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Reinventing The Meal

Restaurants with wheels, on a roll in San Diego

By Brandon Matzek / Photos by Kristina Yamamoto

Perhaps a sign of the economic times, food trucks are on the move in America’s Finest, taking mobile cuisine into the fast lane (where the mouths are).

Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen – just make sure to look both ways before chasing down any of these 25 trucks. Find their schedule and times on Twitter, then buckle up for a yummy ride.


Chop Soo-ey

One of two Cohn Restaurant Group food trucks, Chop Soo-ey serves pig with an attitude. The friendly onboard crew loves to have fun while cooking up Asian-inspired BBQ treats, including their popular Samurai Wrap made with lo mein noodles, stir-fried vegetables and succulent pulled pork.

Crepes Bonaparte

A newer addition to the local food truck scene, Crepes Bonaparte moves breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert crepes. Its Orange County cousin competed in Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race” and was featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat St. Be sure to try The PCH: creamy peanut butter, sliced banana and Nutella. Magnifique!

Delicioso Food Truck

From salads to burritos, Delicioso offers an affordable array of Southwest bites packed with big, bold flavor. Try the Loaded Nachos, piled high with nacho cheese, carne asada, chipotle sauce, mozzarella, avocado and sour cream.


Another (like Crepes Bonaparte) former competitor on the Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race,” Devilicious is known for its sinfully scrumptious menu items. The All Crab Crab Cake features a seared patty packed with an ungodly amount of tender crabmeat bound by a spicy sauce made of mayo and sriracha.

God Save the CuisineFellas at God Save the Cuisine work swiftly from their mobile kitchen

If the 2012 Summer Olympic Games have left you craving a taste of the UK, then visit San Diego’s own British-influenced food truck, God Save the Cuisine. The Fish and Chips Taco, a local favorite, features beer-battered fish, coleslaw and tartar sauce served with golden chips dressed in malt vinegar and salt.

The Gooch

Known for substantial portions, an eclectic menu and a sense of humor, The Gooch serves up some seriously tasty grub. Try the Red Neck Tacos, where a warm cornbread griddle cake replaces a typical tortilla. The cake is filled with pulled pork, bacon, coleslaw and diced jalapeno.

Green Truck

Made with locally sourced, organic ingredients, the Mother Trucker Vegan Burger is a Green Truck favorite. Nestled on a toasty vegan bun sits a sizzling, gluten-free veggie patty topped with tomato, sprouts and a creamy beet sauce. The veggie oil used to make these burgers powers the Green Truck the following day.

GreenGo Grilled Cheese Gastro Truck

Taking on an American classic, GreenGo is griddling up a number of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Starving? Try the monstrous GreenGo 2 the Toilet. Carnivore style comes with five cheeses, a grass-fed beef patty, bacon, sausage, goat cheese, roasted peppers, arugula, smoked jalapenos and three signature spreads.


Inspired by the Grease Trucks at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Groggy’s is known for fat sandwiches packed with all sorts of fried goodies. Served on an 8” roll, the Fat Ron Burgundy is a cheese steak with mozzarella sticks, fries, lettuce and tomato slathered in a spicy Groggy Sauce.

Hoangie’s Banh Mi on Wheels

Vietnamese on the go, Hoangie’s specializes in Banh Mi. Tucked inside a split French baguette is a bright blend of pickled radish, carrots, cilantro, jalapenos, cucumbers, spicy aioli and French butter. Enjoy this sandwich vegetarian or with a selection of beef, chicken, pork or tuna.

Joes on the Nose

Serving more than 45 different drinks, Joes on the Nose pours it on with caffeinated beverages on the go. Finished with coconut whipped cream, the Tropical Mocha is made with macadamia nuts, coconut, organic chocolate and espresso. Or skip the buzz with a road selection of non-caffeinated drinks.

Just the Tip

Innuendo aside, Just the Tip is San Diego’s source for orgasmic tri tip sandwiches made with meat that’s marinated before being grilled to mouth-watering perfection. Beginners can ease in with the Traditional Tri Tip Sandwich.

Mangia Mangia Mobile

Featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat St., the Mangia Mangia Mobile is San Diego’s mobile authority on traditional Italian food. The Chicken Parmigana Sandwich is high on the must-try list and features crispy panko fried chicken topped with homemade marinara sauce and melty mozzarella served in a crusty Italian roll.

MIHO Gastrotruck

Ingredients from local farmers, growers and artisans make their way onto MIHO Gastrotruck. The hot menu item at the moment is the Classic Burger made with grass-fed beef, heirloom tomato, Spring Hill cheddar, butter lettuce, red onion, house-made pickles and Thousand Island dressing.

Ms. Patty Melt

One of two Cohn Restaurant Group food trucks, Ms. Patty Melt griddles seriously delicious sandwiches and dogs. Made with fresh lobster, pepper jack cheese, and bacon bits, the Lobster Grilled Cheese is a runaway favorite.

New York on Rye

Known for pastrami, New York on Rye has a killer Grilled Reuben Sandwich. Between two slices of rye bread sits house-cured pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. Substituting in corned beef or turkey instead of the pastrami is ok, just don’t ask for mayo with – New York on Rye sees that as a faux pas.

O.B. Seafood Truck

Offering ocean-to-street dining, O.B. Seafood prepares freshly caught local fish, which is purchased whole and butchered on the truck. Try the fish tacos topped with a roasted habanero papaya salsa.

Pierogi Truck

Savor tender pierogi stuffed with ground pork then topped with grilled onions, chives and garlic sauce. This home-cooked classic is guaranteed “better than your grandma’s pierogi.” Not in the mood for delicious dumplings? Try the Polish sausage – the recipe is more than 300 years old.

(Eat at) Recess

This mobile playground is giving the San Diego business crowd a much needed midday break. Escape the day-to-day with a Red Light/Green Light Sandie, a sandwich packed with grilled vegetarian turkey, caramelized onions, Havarti and a choice of toppings.

Slow Cal BBQ

Cooked low and slow, the all-natural meats served at the Slow Cal BBQ Food Truck are of the Southern variety…Southern California, that is. Try the Slow Cal Oinker, a pulled pork sandwich topped with crispy Cali slaw and house-made BBQ sauce.

Super Q Food Truck

Recently featured on Travel Channel’s “Flip Trip,” Super Q is known for hickory smoked meats and house made BBQ sauce. Try the Super Q Pork Melt. Served on grilled sourdough bread, the pork melt is brimming with BBQ pulled pork, sautéed onions, three-cheese mac-n-cheese and melted cheddar.

Sweet Treats

Selling treats sourced from local businesses, the Sweet Treats Truck’s sizeable selection includes cookies, cakes, brownies, chocolate-covered bacon, cupcakes and more. The S’mores Stuffed Cookies always sell out.

Tabe BBQ

Take a bite of Tabe BBQ’s Spicy Pork OMG Burrito. Oh, my! This Asian-fusion monster is packed with five-spice fries, Korean pork, melted jack cheese, spicy aioli and roja salsa.


Open since March, TheInSlider specializes in sliders (aka mini-burgers), offering patrons a wide range of flavors and homemade toppings that complement Kobe beef atop freshly baked buns.

Urban Eats

Specializing in fresh, affordable fare, Urban Eats uses local ingredients to create scrumptious selections like the Squash Tacos, a seasonal favorite made with cheese-stuffed squash blossoms, baby zucchini and lime crema.


Search Engines

Where and when to find gatherings of food trucks

What the Truck?
5:30-9 p.m.
at Mira Mesa High School
8460 Mira Mesa Blvd., Mira Mesa

Pacific Meet Up
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
5800 block of Pacific Center Blvd., Sorrento Valley

La Mesa Meet Up
5:30-8:30 p.m.
at Best Buy
8401 Fletcher Pkwy., La Mesa

Tasty Truck Tuesdays
6-9 p.m.
at Smitty’s Auto
3441 Adams Ave., Normal Heights

Happy Hump Day Food Truck Gathering
5-8 p.m.
at The Lost Abbey
155 Mata Way, San Marcos

Eastlake Gathering
5:30-8:30 p.m.
at Eastlake Design District
871 Showroom Pl., Chula Vista

Food Truck Thursdays
5:30-8:30 p.m.
at Innovations Academy
6154 Mission Gorge Rd., Scripps Ranch

Mission Valley Gathering
5:30-8:30 p.m.
at Mission Valley Resort
875 Hotel Circle S., Mission Valley

Food Truck Thursdays
5-9 p.m.
at Boomer’s
6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Clairemont

Friday Foodie Fest
6-9 p.m.
1060 South Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas

Food Truck Friday on Park
4-7:30 p.m.
4353 Park Blvd., University Heights

La Mesa Food Fest
5-8 p.m.
7871 University Ave., La Mesa

Barnard Food Truck Meet Up
4-7 p.m.
2930 Barnard St., Sports Arena


  1. Sam

    September 1, 2012 at 9:10 am

    The address for Innovations Academy in Scripps Ranch is not correct. It is 10380 Spring Canyon Road San Diego, CA 92131

  2. Tigo

    September 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Your list is not complete, and misses some of the best trucks out there.

    You forgot (at least) three awesome trucks, @asianpersuasian, @underdogstruck and @thai1oneats. These three trucks are great at service, food and price.

    @justthetip was sold and will be reopened as another truck with a different menu.

    I’m also tired of seeing the same few trucks getting all the press because of the companies backing them. As the press you should provide opportunities for all trucks, especially new ones, to have articles written about them.

  3. Jonny Rigby

    September 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I agree with Tigo, Missing one of the top 3 – 4 trucks out there. I know for a fact Chubby’s and Thai1 On Eats travel out of San Diego alot. Las Vegas, OC, LA and San Bernandino and they have been getting alot of publicity. Also Slow Cal BBQ, Asian Persuasion are the other 2 trucks

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  5. Tiffany

    September 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I love seeing these articles! My fiance and I really want to open up a food truck in the beginning of the year… He is from Belgium and every time we visit and eat the delicious food it inspires us to get this truck rolling! We bought a basic book on how to start up a food truck but if ANYONE has tips or advice on starting one that would be very helpful! Thanks!

  6. Brian Tabor

    September 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    You should also add in the Not So Fast Food Truck. Great paleo eats in SD.

  7. Daryl

    September 16, 2012 at 7:25 am

    I searched for @asianpersuasian but it was a personal account. They are @asianfoodtruck

  8. Arturo

    November 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    About “Operacaffe mobile”It’s great Italian food truck and I wonder why they didn’t get published either ??

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