Toronto’s best food trucks are like sidewalk oases. Kitchens on wheels, they roam the city with unique menus and serve to make sure no neighbourhood or festival is left a food desert. There have been many great additions to the streets since our last list. These are some of our favourites:
THE AREPA REPUBLIC
Purveyors of fresh-grilled, gluten-free arepas filled with chicken, beef, [fish?], pork, avocado, black beans, cheeses, sweet plantain, and veggies, the Arepa Republic touts itself as Canada’s first food truck specializing in the Venezuelan cornmeal sandwiches. Other regional options like chachapas, empanadas, and tequeños, are also available.
Expanding on her Scrumptious Spud’s company, German-born and Toronto-based restaurateur Christina Schal and her Berlin ’95 puts a modern twist on traditional German recipes. Schnitzels, sausage, and loaded baked potatoes built on fresh produce and meats are all represented here.
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An authentic Cajun experience on wheels, Blazin Cajun offers spicy rustic options like catfish, shrimp, and pulled pork po’ boy, a chicken and waffle sandwich called “The Deep South,” gumbo, and a Cajun-style poutine that’s littered with the latter.
Taking inspiration from the chimney cakes or “kürtőskalács” hailing from Hungarian-speaking regions of Romania, this venture from friends Matthew Lindzon and Zach Fiksel focuses on creating all-natural, vegan bread pipes that are rotisserie-baked on the spot then filled or decorated with sweet and savoury options, making them viable lunch options as well as decadent sweet tooth pleasers.
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THE EGG MAN
Coo-coo-ca-choo. “Toronto’s first and only breakfast food truck” is a gourmet street food option for the morning people. Breakfast sandwiches, omelettes, and a compulsory breakfast poutine option (a meaty tater tot dish that slathers bacon, peameal, sausage, cheese and chives in hollanadaise sauce) are all ready for the early risers here.
FIDEL GASTRO’S “PRISCILLA”
Also known as “Priscilla,” Matt Basile’s Fidel Gastro’s food truck puts a welcome spin on Cuban dining, serving unique braised meat sandwiches packed with butter chicken, pulled pork, and short rib, all paired with unexpected but wholly encouraged toppings like, blue cheese, guacamole and kimchi (respectively). But we’d also be remiss to leave out the pad thai fries.
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Operating with a “farm to truck” philosophy, this Toronto-based truck is dedicated to local, sustainable food. Working strictly with local farmers and artisan producers their menu includes fried chicken tacos and braised lamb and duck confit sandwiches all packed with fresh, seasonal produce and condiments. Also worth noting: whipped cheesecake.
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THE HOLY GRILL
Last spring, Chef Aleem Syed’s Holy Grill truck became the first fully wheelchair accessible food truck in North America. Serving Indian-inspired fusion comfort foods like butter chicken poutine, mac and cheese samosas and tomato chutney cheese balls, it’s also the only Toronto food truck with an entirely halal menu.
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This mobile tacqueria brings authentic Mexican tacos and burritos to the streets of Toronto, using traditional recipes (no cheese, salsa, or guacamole here) incorporating beef, carnitas, chicken, and chorizo to do it.
Hatched from the minds behind catering company H&H Sachet, Tdots Naansense is another local food truck that tapping into Indian cuisine to deliver electric options like tandoori-style fish with avocado salsa and deep fried crab cakes with chipotle aioli, always served with a choice of spiced fries, tossed salad and garlic lemon dip.
Tandoori chicken wings/ lemon mint aioli/ fresh cilantro/ fried onions. #mouthgasmic was at the #nbaallstarweekend2016 and sold out. We gonna have this at the #brewfest2016 @ the enercare this weekend. #tdotsnaansense#toronto#6side#foodporn#foodtruckto#thisiswhatwedo
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(Featured image via: Heirloom’s Facebook)