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Best Lunch Serving Trucks in America

Eating out is a common habit among Americans. It’s especially common during weekdays, where they have a limited time to eat during lunch breaks. A lunch out, the American way, means many things. It may mean feasting on seafood, flipping on chicken wings or ribs, and munching sandwiches. Today, food trucks have redefined serving gourmet food to Americans. Let’s take a look at the best lunch serving trucks in America.

Best Lunch Serving Trucks in America

Bon Me (Boston, MA)

Bon Me started in 2011 after the duo Ali Fong and Patrick Lynch won a Boston food truck contest. This lunch serving truck serves Vietnamese delicacies. Its most popular item is the banh mi sandwich. Bon Me’s take on banh mi is made of toasted baguettes stuffed with BBQ pork, carrots, cilantro, cucumber, daikon, red onion, and spicy mayo. They also offer a vegetarian banh mi by using tofu instead of pork. The other items on Bon Me’s menu are:

  • Ali’s Pho – Vietnamese-style chicken noodles
  • Bon Me Bap – a bowl of white rice with egg, cabbage, carrots, daikon, mushroom, scallions, and tofu
  • Bun Bowl – a street dish in Vietnam made of chicken, rice noodles salad, and veggies
  • Kimchi Fried Rice – fried white rice with egg, kimchi, and scallions
  • Miso Kimchi Ramen – noodles, miso and pork broth with egg, kimchi, and Thai chili oil
  • Tofu Rainbow Fried Rice – fried white rice with egg, broccoli, carrots, scallions, and tofu

Cypress Knee Food (Little Rock, AR)

Benjamin Lee LaFoon is a well-traveled chef. The countries he visited include Afghanistan, Colombia, Mexico, and Turkey. He had also been to Hawaii and all over the U.S. by living in a houseboat for 3 years. In 2017, Ben and his wife, Rochelle, launched the Cypress Knee Food truck. It’s a lunch serving truck specializing in Cajun cuisines. Their menu offerings include:

  • Alligator Love Bites
  • BBQ Chicken Sliders
  • Bread Pudding
  • Campfire Steaks
  • Catfish Tacos
  • Fried Chicken Fingers
  • Gumbos
  • Mornay Melt
  • Shrimps-N-Grits

Dashboard Diner (Indianapolis, IN)

Dashboard Diner started from Edward’s Drive-In on Indianapolis way back in 1957. It was originally opened by Herb Edwards together with his son, Tom. The diner became popular for its onion rings, pork tenderloin, and root beer. In 2012, Tom’s daughter and son, Terri and Jeff, continued the legacy by launching the Dashboard Diner Mobile Truck. This lunch serving truck was inspired by the iconic American rock and roll. With a vintage feel, Terri and Jeff continue offering their family’s legendary sandwiches and sides. The items included in their menu are:

  • Cheeseburger
  • Chef’s Salad
  • Chicken fillet sandwich
  • Coney Dog
  • Corn Dog
  • Dash Wraps
  • Fish sandwich
  • Fried Pickles
  • Hotdog
  • Onion Rings
  • Potato Wedges
  • Pulled Pork sandwich
  • Root beer
  • Tenderloin sandwich

Diva Dawg (New Orleans, LA)

Ericka Michelle Lassair was a culinary arts graduate. She was popularly known as Chef Diva and was featured in different food magazines and TV shows. She initially opened a hotdog restaurant in 2012 but the business failed. In 2014, she came back through the Diva Dawg food truck. This lunch serving truck became a hit in New Orleans. Among her signature hotdogs are:

  • Cajun Surf & Turf with alligator sausage and crawfish
  • Etouffee Chili with crawfish
  • Red bean chili with chicken and ketchup
  • Vegetarian dawg with zero meat
  • Zapp’s Chip Chili Cheese with nacho cheese

Diva Dawg also offers non-dawg meals like chicken wings, crabmeat, fries, and nachos.

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck (Honolulu, HI)

Giovanni’s shrimp truck was founded by Troy and Mary Nitsche in 1993. It has been serving the North Shore of Honolulu with shrimp dishes. In 1997, they opened a 2nd truck which became popular as the truck across the street from McDonald’s. All of their plates include rice and a dozen jumbo shrimps. Among the flavors are: 

  • Hot & Spicy Shrimp
  • Lemon Butter Shrimp
  • Shrimp Scampi (Giovanni’s original garlic shrimp)

This lunch truck also serves jumbo garlic hotdog, mac salad, and refreshments.

Guerilla Street Food (St. Louis, MI)

Brian Hardesty was tasked by Seneca Commercial to bring a food truck in its entertainment district in the 9 Mile Garden of St. Louis. In 2011, he and a Filipino chef, Joel Crespo, bought a laundry van for $2,000 on Craigslist. The duo converted into the 1st Guerilla food truck serving Asian cuisines. Today, they own 5 restaurants and continue operating the lunch serving truck. Among their lunch entrees are:

  • Chicken Adobo – chicken thighs braised in bay leaves, black peppercorn, garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar
  • Flying pig – roasted pork shoulder slowly cooked in calamansi juice, chili sauce, egg, and hoisin sauce
  • Fresh Lumpia – shredded cabbage, carrot, garlic, lettuce, and onion wrapped in coconut milk crepe
  • Kare-Kare – oxtail braised in peanut sauce and served with bagoong sauce, eggplant, and long beans
  • Kilawin – local fish dressed with coconut milk and vinegar
  • Tocino Chicken Skewer – grilled chicken marinated in sweet banana ketchup
  • Wandering Pig – Flying Pig without the egg

The Blaxican (Atlanta, GA)

The Blaxican is America’s number one food truck in 2015. It was created by Will Turner in 2010 to serve Mexican soul food in the streets of Atlanta. The name described his racial origin – a black American. The Blaxican lunch serving truck offers 5 variants of Mexican tacos, Mexican-style mac and cheese, fries, nachos, and veggie bowls. Their taco variants are:

  • Al Pastor pork with Mexican pineapple
  • Blackened fish
  • Buffalo chicken
  • Savory Steak
  • Smoked sausage

The Celtic Pig (Louisville, KY)

The Celtic Pig started as an amateur BBQ team in 2014. They used to sell food in tents and join BBQ contests, bringing the bacon and trophies. They then moved into a food truck as demand grew in 2015. The owner, Sam Bracken, found the truck in Dayton, Ohio. He painted it blarney green and did some renovations. Then, it hit the streets of Louisville and became a story. Included in the lunch truck’s menu are:

  • BLTC sandwich
  • Brisket French Dip and Fries
  • Cheeseburger and Fries
  • Chicken Salad sandwich
  • Cock-a-leekie Soup
  • Egg Salad sandwich
  • Halvsies
  • House Salad
  • Irish Chili
  • Piled High Rueben
  • Ratatouille

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