Food & Drink

The Best Food Trucks in Cleveland

Published On 11/18/2015 Published On 11/18/2015

Cleveland's food truck scene is on fire right now (not literally, calm down), and ever since the day when Dim and Den Sum brought us our first mobile eatery, it seems that new ones have been hitting the streets faster than you can count them. The competition may be tough, but these are the very best in the city:

Fired Up Taco Truck

Fired Up Taco Truck

Where to find it: Find a calendar of its locations here

It may have a loyal following for its piled-high tacos, but Fired Up was originally founded on the idea of giving empanadas the spotlight in the Cleveland culinary world. It's since added the crispy pastries into the regular rotation, like the fresh lump crab empanadas w/ pineapple and green chili sauce, and pizza empanadas w/ pepperoni, sausage, peppers, and onions. In fact, they’ve become so popular the team just launched a dedicated Fired Up Empanadas truck.

Floured Apron

Floured Apron

Where to find it: It moves around, so check Twitter for the latest

You can find Shannon Keibler at the helm of Floured’s teal-and-white, camper-style mobile bakery (affectionately named Rosie), so it's no surprise she makes delectable little treats like s’mores cupcakes. For a true taste of the truck's all-natural sweetness, try the signature cupcake, Hattie’s Hummingbird, made with pineapple, banana, and pecan and topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Plus, there are pies, brownies and cookies all served with brew from Nathan’s Coffee Roasting.

Off The Griddle

Off the GRIDdle

Where to find it: It moves around, so check Twitter for the latest

We can all agree that no one needs to wait for hungover Sunday afternoon for an excuse to eat brunch. Instead, head straight to this truck, where eggs and bacon on brioche make for an all-day breakfast every day.

Krav Food Truck

Krav Food Truck

Where to find it: It moves around, so check Twitter for the latest

The fare of this Mediterranean-inspired menu is spiked with Korean and Latin influences for some of the most creative ethnic eats in the city. But expect a Northeast Ohio twist from these local diehards, like the Korean Polish boy, a spin-off of the iconic Cleveland dish, with kimchi slaw. Or try one of the classic gyros with lamb and tzatziki cucumber sauce.

Wok N Roll

Wok n Roll

Where to find it: Find a calendar of its locations at its site

Before Matt Bolam and Tricia McCune jumped headfirst into their culinary dreams, they invested in a bit of history. They snatched up the former truck of the beloved Umami Moto and began building their Asian-fusion empire. Today, the duo cooks up their takes on classics, like their bánh mì sandwich and okonomiyaki fritters, stuffed with cabbage and an assortment of veggies and topped with a sweet soy sauce and Sriracha mayo.

?Streat Mobile Bistro

StrEat Mobile Bistro

Where to find it: Find a calendar of its locations at its site

Because the seasonally inspired offerings of this mobile eatery are locally sourced, it makes for a constantly changing menu. If it makes you feel healthier about your food truck dining choices, you can expect beds of organic greens padding many of these sizzling comfort dishes.

Fire Truck Pizza Company

Fire Truck Pizza Company

Where to find it: Find a calendar of its locations here

Here’s a surefire way to stand out amongst the wood-fired pizza craze that’s sweeping the city: buy a fire truck straight from the Brunswick Hills department and build your oven right into the side. Proceed to turn out creatively topped pies like the Bacon Honey and Greek.

Proper Pig Smokehouse

Proper Pig Smokehouse

Where to find it: It moves around, so check Twitter for the latest

It doesn’t take much to turn Clevelanders on to a new outlet for BBQ. And if the idea of “bacon on a stick” doesn’t intrigue you, we’re not sure how to help you. Follow your snout to this truck of slow-smoked Texas-style ‘cue and try selections like the Lake Erie Crusher (a hot sausage sandwich with slaw) or the meaty Propper Slopper, with pulled pork, beef brisket, hot sausage, and bacon.

The Spread

The Spread

Where to find it: Find a calendar of its locations here

This simple deli-style food truck puts out some of the city’s finest sandwiches. We recommend the club, with peppered bacon, turkey, and cheddar cheese.

The Orange Trük

The Orange Trük

Where to find it: It moves around, so check Twitter for the latest

Keeping it fresh and local, this “gastro cuisine” truly does it all. An eclectic affair of influences yields dishes like alligator po-boys (!) and linguini with steamed mussels & gulf shrimp, along with the typical sandwiches and tacos. It’s recently been announced that it's teamed up with another excellent truck, Wholly Frijoles, to open their own joint -- the appropriately named Truckeria.
 

Manna

Where to find it: It moves around, so check Twitter for the latest

Besides donating a portion of its proceeds to hunger efforts, Manna makes damn good diverse plates. Slow-roasted beef brisket with cherry cola BBQ sauce, Maine lobster rolls served with shrimp, and duck confit with pickled red onions are only a few of the standout options.

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Nikki Delamotte is a Cleveland-based writer who podcasts when she’s not busy chasing food trucks. Or podcasting about food trucks. Follow her on Twitter at @nikkidelamotte.

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