A brief guide to Boston’s food trucks
Over the past several years, food trucks have transformed from a growing trend to an established culinary phenomenon, now with a strong presence in nearly every major city in the United States. Boston is no exception – there are at least forty different trucks throughout the city, each with its own specialty, from ice cream, to Latin American food, to hot dogs. Here is a short guide to a few of Boston’s yummiest-sounding food trucks. A complete list can be found on the official website of the city of Boston:
Type of food: Vietnamese (with a modern twist)
On the menu: Your choice of filling either on a toasted baguette (the Bon Me Sandwich), in a rice bowl, or atop a bed of noodles. The options for filling are mouthwatering: ten-spice-rubbed chicken, roasted soy and paprika tofu, miso braised pulled pork, and “Asian spicy chickpea,” to name a few. Also of note is the extensive drink menu, which includes Vietnamese iced coffee (dark brewed coffee with sweetened condensed milk) and “spicy ginger lemonade.” The desserts also sound fantastic; I can imagine having a tough time choosing between the “key lime pie & coconut crumble” and the “rosemary lychee panna cotta.”
Locations: Depending on the day, you can find a Bon Me truck at Harvard Yard, Prudential, Copley, Boston University, or various other locations in downtown Boston. They also have a restaurant in Kendall Square. You can find their truck location schedule here.
Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese
Type of food: As the name suggests, grilled cheese
On the menu: Roxy’s offers five different versions of gourmet grilled cheese, each made with fresh ingredients and utmost care. The “Green Muenster Melt” has Muenster cheese, homemade guacamole, and applewood bacon; they have a “Three Cheese Melt,” made with Vermont cheddar, Muenster, and Fontina cheeses; the “Mighty Rib Melt” has BBQ braised beef and caramelized onions; the “Summer Curried Veggie” has roasted summer squash and zucchini, as well as grilled onions and beer mustard; and for those with simpler tastes, their “Rookie Melt” is made with cheddar and tomato. As the website notes, you can also add bacon to anything on the menu. They also serve hand-cut truffle fries and a lemonade of the day.
Locations: Roxy’s has various locations throughout Boston, which are listed here on their schedule.
Type of food: Ice cream sandwiches
On the menu: This truck gives new meaning to the idea of an ice cream truck. You can choose an ice cream flavor and a cookie flavor for a custom ice cream sandwich made to order! Ice cream flavors include classics like Vanilla and Chocolate Chip, as well as Nutella, “Mint Explosion,” Chocolate Caramel, Java Crunch, Sweet Cream, and others. For the cookie, you can choose Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter Cup, M&M, Heath Bar, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, or Macaroon.
Locations: Frozen Hoagies can be found at Prudential, Boston University, the Boston Public Library, Northeastern, and various other locations. Their schedule is listed on their website.
Type of food: Soup, salad, & sandwiches
On the menu: Scrumptious soups like Celery Root and Apple, Curried Carrot, and Chilled Cucumber and Avocado. They also have a selection of salads such as Chickpea and Wheatberry, and Roasted Beet. Their sandwiches sound positively gourmet: the Ponzu Marinated Mushroom Sandwich has grilled onion, kewpie mayo (a type of Japanese mayo), and romaine; there’s the Flank Steak Sandwich with fig jam and bone marrow vinaigrette (yes, the menu says bone marrow vinaigrette); and there’s a Roast Lamb Sandwich with whipped chevre, grilled radicchio, arugula, and orange-mint vinaigrette (yum!). You might want to try their Porchetta Sandwich, however – it’s the only item that is always on the menu because it’s their specialty.
Locations: Find Pennypacker’s at Tide Street @ Northern Avenue in Boston, or in Magoun Square right here in Somerville!
Type of food: “Asian street food”
On the menu: Dishes inspired by the street food culture found throughout Asia. On the truck, they serve Pork Belly Buns (double-braised pork on a fluffy bun with a sweet bean spread); Mazeman (Japanese Ramen), Hiyashi Chuka Ramen (chilled Ramen with ham, tomatoes, eggs, cucumber, and tangy soy dipping sauce); and their special, Bi Bim Bap, which is Korean-style rice mixed with meat, vegetables, and sweet pepper sauce. The Bi Bim Bap looks absolutely delicious. They also serve bubble tea. Apart from what they serve on their truck, they have a catering menu with “Small Bites” and Asian Tapas.
Locations: They have locations at Northeastern, Prudential, the Financial District, and BU.
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