In recent years, food trucks have become a place for chefs and gourmands to make their mark. The food truck industry has evolved from prepackaged frozen food to gourmet delicacies. Not one to be left behind in a trend, Chicago has come up with its own array of amazing food trucks driving around its downtown area.
Here’s a list of the best food trucks in Chicago:
The Happy Lobster Truck
From lobster caught fresh from Maine to local bread baked daily, The Happy Lobster Truck is committed to serving the best lobster rolls in Chicago. The truck was also voted “Best Food Truck” by the Chicago Tribune Reader’s Choice. Go out and catch them on the road and try their signature Happy Lobster roll or their spicy Angry Lobster roll when you get the chance.
Babycakes serves pancakes in dozens of different flavors from cotton candy to bacon, egg, and cheese. Their menu also includes breakfast sandwiches and waffle bun burgers. This food truck has been voted as one of Chicago’s best by Chicago Magazine and was featured in a number of televisions shows like Travel Channel’s Food Paradise and PBS’s Food on the Go.
Haute Sausage brings classic South African sausages to the streets. With upscale hotdogs and homemade potato chips, this food truck is great if you’re looking to get a filling meal on the go. Their flavors may be inspired by South Africa, but they still give you the taste of a classic American hotdog.
Named after the international dialing code of Buenos Aires, 5411 Empanadas brings a piece of Argentina to Chicago. Their empanadas have all sorts of fillings from the classic beef and chicken to mushroom, thyme, and blue cheese. Aside from their empanadas, they also have a wide range of traditional desserts. This truck is perfect for those who want to experience Argentinean food with a modern twist.
The Tamale Spaceship
The Tamale Spaceship is out-of-this-world good, according to The Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, and Time Out Chicago. From tamales to moles, all the dishes that come out of this truck are well-executed by expert Chef Manny Hernandez and his team. If you’re looking for tasty and authentic Mexican food, you don’t need to look far with The Tamale Spaceship around.
Firecakes Donut Truck
Bringing delicious and creative donuts to the streets, the Firecakes Donut Trucks re-imagine the simple donut and fashions it into gourmet treats. Their menu has donut staples like the classic jelly filled and honey glazed alongside imaginative new flavors like candied pepper bacon and a churro donut. If you’re looking for a donut for any occasion, be it savory or sweet, Firecakes Donut Truck will definitely have something for you.
The Fat Shallot
The Fat Shallot’s goal is to elevate everyday sandwiches to something worthwhile. They are turning regular deli classics to gourmet sandwiches with choice ingredients and freshly baked bread. The Fat Shallot makes made-to-order sandwiches and sides for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No matter what time you catch them around town, you’re sure to get something good.
Cupcakes for Courage
Cupcakes for Courage serves delicious desserts for a good cause. With every purchase, a percentage of the proceeds goes to cancer research and other local non-profits. Their menu consists of classic cupcakes like vanilla fudge, double chocolate, and strawberry shortcake. Go find Cupcakes for Courage if you want some delicious cupcakes and donate to a good cause.
Aztec Dave’s Food Truck
Serving elite authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist, Aztec Dave cooks with only the freshest ingredients and top quality marinated meats. From their flame-grilled meats to original salsas, everything they serve is homemade and prepared daily. If you want Mexican food done right, just head on over to The Loop and look for Aztec Dave’s.
Toasty Cheese serves the humble grilled cheese in a grand way. They make their grilled sandwiches with combinations of different cheeses, bread, and add-ons like spiced aioli and caramelized poblano peppers to give it a kick. They also serve creamy tomato bisque soups to pair perfectly with their array of grilled cheeses. If you’re looking for classic American comfort food, the Toasty Cheese is the food truck for you.
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