Boston food trucks keep the city’s residents fed, particularly on weekdays during lunch when you’ll find trucks serving all types of cuisine scattered around town. Some restaurants pop up with the season and others opt to ultimately go the brick-and-mortar route, but there are several Boston food truck staples that continue to churn out delicious food at even better prices.
The Best Boston Food Trucks
Whether you stumble upon them or are actively seeking them out, these are 10 Boston food trucks worth a stop.
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Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Taking the comfort-food classic to the next level, Roxy’s melts Vermont cheddar, fontina, and/or muenster onto Iggy’s bread with toppings like bacon and honey or BBQ braised short ribs. Creative salads and truffle fries are the perfect alternative for the lactose intolerant.
One of the perks of visiting Boston in cooler weather is being able to dunk your sandwich into roasted tomato soup. Wash everything down with homemade lemonade in a variety of rotating flavors.
A wood-fired oven on wheels, this pizza truck serves personal-size pies. The basics—cheese, pepperoni, and Italian sausage—are all covered. If you’re feeling a little nontraditional, opt for the buffalo Brussel sprouts with homemade buffalo sauce, mozzarella, roasted Brussel sprouts, and gorgonzola. For vegans, a cheese substitute is available.
The brick-and-mortar location in Brookline also serves up craft beer, wine, and cocktails. The menu is a bit more expansive with salads, wings, and starters. Gluten-free dough is available, too.
One of the long-standing Boston food trucks, Bon Me also has seven restaurant locations. The Asian-fusion eatery has options that rotate with the season, as well as staples like banh mi-style sandwiches, rice bowls, and ramen. Proteins always include tofu, chicken, and pork options, with a regular rotating list of others, including spicy sesame chickpeas and K-town chicken.
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diners will find it easy to order with options clearly marked. This food truck hits the sweet spot, too, with options like coconut chia pudding and lime panna cotta.
Sheherazad Food Truck
One of the newest Boston food trucks to drive onto the scene, Sheherazad is largely responsible for introducing Iraqi and Middle Eastern cuisine to a wider audience. Family recipes from Baghdad combine influences from Turkish, Indian, Arabian, and Mediterranean cuisines.
Meat, produce, herbs, and spices are all locally sourced and turned into dishes like Temen Laham, a mix of roasted lamb, rice, nuts, raisins, ground beef, and orange blossom.
This Boston food truck serves Chinese-American cuisine from locally sourced ingredients. Its focus on sustainability means its ingredients come from small New England farms and its meat is humanely raised. The sibling team behind the truck and restaurant were James Beard Rising Star semi-finalists.
Given the focus on local products, menu options change with what’s in season. Specialties include dumplings filled with seasonal veggies or meat, and a range of noodle and rice dishes. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options and modifications are available if you ask.
Among Boston’s food trucks, Zinneken’s stands out as a sweet option among all the savory. Belgian waffles are made by native Belgians from handcrafted dough. Choose from a soft and chewy waffle or a light and crispy one and then go to town with the toppings. A variety of fruits—all kinds of berries and banana—are complemented by chocolate, whipped cream, and more.
A variety of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate options are also on hand. And, of course, iced varieties are available, too.
If we didn’t tell you the food was largely made from plants here, you may not have even realized it. The brains behind taco party masterfully craft tacos with ingredients like fried tofu in panko bread crumbs topped with mango salsa and roasted garlic crema. Soy ginger marinated jackfruit, cornmeal crusted mushroom, and sweet potatoes are other main taco features.
Other options include tortas with grilled chorizo, loaded nachos, and salads tops with ingredients that actually make it taste less like a salad and more like a real meal. Think: picked red onion, edamame, pepitas. Gluten free items are available, too.
The Cod Squad
The Cod Squad has the seafood market cornered when it comes to Boston food trucks. Fresh seafood options vary daily, but you’ll likely find New England favorites like clam chowder, crab cake sandwiches, tuna melts, and lobster rolls. The Cod Squad uses organic produce in its salads, which you can top with proteins like salmon.
For the feel of a traditional New England crab shack, order a friend clam plate. You’ll get French fries and cole slaw on the side.
Formerly known as Momogoose, Sate Grill-on-Wheels is your go-to for fresh Vietnamese. Opt for rise, noodles, salad, banh mi, or soup, and then add your protein. Curry options change with the day, while chicken or tofu BBQ and lemongrass-grilled chicken are constant favorites. Extras include gyoza and crispy rolls.
Check the daily schedule, since this weekday food truck rotates between locations in Cambridge and downtown Boston.
Chicken and Rice Guys
Middle Eastern Halal street food is the name of the game here. Start with rice or salad and top with Halal chicken, gyro, tofu, or a mix. Homemade hummus and pita chips are the perfect side.
You can feel good about eating here, too: The Chicken & Rice Guys Foundation gives back to the local community through donations as well as community service projects.
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- 10 Must-See Boston Attractions
- 10 Best Day Trips from Boston
- 10 Best Cheap Eats in Boston
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– Original reporting by Kate Sitarz
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