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It didn’t take long for food trucks to reserve a parking space in the hearts of foodies. Though selections must be grab-and-go and casual, the best menu items are a marked departure from those found in a c-store or café.
What's a burger without fries?
“Our most popular item on the Hungry Hungry Husky is the Gourmet Fries,” says Deb Fantasia of Northeastern University. The fries take on quite a variety of identities, including:
Poutine: French-Canadian haute hillbilly fave consisting of fries smothered with cheese curds, green onions and beef gravy. Fries can also be ordered topped with smoked gouda and bacon or as Hash-n-Eggs, with Cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions and a fried egg or Greek style, with Kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes, feta cheese and fresh oregano.
Fries are acting as a canvas for flavor at RISD, as well. “Rosie’s ‘Nachos’ are actually shoe-string fries topped with our zesty chipotle cheese sauce and a black bean salsa with corn and sundried tomatoes,” says St. Germain.
Real Deal (and also Vegan!) BBQ Menu Items
The Red Square BBQ truck at the University of Washington (part of UW Street Food, a collection of five food trucks that move around campus during the semester), offers a good selection of all things barbecue: pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, beef brisket, hot link sausage and sliders, all with a choice of House BBQ Sauce, Spicy BBQ Sauce or Carolina Mustard Sauce. Customers can choose to “spike it!” by adding a hot link or kielbasa to any BBQ sandwich.
But wait, what’s this?
Vegan Field Roast Sausage? And there’s even a Gluten Free BBQ Plate, with a choice of meat and sauce layered with beans and slaw.
Comfort Food Classic Menu Items
As adventurous as mobile menus can be, comfort foods like mac ‘n cheese, mashed potatoes and grilled cheese sandwiches all appear to be worthy road warriors.
The Stuffed Mac and Cheese Griller: on Northeastern’s Hungry Hungry Husky truck combines elbow macaroni with cheddar cheese and ham on brioche.
The Rolling Stone: a “Classic Comfort Sandwich” on the breakfast menu of Lehigh University’s Fud Truk, with brown sugar ham, two farm fresh eggs and American cheese on grilled country style bread.
Chorizo Mash Griller: from the Husky truck’s “Grillers” menu. Comfort food in a very new way with mashed potatoes (hello, grandma’s kitchen), Chorizo sausage and Havarti cheese (goodbye, grandma’s kitchen), all on French bread.
Late Nite Party Food Menu Items
“It’s something every college student loves, especially late in the night,” Riddles says with a knowing chuckle, describing the Bird Feeder’s signature sandwich:
The Phat Jay. It’s a sub roll that’s packed tight and then overflowing with chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, French fries, cheese sauce and…marinara. “It’s crazy,” Riddles says proudly.
Breakfast-for-dinner (or at midnight), is a great trend for food trucks.
The Smothered Egg Wrap: on the Hungry Hungry Husky’s “Late Night Menu.” Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, bacon, peppers and onions, wrapped up in a flour tortilla, the perfect night-cap.
Take a look at more recipes from food trucks:
• Hawaiian Burger
• Hash Brown Nachos
• Eggplant Fries with Zesty Lemon Yogurt Dip
• Spicy Orange Noodles
• Spicy Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese Torta
• Cocoa Rice Treat Balls made with Oreo
• Sam’s Soy Chorizo
• Buttermilk Truck Famous Biscuits