S.D.’s Gourmet Food Truck Movement
Eat up at the Parked: Food Truck Fest on Sunday.
It seems like gourmet food trucks are the newest, hippest thing to hit the food scene lately, and San Diego is far from left out of the revolution. Here are some of San Diego's favorite portable eateries:
- Dave de Jour: One of the few trucks that has a strong presence in North County, also a regular in North Park. Chef David says a lot of his cooking is based on his food experiences during his days of travel as a Navy SEAL. He changes the menu depending on available ingredients and inspiration, but offers a list of sliders from beef tongue to mahi-mahi. There are also vegetarian options, like the smoked spicy lentil tacos.
- Devilicious: Run by two women who serve up some mean comfort food with just a dash of sarcasm. The menu includes lobster grilled cheese and a smoked bacon hot dog with agave mayo. Something you might be more inclined to see on a truck.
- MIHO Gastrotruck: It’s farm-to-table goodness. Owners, Kevin Ho and Juan Miron, make gourmet, locally sourced food you would expect to see at a La Jolla restaurant. Chef Courtney Bryant has crafted a mouth-watering pork belly dish with agave glaze and corn fritters for one event. Other favorites: the grass-fed burger and rotating menu of seasonal items fit for San Diego’s experimental palate.
- Ludo Truck: French chef, Ludo Lefebvre, serves up all-things-chicken with his “guerilla fried chicken” menu: chicken wings, boneless chicken thighs with rosemary and herbs then battered and fried—mustard dipping sauce included—and a honey-lavender biscuit to top things off. Although based out of L.A., the Ludo Truck makes frequent stops in San Diego.
- Tabe BBQ: You may be more open to the idea of a transportable BBQ eatery. However, Tabe isn’t your typical ribs-slathered-in-sauce joint. It gives an Asian-infused, Mexican-flair spin on BBQ; something you may have to taste to believe. They serve everything from BBQ tacos to beer-battered fish tacos with “Maui” salsa. The best of both worlds, we think.
- Joes on the Nose: Wash it down. It’s a mobile coffee shop and smoothie bar that’s been a Normal Heights, Little Italy and Hillcrest regular for three years. It may not be a “food” truck, but its creative approach to liquids brings it up to "creative, gourmet, portable" par. Try the “Horchata Latte” or the “Flaming Chocolate,” it’s a version of the classic hot chocolate with chile and hot sauce.
- Sweet Treats: What would delicious truck food be without a scrumptious dessert truck? It's a new, more modern take on the old school ice cream truck. They also serve gourmet cupcakes, brownies, cookies, chips and more. Did we mentoin they have a killer stereo system pumping out remixes of old ice cream songs?