Best Vegan Food Trucks
Food trucks aren’t just for carnivores—check out the nation’s top moveable feasts for vegans.
Honk…if you’re healthy! Food trucks are in full drive all over the U.S. of A., but the offerings are no longer only catering to meat lovers. We’ve scoured the country for the top vegan food trucks that are getting creative with their meatless cuisine. Look out for one of these winners pulling up to a curb near you!
1. The Cinnamon Snail (Hoboken, New Jersey)
Starting at 3 a.m. daily, the Snail freshly bakes its fare that goes into its gourmet breakfasts, sandwiches, entrées and desserts. Enjoy dishes like savory Blue Corn Pancakes (served with pine-nut butter and Vermont maple syrup) and Korean Barbeque Seitan (it comes open faced on a grilled tortilla slathered with chili butter, kimchi and greens). Thirst quenchers include fresh-squeezed lemonade sweetened with agave nectar and spring water in biodegradable bottles (they don’t like plastic). The scrumptious menu changes frequently, giving you a chance to sample newbies throughout the year.
Find them: Find out where they’re parking next at @veganlunchtruck, https://www.facebook.com/TheCinnamonSnail?ref=nf2
2. Ste Martaen (Chicago, Ill.)
This gourmet vegan food truck from the family-run maker of dairy-free cheese alternative sold in various Chicago-area Whole Foods locations showcases its product deliciously. Rotating menu items include the Chicago Cheesesteak, a mammoth hoagie with sizzling seitan, grilled poblano peppers and onions topped with a delicious three-"cheese" sauce. Not feeling cheese-y? Go for the Milwaukee Wings, maple-glazed BBQ vegan chicken (soy protein) on a sugarcane “bone.”
Find them: See their schedule on their website.
312.857.4393, @stemartaen, https://www.facebook.com/SteMartaen
3. Sunny Vibrations (San Francisco Bay Area)
This vegan food truck that serves Thursday through Sunday evenings runs its blender, toaster and other equipment on solar power, reducing the need for a generator. Its eco-friendly entrées have no refined sugars, artificial flavors or animal products—just wholesome deliciousness that aims to please even the meat-eater. Fresh, tasty fare includes the WOK This Way stir-fry with seasonal veggies and brown rice in a spicy garlic sauce; and the Quesadilla Mama Mia, vegan sausage or ‘chickN’ with red pepper, mushroom, garlic and artichoke. Looking for some additional dinnertime entertainment? Watch the live-cooking cam from a monitor mounted outside the truck’s window.
Find them: Keep up with them on Twitter for their new location: @sunnyvibration1
4. Like No Udder (Providence, RI area)
It’s the first soft-serve vegan ice cream truck we’ve heard of! Showcasing their attention to detail, the sweet set of wheels serves up cones that are also fat-, gluten-, peanut- and tree nut-free; and uses natural sweeteners, non-GMO soy and fairly traded cocoa in their blends. If you're a traditional-minded ice cream eater, then check out the vanilla or chocolate soft serve; if anything floats your boat, go for an orange float, candy bar or pistachio shake. And if you’d prefer a little salty with your sweet, sample the vegan jerky flavored with bold tastes like teriyaki, mesquite lime and BBQ. Like No Udder is certainly one of a kind.
Find them: View their calendar at http://www.like-no-udder.com/
5. Arlos Food Truck (Austin, Tx.)
Who said vegan burgers aren’t tasty? Arlos is throwing that theory out the window with its juicy Bac’n Cheeze and BBQ burgers, both house-made patties stacked with your fave condiments, including vegan mayo. Catch other southwest flavors on its minimal menu in plates like Arlito’s Burrito, a large flour tortilla filled with beans, chili, veggie crumbles, pico de gallo, lettuce and sweet chipotle sauce; and soy- and gluten-free guac and chips. The really good news (besides your delicious new find): When you’re craving a late munch on a Saturday night, this truck’s still serving it! The late-night ride is open until 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
Find them: 1104 E. 6th St., http://arlostruck.com/
6. Homegrown Smoker Natural Barbecue (Portland, Ore.)
This all-vegan food truck operating in downtown Portland gets creative with its fried fare like the Gigantor, a corn-batter fried, smoked eggplant on a grilled bun with pickles, cabbage and collards, tomato relish and ranch dressing—yeah, that’s all on one sandwich… and it comes with a side and a slice of buttery cornbread. The delectable menu also features soy curls, tempeh ribs, Field Roast chorizo, barbecue beans, coleslaw, mac-no-cheese and—wait for it—vegan brownies and cookies to boot.
Find them: 1941 SW 4th St., http://homegrownsmoker.wordpress.com/
7. Manna From Heaven (Denver, Colo.)
No fast food allowed—only slow and fresh—is Manna’s mantra. This Vietnamese food truck offers tons of vegan options, including the banh mis, tacos, noodle dishes and more. Grab an enormous sautéed seasonal veggies plate for only four bucks; go for the udon noodle soup, which features thick Japanese noodles with savory mushroom, bok choi and onion in mushroom broth; or blow some steam with the red and green chili soup, with roasted chilis, corn and tomatoes in garlic-veggie broth served with black and white beans. Something else to write home about: 10 percent of your purchase goes to fight hunger. We’ll eat to that!