A city reveals itself through its street food, and Philadelphia has always had a bountiful spread of on-the-fly options. Locals and visitors can taste food truck fare en masse at Night Market Philadelphia, scheduled for June 28 along Washington Avenue, or at Philadelphia’s second-annual Vendy Awards taking place in July. Of course, foodies can always taste the yummy creations the original way — on city streets. If you want to eat like a local, here’s a look at some of Philly’s must-try trucks:
The Dapper Dog
The Dolce Vita (provolone, pepperoni and tomato sauce) and the Mack (macaroni and cheese) are just a couple of the hot dog-topping options at The Dapper Dog.
Lucky Old Souls
A jazz radio show and a concert series were the earliest ventures for Lucky Old Souls, which has since expanded into a burger truck, emphasizing farm-to-truck goodies like grass-fed beef burgers, hand-cut fries, thick milkshakes and freshly made condiments.
From Love Park to South Philly and back again, Buttercream — helmed by “the cupcake lady” — brings cupcakes to the masses in tempting flavors like banana with Nutella buttercream and yellow cake with peanut-butter buttercream.
One of the newest roving kitchens to hit Philadelphia’s streets is Iron Chef Jose Garces’ bottle cap-bedazzled Guapos Tacos truck. Frequenting neighborhoods like Northern Liberties and Fairmount, Guapos serves up simple Mexican fare such as guacamole with cotija cheese, along with pork, duck and vegetarian tacos.
An espresso bar on wheels, Rival Bros’ truck serves up lattes, pour-overs and drip-brewed cups in University City. It also sells fresh-roasted beans by the bag.
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.
— Contributed by The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation makes Philadelphia and The Countryside(r) a premier destination through marketing and image-building that increases business and promotes the region’s vitality.