If you’re looking for a quick meal, there’s no better option than a food truck. You get to avoid the long wait of a restaurant while simultaneously avoiding the deep shame and heartburn that comes from fast food. Food trucks have a little something for everyone. These 10 local food trucks prove just that with a mix of inventive menu items and flat our delicious fare. Here are the best mouthwatering food trucks located in Arizona.
Aioli Gourmet Burgers has been making waves in the foodie world since opening in 2014. Established by three local friends, Aioli started as a food truck and grew into a catering company and restaurant in the span of a few years. Their food truck serves up gourmet, creative burgers to the Scottsdale community, including their signature aioli burger, the falafel burger, and the white truffle Swiss burger. Their food has gotten such rave reviews that they’ve appeared on ABC 15, azcentral.com, and the AZ Foodie Blog.
“Mustaches aren’t born…they’re bread.” That’s the catchy slogan behind Mustache Pretzels–a food truck serving exclusively mustache shaped pretzels. This kitsch food truck hit the streets in 2014 and has been rolling in the dough ever since. Owner Greg Golden’s concoctions are beloved around the Valley. His famous pretzels include the cinnamon sugar, garlic parmesan, the nutstache—a pretzel covered in salted caramel with nuts. They keep it simple with their best seller “the original”–a hand-rolled mustache pretzel dressed with butter, pretzel salt, and served with a side of fresh queso dip.
Reality TV junkies might recognize Spice it Up. This food truck was featured on the sixth season of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” hosted by Tyler Florence. The Scottsdale and Phoenix based food truck has a wide-ranging menu with bold flavors and spices. Owner Chris Paciora works with roughly 100 spices to create the truck’s menu. Their menu has signature dishes including chicken tikka masala, red Thai curry, and Jamaican jerk chicken lettuce wraps. The palatable menu also includes many vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free and low calorie options.
The Maine Lobster Lady has been bringing a taste of the northeast to the desert since 2012. Every November, Diane Santospago packs up her lobster shack on wheels and drives all the way from Maine to Arizona. She’s been bringing “the ultimate white meat” to desert dwellers in the form of lobster rolls, lobster bisque, and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese. The Lobster Lady’s delicious menu and finite time in Arizona means her truck draws unusually long lines. Still, there’s no denying that her menu is wicked good.
Started in 2010 as a gourmet food truck, Short Leash Hot Dogs has grown to include three food trucks and two brick and mortar locations. Through their massive growth, they’ve stayed focused on their roots–really good hot dogs. Their twist on classic hot dogs has taken the Valley by storm. Their signature combinations include the Oliver–a hot dog dressed in sauerkraut, Swiss, and 1,000-island sauce. Other dogs include creative condiments such as chipotle cream cheese, peanut butter, Sriracha, and blue cheese.
No food list in Arizona is complete without tacos. Tacos Tijuana has gained a cult following by serving up delicious street tacos. Their $1.50 tacos are served with carne asada or pastor and are made with freshly pressed corn tortillas, onions, and cilantro. In addition to tacos, they serve up quesadillas, mulitas, and vampiros. With only four items on the menu (and no website), Tacos Tijuana keeps it simple. Delicious food and affordability speaks for itself.
Born out of a love for Cajun food and an appreciation for burritos, chef Michael J. Brown created the Jamburritos food truck in 2010. The Jamburrito, their signature dish, is a hybrid burrito with jambalaya ingredients including Andouille sausage, shrimp, Creole, and Etuoffee sauce. The Louisiana spin on a traditional burrito has made this food truck a downtown hot spot. In fact, they were named the best food truck in Phoenix in 2014 by The Phoenix New Times. Jamburrito serves up a variety of Cajun fusion dishes–including their own spin on tacos, nachos, and catfish dishes.
Tucson natives know that one local dish stands above the rest–the Sonoran Dog. This local spin on a hot dog takes a heavy Mexican influence by wrapping the hot dog in bacon and topping it with beans, grilled onions, tomatoes, mayo, mustard, and jalapeno sauce. It’s hard to go in any busy area without seeing a food truck serving up the local delicacy–but the best of the bunch is Ruiz Hot Dogs. This food stand serves up the Sonoran dog with Sinaloan style toasted buns and chili peppers. This food truck also gives customers the best bang for their buck as two Sonoran dogs cost only $5.
Armed with a clever name and a fusion filled menu, Pho King Kitchen has taken Scottsdale by storm. This food truck began by serving Pho and other traditional Asian fare. As they’ve grown, however, they’ve taken on a more expanded menu. In addition to Vietnamese pho, pot stickers, and stir-fry, customers can try out fusion options like the Asian Invasion Cheese Steak. This twist on the classic Philadelphia dish includes beef and cheese as well as vegetables sautéed in an Asian sauce. Other favorites include the Banh Mi Burrito, Burrito Phorrito, and the Spicy Beef Stir Fry.
Waffle Crush’s delicious Belgian waffle concoctions contain so much fluffy goodness that even Leslie Knope would be proud. You don’t need to be a waffle connoisseur to enjoy this truck’s laundry list of sugary treats. Waffle Crush is a gourmet waffle truck that uses imported pearl sugar and myriad toppings including Nutella, homemade cream, Biscoff, chocolate, and fruit. Each waffle is handcrafted with a soft, chewy interior to go with the crispy smothered exterior. Their waffles can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.