Have you eaten a truck recently? In Louisville, trucks taste great! There’s no doubt that the food truck frenzy is sweeping the nation, bringing some of the best grub in the world to parking lots and street corners near you. Louisville’s food truck scene is nothing short of freakin’ phenomenal! Here are some of my favorite mobile kitchens in Louisville:
If you don’t like grilled cheese… well I can’t say much, but you’re missing out. This ain’t your mom’s grilled cheese (which, by the way, my mom makes totally legit grilled cheese sandwiches). Lil Cheezers is a gourmet twist on the traditional grilled cheese, and it’s a Louisville food truck that you don’t want to miss. My favorite? The Caprese – Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Tomatoes, Balsamic Reduction, Salt, Pepper, and Garlic on thick sliced wheatberry bread.
Lil Cheezers menu | Lil Cheezers Facebook Page
Red Top Gourmet Hotdogs
Yeah, it’s not technically a food “truck” per se, but this post is all about the mobile kitchen, and Red Top Gourmet Hot Dog cart is as mobile as it gets, and delicious too! They have a few different varieties of delicious hotdogs: a Chicago tribute, a Cincinnati tribute, a Detroit tribute, and a few others. What you need to know about is their coney sauce. it’s the bomb. My favorite? The Ville – hotdog, beer cheese, and coney sauce on a pretzel bun.
Red Top Menu | Red Top Facebook page
Grind Burger Kitchen
****EDIT**** Grind is ceasing food truck operations in order to fully pursue the success of their brick and mortar restaurant.
Not only is Grind one of the best burgers in Louisville, but their recent jump to open a brick and mortar restaurant has made the deliciousness easier to get. You can check out their truck schedule on the website, and updated specials on their Facebook page. Grind uses local ingredients, and works with regional farms to bring you the highest quality burger possible! My favorite? The B&B – Burger with brie cheese, thick cut bacon, choice of habanero jam or apricot jam.
Grind Menu | Grind Facebook Page
Banh Mi Hero
This is another Louisville restaurant that brings their Vietnamese sandwiches and tacos to the streets. Banh Mi Hero cranks out the freshness from homegrown peppers, to house-made spreads, dressings, and soups. This is not a place for a “club” sandwich, this is a place for some serious eats. My favorite? Lee’s Sandwich – Fresh lettuce, homemade pate´ spread, grilled 3-spice pork, and scrambled egg, topped with sweet Thai chili sauce, cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon, and Vietnamese hot sauce. (side note: the Vietnamese tacos with curried lemongrass chicken are also the bomb)
Banh Mi Hero Menu | Bahn Mi Hero Facebook Page
El Taco Luchador
Yet another amazing Highlands restaurant that likes to take it to the streets is El Taco Luchador. The local taqueria produces some of the best tacos in the city, and the sides are out of this world. They pack more flavor into these tacos than you would expect. This is the definition of Mexican street food, but it’s right here in Louisville! My favorite? Barbacoa – Braised short rib taco. Chicken Mole taco. Elotes – Mexican corn on the cob (amazing)
El Taco Luchador Facebook Page
It’s not a secret that 502 Cafe is some of my favorite BBQ in Louisville. This Louisville food truck smokes ribs, chicken, brisket, pork sandwiches, smoked corn on the cob, mac and cheese, and all of it is delicious! You also need to be aware of the specials. Some of the specials will blow your mind. My favorite? The brisket sandwich. BUT – if you see pork belly sliders on the specials board, get them. Those things are like crack. Also, pick up some bourbon bacon jam.
502 Cafe Facebook Page
Longshot Lobsta is the place to go for a legitimate lobster roll. When they first opened I just had to get out and try one of these little gems. What I found was incredibly fresh lobster done incredibly well. The Louisville food truck serves cold rolls and warm rolls, although I believe the warm roll (the Connecticut) is not available in the summer. My favorite? The Connecticut – Warm lobster tossed in warm drawn butter, served on a warm buttery roll. Wow. Also, get some Lobster Bisque and Cheddar Bay biscuits to round it out. You won’t be disappointed!
Longshot Lobsta Website | Longshot Lobsta Facebook Page
This is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Louisville food trucks, but it’s a good start. With so many to choose from, it will take me a while to try all of them. Now, go eat a truck!
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