Mei Mei Street Kitchen food truck parked next to Boston Public Library in Back Bay
Bon Me, Roxy's Grilled Cheese, Red Bones, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Taco Truck . . . Boston's food trucks span a lot of cuisines, and each has its own set of avid fans.
With more than 20 different food truck locations scattered across the city, you'll have the chance to sample the best cuisine from many of them.
So how to choose?
Use our Guide to Boston Food Trucks to discover the type of cuisine to expect from each truck - and then find out about specialties that you won't want to miss.
Remember, most food trucks occupy different sites every day, usually for only one meal period (breakfast, lunch, dinner) at each location - so we'll also tell you how to keep in touch with your favorites.
Be sure to use our food truck map and guide to locations to find your favorites. You'll be glad you did!
Just to give you a mouth-watering flavor of what's available from the food trucks, here's a sampling of my personal favorites:
Vietnamese-inspired cuisine with a little French influence, made with the freshest New England ingredients.
Choose a sandwich, noodle salad, or rice bowl, and layer on spicy chicken, BBQ pork, or tofu and shiitake mushroom filling.
Two must-try treats: deviled tea eggs and classic Vietnamese iced coffee. Make that three - you shouldn't miss the banh mi sandwiches!
Look for Bon Me's trucks around Boston and at SoWa Open Market - and go visit them at their new restaurant at One Kendall Square in Cambridge.
Lobsta Love - the name says it all!
I always get the lobster roll but others rave about the clam chowder, lobster mac 'n cheese, and Asian crab rolls.
To be good, lobster needs to be absolutely fresh...and Lobsta Love's is. What can I say...I love it. You will too!
The gourmet Southeast Asian food served by Momogoose includes an array of favorites - Korean bulgogi and BBQ, Vietnamese pho and rice paper wraps, Thai peanut sauce and tofu, Chinese wontons, Japanese ramen soups - and you can mix and match however you please.
Vegans and vegetarians will find plenty of options too.
Look for Momogoose around Boston, near MIT/Kendall Square in Cambridge and SoWa Open Market.
What is it about grilled cheese that's so satisfying?
Head over to the Grilled Cheese Nation truck for comfort classics featuring different types of cheese - cheddar, gouda, brie, and blue - paired with organic artisan breads and tasty gourmet spreads.
Pair your sandwich with tomato soup (gazpacho in the summer) - or indulge in nutella, fluff, and banana slices on brioche. Life is good!
Look for Grilled Cheese Nation around Boston (often the Greenway), at Harvard in Cambridge, at local food truck festivals, and SoWa Open Market.
Roxy's Grilled Cheese features innovative riffs on the classics.
That's Roxy's mouth-watering Green Meunster in the photo to the left, and yes, it tastes as good as it looks! Another must-try is the Mighty Rib Melt - fontina, braised short ribs, and caramelized onions. They make everything fresh - nothing comes from a package. You get to savor the goodness.
Look for Roxy's around Boston, at local food truck festivals, and SoWa Open Market.
Frozen Hoagies serves up the best ice cream sandwiches in town! Select your cookies and your ice cream from a mouth-watering list. Try these winning combos:
- Chocolate Fudge Brownie cookies + Black Raspberry ice cream
- Peanut Butter Cup cookies + Coffee Heath Bar yogurt
Confession: I've become a Mei Mei Street Kitchen groupie - I'm addicted to their cold sesame noodles, their shredded kale salads, everything they do with tofu. And don't get me started about their yummy dumplings!
Also love how they source their supplies from small local farms near Boston and focus on seasonal harvest - and how the menu changes daily, based on what's fresh and available.
Check out Mei Mei Street Kitchen's blog to get a taste of what's on offer.
The Dining Car specializes in mouth-watering gourmet sandwiches with global touches (try the house-marinated goat cheese sandwich with honey truffled walnuts and fresh greens), yummy focaccia baked right in the truck, soups, and salads featuring local seasonal produce.
But take my advice - do NOT pass up a chance to try the Crispy Cauliflower - addictively delicious!
Look for The Dining Car around Boston, at local food truck festivals, and SoWa Open Market.
Redbones restaurant in Somerville's Davis Square is a long-time favorite, and now you can get their Southern BBC including succulent ribs, pulled pork, and wood-grilled chicken straight from the Redbones food truck - doesn't get better than this!
Be sure to include some sides - candied yams, greens, garlic mashed potatoes.
Paris Creperie's "la Tour Eiffel" is Boston's first crepe truck, and attracts large crowds of fans wherever it goes. Don't miss the sublime crepes with nutella and fruit.
Best of all, if you get intense crepe cravings during the winter when the truck vacations in warmer climes, you can head over to Paris Creperie in Brookline's Coolidge Corner (278 Harvard Street).
The Chubby Chickpea serves up delectible Middle Eastern fast food - crispy falafel, creamy hummus, house-crafted shwarma, smoky babaganoush, and lots more. Choose from sandwiches, salads, and entree-sized meals.
Look for Chubby Chickpea around BU, the Financial District, Back Bay, food truck festivals, and other special events.
Go Fish presents a dilemma: you'll want to try everything on the menu.
Start with the crispy smoked cod and chorizo cake sliders with chipotle mayo and pickled onions...next time, try the miso-seared salmon rice paper wrap with Asian greens and ginger/wasabi sauce...another time, pair the creamy clam chowder with fish and chips.
That's only a small part of the creative menu...but now I'm too hungry to continue writing.
Gotta go find a food truck!
Here are even more food trucks to watch for:
Grilled Cheese Nation food truck on the Greenway