As the weather warms, I yearn to spend as much time outside as humanly possible. Not only do I want to walk instead of drive and play instead of vegging out on the couch in front of the TV, I also enjoy eating outdoors.
Metro Detroit is home to several mobile food trucks, and we’ve given you the lowdown on street eats like Mark’s Carts already. However, there are tons more out there, and I feel it is my duty to make sure you are aware of your growing number of options:
Green Zebra is known for its “new American street food,” consisting of fresh salads and sandwiches. The truck isn’t dishing out boring ‘ol PB&J or Caesar salad, however. Your choices include Chickpea Salad, Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad, Bacon Tomato Jam Grilled Cheese, Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese, Brown Sugar Ham Pretzel Sandwich and Pesto Turkey Sandwich.
Who says you can’t enjoy pasta on the go? The folks at Dago Joe’s serve gourmet, original, all natural Italian dishes on four wheels. Surprisingly, they’ve got quite a large menu for operating out of such a tiny space. Take your pick from sandwiches (including Italian 8 Layer Panini or Meatball Sandwich), pastas (Beef Ravioli, Gnocchi and more) and sides (Meatballs-on-a-Stick and Garlic Knots). No matter what you choose, you’ll likely need to take a nap at your desk by the time 3 o’clock rolls around.
Concrete Cuisine is all about “fresh eats on the streets,” and in addition to hitting the streets daily, they’re available to cater parties and events. Their starter menu includes Frickles (breaded dill pickle spears with ranch dipping sauce), Sweeties (sweet potato fries with cinnamon sugar and maple cream dipping sauce) and Wedges (potato wedges with sea salt and herbs), all of which are great pairings for one of several sandwiches. The Ranchero is a chicken breast sandwich piled with cheddar-bacon-jalapeno whiz, spicy pineapple barbecue sauce, onion rings, lettuce and tomato. BRB, going to grab lunch!
Detroit’s Corridor Sausage Co. recently decided to take their food to the streets and launched The Grindhouse food truck. You can expect everything you order to be hand-made using locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality. The menu features Hungarian fried pizza and, of course, sausages. We’re not talking cheese and pepperoni pizza, either. One of their pizzas, Confit Langos, includes duck confit, radishes, sunflower sprouts, Parmesan cheese and citrus yogurt. There are seven varieties of sausage to choose from, all of which include homemade bread and butter pickles.
Ned’s TravelBurger, serves a burger that is, simply put, pure Michigan. It’s made with grass-fed beef from local family farms, topped with pickles from Lexington and served on freshly baked Holiday Market buns. If a beef burger doesn’t strike your taste buds, turkey burgers, pork burgers and veggie burgers are also on the menu, as well as fries with truffle mayo or rosemary ketchup.
Later this summer, food trucks in Metro Detroit will be heading… indoors? Berkley’s former Coffee Bean will lend itself to The Foodtruck Café, an eatery with three different food truck options inside. The café is set to open in June, and will include the Sideshow Sandwich Emporium, Nacho Ordinary Nachos and Air-stream Coffee.
What better way to take your lunch break than chowing down at a food truck? You can dine alfresco, support a local business and get some seriously yummy grub all at once.