There’s something so exciting about food trucks. Maybe it’s their somewhat elusive nature…will they be parked somewhere nearby when you’re craving them? Will you have to take a drive and explore a new area to get your fix? Will you stumble upon a new favorite unexpectedly when you’re going somewhere else? No matter what it is, we LOVE food trucks. Here are 11 that are on our list to try ASAP!
La Petite Tour De France
La Petite Tour De France is a real deal French cafe and bakery…in a food truck. It’s a small, Christian, family-run business owned by husband and wife team Nicole and Thierry. They’re serving up classics like the Croque-Monsieur with specialty gourmet cheeses the French love, Turkey Bacon Brie & Honey Grilled Croissant, Quiche, Pain Au Chocolat, and so many more. With doughs mixed and laminated from scratch, their pastries have that flaky characteristic texture that you expect in a croissant. We’re drooling just thinking about it! You can find La Petite Tour De France serving in the greater Pittsburgh or have them cater your events!
Wu’s Shaved Ice
We don’t know about you, but we’re looking to cool down any way we can this summer. Which is why we’re so excited about Wu’s Shaved Ice! It’s not like a sno-cone where you only taste the flavor when you get to the bottom, either. Wu’s shaved ice is smooth and soft, like you’re eating snow – and we can totally get behind that right now! They offer 34 flavors to help you beat the heat, so gather up the kids or a few friends and get a dose of vitamin D while you spend some time outdoors.
We want to throw a (socially distant, appropriately sized) party just so we can have Chameleon Concessions cater it! They can handle events of any type or size with no problem. They’re serving options like fruit smoothies, chocolate dipped cheesecake / bananas / marshmallows, root beer floats, fresh squeezed lemonade, hot fudge sundaes, hot dogs, grilled cheese…well, you get the idea. It’s basically everything we want, and so much more.
Urban Trail Coffee Co.
We love coffee, and we love supporting local, women-owned businesses, which makes trying Urban Trail Coffee Co. a no-brainer. It’s a unique mobile coffee shop centered around great coffee, community, and convenience…all operated out of a repurposed 1996 DiamondBack Double Horse Trailer (say that 3 times fast!) They focus on intimate locations, like neighborhoods, farms, other local businesses, and sporting fields/parks. You can also hire them for your private events of any size, like weddings, showers, and corporate events. They’re all about making the experience of getting your delicious coffee or tea pleasant and enjoyable!
By the Wayside Coffee
There’s no such thing as too much coffee, so we also had to include By the Wayside Coffee on our list! Especially because their mission is to help bridge the military/civilian gap and support local veteran non-profits with 10% of their sales. Coffee that supports a good cause? We can definitely get behind that! You can typically find BTW in the North Hills. And they’re a full-service mobile specialty coffee shop, serving up frozen drinks, teas, and smoothies in addition to coffee. They believe coffee isn’t just a morning beverage, it’s a great way to reward yourself or provide comfort. They also believe coffee is that thing that brings people together, providing a sense of community. We totally agree!
Smokin Ghosts BBQ
If you want to pretend you’re on vacation in a BBQ state, head to Smokin Ghosts BBQ! They have a permanent home at 1825 Liverpool Street on the North Shore, so you can always get your fix. We have to warn you, you probably shouldn’t read the menu unless you’re ready to start drooling…with their authentic Texas-style brisket and North Carolina-style pork, we bet you’ll have to go try it immediately. Plus they have plenty of other mouth-watering entrees and side dishes – making the perfect meal. Everything is made from scratch with passion and fresh ingredients, so it’ll definitely satisfy your craving for authentic barbecue!
Whimsical Wardrobe Boutique
Okay, so Whimsical Wardrobe isn’t a food truck…but we love the idea of a mobile boutique! They specialize in feminine, romantic, and whimsical clothing and accessories with a focus on details – think lace, crochet, pleats, ruffles, and embroidery. They’ve been bringing fashion curbside around Pittsburgh since 2013 and were formerly The Vintage Valet Mobile Boutique. Their mission is to collaborate with small business owners to encourage women to shop local…and they’ve convinced us! You can book Whimsical Wardrobe to come to your salon, coffee shop, or winery…or book them for your next private event. They’re also the perfect choice for fashion shows, fundraisers, or even just a sip’n’shop party at your home!
Del Vecchio’s Sausage & Fries
Del Vecchio’s Sausage & Fries is the real deal! As a 3rd generation butcher, they’ve been making artisan sausage since 1926. The truck serves up 6 artisan sausages, plus things like homemade meatballs, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, pulled pork fries and a homemade sriracha aioli. Everything is made in fresh in small batches – even their famous homemade egg rolls (buffalo chicken with sriracha aioli for dipping, or BBQ pulled pork and cheese…yum!). They can also expand their menu for private events of any type…just ask.
If you love Bado’s in Mt. Lebanon but live a little ways from the neighborhood then you’ll want to track down the Bado’s food truck! It’s their 3rd year being mobile, and it’s the perfect extension of their restaurant which has been open for 36 years. The food truck offers everything the restaurant does, and it’s a great choice for any private events – from graduation parties to weddings. You can find Bado’s food truck in various locations around Pittsburgh…and, bonus, they also offer online ordering!
If you’re looking for your Japanese Hibachi fix, head to wherever Hoshi is parked. They’re making all of your favorites, like filet, mahi mahi, ahi tuna, scallops, chicken, shrimp, or vegetable delight. You can pick Yakisoba noobles, steamed or fried rice. And they have plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options! Plus, with two food trucks, we’re betting you won’t have to travel far to find them. They travel anywhere in Pittsburgh, so keep an eye on their social media to see where they’ll be parked next!
Wicked Ribs N’at
Wicked Ribs N’at is run by an award-winning BBQ team that has competed in numerous Kansas City Barbeque Society competitions – with wins as high as Reserve Grand Champion. They’ve also been featured on the Food Network show Carnival Eats for their Conevore invention, which is a custom-made Italian bread cone stuffed with homemade BBQ beans, three award winning smoked meats (brisket, chicken, and pulled pork), and topped with homemade coleslaw. It’s a whole BBQ picnic in a cone! Their home is in Cheswick at the Wicked Witches Bar and Grille, but you can find them around the city at food truck roundups, rib competitions, and more. Don’t want to travel to find them? Hire them for your catering needs…you won’t be disappointed!This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.