Since food trucks took to the streets of Boston in 2011, they have reinvented the way many of us eat. Forgo a sit-down meal by tracking down Boston's 48 restaurants-on-wheels in spots all over—Dewey Square, the Greenway, City Hall Plaza, Boylston Street and Boston University, to name only a few. Some park in clusters, while others work solo. Most cater to lunchtime crowds, but others offer breakfast, dinner and late-night munchies. Boston food trucks communicate with fans via social media, posting updates about where to find food trucks in Boston and what they’re serving at any given time. Note that their specialties are as diverse as the Bostonians they feed. Here's a quick study of our faves:
Vietnamese cuisine is the specialty. At Bon Me, choose between noodle salad, rice bowl or noodle soup that you customize with tofu, spice rubbed chicken, miso pork or Chinese barbecue pork. The must-try dish is the banh mi sandwich, your choice of protein, pork pate, and sweet pickled veggies layered into a crisp baguette.
The Chubby Chickpea
When you’re jonesing for Mediterranean food, head to The Chubby Chickpea for hummus, tabbouleh, falafel, beef kabobs and chicken shawarma, pressed seasoned chicken meat, slow roasted on a spit and carved into thin shavings.
Evan’s New York Style Deli
Evan's corned beef, pastrami, and pickles are imported from the Big Apple and served up in sandwiches it takes two hands to hold. Hot knishes in four varieties: spinach, Reuben, beef and pastrami. Or, get a bagel with nova lox—with plain or scallion cream cheese.
Who doesn’t love crepes? Especially when they’re stuffed with tasty combinations like ham, Brie and honey mustard; bacon, arugula, goat cheese and fig reduction; chicken, kale and lemon poppy seed aioli; or Nutella and fresh fruit. As they say in Paris, délicieux!
Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese
Third place winners on the second season of Food Network’s "Great Food Truck Race," local fave Roxy's specializes in imaginative grilled cheese sammies: Mighty Rib Melt (Fontina, BBQ beef, caramelized onions), Green Muenster Melt (Muenster, guacamole, bacon) and Pimento Melt (house made pimento cheese, pickles, tomatoes).
The Taco Truck
The hungry peeps lined up at The Taco Truck's window are waiting for warm tortillas filled with braised beef, onions, cilantro and roasted salsa; pork, onion, pineapple, green salsa; and crispy catfish, cabbage, pico de gallo and chipotle salsa. The jefes also grill a mean quesadilla.
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