Philadelphia has no shortage of fine dining establishments. But some days, nothing beats the quick convenience of grabbing a bite to eat from one of the many food trucks the city has to offer. While hoagies, soft pretzels and cheesesteaks will always be Philly staples, today’s food trucks serve more than standard fare. You’ll find baked goods made from scratch, hand-butchered meats, global specialties and more when you frequent these top food trucks. For even more examples of the best food on wheels, visit CBS Philly’s previous guide to unique food trucks.
Sweet Box Cupcake Truck
339 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Pumpkin chocolate chip, red velvet, bacon maple pancake and snickerdoodle are just a few of the premium-ingredient artisan cupcakes handmade by Gretchen Fantini, the owner, baker and driver of Sweet Box Cupcake. Gretchen started out selling her cupcakes at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, and after seeing how much customers loved them, she decided to give up her career in the legal field and founded the Sweet Box Cupcake Truck in 2011. The truck is used for catering and special events such as the many festivals throughout the city. Occasionally, the truck can be spotted vending on the streets of Philadelphia. Check the Twitter or Facebook page for updates. In 2013, Sweet Box Cupcake opened a storefront, Sweet Box Shop, so you can now place orders for pick-up, delivery and all of your catering needs.
47 N. 33rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Equipped with a rotating charcoal roaster, BrazBQ is Philly’s first Brazilian rotisserie truck. Racks of steak are roasted daily, and the tender beef is carved to order. Choose from items such as steak sliders, cheesesteaks, steak wraps and burgers. If it’s your first time, you’ll want to go with the signature Hamburgao. At $8, the oversized sandwich features a quarter-pound of garlic-seasoned sliced beef topped with melted cheddar cheese, smoked ham, a fried egg and bacon. Served on a Kaiser roll, it’s finished off with corn, green onion, tomato, lettuce, homemade mayo and potato sticks. BrazBQ can typically be found along Drexel’s food truck row.
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Say Cheese Philadelphia
Your traditional grilled cheese is elevated to a whole new level with Say Cheese Philadelphia. This family-run food truck serves all kinds of melted cheese specialties ranging from the classic “Say Cheese” (grilled Italian bread with cheese blend and tomato compote) to more unique offerings like grilled cheese with sautéed pears or buffalo chicken and pork Yuengling cheesesteak. The menu changes often, so it’s best to check the Twitter or Facebook page if you want to get an idea of what’s available and where to find the truck.
Street Food Philly
62 N. 33rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Chefs Michael Sultan and Carolyn Nguyen are bringing global street food to Philadelphia, all made from scratch and served out of their chrome-plated restaurant on wheels. At first glance, the food might sound simple with options like cheesesteaks, burgers and fries. But it’s all made with unique touches. Enjoy brisket cheesesteak tacos, local dry-aged burgers with Cooper American and aioli sauce and hand-cut fries available with sea salt or truffle and parmesan. The menu changes daily, with the fries being just about the only constant, but some favorite offerings include the fried shrimp po’boy, curry chicken banh mi sandwich and smoked pork burrito.
SPOT Gourmet Burgers, Steaks & Pork
33rd St. and Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Owned and operated by a former butcher, SPOT specializes in handcrafted burgers, cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches. With quality you can count on, it’s become a Drexel University favorite. Burgers are made with 1/3-pound fresh-ground 100 percent sirloin beef. The 1/2-pound cheesesteaks are made with hand-butchered sirloin. And the roast pork sandwiches are filled with extra-lean pork loin that’s seasoned, sliced thin and covered in natural au jus. Complete your meal with a side of fresh-cut fries that are fried twice to make them extra crispy.
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Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer fiance would love to open.