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GLEN MACNOW’S FOOD TRUCK FRENZY

By Glen Macnow

We live in one of the world’s great restaurant cities. You can get it all – Chinese, Middle Eastern, Italian and the best sandwiches in America. Whatever cuisine you favor, in Philadelphia it’s going to be delicious.

Thing is, you can now get it all without even walking into a restaurant. Some of the best meals are being served in Styrofoam boxes, with plastic forks or break-apart chopsticks. Most will set you back less than 10 bucks. Philadelphia has become a great food truck town.

From the campuses of Temple, Drexel and Penn; from the Navy Yard to Love Park, and from every corner of the city where pop-up food truck festivals are held, food trucks are thriving. I did a quick internet search recently and found 951 in the Delaware Valley. I’m sure there are hundreds more. Some are just your basic breakfast carts or cheesesteak grills, but others will serve you everything – from soul food to cheese curds, from pierogis to fresh-baked cupcakes.

And so this year’s food hunt – my 10th at WIP – is going to focus on finding the best food trucks in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley.

(FYI – My prior hunts have included ribs, pizza, hoagies, cheesesteaks, hot sandwiches, beer, bacon and –twice – burgers.)

I won’t get to all 951. But I do vow to try 50 food trucks in the next 50 days. That’s an eating frenzy, but you can’t scrimp on the research.

Each day, you’ll find a review at this site. And twice a week, I’ll join Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning team to present  the best ones along the way.

And you can help. If you’ve got a favorite, send me the info via Facebook (Glen Macnow) or on Twitter (@realglenmacnow). Trust me, if several people recommend the same place, I’ll definitely check it out.

It all culminates on Saturday, May 14, when we’ll hold the Food Truck Frenzy Finals at the Valley Forge Casino. You’ll be invited (free!) to come try the best I’ve found and vote for your favorite.

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Macnow's Food Truck Scores (X / 100)

 
  • Chewy's Gourmet Food Truck - 89
  • Local 215 - 88
  • Surf and Turf - 75
  • Oink and Moo BBQ - 85
  • Nomad Pizza - 83
  • Tyson Bees - 87
  • Farm Truck - 76
  • Pie Stand Food Truck - 94
  • Undrgrnd Donuts - 89
  • Say Cheese - 83
  • Calle del Sabot - 85
  • Dump N' Roll - 77
  • Ka'Chi - 74
  • Foolish Waffles - 91
  • Mom Mom's Polish Food Cart - 85
  • Mucho Bueno - 82
  • Happy Sunshine - 74
  • Schmear It - 80
  • Sweet Lavender - 63
  • Chez Yasmine - 85
  • Happy Pita - 81
  • The Creperie at Temple - 89
  • Waffles and Wedges - 70
  • Bonjour Creperie - 75
  • T&N Homemade Kitchen - 54
  • Unique Greek - 77
  • Mama's Meatballs - 94
  • Grubaholics - 61
  • Cow and the Curd - 86
  • Gigi's and Big R - 81
  • Wood Fired Pizza - 66
  • Cheese E. Wagon - 78
  • Sugar Philly - 86
  • Cucina Zapata - 95
  • Los Compadres - 80
  • Flying Deutschman - 89
  • Milk + Sugar - 81
  • Sum Pig - 80
  • Brotherly Grub - 71
  • Buttercream Cupcake Lady - 67
  • Rio Brazilian Steak - 93
  • Korea House - 82
  • House of Pita - 48
  • Chicken Heaven - 85
  • Taco's Don Memo - 86
  • Bui's Lunch Truck - 55
  • Insomnia Cookies - 75
  • Mac Mart - 93
  • Temple Teppanyaki - 72
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Food Truck Review: No. 51

The pork is smoked for 12 hours, said Sokowski, resulting in a tender, juicy meat.

05/12/2016

Mama's Meatballs is a food truck finalist.

94WIP Food Truck Finals

Glen Macnow has narrowed his food truck hunt down from 51 to seven finalists.

05/11/2016

local1

Food Truck Review: No. 50

A $10 Buratta, which is mozzarella the size of a hardball, containing inner layers of ricotta, stracciatella and heavy cream.

05/11/2016

lobster

Food Truck Review: No. 49

It’s a lobster roll, so pony up, my friend, you won’t find it cheaper anywhere.

05/10/2016

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Food Truck Review: No. 48

We sampled the brisket – two sliders, topped with cole slaw and sauce.

05/09/2016

nomad1

Food Truck Review: No. 47

The Margherita, $12, had a great cheesiness and flavorful tomato sauce.

05/08/2016

tyson2

Food Truck Review: No. 46

The Korean BBQ short rib taco was outstanding.

05/07/2016

farm2

Food Truck Review: No. 45

So we ordered up a jerk chicken hoagie ($8), with cilantro, carrot, fried shallots and a lot of other things that spring from the ground.

05/06/2016

pie1

Food Truck Review: No. 44

“This may be my favorite find along the way.” – Glen Macnow.

05/05/2016

donuts

Food Truck Review: No. 43

We recommend the French toast donut which tastes like, well, French toast, with cinnamon and maple syrup.

05/04/2016

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Food Truck Review: No. 42

Then the nice folks at Say Cheese add sautéed onions, roasted garlic and some parmesan aioli.

05/03/2016

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Food Truck Review: No. 41

Calle del Sabot has a simple Mexican menu – three tacos for $10.

05/02/2016

hoagie2

Food Truck Review: No. 40

The veggie banh mi bi chay vegetarian pork hoagie was $6, and it packed a lot onto a crispy long roll.

05/01/2016

pig3

Food Truck Review: No. 39

So we ordered up the wild boar sandwich for $12 and expected to have a fine afternoon.

04/30/2016

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Food Truck Review: No. 38

Loved the pork-shrimp shrimp spring roll.

04/29/2016

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