Food on Wheels

With the food truck trend increasing in popularity all over the nation (especially prevalent in the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race), I find myself wondering if the trend has reached the summit. Admittedly, I still get a rush when I check my Twitter feed to discover that a food truck is near me but I ask myself how hungry am I and how unique is the food?

Here are a few food trucks I’ve recently encountered.

Sweet Treats Ice Cream Truck (@sdsweettreats)

Sweet Treats Ice Cream Truck

Sweet Treats Ice Cream Truck, run by Chris Saint, is no ordinary ice cream truck. Alongside the usual Drumsticks, Strawberry Shortcake and Choco Taco ice cream treats, he sells brownies, cookies and cupcakes.

The truck usually partners with other food trucks (such as Tabe BBQ) and is available for events upon request.

Pink Velvet Cake

The baked goods are supplied by Haute Pink Cupcakes, a local catering business specializing in cupcakes. One standout is the Pink Velvet ($3.00). Intense color with a nice moist crumb.

Food Junkies Catering (@foodjunkietruck)

Food Junkies menu

Food Junkies specializes in catering to corporate events. If you want to find them out on the street, their regular stop is at The Office Bar in North Park on Friday nights. They are parked out back ready to serve bar patrons and any hungry people passing by.

Parked behind the bar, the Food Junkies Truck specializes in comfort food: grilled cheese sandwiches, tater tots, fish tacos, quesadillas, etc. Weekly specials are posted on their Twitter feed such as chicken wings glazed with Sriracha and orange.

Prices seems to hit at the right price point with menu items ranging from $2.50 for their delicious brisket in a biscuit and $2.50 for a huge plate of tater tots. I didn’t even blink a eye paying $5.00 for a huge quesadilla stuffed with cheese, chicken and bacon.

Chicken and bacon quesadilla

Brisket in a Biscuit

It’s an ingenious move to partner with a bar.

Miho Gastrotruck (@mihogastrotruck)

Miho Gastrotruck specializes in seasonal produce and serves hormone-free, antibiotic-free meat. So far I’ve only had their fish tacos, and they were incredibly fresh (albeit on the pricey side).

Unfortunately, their lunch stops have recently changed and they moved from the Balboa Avenue location in Kearny Mesa — just a stone’s throw away from my workplace.

Other local food trucks of note that I have yet to try include Bare Back Grill’s Kiwi-Coach (@sdkiwicoach), Dave DeJour (@davedejour) and Kalbiq (@kalbiq). Even top San Diego chef, Deborah Scott of the Cohn Restaurant group, is entering the food truck fray with Chop Soo-ey (@Chop_Soo_ey). Should be interesting to see if the food truck trend has reached its saturation point by then.

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  1. The Food Truck thing is still fascinating to me, but that’s probably because I haven’t actually tried to hunt down any food trucks myself. The only one I’ve been to La Princesita which is usually over in Linda Vista (I don’t think they go anywhere else?). Someday I’ll try this food truck thing.

  2. Wow, I didn’t even know of most of these trucks. The only ones I knew of were Sweet Treats and Miho. Been wanting to try Miho but it’s never near me.

  3. I’m bummed that Miho is no longer in Kearny Mesa; it wasn’t as close as a stone’s throw from my office, but close.

    The Sweet Treats truck sounds yummy.

  4. sadly, i have never tried any of the foodtrucks in san diego. but i’m curious about a few of them. there’s a few taco trucks in the chula vista area – not too fancy but decent, from what i’ve seen/heard.

    loved the Senor Sisig foodtruck in SF!!!! Sisig nachos are the $#%&!

  5. I liked the Miho burger and the poutine. I had their fish tacos, which were good, but not as outstanding as the burger. I guess they didn’t have enough business in Kearny Mesa – bummer.

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