What is your craving du jour? Tot concoctions? Cheese to please? Artisan sweets? Or maybe it’s just good old fashioned grub? It doesn’t matter, because an entire universe of culinary delights awaits your casual stroll through the streets of Philadelphia. Traveling from Mexico to Greece might only consist of a walk down the block. Take an adventure in variety as we present some of the latest, greatest must-try food truck options.
Dadz Grilled Cheez
Belmo and Rhea Mayers are the brother and sister co-owners of one of the newest additions to Philadelphia’s burgeoning food truck fleet, Dadz Grilled Cheez. With a wide variety of cheeses, such as Muenster, Havarti, Horseradish Cheddar, and many others, accompanied by an ample selection of toppings ranging from bacon to jalapeños, Dadz is the top choice for a classic staple served with gourmet flair. If you’re having trouble creating your own gooey masterpiece, you can simply choose one of their savory menu items like a Gran Havarti, made with Havarti cheese and green apples with a cinnamon spice blend on whole grain wheat, or a Toasti Roasti, which contains slow roasted beef with Horseradish Cheddar cheese topped with caramelized onions on toasted brioche bread.
Philly Delicias specializes in authentic, hand-made arepas and Latin food. If you’re wondering, an arepa is basically a little corn pancake — which means they are both wheat and gluten free — that is grilled and stuffed with fresh, flavorful delights such as black beans, Cotija cheese, sweet plantains, shredded beef, pork sausage, shredded chicken, and more. Virtuoso food crafter, Lynette Gueits, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the Wharton School of Business and she has a steamy passion for Venezuelan street food. She was awarded first place at Manayunk Street Festival for her roast pork and apple pico de gallo arepa, and in 2012 she received a Penndy Award. Find out for yourself why Philly Delicias’ foods have been declared award-winning fare.
Sum Pig Food Truck
Take the individual travel experiences of owners Jessica and Steve, mix them together into a wonderful fusion of comfort-food goodness, and you get the unique menu of Sum Pig Food Truck. With generous portions of a wide variety of delectable smoked meat creations, Sum Pig promises to satiate all of your hunger pangs no matter how intense or huge. Their inventive ingredient wizardry will equally satisfy both the elite foodie and the average Joe grab-a-bite. For instance, The Randy is a palate-dazzling sandwich crafted around house-made meatloaf that has been coated in tomato jam, blanketed by smoked applewood thick cut bacon and arugula, all relaxing comfortably on fresh white bread. What are you waiting for? Go get Sum!
Compared to the other trucks in this listing, Gretchen Fantini’s Sweet Box Cupcakes is a veteran. Her delicious desserts have been delighting diners since 2011. Gretchen’s ever-changing arsenal of flirtatious goodies will shatter the resolve of even the most faithful dieter. Willpower crumbles easier than freshly baked cookies when confronted with Fantini’s tempting treats. With exotic flavors, such as Strawberries & Champagne, Brown Sugar Cookie Dough, Birthday Cake, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Salted Caramel Pretzel, your waistline never had a chance.
The Tot Cart
Tots are potatoes made perfect. Julie Crist, owner of The Tot Cart, knows that. Her ravenous passion for the darling little spuds drove her to create some of the most tantalizingly tasteful tuber recipes in existence. At either of her rolling establishments in Philadelphia, you can find such potato panache as Chicken Tot Pie, Totchos, Pulled Pork Tots, and many other bliss-inducing recipes. You can get tots that have been tossed in Old Bay seasoning and topped with Julie’s Drunk cheese sauce (a.k.a. beer cheese sauce), tots that have been coated in Parmesan cheese and garlic, sweet and sour tots, or even just perfectly plain and crispy tots. No matter what you’re hankering for, Crist has a tot that will hit the spot.
Allen Foster, a lifelong Greater Philadelphia resident, has been writing about all those wonderful things that make us feel so alive for over 20 years. He approaches each day as an adventure, eager to discover what new and vibrant surprises await just around life’s corner. You can see his work on Examiner.com.