that their ramen broth simmers for days, and I can attest that the flavor definitely packs a punch. On a cold, rainy night when soup sounded like a perfect end to a long day, I gathered a couple of friends to try out this truck.Continue reading
The Dos Hermanos taco truck is a busy, busy eatery. It took me over a month for our schedules to align so that I could sample enough of their goodies to give a proper review. Dos Hermanos (Spanish for “two brothers”) is run by Manuel and Gabriel Lezama. The pair of brothers were on a mission to bring authentic Mexican tacos to Philadelphia. They make everything–including their tortillas–completely from scratch. It’s the small details like this that make this truck truly special. Continue reading
Farm Truck’s rotating menu features seasonal ingredients from the local area, with inventive combinations that keep it interesting for its patrons. They source their bread from local bakeries and their veggies from local farms. Met at the window by a cheerful order taker with amazing eye makeup skills, I visited the truck on a Thursday lunch session at The Porch at 30th Street. I was in the mood for tacos, so I opted for the buffalo chicken tacos served with housemade ramp blue cheese sauce, citrus pickled red onion, and arugula. Continue reading
The annual Mt. Airy Day community festival took place on Saturday, May 5 on Germantown Avenue at the Cliveden historical park. This site was the exact spot where a Revolutionary War battle occurred. I volunteered to work at this event and also sampled a few of the food trucks that were parked on Germantown Avenue: Philly Fry, El Guaco Loco, and Pound Cake Heaven. All three trucks served up some tasty goodies!
Every Thursday evening, food trucks park at the Weaver’s Way Co-Op store in the Mt. Airy section of Northwest Philadelphia. This week, the Mucho Bueno taco truck and Zsa’s Ice Cream were parked on the corner so we opted to have a dinner date seated alongside the trucks. Mucho Bueno is known for their creative Mexican-BBQ fusion tacos, but my husband and I decided to try the sandwiches instead. There were a lot of choices, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Sandwiches were large and served with a side of homemade tortilla chips. I was also pleased to find out that Mucho Bueno sources its ingredients locally. Even the tortillas for their tacos and chips are made in Philadelphia. The chicken and pork is smoked on their truck and the components of the sandwiches and tacos are homemade.
This truck really lives up to its hype with creative pizza toppings. My favorite was the taco pizza, a perfect combination of two of my favorite foods. The sauce is some kind of hot sauce, covered with chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. Everything tasted freshly made and the crust was firm and crispy. The slice was considerably smaller than the BBQ chicken pizza, but much thicker with all the toppings. Both slices were perfectly cooked and I was unable to finish the second slice because it was so big. Also super affordable because they have a special of 2 slices with toppings and a soda for $5.50! What a deal!
I must preface this post by saying that I spent fifteen years of my youth living all over California. Mexican food has to be exceptional for me to gush about it. That said, I thought Mexican Grill Stand was decent. The food was freshly prepared and the prices were excellent. Service was friendly and quick, and the portions were sizeable. Plus you get a free canned soda with any entree order.
Location: On 13th Street across from the Paley Library, outside of Speakman Hall
Pay: Cash Only
What I tried: Tacos Al Pastor, Grilled Chicken Burrito
The tiny cart has all the Mexican staples: tacos, burritos, quesadillas. Various toppings are available for any of these: chorizo, ground beef, chicken, pork and pineapple, fish, or veggie. Veggie tacos have a mixture of corn, tomatoes, and zucchini. The gargantuan burritos are overflowing with rice, black beans, salsa, lettuce, and chipotle mayo, and the tortilla is toasted on the grill until slightly browned. I tried the al pastor tacos and they were super spicy and tender with the flavor of annatto and guajillos.
Would you look at the size of these tacos?! I was shocked as I opened up my container to find these huge chicken tacos, topped with pickled onions and sweet red chili sauce, seated on a bed of lettuce, encased in a flour tortilla. I could only finish two of them. Chop Chop is a Vietnamese food truck that serves tacos, banh mi, and rice platters in your choice of chicken or pork. For vegetarians, they have tofu served as banh mi or as a rice platter.
The three huge tacos sell for $6 in any of these flavors. Banh mi are $4.50 and rice platters are $6.50. Every order comes with a free can of soda or bottle of water. They run several rotating specials written on neon lit boards. They also offer several types of hot tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
The first time I ate lunch on Temple’s campus, I visited this truck and ordered the pork with salsa verde and an order of chips & guacamole. I remember the chips were a bit stale and hard, so I just put the guacamole on my tacos. Delicious! However, a bit pricey at around $10 for 2 tacos and guac and a drink, compared to other trucks nearby. Most trucks on campus are closer to $5 and a lot of them give a free can of soda with a $5 purchase.
I sampled Calle del Sabor tacos at the Manayunk StrEAT food truck festival in September 2015. Spanish for “street flavor,” Calle del Sabor opened their truck in 2012. They have a varied menu with flavors such as Korean pork tacos, curry shrimp, beef brisket, and Baja fish tacos. Rotating specials are often available.
The items I chose were a la carte, so I chose 2 al pastor tacos and one curry shrimp. The shrimp was big and juicy, and bursting with spicy curry. You might be wondering why most of the third taco in the photo is gone. It’s because I was really hungry and I ate most of the shrimp taco before I could take a photo. It was my favorite taco of the two that I tried, and al pastor is usually my favorite.