Houston is home to hundreds of taco trucks serving inexpensive, humble and filling fare. If you’re up for an adventure, stop and give one a try. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried authentic tacos al pastor (marinated, slow-cooked pork tacos). The city has some of the toughest health codes in the country so you have no worries, even if the truck looks a little rough around the edges.
Traditional taco trucks aside, the city also recently has seen an explosion in the number of mobile kitchens cruising downtown and in the clubs and entertainment districts.
These gourmet food trucks dish everything from pizza to pot pies. If you’re really into the truck scene, you can track them on Twitter. Here are six to brake for:
Good Dog Hot Dogs: This isn’t your backyard dog. These puppies are Texas-sourced and topped with house-made condiments such as sriracha ketchup, jalapeno relish and roasted garlic aioli. Even the buns have a fine pedigree. We can’t get enough of the Ol’ Zapata Dog, which is topped with bacon, muenster cheese, caramelized onions, tomatoes and jalapeno relish.
Eatsie Boys: These little overachievers serve outrageously good, locally sourced sandwiches (chicken poblano sausage or slow pork, to name two) off of one truck, have a second truck serving artisan ice cream (think sweet potato marshmallow and salted caramel/bacon) and they are preparing to open a brick and mortar store later this summer. Seek them out and discover Da Bomb (a Vietnamese-style sandwich with marinated chicken, cilantro, cucumber, pickled carrots and roasted jalapenos).
The Waffle Bus: Shiny and firetruck red, the Waffle Bus has built a big fan base for sweet and savory waffles. On the menu: fried chicken waffle sandwich, a sandwich stuffed with smoked salmon, lemon caper dill cream cheese, spinach and balsamic dressing, and a sweet sandwich with Nutella and banana.
Bernie’s Burger Bus: This bright yellow bus (actually, there are two) is hard to miss. The from-scratch menu of Angus burgers includes the Homerun with applewood bacon, cheddar, chipotli aioli and a fried egg. It’s unbelievably good and worthy of a side order of hand-cut fries with house-made ketchup.
Melange Creperie: This popular kiosk recently spawned a second location. We, however, are crazy about the original where Sean Carroll mans the 500 degree grill and serves up the best crepes in town. Offerings change daily but look savory crepes such as a poblano pepper with queso fresco and sweet crepes filled with banana and nutella. If there’s a line, stick with it. Good food takes time.
Oh My Gogi: This little operation serves fare that fuses the flavors of Korean barbecue with Mexican street fare. So what do you get? That would be Korean BBQ tacos filled with beef short rib, kimchi quesadillas served with a house-made salsa and OMG! fires topped spicy pork and Mexican cheeses.
Stick It: Everything tastes better on a stick. At least it feels that way. One of the city’s new mobile kitchens, Stick It serves an eclectic menu with items such as Texas beer-battered fish, Korean pork belly lettuce wraps and fried chicken. Don’t walk away without dessert: brie that’s been fried with funnel cake batter is accompanied with a berry compote. It’s cheesy goodness.
Phamily Bites: Vietnamese food is a much a part of Houston’s flavor fabric as barbecue and Tex-Mex. So it’s no surprise that this food truck is so popular. It serves classic banh mi sandwiches, a soulful pho (that soup to the unintiated) and that Hawaiian fave Spam Musubi. For dessert, try the sesame balls filled with sweet red beans. Trust us. They’re good.
Twitter: @Phamily Bites
MMM Cupcake: This truck rolls all around downtown selling super-moist cupcakes -- carrot, chocolate, cinnamon roll, red velvet and strawberry -- to happy office workers. The cupcakes are just the perfect size for a sweet snack.
Oh My! Pocket Pies: Serves seriously good savory (roasted sweet potato or Salisbury steak) and dessert (bourbon candied apple) pies with super flaky crusts. Our favorite dish isn’t covered in pastry. Hit them up at breakfast for the biscuits and gravy pie. It’s the only way to start a day.