You don’t have to live in Philadelphia for long to realize that ordering food from a truck is a great way to get a snack or meal that’s not only quick but also tasty and innovative. These days, Philly food trucks pop up at farmers’ markets, festivals, and pretty much anytime there’s a crowd of hungry people gathering. No matter where you live in the city, some food trucks are worth making the effort to track down.
As you might guess, Sugar is a food truck that specializes in all things sweet, from cheesecakes to crème brulée. The truck’s most well known for its French macarons, which come in an assortment of regular menu flavors, including milk & honey and tiramisu, as well as special flavors that rotate daily. On weekdays, you can find the truck in University City, on 38th Street between Sansom and Walnut. It’s open from noon until 6:30 p.m. (or whenever it runs out of sweets!).
This truck takes its name not from dairy butter, but peanut butter and almond butter. While Butter initially focused on creative takes on peanut/almond butter sandwiches, they’ve since expanded their menu. You can now find an assortment of brunch or breakfast items, as well as grilled cheese and other sandwich options. The truck moves around, and can often be found at Drexel University’s campus, at Love Park, or at special events. A calendar on the truck’s website lists where and when you can find it.
3. Pitruco Pizza
Instead of ordering a pizza to have delivered to your office or home, you can pick up a pizza yourself from Pitruco, a mobile brick oven pizzeria. The truck offers a small selection of 11-inch wood-fired pizzas, such as spicy garlic, eggplant, and margherita. There’s also a daily special pizza. Pitruco is a roving food truck and makes its way to various parts of the city throughout the week. One day it might be in Love Park, the next by 30th Street Station. It’s usually open for a few hours midday for lunch, then again a few hours in the evening for dinner.
4. The Cow & The Curd
The Cow & The Curd gets points for bringing a creative concept to Philly. It sells battered and deep fried cheddar cheese curds, with or without a variety of dipping sauces. Cheese curds are simply a type of fresh cheese, created after milk is separated, but before the cheese is allowed to fully mature. Although more commonly found in places like Wisconsin (where cheesemaking is big), fried cheese curds have been a hit in Philly, netting the Cow & the Curd numbers awards, including a 2014 People’s Choice Vendy Award.
5. Taco Loco
Always located in the same spot, at 4th street and Washington Avenue in South Philly, Taco Loco offers authentic tacos and tortas. While the truck itself isn’t much to look at and the location is off the beaten path for many, Taco Loco gets raves for its food (as well as the price point). Herbivores, take note: Taco Loco doesn’t offer much in the way of vegetarian fare.
Finding a home in Philadelphia means more than just buying real estate. It also means making the city your home, which includes getting to know your neighborhood — and enjoying Philly food trucks!