From gluten-free donuts to vegan barbecue, many food trucks are reinventing street eats. Healthy mobile cuisine offers patrons a taste of gourmet without a reservation—or a hefty price tag. Look for these 13 creative food trucks offering healthier alternatives in your area.
Mark Shadle and his wife Ami Beach Shadle (a.ka. the “The Detox Diva”) rolled out Gmonkey, the nation’s first all-vegetarian, eco-friendly food truck in 2011. The mobile kitchen is fueled by Hale Hill Farm Biofuels, a cleaner fuel alternative being used in more than 20 vehicles throughout Connecticut. Gmonkey offers local farm-fresh food, all plant-based. Among other mouth-watering fare, menu items include vegan donuts, juices, salads, soups, and vegetarian sweet potato fries.
Quiero Arepas is a food truck bringing the taste of South America to the Mile High City, thanks to its native Venezuelan owner. An arepa is a corn-based flatbread that’s formed into a patty, which is then grilled, baked and split open to house a variety of ingredients and toppings. Established in 2010, Quiero Arepas is the first certified gluten-free truck in the nation, and everything on board is made from scratch daily. The truck is devoted to a zero-waste policy and doesn’t provide lids, straws, plates or utensils. Be prepared to eat with your hands.
The food from the Caveman Truck in Indianapolis is so seasonal, you have to check the truck’s social media pages to see today’s menu (that is, if you aren’t already at the truck). At the time of this writing, various paleo-friendly dishes included barnyard chili, which features 100 percent grass-fed beef and local smoked pork, and BBQ nachos, which are cooked with Japanese sweet potato, coconut oil and salt. If you’re ready to eat and you have cash on-hand, you can text your order ahead.
Opened in May 2015, Tatanka Truck features indigenous Native American foods sourced locally to promote sustainability and community. Its dishes showcase the flavors, histories and cultures of the local land. The truck offers foods without dairy, wheat flour, processed sugar, soy or processing. Snacks at Tatanka Truck are just what you’d expect from localized Native American cuisine, emphasizing indigenous pumpkin seeds, wild rice, squash, honey and spices.
For Austin-based BBQ Revolution, good barbecue doesn’t equal meat. In fact, barbecue is even better when no cruelty is involved. The food truck boasts local ingredients and collaborates with other vegan companies around town. For $10, you can get a loaded BBQ plate that's on par with the best Texas barbecue. As you devour gluten-free tempeh ribs, you’ll get all the experience of a meaty BBQ joint without the remorse.
Touted as Southern California’s first Paleo- and primal-friendly fast food truck, the Not So Fast Food Truck has been cruising San Diego since 2012. The truck takes advantage of the city’s coastal fare, serving fresh seafood, plus meats and organic vegetables and fruits. Visit the truck’s online blog, where you’ll find helpful tips about the Paleo diet.
For the better part of a decade, The Cinnamon Snail has been serving New York and New Jersey customers vegan kosher dishes and goodies. Whether it’s a smoked sage seitan burger or coconut Thai basil donut, patrons can enjoy cruelty-free decadent flavors. The food truck also caters and has great football-party offerings such as Korean style smoked pigs in a blanket, habanero cauliflower buffalo wings with roasted garlic aioli, and dill and pretzel crusted tofu with jalapeno mac n cheese.
Outside the Box is a mobile Paleo food truck that tends to park near Seattle-area Crossfit gyms. Its mission is to be the first and best mobile food truck in the Seattle area to provide delicious Paleo-friendly and healthy meal options to residents, visitors and athletes. Its menu items don't contain gluten, dairy, added sugar, or processed foods. Outside the Box's business has evolved to gourmet catering, in addition to a food truck, with home delivery available.
Smyrna, Ga.-based Happy Belly aims to create a “Farm to Street” food truck movement. The upscale purveyor of sustainable products reached out to some of Atlanta’s best chefs to develop its menus. When owners Dawn and Terry Hall found themselves with a new-born daughter, eating out became limited, and the parents longed for fresh, natural and wholesome foods. Terry passed away from cancer in 2014, but Dawn continues the Happy Belly legacy of providing fresh, on-the-go food.
CheSa’s Gluten Tootin Free Food Truck in Chicago gets special acknowledgement on our food trucks list just for its creative title. This truck’s perky pink exterior and creative food offerings make gluten intolerance a bit more fun. A self-proclaimed foodie, owner Chesaree Rollins was limited in finding places where she could indulge sans gluten. She launched her food truck in 2016 and hasn’t looked back.
When the months are warm, V-grits operates a southern-style vegan food truck in Louisville, Ken. Their motto is “Southern Fried Compassion,” and their objective is to not only to serve plant-based food, but make cooking plant-based food more accessible and easier. In addition to the food truck, the company provides vegan recipe kits and meal services, as well as a vegan cheese line available locally, with national distribution coming soon.
Born in Poland, Organic Food Truck founder Jacek Konieczny was motivated to learn the applied science of natural supplements and nutraceuticals after his father passed away from heart disease. The nutrition guru distributes healthy food to San Diegans seeking meals with no GMOs, pesticides, hormones, preservatives, hydrogenated oils or artificial flavors. Most of the menu is comprised of lean proteins and veggies.
Wrong Way Veg owner Lisa Wong has a restauranteur heritage, a passion for feeding people and a love of animals. She travels throughout Denver offering plant-based cuisine inspired by international flavors. Its most popular item is the Boulder Philly with marinated portobellos, sautéed onions and peppers, roasted green chiles, spicy blue agave mayo, and monterrey jack cheese. This tempting item can be made vegan or gluten free.
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