Since everything is mobile nowadays, why not your food, too? Food trucks are a great way to enjoy some of Metro Detroit’s best cuisine on the go. The food truck craze has exploded over the past several years, and it’s still going strong.
If your stomach is grumbling and you’re looking for a quick and tasty lunch or dinner, head to one of the following food trucks, which you’ll find throughout southeast Michigan:
Andiamo, one of the area’s most beloved Italian restaurants, is now on wheels! The food truck just debuted late last week, and you’ll find items similar to what is on the restaurant’s menu, including pasta bowls, as well as sandwiches, calamari and more.
The truck first appeared in Detroit on Thursday, June 18 with free pasta bowls to the first 50 folks in line. While you may have missed out on the freebies, the menu’s $3 pasta bowls are hard to beat. To keep up with where the Andiamo food truck is, stay tuned to the restaurant’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The new food truck is also available for private parties and events.
Hero or Villain can be spotted anywhere around the Metro Detroit area on any given week, from Royal Oak to Detroit to Troy to Birmingham. The menu includes gourmet sandwiches like the Captain Planet (sautéed portabella, roasted red pepper, mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions and pesto aioli on a hoagie), Bane (turkey, mozzarella, arugula, tomatoes and spicy cherry sauce on sourdough) and Mega Man (bacon, lettuce and tomato on sourdough).
You can order sidekicks including seasoned waffle fries or onion rings, as well as a kale salad with shaved carrots and onions tossed with a sesame ginger dressing.
Just recently, the food truck posted a “Secret Menu” to its Facebook page, which goes to show that you really need to stick to social media when it comes to food trucks. Exclusive items on the menu include the Captain America (grilled cheese with Cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and tomatoes on sourdough) and Loki (scrambled eggs, Cheddar cheese, spinach, onions and pesto aioli on a hoagie). You can use your Spidey senses to detect where the Hero or Villain truck is, or you can take a peek at the aforementioned Facebook or Twitter page.
Delectabowl allows you to build your own bowl, or choose from a selection of signature dishes. The truck uses only the freshest ingredients, and local ones whenever possible. The menu changes daily, but featured specialty bowls include the Fiesta Bowl (brown rice topped with grilled chicken, corn salad, pico de gallo and green goddess dressing), Comfort Bowl (corn bread base topped with Cheddar cheese, coleslaw, brisket, pulled pork or barbecue beef and barbecue sauce) or Kielbasa Bowl (rice, smoked kielbasa, grilled peppers and onions topped with spicy feta sauce).
You can also build your own bowl by starting with a base (options include brown rice, cornbread, mixed greens and more), adding a protein (including grilled chicken, barbecue beef and black bean stew) and picking from a selection of toppings and sauces.
You can track down the Delectabowl truck by keeping an eye on the official website or Facebook page.
The Mean Weenie hits the streets of Metro Detroit to serve up hot dogs with a twist! The truck serves Michigan-made products, including Dearborn hot dogs, Brown’s Bun Bakery breads, Better Made chips and Faygo pop.
The menu’s “Signature Mean Dogs” include the Keen Weenie (hot dog topped with Cheddar cheese, apple cider braised leeks and bourbon mustard), Soya Wanna Hot Dog? (a veggie dog with your choice of toppings) and Ch’Poodle (hot dog topped with chipotle chili, sliced avocado and queso fresco).
If you’re more of a traditionalist, classic dogs are also available, including Chili Dogs, Cheese Dogs and Chili Cheese Dogs. Don’t forget a side of Bourbon and Bacon Black Beans or Kickin’ Quinoa!
The Mean Weenie does catered events, and the fine folks behind it are happy to customize a menu for you. As for your day-to-day food truck experience, stay up to date via Facebook.
Beignets is a truck that’s almost too good to be true, because it will basically bring hot and fresh New Orleans-style doughnuts right to you. Well, to a particular location near you, but you get the idea. This week, you can find the truck in various locations in Detroit and Warren.
The menu includes four different varieties of beignets, including Beignacons, an order of four doughnuts sprinkled with savory bacon and dusted with powdered sugar. Cronets are also on the menu, and are the food truck’s version of a doughnut/croissant hybrid. The Works Cronet is drizzled with raspberry and dark chocolate and topped with powdered sugar.
While you may not be able to get past the sweet items on the menu, there are savory lunch items, as well. Try the Cronet Sandwich (open-faced croissant sandwich topped with melted Colby cheese and bacon or ham), Louisiana-Style Seafood Gumbo or Loaded French Fries (topped with Cheddar cheese, bacon and scallions).
Detroit 75 Kitchen parks itself at 4800 W. Fort St., Detroit, which is where you can find it on a regular basis. The food truck is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The menu is full of fresh ingredients that make up unique dishes like the I-75 Chicken Shawarma (grilled chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, pickles, garlic sauce and spices wrapped in a pita), Warren Ave. Falafel (fresh falafel, tomato, pickles, lettuce and cumin tahini sauce wrapped in a pita) and 3rd Street Philly Steak Sub (with steak, sautéed bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, provolone cheese, banana peppers and homemade Philly vinaigrette).
No matter what you order, be sure to add a side of fries: they come in original, Cajun and garlic cilantro varieties.
Check out Detroit 75 Kitchen on Facebook for the latest.
Like many food trends, it doesn’t seem like food trucks are losing steam anytime soon. Be sure to check out a few food trucks in southeast Michigan this summer: it’s another great way to enjoy dining in the outdoors!