Grand Rapids’ growing food scene is a year-around treat. But, from late-spring to fall, that same thriving food scene spills out into the streets — filling everything from parks to plazas, parking lots to outdoor markets with inventive dishes and fresh local flavors, delivered fast.
But, which trucks are cooking up the kind of craveables you’re after? And where can you find all that deliciousness on four wheels before it’s too late in the season? Look to this list of favorite local Grand Rapids food trucks (and where to find them) so you can curb those cravings, curbside!
Top Local Grand Rapids Food Trucks
Patty Matters — On-the-go home of Mobile Cuisine’s “2019 Food Truck Burger of the Year”! Pick your topping combo, pick your patty (beef, turkey, pork, fish, or veggie), and pick your bun — then enjoy with Potato Bombs or Sweet Potato Fries!
The Everyday Chef and Wife — Upscale street food from a classically trained personal chef and his wife, served up from a rustic-modern mobile kitchen. Grab a Banh Mi Sandwich (or Banh Mi Fries!), try vegetarian Michigan Poutine, or indulge in Vegan Mac & “Cheese”… with Edible Cookie Dough to finish!
What The Truck — Scratch-made-to-order, locally sourced goodness served up in elevated street-style tacos, tostadas, and more. With The Winchester as this food truck’s mothership, you’re in for a treat!
Saladino Smoke — BBQ the “old school way”, cooked low and slow in wood-fired smokers over locally grown Oak, Cherry, Apple, and Mesquite! Try brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and more from this truck voted #2 in the U.S. in Mobile Cuisine’s “2019 Best Food Truck BBQ”.
Daddy Pete’s BBQ — Southern-style barbecue made from fresh, locally sourced meats — coated in a special dry rub concoction and cooked on a smoker over wood — then served with handcrafted sides like Smokey Baked Beans and Creamy Cole Slaw.
Pizza Parliament — Pick a hand-tossed pie from the day’s ballot (menu) and enjoy staples like Majority Leader (three-cheese pizza) or standouts like Border Patrol (with BBQ sauce, chicken, bacon, pineapple, corn, and cilantro).
El Caribe — Tacos al Pastor topped with grilled-to-perfection pineapple or Caribbean Nachos with roasted pork piled high on plantain chips — tuck into authentic Caribbean flavors at this ultra-original truck.
D&D’s Gluten Free — Gluten-free goodness served up in dishes like BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos, Fully Loaded Rice & Bean Bowls, and Southwest Steak Fries!
Gettin’ Fresh — Bacon Burgers to Chimichurri Chicken Bowls and BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches, please every palate in your crew in a single stop at this truck that always offers a vegetarian dish (and often a vegan option, too).
Crepes by the Lakes — Sample classic Parisian street food in savory crepes like the Cubano or sweet treats like the Elvis (rich, creamy peanut butter dotted by banana and chocolate chips).
YoChef’s Mobile Gourmet — From Asian to Mediterranean and American cuisine, “it’s all good at the big red truck”! Try selections like spicy Asian Pork with slaw and wasabi, a Chicken Gyro, or a Grilled Reuben.
PorkFat Slims — Low-and-slow Texas-style barbecue truck bringing brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chopped chicken, sausage, and signature chorizo to the streets, paired with sides like BBQ Baked Beans and 3 Cheese Mac N Cheese.
Pressed in Time — Try a signature pressed sandwich (or a Jazzed Hash Bowl with your choice of chicken, tilapia, carnitas pork, or corned beef) and don’t leave without made-fresh-to-order Crum Chips, hand-tossed in your choice of seasonings!
Underground Cookie Club — Artisan ice cream sandwiches in eye-popping, jaw-dropping color and flavor combos. Try inventive treats like the Chubby Unicorn (superman ice cream between rainbow sugar cookies, covered in sprinkles then coated with Fruity Pebbles)!
…And Where to Find Them!
Even with fall approaching, these flavor-filled rides are still hitting the streets to bring you the best on-the-go eats! Watch for these mobile eateries and more at Grand Rapids food truck events that stretch through end-of-summer and into fall:
Street Eats GR (Seasonal outdoor food truck court)
Summer of Brunch Food Truck Rally (Aug. 18)
Movies on Monroe (Aug. 23)
Kickin’ It At Calder (Aug. 20-21 & 27-28)
Relax at Rosa (Aug. 15, 22 & 29 / Sept. 5, 12 & 19)
End of Summer Food Truck Festival (Sept. 14)
Food Truck Fridays at Riverside Park (Aug. 16, 23 & 30 / Sept. 13, 20 & 27 / Oct. 4)