Modern food trucks have come a long way from the days of cellophane-wrapped bagels and watery cups of joe. Today, New Jersey is home to scores of roving food trucks with sophisticated culinary offerings that span the globe.
You can find trucks that serve vegan cuisine, over-the-top-burgers and Australian food. One specializes in all things avocado, another offers cuisine inspired by the French Quarter of New Orleans. Cannoli, Puerto Rican food, Jamaican fare — even soft serve frozen bananas are some other tasty treats you can get truckside.
The trucks show up at special events, farmers markets, pop-ups, and festivals, and schedules are often posted on their websites. Food trucks also cater parties, barbecues, weddings, and pretty much whatever you’d like to host.
Here is New Jersey Next’s curated list of NJ food trucks. Happy eating!
Amanda Bananas makes award-winning soft-serve frozen fruit (100% bananas). Signature soft-serve creations include S’mores, banana cream pie, Pina Colada, Fluff-a-nutter, Rocky Road, Snickers, and more. Choose from over 30 toppings ranging from fruits to candy to syrups to nuts to cereals. All items are dairy-free and gluten-free. (973) 495-7718
Angry Archie’s crab cakes are made by a chef who has cooked at James Beard events in Manhattan. Based in Jersey City. (973) 747-2124
Aroy-D, the Thai Elephant promises authentic Thai food served exactly as it is in Thailand. They travel around North New Jersey and have a restaurant in Verona. They also operate a Thai ice cream truck called Ice Cream Thai’M. (201) 474-5432
Bro-Ritos proves that burritos are perfect for any meal. They also make a lobster roll out, black beans, beef, sweet pepper and chicken chipotle burritos and tacos, chicken quesadillas, lobster roll, and other great dishes. (646) 771-0111
Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ will give you “A burst of exquisitely smoked, slow cooked BBQ in every bite.” Butch beat the Food Network’s Bobby Flay in a BBQ throw down and has won over 600 awards, among them the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off.
Cannoli World, LLC boasts a centuries-old recipe from Sicily. Incredible flavors include: Italian rum cake, campfire, blueberry, pistachio, peanut butter fudge, chocolate cannoli shells, strawberry shortcake, banana cream pie, and pumpkin pie. Retail store in Hammonton. (609) 270-0100
Carnivale Donut Bar makes stuffed mini donuts (Reese’s, Oreo, banana crème, and more), ice cream donut sandwiches (Reese’s, French Toast, and more), and “Over the Top” Shakes (Oreo, S’Mores, Strawberry, and others). (973) 789-6202
Cas’ Pierogi & Kielbasa serves authentic Polish Pierogi and Kielbasa. (973) 632-1492
The Dude’s Mobile Foods has a “The Big Lebowski” theme. Healthy and flavorful items including delicious shrimp tacos and swordfish tacos, pulled pork, hot dogs, sandwiches, and slaw. (732) 546-1518
El Chilango Taqueria serves authentic Mexican meals, many types of tacos, quesadillas, burritos, sopes, chilaquiles, tortas, huaraches, and more. They can be made with cactus for vegetarians. (954) 793-2599
Empanada Guy offers many types of empanadas including dessert empanadas as well as a variety of other Spanish dishes. They also have restaurants in Freehold Raceway Mall, South Brunswick, Bridgewater Commons Mall, and Brick. (888) 623-7765
Falafull Gourmet specializes in vegan street food featuring falafel plates, falafel sandwiches, and falafel tacos. They also make hummus and baba ganoush sandwiches. Tell them if you want gluten free. (917) 728-2171
The Flying Pie Guy creates authentic Aussie flavors from family recipes. They serve meaty pies in their signature, real butter pastry. They also make a sausage roll and a spinach and feta roll. There are side dishes and a curry vegetarian pie. (908) 635-0230
Gina’s Italian Trailer is a participant of the San Gennaro Feast. They’ve won awards at the ‘Best Sausage’ at Buffalo, NY’s Italian Feast, and ‘Best Sausage’ at the Sons of Italy in Tappan, NY. (201) 376-7734
The Guac Spot serves up “artfully crafted avocado inspired eats!” Everything is made from scratch. Avocado toast, chips and guac, unique taco and nacho fillings. Guacaroons, chocolate dipped avocado and maple bacon cannolis, avocado sundae, and ABC (avocado, banana, and chocolate) pudding cups, and more. Vegetarian and vegan options. (973) 200-0089
Gustoso foods are based on Latin fusion cuisine. They use fresh and authentic ingredients. Gustoso has a variety of gluten and vegetarian options. Gustoso Cares serves high quality food to the less fortunate and also provides clothing and hygiene essentials. Volunteers are welcome. (609) 200-5787
Jammin’ Crepes Their unique sweet and savory crêpes are filled with a wide variety of homemade, micro-batch jams, curds, and pickles. Vegetarian and gluten free crepes available. (609) 802-1167
Jerkin Chicken Authentic Jamaican Jerk chicken plus jerk pork, jerk shrimp in a meal with rice and peas, salad, and plantain. Also serving wraps and salads. (201) 936-9096
Luke’s Lobster makes delicious and affordable lobster, crab and shrimp rolls, crab claws, and chowders fresh from Maine. (917) 881-7866
Maddalenas CheeseCake serves chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick, bacon covered cheesecake on a stick, cannoli on a stick, and more. Maddalenas also serves gourmet soups, chili, sweet potato pie, Jersey pot pie, and many more savory delights. They operate a store in Ringoes. (609) 466-7510
ME Casa Puerto Rican favorites priced affordably. They offer “authentic Latin dishes with a new flavorful taste and feel.” ME Casa also has a restaurant in Jersey City. (973) 706-2242
Mobile Mardi Gras Food Truck cooks authentic bold and rich Louisiana flavors. Shrimp, catfish, and brisket Po Boys, seafood baskets, gumbo, rice and beans, creole potato salad, and more. (908) 423-0098
Mordi’s Schnitzel Truck makes homemade Israeli street food offering Falafel in a pita and Sabikh (fried eggplant and hard boiled eggs) in a pita. Mordi uses the freshest ingredients possible. (201) 509-1163
Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck serves up classic and unique new creations of Asian Fusion mixed culture dishes. Ms. Fu incorporates Japanese, Korean, Thai, Chinese, and American foods. (732) 991-8906
My Four Suns specializes in Korean Fusion fare with an “infusion” of other cultural influences. Sample dishes include Tacos in Korean sauce, rice bowl, dragon dumpling bowl, kimchi fries, and more. (609) 721-1792
Phyllodelphia Greek & Mediterranean offers Phyllo filled with spinach & cheese, sausage & cheese, buffalo chicken, and more, pita dishes, moussaka, soups, hummus, souvlaki, pastitsio (Greek lasagna), apple pie pita, chocolate and peanut butter pita, and other delicious items. (610) 905-4845
Pizza Vita is an award-winning Pizzeria and Cucina inspired by the traditional pizzerias of Naples, Italy. Specialties are a variety of unique pizzas, pasta, antipasto, creative salads, and homemade gelato. They also have a children’s menu. Two Jersey City locations. (908) 277-1400
Polkadot Cupcake Truck specializes in delightful treats including many original cupcake flavors, cookies, cakes, cake pops, and more. They also offer classes and a club. (551) 333-3195
Surf and Turf Truck offers tasty and unique food. All of their seafood is domestic, wild caught, and completely fresh without fillers or preservatives. Enjoy lobster rolls, savory surf and turf rolls, vegetarian rolls, soups, fries, and other delicious dishes. (973) 769-6266
Try Vegan demonstrates to people everywhere that vegan food is delectable. Try Vegan serves delicious smoothies. Chickpea avocado on rye, portobello burgers, veggie burgers, guac, freshly made hummus, and the CAT wrap (cucumbers, avocado, and tomato) are some of their specialties.
Waffle de Lys a unique waffle cart serving authentic Belgian waffles and savory waffles with a French touch. Waffle de Lys offers decadent signature dishes and a variety of delicious toppings. (917) 312-3373