Getting To Know The Fabulous Philadelphia Food Trucks

It’s food galore in Philadelphia nowadays not just with new restaurants but also with a growing food truck industry with inventive food choices that tempt the senses and entice foot traffic to buy and savor anything from cheesesteak sandwiches to cheese dipped in beer.

If you ever plan to travel to Philadelphia, prepare to spend on new food ideas, amazing flavors, and friendly entrepreneurs. Here are a few of the incredible food truck stops you should schedule while in the fifth most populous city in the country.

Philly’s Finest Samboni’s

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One of the best places to get cheesesteak sandwiches is this food truck that belongs to 3 fine men who partnered and even joined the Great Food Truck Race – and almost won! They offer different variants of the cheesesteak sandwich and their bestseller is the stuffed cheesesteak.

Foolish Waffles

Who doesn’t love waffles any time of the day? Foolish Waffles has sugary sweet waffle desserts or waffle meals with pork belly, fried chicken, or spicy glazed pork. They also have something for vegans and a create-your-own meal or dessert which is a consistent bestseller among children and the adventurous.

Sugar Philly

With a food truck business called Sugar Philly and a truck called Sheila, how could you not love the idea of buying gourmet desserts from 2 partners who worked out the business details over a dinner of fried chicken? Their specialties include crème brulee, blueberry or strawberry cheesecake, and French macaroons. They also have seasonal specials like spicy chocolate cake, pumpkin custard, and peanut panna cotta, among others.

Pitruco Pizza

It’s not every day that you find a brick wood-fired pizza oven and when it is put in a food truck, you know you need to sample the food. Pizza is really best when eaten fresh off the oven. All their pizzas are 11 inches or personal size good for one. They offer 6 choices from spicy garlic to one with roasted mushrooms, braised raddicho with a balsamic drizzle. Definitely a new experience to be enjoyed!

There are dozens of other food trucks roaming the streets of Philadelphia selling mac and cheese, pulled pork sandwiches, Polish sausages, burgers, Thai curry, tater tots, grilled cheese, beer cheese, and crepes, just to name a few. All these food trucks have suddenly made the city a lot more interesting!

The Awesome Philadelphia Street Food Festival

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Last May 15 a phenomenal event took place in Philadelphia – the Night Market Philadelphia which is the 4th year in a row that it has been held with resounding success. The event was also the jump-off point for the rest of the 2014 festivals to take place in different neighborhoods around the city.

Philadelphia is known for its diverse neighborhoods with a mix of different races such as African American, Native American, White, 8 different Asian races, Latinos, and Hispanics. The Night Market Philadelphia is an eclectic mix of these races as they are represented in food, music, and artistry. This first Night Market for 2014 was held at the Old City. The rest of the events will be held in West Oak Lane, Chinatown, and Lancaster Avenue from June to October.

Based on the success of the Old City Night Market, the street food and food trucks you can expect to enjoy in the next events are sweet potato fries, crab cakes, chicken dishes from fried to grill to chicken cooked in delicious sauces, Asian cuisine, Spanish, Cuban, and Puerto Rican fare, and good old American food.

Thousands of people packed the streets of the Old City where there were programs, live entertainment, a photo booth, raffle, and a lot of good conversation and fun times. Some of Philadelphia’s finest street foods were also present like the cheesesteak, soft pretzels, hoagies, water ice, Tastykake, and scrapple.

For those unaware of what these Philadelphia foods are, here’s a brief breakdown:

Hoagies are more popularly known as sub sandwiches in other places. It’s a sandwich that uses a long roll like French bread stuffed with deli meat, cheese, vegetables, and special sauces.

Scrapple is a pan fried loaf made from pork scraps, flour, cornmeal and seasoning. It is eaten as a side dish and served with sauce of your choice: apple butter, maple syrup, honey, catsup, or jelly.

Water Ice is a fruity Italian ice dessert very similar to sorbet. It is almost like ice cream rather than shaved ice.

Finally, Tastykake is from homegrown Tasty Baking Company with products like cupcakes, donuts, cookie bars, and other baked products.