by Lorna Yee - 28 Reviews - 8 List
Thanks to less government red tape, the Seattle street food scene has exploded in the last year. (Our very own Marination Mobile even grabbed top honors to win ?Best Food Truck in America? as voted by Good Morning America!) As much as we love their addictive kimchi fried rice and Aloha sliders, we've decided to call out some of the lesser-known-yet-equally-worthy food trucks in this list of Seattle's best food trucks.
Updated: August 31, 2010
The vastly underrated Hallava Falafel truck in Georgetown serves up one of our favorite sandwiches in the city: the shawarma. Thick, juicy slices of spit-roasted beef and lamb are piled high on a warm pita, then dressed with beet relish, a creamy tahini dressing, mildly spicy Armenian pickles and crunchy-sweet cabbage. Almost equally delicious is their crispy falafel, available in a pita or on a salad. Sure, the surroundings aren't spectacular'this is street food, after all?but once you taste one of Rick's sandwiches, you'll be dreaming of the day you can get back to this yellow truck for another round.
Josh Henderson of Skillet Street Food made a name for himself when he started selling gourmet, restaurant-worthy plates of maple pork belly and eggs in the morning, and slathering bacon jam on his mile-high burgers at lunch. Now, this ?modern American diner? on wheels regularly updates their location on Twitter (@skilletstfood), and serves up comfort faves with a twist. Try their hazelnut dried cherry rice pudding or the poutine with cheddar cheese and gravy, and look for them on the Food Network's ?Eat St.? show airing spring 2011!
Seattle's blessed with a fleet of taco trucks, but El Camion is one of the best?offering fresher toppings and exotic fillings like ultra-tender tongue. Try their grilled fish tacos, which come topped with a tangy, creamy sauce and shredded cabbage, or the nicely seasoned, meaty carne asada. Feeling adventurous? Their beef cheek and tripe tacos also make for excellent noshing. Don't leave without grabbing a frosty cup of their not-too-sweet horchata to round out the meal.
Seattle's experienced a pizza renaissance of late, and how fortunate that some of the best pies can be found roving around town! Veraci hauls its wood-fired oven on wheels to various farmers? markets around, where hoards of hungry diners and equally enthusiastic kids line up for a hot, fresh, ultra-thin crusted slice topped with Salumi's mole salami. (Our pick? The Fontina, with ricotta, onion and spinach.) For location schedule, check out their website at www.veracipizza.com.
One of the most consistent (read: non-icy) ice-creams in town, Molly Moon's has been pleasing the cone-licking masses at its brick-and-mortar locations for a couple of years. Their ice-cream formula (made with a base'so purists, take heed!) holds up well in the food truck, too, where you'll find the flavors that made them so popular: salted caramel, Birthday cake, and Vivace coffee, among others. Check their website www.mollymoonicecream.com for truck locations.