These meals on wheels take an innovative, sustainable, and gourmet approach to standard street fare
Bon Me Truck: Boston
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This baby blue truck makes the majority of its drinks, dressings, and desserts from scratch. Popular beverages like the Thai basil limeade and ginger lemonade add some spice to standard warm weather drinks. Main menu offerings include rice bowls (brown rice available!), the Bon Me sandwich, and noodle salads (all $6).
The most popular choice? The soba noodle salad with tofu and shiitake mushrooms drizzled with toasted sesame dressing, says Bon Me team member Jenn Ngo. Aside from daily protein specials, the truck always has Chinese BBQ pork, spice rubbed chicken, and tofu and shiitake mushrooms.
Track ‘em down: @bonme
The Cinnamon Snail: New York
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With a vegan and organic menu that changes seasonally, the snail features breakfast burritos and some pretty gourmet sandwiches when lunchtime rolls around. With no escargot actually on the menu, the snail gets its name from the truck’s signature cinnamon rolls. Expect to pay around $7 to $8 for sandwiches (like the maple mustard tempeh), and $2 to $4 for desserts like the miniature cheesecakes and vegan donuts, (and duh, those rolls).
Track ‘em down: @VeganLunchTruck
Food Farm: San Diego
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It’s hard to miss the big green reno-ed school bus that is Food Farm. Chef and owner Kari Rich puts a gourmet touch (she trained at Le Cordon Bleu California) on street food. Rich is all about local, organic, sustainable food—and most of it happens to be healthy too. They shell out staples like grass-fed beef sliders with caramelized onions and a baby greens salad with citrus and candied nuts. Entrees go for $7, sides for $4.
Track ‘em down: @foodfarmsd
Green Pirate Juice Truck: New York
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These guys offer fresh, healthy, delicious refreshments. Green Pirate not only pumps its customers with nutritious beverages—they teach what they preach. Founder Deborah Smith, a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, offers one-on-one juicing guidance. Try the fan favorite, Pear Essentials (pear, cantaloupe, lime, cucumber, mint), or The McCarrot Park (carrot, ginger, apple).
Aside from fresh juices, the truck recently added a shake made with homemade organic raw almond milk, blueberries, dates, raw cacao nibs, organic vanilla, and raw honey to the menu. Green Pirate also offers classes on healthy cooking, composting, and cleansing. Get a .50 cent discount with your own 16oz cup from home.
Track ‘em down: @juicepirate
Let's Be Frank: San Francisco
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Let’s be frank here—hotdogs aren’t usually considered healthy. But these dogs and sausages ($5) come from grass-fed animals and are free of hormones, antibiotics, nitrates, and nitrites. When LBF started, they sought to support California ranchers who raised their cattle on pasture. So what’s so good about pasture-raised meat? Studies show it’s got more vitamins like A, E and Omega-3s. Make sure to try the big red truck’s signature Devil Sauce too.
Track ‘em down: @letsbefrank, or visit the shop at 3318 Steiner St. in San Francisco.
Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen: Atlanta
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This farm-to-street truck focuses on fresh, affordable food and donates 5 percent of its profits to the Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta. Some of the inventive creations include the happy belly signature kale Waldorf salad, with green apples, blue cheese, pecans, applewood smoked bacon, and honey dressing, and the puffin paleo (free-range chicken on a bed of sautéed zucchini noodles, pine nuts, and fresh basil pesto). Meals are $8-10.
Track ‘em down: @happybellytruck
Hola Arepa: Minneapolis
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This truck sticks to mostly sustainable Latin cuisine and uses only locally raised all-natural meats. They specialize in arepas, Venezuelan cornmeal patties cooked on a griddle, split open like a pita, and stuffed with deliciousness. And by deliciousness we mean a choice of beans, tasty sauces, cheese, veggies, and proteins like pesto chicken or slow-roasted pork. All of the arepas—just six bucks a pop—are also gluten-free. Find Hola Arepa in downtown Minneapolis, most weekdays, and once a week in downtown St. Paul.
Track ‘em down: @holaarepa
Ivo Vego: Madison, Wis.
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This cart, built by its owners from a bare metal frame and solar panels, pumps out hearty harvest salads full of seasonal ingredients (for just $3 a pop). And with food sensitivities in mind, the cart offers four vegan burgers ($7) with different bases. Try the Mystic Mushroom (made from Portobello, button, and crimini mushrooms with barley and kale), or the rice-based Veg-Out burger with a black and brown rice patty and topped with the truck’s secret sauce.
“We try to maximize nutriciousness and deliciousness,” says founder Tammy Markee-Mayas. The cart favors local and organic ingredients and serves its dishes in compostable packaging.
Track ‘em down: @IgoVego
Nom Nom Truck: Los Angeles
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Om nom nom! This eloquently named truck specializes in classic grilled pork banh mi, a light, pillowy Vietnamese (vegan) baguette filled with simply marinated fresh vegetables and grilled pork. Their best seller? The honey-grilled pork banh mi ($6.75), which is one of owner Jennifer Green’s family recipes. Nom Nom also sells tacos ($3), served on two corn tortillas with pickled carrot and daikon radish, julienned cucumber, cilantro, and house sriracha aioli. Nomnivores can also try a variety of fresh lemonades from the rotating weekly menu.
Track ‘em down: @nomnomtruck
GMonkey: Durham, Conn.
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This vegetarian, eco-friendly food truck (it runs on biofuel) promises to source most of their ingredients from local farms and food producers. GMonkey offers vegan and gluten-free options too! Vegan donuts, locally produced cheeses, sweet potato fries (cooked in 100-percent vegetarian canola oil), and organic smoothies are just a few options.
Why the name? “G” for the truck’s sustainability (g for green) and “monkey” for the animal’s high intelligence and mostly vegetarian diet. The truck also features a raw food line, with items like the curried un-chicken salad (made from sprouted nuts and seeds). Meals range from $8 to $10.
Track ‘em down: @gmonkeymoblie