11 Must Try Toronto Food Trucks Before Summer Ends

Dating In The 6ix Aug 10, 2020

Food trucks are the unicorns of the food world, they are few and far between but pump out pure joy every time you see one or eat from one. Whenever you spot a food truck, it is a unique experience that is never casual, except celebrations. Let's be real, anyplace that can bring me tacos, pizza, doughnuts, etc. without a delivery fee deserves a hundred gold medals because it is adding to my "secret" Starbucks fund. So without further a do, let's get on to some of the best food trucks that are a MUST before this summertime comes to a close.

#1 Food Dudes    

This is one food truck that you cannot miss! They are uber-unique as their menu is a mishmash of Korean, Mexican, and American Diner vibes all in one, which is pretty fantastic.

Instead of just catering (no pun intended) to one type of cuisine, which can lead to a specific type of customers, they branch out and appeal to people experiencing different variations of hanger. From their signature Bibimbap bowl, to their Fish Taco, or the Truck Burger, there is something for everyone while still adding a vivacious touch to each dish.

There are also a variety of side dishes and shareable plates, if you're not in the mood for a meal, which makes this a good date spot or late night bite. Their fries and dumplings are to die for and use such familiar flavors in a reconstructed way making each bite truly unique.

Because I don't want to sound like #spon, definitely go check them out whenever you get the chance and splurge, because they are as fabulous as they come. This, hands down, is one of those rare specialty casual dining places that is AMAZING, so go big or go home, right!?

MUST GET SNACK MUST GET MAIN MUST GET DESSERT
French Onion Soup Dumpling

(Gruyere, Mozzarella, Pickled Shallot, Cider Glaze, Grana Padano, Herb Salad)
Captain Crunch Fish Taco

(Avocado Purée, Pickled Red Cabbage, Smoked Sour Cream, Hot Sauce, Scallions, Tomatoes, Cilantro)
Nutella Bombs

(Hazelnut Fudge, Banana Bread, Cornflake Crumbs, Bourbon Caramel Sauce, Vanilla Whipped Cream)

#2 Heirloom

Looking for a sugar overload on your cheat day? Then this is the perfect food truck for you! Famously known for serving cheesecake on a stick, Heirloom has got all of your sweet-tooth cravings covered during the day and the night.

Aside from only using locally sourced ingredients, which deserves a huge A+, they have a really different menu that could be served at a gourmet restaurant. Their lobster grilled cheese, maple-glazed truffle fried chicken sandwich, and duck confit tacos are all insanely rich and come with such amazing textures, making them worth all the while and every mile.

Heirloom also specializes within the realm of certain ingredients that definitely helped to put them on the map. Their widespread asian-esque and vegan/vegetarian dishes, like kung pao shrimp tacos, vegetarian bánh mì, and buffalo cauliflower burger are all packed with flavor and come with such a unique blend of spices.

This is one of those food trucks that is irresistible and will make you want to eat the entire menu. Each dish is more tempting then the first and can leave your moth watering just from the description. Come, try, and indulge while you expand your palette in unimaginable ways you never thought were possible!

MUST GET MAIN MUST GET SIDE MUST GET DESSERT
Lobster Grilled Cheese

(Atlantic Lobster, Aged Cheddar, Chipotle Aioli, Secret Spices, Buttered Brioche Bun)
Duck Confit Poutine

(King Cole Duck Confit, Fresh Cut Fries, Homemade Gravy, Local Cheese Curds)
Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Cheesecake on a Stick

(Crushed Hazelnut, Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, Salted Caramel)

#3 AliJandro's Kitchen

This Mediterranean style food truck puts a cool spin on it's menu by mixing in Mexican and American ingredients and spices. If you're a meat lover, vegetarian, vegan, or something in between, you will be sure to find something to satisfy your cravings.

While you come for their OG Hummus, you'll leave with their Fawaffle because Alijandro's Kitchen captures the perfect blend of classic diner food with Mediterranean and Mexican staples. Two great examples of this, which make you want to drool, are their Alij's Not Shawarma and their Fawaffle "Original". Alij's Not Shawarma is every fusion enthusiast dream come true! It's a Shawarma and burrito hybrid, and let's be honest, nothing sounds better than marinated protein (of your choice) with rice and mixed beans. Similarly, fresh vegetables, sumac, and mint tahini sounds perfect, especially when encased in a falafel waffle cone.

We all need more fusion food on the daily and this is the perfect place to dive right in and experiment. Every ingredient used is as fresh as can be and it shows because each dish is so flavorful and vibrant.

MUST GET SNACK MUST GET MAIN MUST GET DESSERT
Taboon Chips with Spicy Chipotle Hummus

Fawaffle "Avo Chicken"

(Fawaffle Cone filled with Avocado, Al Pastor Chicken, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Mint, Creamy Zesty Garlic Sauce)
Baklava Crumble

(Crushed Sweet Baklava, French Vanilla Ice Cream, Crushed Pistachios, Caramel Drizzled that is served warm)

#4 Hottie Cakes Co.

Did someone say brunch food truck? Yes! Hottie Cakes Co. is traveling around to serve you all your brunch needs. No more long lines to sit down on the weekend and no more waiting for the waiter to notice you for when you want another mimosa, because this is the gourmet food truck that will serve you as you like it and when you like it.

Hottie Cakes Co. has an extensive brunch menu filled with all of your wildest foodie dreams. Their gourmet pancakes, which come both sweet and savory, grilled sandwiches, and their salads are to die for and will leave you wanting more in an instant.

This food truck does a great job at putting all the classics on their menu, like their Avocado Toast and French Toast, because it really makes the food truck feel complete and like you're not missing out when promised brunch. Their menu items are exactly what you'd want to see at a restaurant and more, which is v impressive seeing as how they have half of the work space.

I recommend this place for any day of the week or the weekend because they excel at what they do. Nothing is more iconic then brunch from a food truck. So grab some friends, or your loved one, and go instagram this amazing experience.

MUST GET SAVORY GOURMET PANCAKE MUST GET SWEET GOURMET PANCAKE MUST GET CLASSIC BRUNCH FAVORITE
Oh Cluck

(Cheddar-Chive Buttermilk Pancakes garnished with Chicken Tenders, Salted Butter, Maple Syrup)
Nanaimo Bar

(Chocolate Chip Pancake, Vanilla Custard, Toasted Coconut, Crumbled Nanaimo Bar, Dark Chocolate Curls, Whipped Cream, Maple Syrup, sprinkled with Icing Sugar)
BruShi

(Scrambled Egg, Grilled Ham, Carrot, Avocado, in a Roasted Red Pepper Sushi Roll with some Wasabi Infused Hollandaise Sauce)
MUST GET GRILLED SANDWICH MUST GET SALAD
Turkey + Brie + Apple

(Roasted Turkey Breast, Brie Cheese, Arugula, Sliced Apples, Cranberry Spread, with your choice of a side salad or roasted potatoes)
You're My Everything

(Hottie Cakes Co. Signature Lettuce Blend, Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Balls, Bagel Croutons, Soft Boiled Egg, with a Honey Dijon Vinaigrette)

#5 The Holy Grill

While the name of the food truck says it all, and pays tribute to Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, so we already know this one is going to be AMAZING!

Their creative menu comes with a lot of unique flavors massaged into popular dishes, which makes it really easy to enjoy while getting inspired. Their Truffle Fried Chicken Sandwich and Korean Fried Sweet Potato Salad are two great examples where the dishes are vastly known but the ingredients are drastically different. The use of truffles in the fried chicken sandwich adds an additional flavor, which makes it feel a lot more rich and juicy, similarly to how the red bean paste and spicy mayo elevate the Fried Sweet Potato Salad by adding the same rich flavor and texture.

The Holy Grill has a wide variety of equally healthy and "junky" food items to satisfy your craving, so whether you're on a strict diet or longing for a cheat day, there is something for everyone. They have such a wide spread of vegetarian and vegan items while still caring for their meat lovers, so it's a great option for large groups. The menu is so diverse, which makes it worth the while. Finding a food truck that caters to all types of eater is sometimes difficult, but The Holy Grill does a great job at pleasing every customers that drives its way.

MUST GET APP MUST GET MAIN
Feta Melon Salad

(Watermelon, Black Olives, Green Onion, Mint, Chillies, Basil, Aged Balsamic, EVOO)
Dorito Krunch Burger

(The Holy Grill's Signature All Beef Patty topped with Cheese, Lettuce, Pickles, Beef Bacon, Mayo, Charred Jalapeño and Onions, House Hot Sauce, American Cheese, Jack Cheese, Spicy Dorito's, Brioche Bun)

#6 GYOT (Get Your Own Taters)

GYOT has got the new party motto down stat. Taters are such a delicious breakfast food and late night bite that it needs more recognition, and GYOT does a great job at spreading the word.

GYOT has integrated taters into a variety of fusion dishes so subtly and deliciously that it's hard to say no to seconds and thirds. Their TOT-al Jerk and Philly-TOT are just two of their amazing tater tot filled dishes to go around. They also have a few classic options that will make your heads turn, like their taters and dip and their spin on poutine called the Great Canadian Taters, which features their signature gravy, cheese curds, and red chili flakes for a lil bit of a kick.

GYOT can appeal to the inner kid and adult in you with all their complex flavors, spices, and texture. There really is something on the menu for everyone, so why not splurge and go all out at GYOT?

MUST GET TATER TOTS
TOT-chos

(Crispy Tater Tots smothered in Ale Cheese Sauce, Jalapeños, with a side of Sour Cream and Salsa)

#7 Curbside Dogs

Curbside Dogs is as classic as food trucks come. Their menu is a whirlwind of the best American diner classics one with a few extra twists and turns. From hamburgers, veggie hotdogs, chicken souvlaki, and potato salad, their menu screams vintage with gourmet ingredients.

They also do a great job at accommodating all diets in delicious ways. From using vegan mayo to alternative meats, from soy or vegetable protein, it gives people with a variety of allergies or diets a chance to enjoy their food without a crazy amount of substitutions, which is all the reason to go here. Street meat often has a bad rep for being unhealthy and "unsafe to eat", but Curbside Dogs definitely gives street meat a whole new meaning and clean rep.

MUST GET MAIN MUST GET SIDE
Chicken Gyro Poutine

(2 Layer Québec Style Poutine with French Fries, Cheese Curds, Gravy, Garlic Sauce, Garnished with a Tender Piece of Chicken(s))
Potato Salad

(Boiled Potatoes, Cubed Red Pepper, Vegan Mayo, Mustard, Olive Oil, Vinegar, Salt, Pepper)

#8 GOGI

This Korean-Mexican Fusion Food Truck is a super hearty yet light option with plenty of menu items to try. They have some staples like their Don Katsu, Bibimap, and Bulgogi, which are all made with fresh ingredients that definitely make the dish standout. GOGI also has a variety of smaller plates, which are perfect for sharing, like their Japchae and dumplings, which is a great option if you are a vegetarian/vegan.

Everything here is cooked to perfection and uses such flavorful spices that there is something new to discover with each bite you take. This is a definite must try because you can never go wrong with Korean-Mexican combined because it always tastes great.

MUST GET MAIN MUST GET SIDE
GOGI TACO

(GOGI, Original Kimchi, Vegetables (Lettuce), Toppings (Cheese), Sauce(s))
Rice Ball

(Tasty Mixture of Kimchi, Rice, Veggies, Bulgogi Beef, Cheese (melting in the middle), garnished with seeds and sliced chilis)

#9 Mini Milkshakes and Floats

This truck is what sweet dreams are made of. Literally. They have a wide variety of Milkshake flavors that will leave you with the perfect amount of sweetness and creaminess all in one sip.

This food truck has got it all! Their uniquely classic milkshake flavor combinations, like Blueberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Peanut Butter, in addition to their gourmet popcorn and candy kabobs let you indulge without feeling guilty because everything here is totally worth it. Go big or go home, right?

MUST GET MINI SHAKE
KIT KAT

#10 Delight Bite

This food truck is filled with all the savory goodness possible. From poutine spinoffs to fusion tacos, this menu has everything you could possibly want for lunch, dinner, and a late night bite.

All the combinations here are timeless and the flavors just work and nobody ever seems to question how. Their classic quesadillas and burritos are only a portion of the menu, but they are enough to bring the people back for round 2.

Definitely go check them out for an afternoon pick me up or a full on meal while you're out in the 6ix.

MUST GET MAIN MUST GET SIDE
Pulled Pork Taco

(Pulled Pork topped with Coleslaw, Scallion, Signature BBQ Sauce, Sour Cream, all wrapped in a Flour Tortilla)
Nacho Poutine

(listed under Mains)

#11 The Portobello Burger

This all vegetarian and vegan themed food truck is one-of-a-kind. They have amazing and flavorful dishes without the extra weight of meat, because it can be rather hearty sometimes, but with all the right textures and ingredients to leave you as full as you can be.

Their semi-healthy dishes, like their Lentil Soup and Garlic Parm Fries, are great as snacks or light meals to keep you going without making you feel like a balloon for the rest of the day. This is key for days where you want something satisfying and light because their dishes are amazingly spiced without the added grease, which we all crave every so often. But, as a side note, they are amazing all around so definitely go give them a try.

MUST GET APP MUST GET MAIN MUST GET DESSERT
Mushroom Poutine

(Crispy Fries, Homemade Mushroom Gravy (Cremini Mushrooms, Portobello Mushrooms, Arrow Root, Coconut Milk, Tamari, Nutritional Yeast, Vegan Butter, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Rosemary), topped with Cheese Curds or Vegan Cheese)
Tasty Tacos

(Black Beans & White Beans in a Spicy Masala Tomato Sauce covered with a blanket of Traditional Mexican Salsa (Roma Tomatoes, Red Onions, Cilantro, Lime, Jalapeños), Old Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, in 2 Hard Corn Shell Tostadas)
Apple Crisp

(Organic Apples, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Oats, Buckwheat Flour, Olive Oil, served with a Caramel Sauce)

I hope you enjoyed this read and that you try some these amazing dishes from these fabulous food trucks. If all or any of these catch your eye, you can also order them through UberEats (or other delivery platforms) right to your door, if desired.

As always, I hope you are staying healthy and safe.

Xoxo,

Maya

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Maya

Hi! My name is Maya Leah, I am a twenty year old theatre student at Queen's University. I am a Netflix binger, bruncher, and Jesse Eisenberg obsesser who enjoys curling up with a good book...

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