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Food Trucks Fuel Philadelphia

Philly’s Moveable Feasts Include: Twitter Trucks, Fancy Faves, Destination Carts & More
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Twitter Trucks:

  • The fresh and locally sourced sandwiches (country herb pork with caramelized onion; Mediterranean lamb and beef with hummus and tzatziki) of Renaissance Sausage Truck are also free-range—the truck’s Twitter feed announces its location of the moment.  renaissancesausage.com, twitter.com/thesausagetruck
  • Among the mobile goodies of the Call Me Cupcake truck are carrot cake, red velvet and seasonal strawberry cupcakes, plus optional “frosting cups” sans cake. theyummycupcake.com, twitter.com/callmecupcake
  • From Love Park to South Philly and back again, Buttercream—commonly known as “the cupcake lady”—brings the cupcakes to the masses, in tempting flavors like banana with Nutella buttercream and chocolate-cherry-pistachio. buttercreamphiladelphia.com, twitter.com/buttercreamphl
  • The pared-down menu at Honest Tom’s includes flour-tortilla taco wraps with fillings like sweet potato, chicken and guacamole, along with Stumptown iced coffee and Arnold Palmers. twitter.com/honesttoms

Fancy Faves:

  • The shiny red caffeine truck known as HubBub Coffee purveys Stumptown espresso drinks drawn out of swank La Marzocco machines, as well as muffin tops, cinnamon rolls and cookies. 38th & Spruce Streets, twitter.com/hubbubcoffee
  • A patisserie on wheels, Sugar Philly offers a seasonal menu of treats like peanut panna cotta with Concord grape sauce, spicy Mexican layered chocolate cake and mango rice pudding with basil syrup and coconut meringue at changing locations throughout the city. sugarphillytruck.com, twitter.com/sugarphilly
  • Specializing in New Orleans Roast coffee, cold-brewed espresso and noshables like prosciutto, cheese and egg panini and mini-cheesecakes, University City’s Mojo Coffee is the new Millennium version of the quilted lunch trucks of yesteryear. 38th & Spruce Streets, mojogourmetcoffee.com, twitter.com/mojocoffeetruck
  • The creative tortilla roll-ups at the Coup de Taco truck include sweet Thai coconut, Indian tikka masala, Caprese and other flavors, with both meat and vegetarian options. 40th Street between Locust & Spruce Streets, coupdetaco.com, twitter.com/coupdetaco
  • The brewed beverages of University City’s Melange Tea Cart can be ordered iced or hot, and options range from rosehip hibiscus to genmaicha and traditional black teas, all served in compostable corn cups. When possible, the cart appears at local farmers’ markets and other locations to bring tea to the masses. 33rd & Market Streets

Destination Trucks:

  • Customers of the Falafel Truck know that there are basically two choices at this Israeli eatery—the heftily portioned fried chickpea balls come in either sandwich or platter form—but the array of accompanying tastily spiced treats (beet hummus, fresh grapes, salads) changes daily.  20th & Market Streets.
  • The spicy pork bulgogi, soba noodles and tofu stir-fries at the Koja truck (the name stands for “Korean-Japanese”) have been setting West Philly mouths afire for years now.
    38th & Sansom Streets.
  • Fans line up for the beef patties, curry goat and oxtails at Jamaican D’s, a friendly jerk-centric truck, which has become a mainstay of the Community College of Philadelphia campus.  17th & Spring Garden Streets.
  • Soul and Caribbean foods mix and mingle on the giant platters dished out at Denise’s, a 30th Street Station landmark that specializes in jerk chicken, cornbread, mac and cheese and candied yams—all easily sopped up with slices of Wonder bread. 30th & Chestnut Streets.
  • Since 1983, Yue Kee has been charming visitors with its no-nonsense proprietress and cheap, authentic Chinese- and Hong Kong-style eats like sesame chicken, fried fish in garlic sauce and stewed pork ribs with rice. 238 S. 38th Street
  • The tacos on offer at Pennsport’s Taco Loco include pastor, chicken, tripe, tongue and chorizo fillings, which are delicately seasoned with chopped onions and cilantro and best washed down with a bottle of Jarritos soda. Jefferson Square Park, between 3rd & 4th Streets and Federal Street & Washington Avenue.

Student Appeal:

  • The wait for lunch can be long at Tacos Don Memo, whose passionate University City fan base swears by the tacos al pastor, vegetarian burritos and gigantic tortas layered with mayo, cheese and pickled jalapeños.  3800 Sansom Street.
  • Catering to vegetarian eaters long before it was de rigueur, Penn staple Magic Carpet has a slew of meat-free options, from the Smurf ’n Turf platter (tofu meatballs, rice, veggies and cheese), to the Sloppy Jason pita sandwiches and the exquisitely light spinach pies.  36th & Spruce Streets, 34th & Walnut Streets, magiccarpetfoods.com.
  • Templetown’s Sexy Green Truck is equally friendly to vegetarians and meat-eaters, with healthy options like salads and pita sandwiches—and not-so-healthy options like waffle cheese fries.   11th Street & Montgomery Avenue
  • The red-and-blue-striped Creperie truck is a Temple University stalwart. Beyond the traditional fillings of ham and cheese and Nutella and banana, there are quirky combos such as buffalo chicken with blue cheese sauce, and gyro meat, pepperoni, cheese, tomato sauce and ranch dressing. 13th & Norris Streets.
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