Diners, start your engines! Food truck season is officially under way. To help make sure you choose only the very best your city has to offer (because, let’s face it, summer is too short to waste any time), we took to the Internet to find the country’s favourites and ranked them based on Twitter followers. Click on your city to see what the most popular trucks are in your ‘hood, then scroll down to find a delicious description of the No. 1 contender. Now, go forth, and eat!
Mom’s Grilled Cheese will melt away your hunger like nobody’s business. Just imagine chowing down on a sourdough sandwich topped with applewood-smoked cheddar and rosemary ham. Mmmm! That’s definitely better than anything your mom used to make. Average lunch: $10-12 Must-try menu item: the meatloaf sandwich.
Sporting a very simple menu, Drift Food Truck sticks with what it’s good at. The menu boasts three sandwiches, along with one “herbivore” and one “carnivore” special per week. But here, the devil is in the details. Not only are people coming back over and over for the sandwiches themselves, fans of Drift rave about its ketchup. Every ingredient is crafted to perfection. Average lunch: $10-12. Must-try menu item: If it’s available, the tandoori-chicken taco.
Sometimes, you just need to sink your teeth into a good old-fashioned juicy hamburger. If that’s what you want, Alley Burger is where you need to be. While its micro menu only gives you two options – the Original Alley Burger or The Whole Truck – they do those two things damn well. With one of the largest followings on our list, this is one truck that’s sure not to disappoint. Just make sure to grab a napkin. Average lunch: $10-15. Must-try menu item: The Whole Truck.
People go crazy for Regina’s Bon Burger. All of its food is prepared fresh, using premium aged beef — just look at how juicy that burger looks (above)! The fries, which the truck is also famous for, are double-fried for extra crispiness. Average lunch: $10. Must-try menu item: the Bacon Bleu.
Looking for that authentic, fresh-off-the-grill flavour? Check out Lovey’s BBQ, where they sizzle up hand-trimmed brisket, ribs and other meats with an added southern kick. They’re closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but also have a permanent location at 208 Marion Street. Average lunch: $10-15. Must-try menu item: pulled-pork sandwich with pigtail fries.
Any old-school deli lover will go nuts over Caplansky’s. Smoked meat makes up the backbone of every dish, but it still manages not to overpower every other ingredient. Hungry diners can also pig out on soups, sandwiches and BBQ brisket sliders – or stick with the old Canadian favourite: poutine. Average lunch: $10. Must-try menu item: the smoked meat sandwich.
With a motto of “Slow food. Fast,” Stone Soup Foodworks gives you a restaurant-quality meal without all the pretentious ambience. Take the cheesy lentil-stuffed eggplant, for example: delicious and nutritious. But just wait until you try their tacos; they’re honestly too good to be true. Average lunch: $10-15. Must-try menu item: the tacos.
Bacon. Cheese. Maple syrup. Need we say more? Gorilla Cheese is a wildly popular food truck that boasts itself as the first grilled cheese vendor on wheels in Canada. Typical ingredients range from tzatziki and shredded pork to Nutella and Granny Smith apples, so don’t expect a boring brown-bag style sandwich. You can find them rolling around Hamilton with the odd stop in Toronto and other surrounding areas. Average lunch: $10. Must-try menu item: the Lumberjack.
The mouth-watering flavour combinations you’ll find at Camion Au Pied de Cochon make it obvious why the place is so popular with Montrealers. Take the pork doughnut sandwich, for example, or the poutine topped with foie gras – unbelievable! And don’t even get us started on their sausages… Average lunch: $10. Must-try menu item: the pork doughnut sandwich.
Called Nomad because its menu is constantly wandering to keep up with the seasons, Halifax’s favourite food truck serves up a variety of health-conscious foods. Try the succulent Belgian waffle breakfast sandwich to set your taste buds into overdrive nice and early, then settle down with a burger or some banh mi to ride out the night. The ingredients are local, and the packaging, biodegradable. Average lunch: $10. Must-try menu item: chicken and waffle sandwich.
A recent competitor on Chopped Canada, you know you’ll be getting some delectable selections at Wiseguy Foods. Made with organic ingredients, the menu normally boasts a moderate selection of burgers, sandwiches and sausages, but also features neat little desserts like s’mores. Those who rave about the truck on social media speak of its “GOOD GOOD GOOD EATS.” Average lunch: $10-15. Must-try menu item: Numbnuts burger.