Plenty of awesome food trucks have opened in the past few years, serving everything from pizzas and grilled cheeses to Pakistani kebabs and loaded burritos. Here are 10 of our current favorites—just check their websites or Twitter feeds to find them.
Baby’s runs a fleet of bright pink trucks, mostly in California, but in 2017 Houston got one, too, and we’re not sad about it. We’re big fans of the Original Beauty, whose juicy patty is topped with Swiss cheese, grilled onions, mushrooms, and a tangy, Thousand Island–like “special sauce,” all inside a charred, soft bun. Or indulge with the Good Wife burger, boasting smoked cheddar, lettuce, tomato, bacon, a Sriracha-like spicy sauce, and an over-easy egg. Order a side of skin-on sweet potato fries, too.
This big-as-a-tank black truck slings threateningly monstrous burritos packed with wild flavors. You’ll want to eat every inch of the Bomb-Bay—a big flour tortilla packed with cilantro-lime rice and chicken (you can pick your protein, but that’s our fave), along with tikka masala sauce, toasted almonds and coconut, and jalapeños. Don’t want a meal the size of your head? The cauliflower tacos are terrific, especially “muramasa”-style with cilantro, onions, and spicy mayo.
This dessert truck spoons cloud-soft, churned-to-order vanilla ice cream into its specialty doughnut cones—cylindrical Hungarian chimney cakes dusted in cinnamon and sugar and lined with Nutella or Biscoff Cookie Butter Spread. Be a purist, or get creative with the toppings: We couldn’t resist adding miniature M&Ms and toasted coconut shavings to ours.
Attempting to capture the diversity of Houston, this truck’s menu, offering mostly sandwiches, features flavors from across the globe, sometimes in one dish. Case in point: the juicy duck sliders topped with pickled jalapeño, carrots, green onions, cucumber, and spicy hoisin mayo, which is sort of like a mini banh mi. To complete the experience, get a side of perfectly browned elote fritters.
Consider the truck’s name a question. Your answer? “Yes.” There’s a short menu of chicken sandwiches, tacos, baskets, and loaded fries, all available prepared either way, but we of course have our preferences. If we’re going crispy, we get the South of the Border taco with plenty of sweet corn, lettuce, tomato, cotija cheese, and creamy jalapeño ranch dressing. But if we’re opting for grilled, it’s the salty, tangy, sweet, honey-garlic-marinated chicken topped with green onions and sesame seeds, served in a waffle cone.
This truck promises “a taste of Morelia,” the capital of the Mexican state of Michoacán, and that means bold flavors and plenty of root vegetables. Get the spicy pambazo, a pan-fried sandwich stuffed with potatoes, carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, and chorizo, then coated with guajillo salsa. The al pastor tacos, topped liberally with queso fresco and cilantro, are great, too.
As the name suggests, Herson Samayoa started this food truck in Los Angeles. But he kept it going after moving to Houston, and we’re glad he did: His Kobe sliders—loosely packed, juicy patties with a tangy Sriracha aioli, nestled inside browned Hawaiian-style rolls—are heavenly. We also love the chicken tinga tacos served on corn tortillas and topped with tangy cream and shredded lettuce.
This popular truck specializes in everyone’s favorite childhood classic: grilled cheese. The menu is different depending on the day, but look for sandwiches like the meaty al pastor melt with Monterey Jack and queso fresco, or the gooey, tangy brisket melt with homemade barbecue sauce on perfectly grilled Texas toast with crispy bits of cheese hanging off the edges, just how we like it.
This truck pays tribute to both the video game and the wonderful cuisine of Pakistan with its cheeky paint job and menu of irresistible halal street food. Get the seekh kabab wrap—spicy ground beef cooked on a skewer—served with soft paratha bread and a side of fries. The crispy potato samosas are another must, as are the dessert version dusted with sugar and filled with cream cheese and Nutella.
This truck has a wood-fired oven, which means its pizzas boast perfectly browned, lightly charred crusts. There are lots of winners on the short menu of creative pies, but we especially love the flavorfully spicy MVP—Mesilla Valley Pizza—topped with West Texas green chiles, pistachios, red chile oil, and honey. You also can’t go wrong with the prosciutto pizza with arugula and truffle oil.