From gourmet tacos to savory barbecue sandwiches, food trucks offer up some of Charlotte's favorite dishes. Most of the trucks keep regular lunchtime hours and rotate locations. Here's what to expect—and how to track the trucks down.
This curbside bistro serves up local products as sandwiches, soups and tacos ($6-10)—try the Porky Sandwich, a 12-hour, hickory-smoked, pulled-pork dish with pickle and onion companions. Looking for a splurge? Try one of the inventive side items ($2-$5) like fried deviled eggs or truffle essence and parmesan herb fries. You can eat healthy tomorrow. @roamingforknc, 321.229.1485
The Tin Kitchen
The Tin Kitchen’s Chef de Cuisine Charlie Reid and Chef/Owner David Stuck create daily specials to spotlight local ingredients on their taco-centric menu. A typical item: Drunken Chicken Tacos ($7), with pulled chicken, apples and raisins braised in Sherry and topped with fresh greens and goat-cheese crumbles. @thetinkitchen, 704.750.0477
The taco is the perfect food-truck fare: savory and filling, prepared fresh in minutes and available in many delicious varieties. Proof: the Maki Taco food truck, serving up dishes with a Pan Asian twist. Try the signature Panang Steak taco, filled with onion, grilled shiitake mushrooms, red pepper, bean sprouts and sesame seeds in a crunchy corn shell ($10.50 for three tacos) or the Sweet & Sour Shrimp taco, with red peppers, onions and tempura flakes in a soft shell (three for $8.50). @makitacotruck, 704.380.0381
This restaurant on wheels shook up the scene by focusing on grilled cheese sandwiches featuring fancy add-ons like braised leeks, green apples and barbecue. Don’t miss the truck’s truffle kettle chips—a local favorite made fresh with rosemary, shaved Parmesan, lemon and white truffle oil. Catch Papi Queso at Food Truck Friday in SouthEnd, Camden Road and Park Avenue, along with many other trucks. @papiqueso, 704.579.1779
Chef Brian Seeley serves up fresh, international-inspired street food. Try the pork and chorizo tostada—a fried flour tortilla topped with Cuban pork, chorizo, salsa, guacamole and chipotle corn slaw ($8), or go for the shawarma.($7). @herban_legend, 828.773.7073