I’ve had the distinctly satisfying pleasure of working closely with Hampton Roads’ finest food trucks over the last few years.
I pride myself on knowing good food, and getting it from a food truck these days isn’t as hard to come by as in years past. The 7 Cities have opened their loving arms (and hungry mouths) to a variety of street food.
Here is a quick look at some of our local food trucks.
Karnage Asada is well-known for their signature “Latin-Asian smackdown,” with menu items ranging from their kimchi nachos and oversized burritos to their seconds-necessary Sriracha honey donuts. They can be found throughout the week at businesses like mortgage companies and the NEX, and their weekends are often spent at local breweries and city festivals.
Stuft, a staple on the Peninsula for years, has finally brought their imaginative specials across the water. Their menu consists of tacos, burritos, and quesadillas that are straightforward, but with memorable twists like crunched up Doritos or General Tso’s chicken. Stuft can be found at the shipyard and local breweries.
Bro’s Fish Tacos has simple, fresh bites complimented by limes and sweet or spicy sauces that harken the beach even when you’re downtown. Providing lunch for all kinds of businesses and found at marquee city events, definitely catch Bro’s when you can.
Also highlighting the local taco scene:
Malbon’s Flying Pig offers mouthwatering just-pulled pork that brings the heart of Pungo with them wherever they post up. The Flying Pig can be found at the Virginia Beach Farm Market and serving up lunch at businesses all around the Southside.
Cast Iron BBQ is all about comfort food. Rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, mac and cheese, and cilantro potato salad will have you monitoring their calendar just so you don’t have to cook your own meals.
New York Souvlaki brings the tastes, aromas, and vibe of a NYC street cart with their handheld gyros. The warm pitas stuffed with lamb and chicken, onions, tomatoes, greens, and the perfect amount of tzatziki sauce are a gift from the Greek gods. Frequenting private practices and local breweries, their full calendar can be found here.
Pizza trucks are few and far between, but Bodacious Pizza‘s artisan pies and iconic pizza bus are unique and fun. Find them rolling up to city festivals and catering private events with more info here.
With brick-and-mortar locations in Hilltop in Virginia Beach and Ward’s Corner in Norfolk, Your Pie has moved into the mobile ops realm of business too. Their mobile brick oven will serve you up a slice of something memorable.
Hashi delights all of the senses as they bring high-end Japanese concepts melded down into palatable and portable meals. A staple at the Old Beach Farmers Market and a rare sighting at Virginia Beach breweries, Hashi is worth tracking down for a savory meal you definitely don’t expect from a food truck.
Capt’n Crabby, hailing from Denver via Baltimore, offers up seasonally concocted crabcake sandwiches and other tasty treats. Their creative and all too addictive bites, like the Hipster crabcake and Frito chili, can be found at private practices, colleges, and breweries.
Deutscher Imbiss is a new truck with a German menu, offering items like frikadelle meatballs, schnitzel pork chop bites, and käse spätzle, which is basically a phenomenal German take on mac and cheese (aka “crack and cheese.”) The Taste of Germany can be found at local breweries.
A few more not-to-be-missed food trucks are listed below, but don’t be shy when you see any food truck! It will always be worth it to try something new right from the streets of our 7 cities.
HONORABLE MENTION: POPUPS!
Waffletina combines brunch and dinner with their sweet and savory, made-to-order waffle sandwiches. This popup is typically only open for a few hours at a time at several local breweries and at the Birch in Norfolk. Bonus points if you find them with Glass Gardens and Wild Card Books popups!
The ramen movement has planted itself firmly in Norfolk and Alkaline, which pops up inside Pendulum Meats Fridays through Mondays, is reminiscent of NYC or DC late night bites. Their bowls are true-to-form with just the right modern take, and the appetizers will melt in your mouth.
Rustic Roots Gourmet pops up at O’Connor Brewing Company every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month as well as every other Thursday. Formerly heading the Get Fresh Cafe inside 5 Points Farm Market and consistently catering private events, Rustic Roots is inspired by locally-sourced ingredients with menus that can be literally anything you can think of. Signature bacon brittle and a mac and cheese bar speak to a foodie’s heart!
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