Dining Guide | 6 Stand Out Phoenix Food Trucks
Gone are the days of the “roach coach”, these days food trucks are serving up creative fare by the hands of some of the most talented culinary artists in the Valley. The options go far beyond the once easy to come by burger and fries; these days you have a variety of cuisines to choose from as well as many unexpected menu items. Thankfully food trucks are becoming more and more prevalent, showing up at sporting events, farmers markets, and even high school sporting events; giving everyone the opportunity to sample dynamic and mouthwatering dishes without restaurant prices.
While there are a multitude of food trucks in the Valley, we’ve collected a sampling of some notable Phoenix food trucks that you’ll want to take for a test drive.
6 Must-Try Phoenix Food Trucks
A burger is a burger is a burger, right? Wrong! There are so many variables when it comes to what separates an everyday burger from an outstanding one. Aioli burger serves the latter up in a number of creative varieties. You won’t find standard ketchup and mustard here, but a delightful array of aioli’s that create a unique taste and a burger that you won’t find anywhere else. First off the burgers are seared to perfection keeping all of the flavorful juices inside while imparting a slightly sweet caramelized char on the outside. The signature Aioli Burger is cooked to order and then dressed with aged sharp cheddar, Applewood bacon onion jam, lettuce, tomato, shaved red onion and a roasted garlic aioli. Another creative selection would be the Falafel Burger, made with homemade falafel and topped with hummus, pickled onion, mango sauce, cucumber and a special sumac aioli. The sour twang and heady fruity flavor of the sumac enhance the flavor of the cucumber and the falafel flavors turning what you thought falafel tasted like on its head.
Look for them at Civic Space Park, First Friday and Diamondback’s games
Duck Confit Sliders, Fried Calamari, and Apple Beignets are certainly not dishes you’d expect to greet you from the window of a food truck, but those are just some of the offerings that you’ll get from Chef Wade’s Bistro on Wheels. Chef Wade has spent most of his career in resort kitchens and private clubs and that experience shows in the high quality and attention to detail in his dishes. You’ll find rich flavors and complex dishes served with a smile and, if you’re lucky, a story.
oo for them at the Arcadia and Uptown Farmers Markets.
You’ve come to expect big, bold flavors living in the Southwest, but from a food truck? Why not? Green Chile Grill offers up delicious dishes with that great Arizona kick to the taste buds. The portions they are serving up are massive and are an incredible value for the price. Their Green Chile Breakfast Burrito will provide the perfect morning pick me up; bursting at the seams with sausage, eggs, green chiles, potato, onions, tomato and a generous amount of mild cheddar. Looking for a way to liven up your lunch hour? Check out their Mini Green Chile Cheeseburgers; two small but mighty sliders packed with high-quality beef, topped with green chile, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Your meal won’t be complete without their Truck Made Tortilla chip and salsa. (If you can’t handle quite so much heat, you can always ask to leave it off with no judgment.)
Look for them at the Democratic Offices and Phoenix Plaza
There is no greater sign of summer than the smoky and sweet flavor combination of barbecue and the folks on the Sweet Magnolia Smoke House truck are prepped and ready for summer and you! They are serving up a variety of barbecue options all with incredible flavor and tenderness. No matter your preference you’re covered here between smoked chicken, wings, ribs, hot links, brisket or pulled pork. They bring their smoker wherever they go to ensure that you get consistent flavor no matter where you catch up with them. The combination of their smoky meats and sweet-tangy sauces create the perfect balance to the peppery coleslaw you’ll get as one of your sides creating a rich man’s feast on a poor man’s wages.
Look for them at Food Truck Fridays
It’s hard enough to find a good Pho in the Valley, let alone from a truck, but the Great Pho King Food Truck is making it look easy. The food is a delightful mix of Vietnamese and French cuisines mixed up into rich and complex flavorful dishes. The Pho Cup’d melds together a rich pho broth with noodles and your choice of either tender beef or moist chicken and is then layered with bean sprouts, lime, Thai basil, cilantro, and jalapeno. The flavors, much like the tradition and history, are deep and lingering. They also offer a Bahn Mi Sandwich that delivers crisp fresh flavors and contrasting textures with the combination of sautéed chicken, jalapenos, pickled root vegetables, cucumber, Asian sauce and Japanese mayo all on a toasted French roll. Their menu items rotate weekly, but you’ll always be able to find something regardless of your tastes or dietary needs as they have several vegetarian and gluten free options.
Look for them at the Phoenix Plaza, Camelback Lakes, and Food Truck Fridays
The idea alone of a grilled cheese sandwich takes you back to your childhood kitchen table where you likely dipped the corners into a steaming bowl of tomato soup. That’s a warm and fuzzy memory, for sure, but 2 Fat Guys are not serving up the grilled cheese sandwiches your mom made (no one can top that, can they?). While they do offer a traditional grilled cheese along with their signature Roasted Red Pepper Tomato soup, they have an eclectic collection of gooey delights on the menu. Their Hot in The City sandwich features cheddar, pepper jack and chicken with chiles and red pepper flakes on sourdough bread creating a nice kick to the creamy blend of cheeses.
Look for them at Food Truck Friday at the Phoenix Public Market.
This article originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Uptown Magazine.