The bottom line, the common denominator with every food truck owner is that they want to make people happy.
– Eat Street’s James Cunningham
Vancouver Food Trucks
I know, I know, I let the Around Vancouver in 80 Eats challenge slip by. But I did keep tabs on the food I devoured so I am now catching up. Please try to not drool on your laptop during this post.
Vancouver food trucks blew my mind. It hasn’t quite taken off in Australia (yet) but the amount of trucks on offer, the variety of food and the friendliness of the owners basically made my time in the city. It made it tastier too.
During the summer of my Canadian arrival my friends and I visited the Food Cart Fest. There were about thirty different carts selling so much delicious food, we were definitely spoilt for choice. I discovered the Aussie Pie Guy food truck that day and emailed the manager immediately, enquiring whether there were any positions available.
A year later and I said goodbye to that fantastic job before my North American adventure. I loved working on the truck: it was fun and it was the kind of environment where I enjoyed coming to work every day. I met so many other food truck servers as we traded meals regularly, which I LOVED. Here are just some of the awesome food trucks I got to sample during my time in Vancouver, with just a few more to come later.
Culver City Salads
Christina, the owner of Culver City Salads, is one of the coolest chicks you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. Her food truck caters to the many vegans and gluten-freers in Vancouver. Seriously, someone should do a survey and find out how many there are. She serves these amazing salads that resemble artwork ($9) and they are all loaded with fresh, local produce. Culver also do vegan cookies, soups, dressings to take home and drinks. Christina is a savvy business woman and I wish her and her sexy green truck the best of luck for the future.
Read More: Eating Vancouver, Vol I
Dougie Dog Diner Truck
Dougie is a popular man in town when it comes to Vancouver food trucks. His hot dogs are filled with crazy ingredients, but that is not all his truck offers. There are burgers, poutine, fries and Dougie Dog butterscotch root beer, too. I went with the Charlie Mac Dog. Yep, a hotdog topped with mac’n’cheese. Sooo North American. To be honest it wasn’t my favourite and I think I prefer my hot dogs au naturel. If you have a little extra cash though why not try the world’s most expensive hot dog? For $100 you can get a super duper impressive dog that includes cognac, truffle oil and I presume the best sausage in the world.
My boss loved his hot dog with the lot. Think jalapenos and cheese and pickles and onions. Yeah, he couldn’t get enough. My favourite thing on his truck though are the fries. I know, fries, what am I talking about? But Dougie’s fries are so crunchy and peppery and addictive. I seriously used to just walk up to the truck and his team would say one word: fries? Yes please!
Fat Duck Mobile Eatery
Fat Duck is simple but delicious. The boys have three to four sandwiches on offer each day, with potato crisps on the side. But the ingredients are exotic. I had the duck confit “philly style” with marinated mushrooms, pickled red onions, swiss and a truffle mayo. Just thinking about it makes me drool.
Feastro the Rolling Bistro
Feastro has not one but two food trucks that hit Vancouver streets every week. Their menu resembles that of any bistro: think burgers, fries, tacos and mains including fried chicken and fish and chips. I have been fortunate enough to sample not only a burger but the tacos too. The Big Bird Bun ($9.95) which consisted of fried chicken with a basil pesto aioli and coleslaw on a toasted brioche bun, was delicious. The chicken and the aioli was such a good combination.
I am a lover of everything taco, so I was happy that on a different occasion I got the chance to sample their fish taco ($5.95 for 1, $10.50 for two). They are served in soft corn tortillas and the fish consists of chickpea battered cod (didn’t know that was a thing but it tasted wicked) with tikka masala yogurt, fresh salsa, shaved cabbage and lime. You can usually find their purple trucks downtown near the Vancouver Art Gallery and opposite the Olympic Torch so make sure you check them out for your own feast.
Taser Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
I had never actually seen Taser’s before we were parked next to them at Street Food City last January. The festival is a wonderful part of Vancouver’s Dine Out Festival, too. Their grilled cheese are sometimes exotic and always yum. I went with the classic ($6) as grilled cheese isn’t really a thing in Australia, and it was the perfect lunch option. I even got a serving of sweet potato crisps on the side, which were the perfect accompaniment. Another option I was tempted to choose was So Gouda: bacon, granny smith apples, gouda and havarti cheese on San Francisco sourdough. Right? The photo below includes Dougie Dog’s fries: no, I did not eat them all myself.
So I have a confession: I had never tried perogies before I visited the Holy Perogy food truck. And HOLY PEROGY what have I been missing out on all these years?! This is my kind of meal. Potato and cheese and crispy, crispy bacon.
They also do other options including Mexican, Italian, Greek and the Hungry Human ($8-$12). The Holy Perogy team are super friendly and this may be one of my favourite Vancouver food trucks, so ensure you check them out. You will not be disappointed.
Read More: Eating Vancouver, Vol II
Every time I go to an Asian takeaway restaurant at home, my first pick is always Chicken and Cashew, which I unfortunately hadn’t seen anywhere in Vancouver. But thanks to the gods that are Super Thai, I got my fix. For $9-$12 you can also choose between a few other dishes, including pad thai and curries. But seriously, chicken and cashew. I know this photo doesn’t make it look that appetising, but trust me, it’s the best.
Via Tevere Neapolitan Express
Once my food truck moved downtown, I was delighted to find we were parked beside Via Tevere. A very popular lunch option for city workers, as soon as I had traded once I had to keep going back every week, their sandwiches are THAT GOOD.
The truck is equipped with a wood-fired oven inside, and my favourite authentic Neapolitan Saltimbocca sandwich is the Ciccioso: consisting of ham, rocket (arugula), tomato, lots of melted mozzarella cheese and aioli on the wood-fire cooked bread. It is so deliciously filling and scrumptious. You won’t be hungry for a long time afterwards.
The Kaboom Box
This truck has been zooming around the streets of Vancouver for quite some time, serving delicious West Coast seafood and other street cuisine for its fans. I got a chance to sample Kaboom Box on a horribly rainy Vancouver day, and their fish and chips definitely brightened it. I really liked the tempura batter they use for the cod. It wasn’t too greasy, which some battered fish can be. I also tried their venison burger on another (rainy) occasion and I enjoyed it as well, except it was a tad too spicy for my sensitive taste buds. Yeah, I can’t do hot food.
Pig on the Street
I love the team at Pig on the Street whose kitchen was just around the corner from ours in East Vancouver. Their pink van has the absolutely best slogan slapped across the side: Achin’ for Bacon. I was so glad when I finally got the chance to indulge in one of their wraps. They made mine a little bit special by combining a few different ingredients, but you will find bacon (duh) on all sandwiches plus usually some rocket (arugula) tomatoes, cheese, aioli, gooey eggs or an additional meat. Seriously, these wraps are fresh, delicious, messy and very filling.
Visiting Vancouver food trucks is a definite thing to do when you visit the city. It is a chance to try delicious, fresh and local food made by people who love what they do.
Do you have favourite Vancouver food trucks?