Seattle natives know that when the sun comes out from behind the rain clouds, it’s time to make the most of those precious al fresco opportunities. Diners are never short of cheap and cheerful options on Seattle’s vibrant and multicultural restaurant circuit, but the city’s food trucks have proven popular in showcasing various cultures, trends and tastes on the go. The city already boasts over 50 food trucks, so the intrepid street diner might be a bit overwhelmed by all the options. There’s everything from traditional Southern gumbo to authentic Mexican tacos or even some Hawaiian fare – how to choose? We’ve helped narrow it down, so for a really decent, authentic Seattle food truck experience, truck on into the extraordinary cuisine on offer at these top five Seattle truck stops.
Off The Rez is distinguished by its Native American menu, an originality that’s been garnering this food truck plenty of attention. Is the hype justified? The fry bread alone will answer that: try it ‘naked’ to enjoy the simply indulgent, deep-fried dough in all its glory. The fry bread tacos are a novelty worth sampling too; the chile verde chicken taco is one of the menu’s triumphs. Be prepared, though – this is a messy choice for on-the-hoof cuisine, so you might want to find a picnic spot and grab some plastic cutlery.
El Camion boasts authentic Mexican food with all the trimmings. The menu is ambitiously vast for a restaurant on wheels, and the tacos and burritos are offered with an impressive range of house-made salsas. El Camion has a couple of permanent locations throughout the city with the added bonus of some outdoor seating, perfect for enjoying the hot-and-cold tacos on a hot-and-cold Seattle afternoon. The mulita – tortillas packed with cheese and trimmings, and your choice of Mexican-style seasoned meat – are a menu highlight and, like the rest of the menu, are incredibly cheap.
Creole soul food by way of New Orleans means Gumbo, shrimp and grits and the inimitable corn bread. The real treat here, though, is the offering of every type of Po’Boy – Shrimp, Pork and Oyster are among the highlights – and the sinful beignets for dessert. The distinctive Louisiana subs of Where Ya At Matt? dominate the menu but this food truck is all the better for it; the standard is high, with freshly baked bread and homemade sauces bringing the humble sandwiches into the realm of the extraordinary.
Hawaiian-Korean cuisine at a food truck? This might sound a bit too kooky to work, but most of the cynics will be silenced ginger miso chicken tacos. The kimchi fried rice is another unusual menu staple – the rice is marinated with a sweet and sour sauce and topped with a fried egg – which benefits from the addition of your choice of distinctive Marination Mobile meat. This food truck has been around for years and has won several accolades since its been doing the rounds in Seattle, so for those with a flexible palate it’s one that’s well worth sampling.
Sweet and sour pork is the order of the day at MAXimus / MINimus. The ‘maximus’ side of the menu represents the more savory taste profile and the "minimus" menu items represent the sugary preferences. If nothing else, this is certainly a helpful way to order the menu. While some foodies might think this would lead to unnecessarily reductive plates, in fact the complexities of every dish here never fails to impress.