Street food has always been part of our nation’s culinary history, but the food truck trend has revolutionized the way everyday eaters and foodies eat out. Finding a quick, easy, and inexpensive meal without comprising food quality can be a challenge, but food trucks do it all – conveniently (and sans-silverware).
In the past few years, it seems like food trucks have become increasingly popular in major cities across the country. Rumors of mobile barbecue in Nashville or tacos on the move in Austin have made their way up north to Traverse City, where food trucks are all the rage.
The following is a review on the food trucks of Traverse City, Michigan and why they are an understandable go-to for locals and passers-by alike.
The food truck scene in Traverse City began with the popular Little Fleet. Besides the eight food trucks parked around the outdoor seating area, the venue boasts charming décor and a full-service, indoor bar. Anchor Station has quality comfort food (parmesan truffle fries, anyone?) pairing well with Pleasanton Bakery’s food truck, Pleasanton Pizza (menu self-explanatory). Roaming Harvest’s tacos and burritos match their motto: seasonal and sustainable slow food, served fast. The Mexican trend continues with Happy’s Taco Shop, which serves unique tacos with local ingredients. Find “sushi that rolls” at White on Rice or vegetarian, gluten free eats at the Daily Blend food truck. Find the best BBQ in Northern Michigan at Pigs Eatin’ Ribs. For dessert, check out Nitrology Treats, the United States’ first Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Truck. Wash it all down with Little Fleet’s newest truck, The Big Squeeze, which serves a variety of drinks, including fun cocktails. A small food truck called LTO (Limited Time Only) serves as a pop-up restaurant inside the bar, with a different chef each month during its operation (November – April). The food trucks at Little Fleet are open May – October and the bar is open all year.
Traverse City’s second and newer food truck spot has fewer trucks, but certainly enough options to go around. Betty’s Hot Dish offers a variety of home style cooking (including homemade soups and fried green tomatoes) from original recipes. Cordwood BBQ uses local wood to smoke their meat, so the flavors are truly characteristic of Northern Michigan. Norma’s Tamales are fresh and authentic Mexican while Uptown Dogs uses their farm style mustards and locally sourced ingredients to take the classic hot dog stand to a new level. The popular Wingz & Thingz serves pizza, pasta, and salad in addition to its extensive wings menu. Finally, La Tropicana Fruit Cup has been cooling customers down since 2010 with their traditional tropical fruit cups and fresh water drinks.
Both food truck locations are in Traverse City. All food trucks are independently owned and have varying hours of operation, so be sure to check hours online before seeking them out. Which are your favorites?