Why do I love food trucks? They are to America what street food stalls are in Saigon, floating food boats in Bangkok or market kiosks in Paris. These places are small. They specialize and excel at one or two or five dishes.
Food truck food is full of flavor. It’s food that can be eaten in your hand, without too much mess. Food trucks are locally owned, small businesses, operated by vets who have traveled the world, families or just one person who have a passion for food.
Food trucks can go where the action is – to one of the many breweries in Hampton Roads, to a festival, to an art fair, or to your office for lunch. They make an event or just your day, a little more special. Food trucks are multiplying in Hampton Roads. There are some really good choices now. Here is a list, in no particular order, of some of my favorites. Feel free to add your favorites to the list.
HANDY TIP: When you find a food truck you want to “find” again, “like” them on Facebook, so you know where they are headed next. You might just discover a new brewery, ciderworks, or festival along the way.
A Bite of Maine
If you don’t have time to travel up to the coast of Maine for a lobster roll at a seaside shanty, then find out when A Bite of Maine is coming to a location near you. A Bite of Maine has a tiny, very busy storefront on Lynnhaven Dr. In Virginia Beach. The store is only open Friday through Sunday. The red food truck makes stops all around Hampton Roads from Sly Clyde Ciderworks in Hampton to Norfolk County Feed and Seed in Portsmouth. The lobster comes fresh from Maine, over ¼ pound on each grilled roll.
Twisted Sisters Cupcakes & Sugar Shack Café
Twisted Sister has a brick and mortar store and café on Virginia Beach Blvd, but the DIVA truck is on the road 5 days a week around Hampton Roads. I love cupcakes! How about an animal sugar cookie dough cupcake or caramel banana? Yum.
Bro’s Fish Tacos
Jacob and Elyse have been “hitting the streets” in Hampton Roads for over five years. They also have a storefront in Virginia Beach. You can find the food truck all around the area from the Hermitage Museum and Gardens Sunsets on the River to Back Bay Brewing to a Jimmy Buffett concert. The fish is fresh and the pico de gallo is perfection.
B & B Boil Company
B& B Boil Company was started by the Garnett family in 2017. Brett Sr. and Brett Jr., the B & B, believe seafood boils bring families together with fresh, local seafood. B & B is home to the Crab Jack, a golden fried turnover shell filled with special seasoned fresh lump crabmeat and served with boom boom sauce for dipping.
When I was a poor college student studying in Germany, I headed for the Imbiss place in every town. This is Germany’s version of street food. It’s a place to get a good hardy snack, often the local sausage. What goes better with a good IPA than locally made bratwurst? Deutscher Imbiss is on the road, parked at a brewery (and other places) near you.
4 Spices Mediterranean Food
My hometown of Detroit has one of the largest populations of Middle Eastern people in the United States. I grew up on hummus, falafel, shawarma and baba ganoush. Breck Alliet is retired Navy, his partner Anne Kervenall is French. Breck loves sharwma. Anne is a trained chef who has lived in the Middle East and North Africa. 4 Spices Mediterranean Food sells delicious sharwma, kefta, falafel, hummus, stuffed grape leaves and more.
The Bumbling Bee
The Bumbling Bee food truck serves up100% plant-based comfort food. BBQ, burgers, tacos and nachos are all vegan and cruelty free. Find the schedule at “Insatiable foods created with kindness and flavor”
Flame and Pie
If you’re going to have pizza, have a wood fired pizza. Glenn and Donna Allen of Hampton have a “passion for pizza.” The Allens, along with their daughter, Jennifer, are continually perfecting new toppings and recipes. That crispy crust, that tangy sauce! I’m getting hungry.
Lil’ Yeti Snoballs
Don’t call Lil’ Yeti a snow cone. It’s a snoball. Owner Jedidiah Behe takes great pride in his melt in your mouth snoballs. They are not crunchy like a snow cone. It reminds you of melting snow on your tongue, if you lived in Michigan like me when you were a kid. Lil’ Yeti has two shops in Suffolk, but they can be found at concerts, festivals and will be happy to come to your event.
Caribbean Castle and Catering
Rafael Rafi Ayot brings his version of soul food from his native St. Croix to Hampton Roads in his Caribbean Castle food truck. He serves up jerk chicken, jerk ribs and more with sauces and sides inspired by the island life.
Redwood Smoke Shack
Redwood Smoke Shack just opened up a storefront in Ghent, but they are still roaming Hampton Roads, offering up delectable Texas barbeque. People stand in line for the Big A$$ Beef Ribs, “meat butter that melts in your mouth.” No propane used here. The meat is100% wood smoked, up to 22 hours.
La Cucina di Sophia
Chef and owner of La Cucina di Sophia, Gabriele from Milan, Italy, named his food truck after his first daughter, Sophia. Gabriele owned several Italian restaurants in Virginia Beach, including Salvatore’s, but gave them up for the freedom of life on the road. Now he serves up lasagna on a bun, meatball subs, and deep-fried ravioli. The motto is “be happy, eat carbs.”
That’s an even dozen of food trucks you can find around Hampton Roads. There are many more out there, serving up food that is cooked up in the space of a walk-in closet. Support these small businesses and have something delicious for me.
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