A block party for the taste buds
These so-called food truck rallies are going on somewhere in the county every day of the week. In Wellington, it’s every Thursday night. The biggest, a rally of more than 40 trucks, gathers in Jupiter’s Abacoa once a month.
Trucks usually specialize in one style of cuisine: It could be sliders or tacos, it could be Pan-Asian fare or Argentine parrillada, it could be cupcakes or gelato on a stick. So when they park next to one another, it makes for a foodie festival.
And the venues play up the festive atmosphere, sometimes booking live music acts or face-painters and street performers.
Read more about the food truck dining trend by Carlos Frias
Food truck rallies throughout Palm Beach County, from Tequesta to Boca Raton:
Downtown Lake Worth
Where: Cultural Plaza, corner of Lake Avenue & South M St., Lake Worth
When: Every second Monday, 6 p.m.
Abacoa Town Center
Where: 1200 Main St., Jupiter
When: Every second Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Royal Palm Beach Commons Park
Where: 11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach
When: Every last Friday, 5 p.m.
Village of Tequesta
Where: Constitution Park, 399 Seabrook Road, Jupiter
When: Every first Friday, 5 p.m.
Where: 12300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington
When: Every Thursday, 5 p.m.
Sunset Cove Amphitheater
Where: 11200 Park Access Road, Boca Raton
When: Every first and third Wednesday of the month, 5 p.m.
Where: 2400 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach
When: Every second and fourth Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Ocean Avenue Amphitheater
Where: 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach
When: Every third Friday, 5 p.m.
Free Friday Concert
Where: Old School Square, Delray Beach
When: Every Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. until Jan. 22
Northwood Village Food Truck Roll-In
Where: Northwood Road, West Palm Beach
When: Third Wednesday of every month
Music On The Plaza
Where: Mainstreet at Midtown, Palm Beach Gardens
When:Begins Feb. 4, 2016, every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Food Trucks in Palm Beach County
One of the original South Florida food trucks, fish tacos are their specialty. Of course, they have a variety of other tacos —12 different kinds — including vegetarian options.
Best French Fries
This truck has just about every variety of French fry, from hand-cut originals to sweet potato fries, and they are all vegan, and gluten- and nut-free. They are served with one of 15 different dipping sauces.
Started by two New Yorkers, this is traditional Italian on wheels. This truck focuses on Italian dishes meant to be eaten standing up, from eggplant parmesan, steak- and deli sandwiches to stuffed peppers and pastas layered in a cup. And yes, of course, handmade pizza.
Steaks — specifically South-American-style skirt “churrasco” steaks — are the specialty of the truck. However, they do specialize in Brazillian-style grilling and have chicken and sausages, as well.
Their fare ranges from gourmet tacos to fried chicken, and their fare has caught the attention of celebrity chef Robert Irvine, who chose them the winner in a food truck event during the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival.
Da Burger Shack
A former steakhouse chef, Daniel Hernandez puts his knowledge of beef into the everyman sandwich: The burger. His burgers are Black Angus charbroiled and served with signature toppings.
Dolce Gourmet Cupcakes
Just as the name implies, this truck focuses on baked confection from cupcackes to brownies. They also have gluten-free options.
Named for the green plantains that compose the delectable garlic-y, Puerto Rican smashed plantain dish, this truck naturally plays to its Puerto Rican roots.
Dough Dough’s Donuts
Usually it’s people on the go grabbing donuts and coffee, but here is the other way around. The donuts change depending on the season, but some staples are the red velvet, coveted apple-cider donuts and the Loaded Donut with bacon, sour cream, chives and four cheeses.
Authentic, rolling barbecue is the goal of this food truck. They offer smoked, barbecued and grilled meats, with their own varieties of rubs, spices and sauces.
Hip Pops Gelato Bars
Exactly what it sounds like, the founder of this truck has managed to put creamy gelato on a stick. A wide range of ice cream bar flavors can then be dunked in a variety of quick-hardening dips, such as semi-sweet chocolate and finished with a host of toppings.
IPEK’s Wykked Kitchen
Sure the chef was once the front woman of a heavy metal band (Wykked Witch), but now she’s serving up Turkish food on wheels. And her focus is all things lamb, from gyros, kebabs and pitas.
There will be cheese — and it will be melted. Inside sandwiches, like the eponymous Killer Melt (with bacon jam, caramelized onions and melted muenster and cheddar) and over fries, like the poutine, with short ribs, gravy and cheese curds.
La Nostra Pizza
This homemade — er, truck-made — pizza is available by the pie or by the slice.
The Lobstah Guy
Hope you like lobster rolls, because this is the truck’s specialty: Maine lobster with a variety of toppings and sauces. It’s done in a traditional New England style, with a top-sliced bun.
The Mini Van
Bite-size sliders are their specialty, from beef and turkey to fried chicken.
Mobile Culinary Kitchen
The truck gets its name from its classically trained chef who has not only owned several restaurants, but has studied in Aruba and Holland. The truck’s cuisine focuses on Colombian street food.
These food truck owners have 10 years experience in restaurants in the Hudson Valley in New York. The result is a lobster-centric menu, from rolls to bisque to tacos and mac and cheese.
There’s celebrity star power in this truck founded by chef Robyn Almodovar, a winner of Food Network’s “Chopped,” and finalist on FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen.”
This is one school bus even adults want to catch! Dressed like an old New York City public school bus, PS561 focuses on all types of hot dogs, from smoked turkey dogs to veggie dogs.
This truck focuses on a wide-range of street food, from bacon-crusted mac-and-cheese balls to crispy grouper slider.
The Rolling Stove
Presumably, here, you *can* always get what you want — as long as its jerk-style comfort food, which is this truck’s specialty. Island barbecue includes jerk-style wings, ribs, Dr. Pepper brisket, and Cap’n Crunch-crusted Chicken.
Spring In Roll Out
The pair of smiling pandas on the side are your sign to stop here for happiness. Their cuisine, though, focuses on Vietnamese dishes tweaked for the American palate, from banh mi sandwiches to hot and cold spring rolls, to bowls of pho soup.
If you have sweets craving, this truck is here to satisfy that sweet tooth. It has all sorts of desserts, from baked goods like cookies, cakes and brownies to milkshakes, sundaes and cannolis.
Mexican street food promising traditional fare from the northern regions of Mexico. Carne asada on handmade corn tortillas are customers’ favorite.
Santa Monica-style barbecue is a thing — and the specialty of this truck. This barbecue focuses on the tri-tip, a cut of bottom sirloin that is a specialty in the Santa Monica, Calif., area — now available rolling on the East coast.
Why settle for a side of fries when these can be a main course? This truck’s crispy fries are loaded with all manner of toppings, including slow-roasted pork and Canadian-style poutine gravy.
Seven-ounce burgers made with a mix of ground brisket and chuck made your way. They mean it, with toppings like caramelized bacon and onions and a fried egg (the aptly named Coronary Burger) and smoked pork in the Boom Burger.