Philly's Roving Food Trucks: Philadelphia's food trucks run the gamut from stainless steel carts to upscale eats in high-tech mobile kitchens to roving trucks that keep foodies up-to-date on their whereabouts through Twitter. Listed below are some of Philly’s must-try trucks.
• Buttercream Food Truck: From Love Park to South Philly and back again, Buttercream — helmed by “the cupcake lady” —brings cupcakes to the masses in tempting flavors like lemon with blueberry cream cheese and dulce de leche. She also has a bricks-and-mortar shop in South Philly at 2015 E. Moyamensing Avenue.
•Call Me Cupcake Food Truck: Among the goodies on offer at the Call Me Cupcake truck are carrot cake, red velvet and seasonal variations. The roaming truck has an event-based schedule.
• Farm Food Truck: Calling itself a “food truck” and “gallery,” the artsy, rustic and eco-friendly Farm Truck prepares seasonal sandwiches, salads and sides that might include a chopped apple salad or a Sriracha sausage on a long roll. The truck occasionally vends fresh produce too.
• The Dapper Dog Food Truck: The Jersey Special (potatoes, American cheese, peppers and onions) and the Moe Green (grilled asparagus and sharp provolone) are just a couple of the topped hotdog options at The Dapper Dog, parked late on Friday and Saturday nights at 2nd & Poplar Streets and serving lunch on Thursdays in Love Park.
• Lil’ Dan’s Food Truck The signature sandwich at Italian sandwich truck Lil’ Dan’s may be the oddest delicacy on this list. The spicy-sauced chicken cutlet has been breaded in Oreos. Less adventurous eats include eggplant parm, Italian pork and Magglio sausage sandwiches.
• Local 215 Food Truck: Pork fritters stuffed with pistachios and honey mustard. Braised duck with cilantro, pickled radish, baby greens and chili aioli rolled in laffa. If the meals at Local 215 sound more like gastropub fare, well, that’s exactly the point.
• Pitruco Pizza Food Truck: A mobile wood-fired oven bakes the charred-crusted, eggplant, sausage, soppressata, spicy garlic, margherita and radicchio pies at Pitruco Pizza, one of the most reliably everywhere trucks on this list.
• Say Cheese Philly Food Truck: The grilled-cheese sandwich, described by its makers as “brown-bagged meltyness,” is the raison d’être of Say Cheese, whose variations include a grown-up version featuring house-cured meats. The truck also serves up hand-butchered cheesesteaks, buffalo chicken sandwiches and sandwiches featuring homemade mozzarella.
• Vernalicious Food Truck: Global fare in sandwich form comprises cuisine from Germany, Latin America, Vietnam, Italy and the U.S.A. at Vernalicious. On any given day, at any location, eaters line up for pulled-pork grilled cheeses, mushroom burgers, Buffalo-chicken sausage and loads more.
• Zea May’s Kitchen Food Truck: Native American cuisine is the hallmark of Zea May’s Kitchen, where the menu might include bison sausage empanadas, blue corn muffins, native grain parfaits and marinated mushroom salad with quail eggs.
•Zsa’s Ice Cream Food Truck: The Chipwich, taken up several notches, is the star of Zsa’s Ice Cream, a retro van serving artisanal ice creams and sorbets in flavors like salted caramel, peanut butter, maple toffee graham and cinnamon, and cookies include cinnamon chocolate chip oatmeal, dulce de leche and double chocolate chip.
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