In the last several years, food trucks have taken the U.S. by storm and it’s not unusual to see one parked outside a bar or a business with lines down the street. Recently proposed regulations could make it much harder for these mobile meals to serve us in the near future, but for now, food truck your little heart out.
Here are some of the most delicious food trucks that visit North County and as with all things food truck, your best bet for getting the latest site schedule, is to follow them on Facebook:
You may have seen the Devilicious duo on the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, where their concept – to take comfort food up a notch (even if it’s bad for you) – was a hit. Menu items like the Pork Belly Melt, and Butter Poached Lobster Grilled Cheese are quintessential Devilicious fare and the truck is one of the most welcome sights in San Diego. Check the travel schedule to know where and when they’ll show up in North County, but know that the truck regularly visits Del Mar, Carlsbad, and Vista.
- On Facebook: Devilicious
2. Pierogi Truck
Yes! Authentic Polish food on the West Coast! Owned and operated by a Polish family who settled in Chicago for many years before moving to San Diego, the Pierogi Truck serves 10 different kinds of pierogi from potato and cheese to blueberry. Other ordering options include eastern European fare like goulash and stuffed cabbage. All recipes are made by hand and remain secret, as is an authentic food tradition. The Pierogi Truck visits Scripps Ranch and Sorrento Valley from time to time, so check its schedule for up-to-date details.
- On Facebook: Pierogi Truck
3. God Save the Cuisine
Best name for a food truck award goes to this “British-influenced gourmet” traveling restaurant. With a menu that changes daily and offers standouts like the smoked salmon on warm flat bread, spiced lamb on naan, and the “Butty” fish and chips, most items are British pub-like with a San Diego vibe (think fish and chips tacos). Operated by two brothers from southeast England, God Save the Cuisine serves up authentic accents with its real deal cuisine. As with the other food trucks, the schedule changes often, so check the website for the most up-to-date traveling info.
- On Facebook: God Save the Cuisine
4. Bitchin’ Burgers
Grass-fed beef burgers, 100% all beef hot dogs, even BLTs with sides including fries (regular and sweet potato)…that’s Bitchin’ Burgers. The food truck does a lot of private events but also visits street fairs and festivals serving their trademark burgers (there are veggie options, too).
- On Facebook: Bitchin’ Burgers
5. Epic Eatz
Get your San Diego surf cuisine here! Epic serves cool twists on classics like shrimp, asparagus, and mushroom quesadillas and surf and turf “bowls” with shrimp and steak. Epic Eatz drops by several North County locations in Carlsbad, Del Mar, Escondido, Vista, and more. Check the Facebook page for the schedule.
- On Facebook: Epic Eatz
6. Mariscos German
Usually parked near the closed-up Fry’s in San Marcos, Mariscos German’s fish tacos and tostadas garner a lot of local love. Every order also comes with a cup of vegetable soup.
- On Facebook: Mariscos German
7. Street Chef California
Get your Mediterranean food fix with Street Chef. Often parked at a North County brewery – recent sightings have been at Indian Joe’s in Vista and Burgeon Beer in Carlsbad – Street Chef cooks up gyros, kebabs, rice bowls and classics like Greek salads and dolmas.
- On Facebook: Street Chef California
8. Organic Food Truck
Another popular truck often spotted at area wineries and breweries, Organic Food Truck’s entrees and sides include Brussels sprouts, seared ahi tuna, lobster mac and cheese, vegan goulash, and even chili dogs (organic of course).
- On Facebook: Organic Food Truck
9. El Cevichito Foodtruck
Like most food trucks, El Cevichito announces its schedule daily on Facebook and Instagram. Look to the beloved food truck for flavorful, Baja-style seafood including garlic shrimp tacos and ceviche. El Cevichito makes visits to Mother Earth Brewery in Vista and is often parked at 525 Andreasen St. in Escondido.
- On Facebook: El Cevichito Foodtruck
10. The Food Dood
The Food Dood makes fun food like the “Totco”, a flour tortilla filled with crispy tater tots, grilled carne asada, cheddar jack and cotija cheeses, onions, cilantro and avocado salsa. Then there’s the Buffalo Chicken Tots, and the Cheesy Bacon Tots, in addition to hearty fare like burgers, quesadillas, cheesesteak and hot dogs. Find Food Dood at spots around town including Burgeon Beer, Twisted Horm Mead & Cider, and Black Plague Brewing.
- On Facebook: The Food Dood
11. SD Gorilla Grubb
Looking for loaded hot dogs, giant soft pretzels with IPA beer cheese and mustard, sausages, and subs (like the Drunken Grill)? Gorilla Grubb serves it all and makes the rounds at North County breweries and wineries, including Escondido’s Orfila, quite often. Vegetarian? Order up – when they have it – the Vegan Poblano Chili.
- On Facebook: SD Gorilla Grubb
12. Currywurst Frankfurt
Also known as the No. 1 Currywurst Frankfurt Truck of San Diego, this food truck makes most its NoCo stops at festivals in the Vista area. Its menu sports German classic options like handmade sausages – including bratwurst and kielbasa – and grilled cheese type sandwiches such as Bavarian and The Kale. You’ll also find a curry plate and German honey mustard onion fries. Its namesake, however, is the Currywurst, a plate of steamed, then grilled veal/pork sausages sliced and seasoned with curry ketchup.
- On Twitter: Currywurst Frankfurt
13. Cousins Maine Lobster
Cousins Maine Lobster serves up Maine lobster rolls made with Maine lobster sent to California and prepared less than 24 hours later without the West Coast markup. Featured on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2013, Cousins founders and investor Barbara Corcoran opened up ten franchises in 2015, including its popular one in San Diego. You’ll find Cousins throughout North County with stops at farmers markets, apartment complexes, state beaches and events throughout the region.
- On Facebook: Cousins Maine Lobster
14. Mangia Mangia Mobile
The Mangia truck travels throughout San Diego County, making stops at events, concerts, breweries, and more serving Italian classics including meatballs, chicken parmigiana, and spaghetti. Cool updates to the menu are lasagna grilled cheese and pizza burgers,
- On Facebook: Mangia Mangia Mobile
15. Seoul Man Food Truck
Korean food made modern is what Seoul Man is all about, folks. (Seoul man calls it “Korean BBQ with a Southern twist.”) Try cool menu items like the K.O. Moco Loco, a 1/2 pound certified Angus burger and heirloom rice, topped with a fried egg, and Alabama white sauce; or the Kimchi Hot Dog with Sriracha mayo, and roasted sesame seeds. Many entrees are also gluten-free.
- On Facebook: Seoul Man Food Truck
16. The Tip of Cardiff
Parked in the lot at Cardiff’s venerable dive bar, the Kraken, The Tip of Cardiff makes its menu available to all who wander there. If you’re a meat lover, you’ll want to check out the “famous” tai-tip sandwich and the MOAB (Mother of all Burgers). Like pork? The Smoked Butt is for you.
- On Facebook: The Tip of Cardiff
17. Mexico City Cuisine
If you’re a Mexico City Cuisine food truck fan, you already know you can find them many Thursdays at Vista’s Aztec Brewing Company. Primarily a caterer for events, weddings, and the link, Mexico City’s food truck services make it to North County breweries from time to time for outstanding bar food options.
- On Facebook: Mexico City Cuisine
18. Up in Smoke BBQ
Want awesome BBQ bites with your brew? You’re in luck. If you’re a frequent North County brewery visitor, you’ll see Up in Smoke here and there serving its brisket sandwiches, pulled pork, and Stack O’ Meat. We’ll assume no description is necessary for the latter.
- On Facebook: Up in Smoke BBQ
19. Eat Your Heart Out
Go ahead and eat your heart out. You won’t even need utensils. This food truck serves up handheld foods you can easily eat without a fork, knife or spoon. So go ahead and shove a Kimchi Quesadilla, Smoked Carrot Dog, or Grilled Portobello Sandwich in your mouth. Many of Heart’s menu items are gluten-free and vegan, so its entrees are great healthy lunch options.
- On Facebook: Eat Your Heart Out
20. The Groovy Greek
Cali-Greek in da truck! The Groovy Greek serves salads, pitas, bowls, and plates with choices including grilled shrimp souvlaki, wild salmon, chicken, or veggies. Although The Groovy Greek makes points south its major ports of call, some North County locations make the schedule too.
- On Facebook: The Groovy Greek
21. Simply Fresh
Simply Fresh is just that – fresh, healthy starters, sandwiches, soups, and salads. If you want to be a touch bad, order the Peanut Butter Cup made with dark chocolate, salted peanuts, homemade peanut butter and coconut sugar.
- On Facebook: Simply Fresh
22. Sub Fusion
Sub Fusion’s fans love the Carne Louca Sub with au jus braised beef, Muenster cheese and house aioli, but there’s a ton of other unique sandwiches on point here as well, including the Chicken Chipotle Sub and the Caprese. Pair one of the subs with Paprika Fries and you’ll know heaven.
- On Facebook: Sub Fusion
23. Pomodoro Rosso
From the folks who brought you Stella Italian fare in UTC comes Pomodoro Rosso with its authentic Italian fare like paninis and pizza. Everything is made fresh and in house so you know you’re getting it good and hot.
- On Facebook: Pomodoro Rosso
24. Devil Dogs BBQ
Devil Dogs serves chicken, pulled pork, brisket, ribs, tai-tip and more BBQ favorites in spades. Get it to go with Tater Salad or BBQ Beans. Based in San Marcos, Devil Dogs makes the rounds around North County in spots like Ironfist and Bear Roots breweries in Vista, and VA clinics in the area.
- On Facebook: Devil Dogs BBQ
25. Sushi Uno
Yes, it’s sushi in a truck. Look for traditional and specialty rolls alike served roadside. Sushi Uno serves sushi grade fish sourced from Catalina Offshore Products and everything is made to order.
- On Facebook: Sushi Uno
26. Haad Sai Thai
Enjoy authentic food and drinks served on wheels. Catch them at festivals and in business parks around NoCo and San Diego.
- On Facebook: Haad Sai Thai
27. California Braise
Chef Cory Newman knows North County and cooking. His history includes working his way up to Sous Chef at the Four Seasons and going on to study at Bon Appetit’s food program. This led him to bring his love for using locally sourced ingredients and working them into “scratch” cooking in an interactive kitchen mere blocks from the beach.
The California Braise truck has a menu filled with comfort food made from scratch with organic and locally sourced ingredients at every turn. We tried the Braised Pork Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Tacos, and Angus Beef Burger. They were all delicious, but the fresh salad with avocado and roasted corn and my daughter’s plain burger were my favorite.
- On Facebook: California Braise
Are you a food truck devotee? Tell us about your favorites in the comments, and be sure to include what you order!
Photo Credit: Cousins Maine Lobster