For any of us who have waited expectantly on a hot summer day for the ice cream man, the idea of a food truck is not so scary. Trucks with food means the treats come to you. In spite of some difficult regulations in the city for food truck vendors, they are gaining in popularity among the downtown crowd. Offering everything from a quick lunch to a portable gourmet experience, here are some food trucks to keep an eye out for in Pittsburgh.
With restaurants established downtown and in Lawrenceville, the Franktuary food truck features the same foods you are used to at convienient locations. The New York-style hot dogs are made with grass-fed, local beef. Vegetarian dogs are available too. Fresh, natural toppings, hand-cut french fries or Canadian poutine complete your meal. You can find the Franktuary food truck around town at softball games and special events or put in a request for it online. Check Franktuary’s Twitter at www.twitter.com/Franktuary to find out where the truck will be on a daily basis.
Oh My Grill
If you’re in the mood for a good grilled cheese sandwich, keep an eye out for the Oh My Grill truck which makes its way around downtown and the northern communities of Pittsburgh. Sandwiches are made from homemade bread, fresh meats and cheeses and each comes with a gourmet dipping sauce. Hearty side dishes such as baked macaroni and cheese and spinach balls are also offered. To keep tabs on where the Oh My Grill truck is on a daily basis, follow it on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OhMyGrill
Pittsburgh Taco Truck
The Pittsburgh Taco Truck can be seen making its way around Pittsburgh to various business. It serves a daily menu with a vegetarian option plus beef, chicken and pork tacos with a tasty combination of toppings. The tacos are served in grilled corn tortillas and are gluten free. Sometimes, in addition to the regular menu, the taco truck will serve daily specials. If you have a crowd to feed, you can book the Pittsburgh Taco Truck to come to your location, which is perfect for a special treat for the office. The Pittsburgh Taco Truck’s daily schedule is available on its website and is also on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PghTacoTruck
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Zum Zum, which specializes in shipping homemade pierogies to your door, has added a food truck that makes regular daily stops as well as attends festivals and special events. The menu features hot, homemade potato and cheese pierogies as well as other Polish favorites such as stuffed cabbage and cabbage and noodles. Frozen pierogies can also be purchased to take home. Since pierogies are a Pittsburgh favorite, the truck is a must stop for out-of-town guests. You can follow Zum Zum on Twitter at www.twitter.com/polishpierogi to find out where it will be or request the truck at your office or event.
Dozen Dessert Truck
With locations in Lawrenceville and McMurray, Dozen Bake Shop has been a Pittsburgh favorite for cakes, pastries and homemade soups and sandwiches. The Dozen Dessert Truck can deliver all of that plus gourmet ice cream to your next special event. With standard chocolate and vanilla cupcakes as well as special flavors such as coconut mango passion, turtle and blackberry lemon, the thought of this truck will have you waiting at the curb like an excited kid. To keep tabs on the Dozen Dessert Truck, like it on Facebook, follow it on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dozenbakeshop or give it a ring to book the truck for your next special event.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.