MARAC in Philadelphia: Food Trucks

by Katy Rawdon, Local Arrangements Committee

Lunchtime in Philadelphia is a daily celebration of the food truck. All over the city, trucks serving cuisine high and low, healthy and heart-stopping, are swamped by hungry workers, students, and tourists. Food truck culture in Philadelphia is so popular that there are even occasional “night markets” devoted solely to truck dining. In addition to the locations listed below, a number of food trucks can also be found at the city’s farmer’s markets – another strong Philadelphia tradition.

Many food trucks, being vehicular creatures, are not found in the same place each day. Part of the fun of food truck dining is the joy of happening upon your favorite truck, balanced by the agony of anticipating a particular meal only to find the truck absent when lunch time rolls around. Twitter helps a great deal with the truck chase, so below, I’ve included Twitter handles as well as web page links, where available. Enjoy the trucks!

Many of Philadelphia’s food trucks are brightly colored and highly decorated.
Honest Tom’s Food Truck by sameold2010

Love Park, Center City (16th Street and JFK Blvd.):

Distrito Taco Truck : Run by my favorite Philly chef, Jose Garces, this is fancy, upscale, somewhat pricy but delicious truck food. Formerly called Guapos tacos, it is usually open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Buttercream Cupcake Lady (@ButtercreamPhl): Cupcake truck. Enough said.

Local 215 (@Local215): Locally sourced food, including burgers, duck(!), and salads.

Somewhere under all those toppings is a tasty tasty Undrgrnd Donuts donut. Photo by author.

University City a.k.a. West Philadelphia a.k.a. Drexel/University of Pennsylvania area:
Note: A good web site about food trucks in this area is

Cucina Zapata (@Cucina_Zapata): Thai tacos – how could you not try this? 31st and Ludlow Streets.

Renaissance Sausage (@TheSausageTruck): Local, handmade sausages at 33rd and Market Streets.

Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck (@LOSBurgerTruck): Lucky Old Souls serves up grass-fed beef burgers, fries, and milkshakes at 33rd and Market Streets on Tuesday and Thursday.

Tacos Don Memo (@tacosdonmemo): At 38th and Sansom Streets, this student favorite is yummy and inexpensive.

Vernalicious (@VERNALICIOUS1): At 33rd and Arch Streets – and sometimes at Love Park – Vernalicious offers homestyle comfort food, including veggie options.

Undrgrnd Donuts (@UndrgrndDonuts): This truck can be found both in University City (33rd and Arch) and at Temple University (12th and Norris). More importantly, it has donuts.

A veggie burger from Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck. Photo by htomren.

North Philadelphia, Temple University area:

Sexy Green Truck (@SexyGreenTruck): The truck with the provocative name offers mostly healthy carnivore and vegetarian options at 13th Street and Montgomery Ave.

Yumtown (@YumtownUSA): At 13th Street near Norris, Yumtown serves local, eclectic, and humane food.

Insomnia Cookies (@insomniacookies): Cookies. Lots of cookies. Montgomery Ave. near 13th.

Poi Dog Philly (@PoiDogPhilly): Hawaiian style tacos on 13th Street near Montgomery. If they have the pork belly, do yourself a favor and order two.

The Creperie: A favorite of many, this truck offering savory and sweet crepes can usually be found on Norris St. near 13th.

Mmm, cookies… Photo by author.

Did we skip your favorite food truck? Leave a comment and let us know!


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