Lunch From a Seattle Food Truck
The Seattle Street Food Scene
What's for Lunch at Seattle's Street Food Vendors?
In Seattle, like many cities in the United States, the humble catering truck that offered simple fare like packaged sandwiches, cookies and chips has been replaced with an explosion of food trucks and trailers serving trendy gourmet street food. I work in downtown Seattle usually pack a lunch from home, but once or twice a month I give myself a treat and buy lunch at one of Seattle's many mobile catering businesses.
Most of the food at Seattle's catering trucks is affordable and tasty with a wide assortment of cuisines. Luckily for me, there are numerous choices within about a half mile from where I work with numerous food trucks in parking lots and along streets and alleys every day at lunch time. So on those days that I don't bring a lunch from home, I set off to see which of Seattle's street food vendors will have something on their menu that I can't resist. Come along with me as I visit several of the many food trucks on the streets of Seattle and decide what to have for lunch.
(Unless credited otherwise, all photos on this page by Vicki Green - PNW travels)
What do you think of Food Truck Food? - Do you eat street food?
Would you buy street food for your lunch?
Skillet Street Food - Gourmet Burgers and Fries
The Skillet Cookbook
Josh Henderson, the chef behind the Skillet Food Truck and the Skillet Diner has written this book that includes recipes as well as food safety tips for mobile catering trucks
Skillet was one of the first gourmet food trucks in Seattle which started serving delicious gourmet burgers and fries from an Airstream trailer in 2007. Since then, they have added a second truck (pictured in photo).
Their specialty is burgers and their hand cut french fries which they call "poutine". If you like, you can top your poutine with cheddar cheese sauce and gravy. Skillet has now expanded to include the Skillet Counter location inside the Seattle Center Food Court and in 2011 they opened The Skillet Diner, a traditional restaurant in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Visit the Skillet Street Food website for more information.
Experience a 3 pack of the Bacon Jam Bacon Spread made by Skillet. Made in the U.S.A. with bacon spices and onions Tastes great on burgers, grilled cheese or BLT sandwiches.
Seattle Skillet Streetfood Cookbook and Bacon Jam - Recipes and Bacon Jam from Skillet
You can create the Skillet taste at home with Chef Josh Henderson's Skillet tasty Bacon Jam Spread.
Marination Nation Food Truck - Hawaiian Korean Tacos in Seattle
Marination Nation is another one of Seattle's first gourmet food trucks and features a unique fusion menu that blends Hawaiian and Korean flavors and ingredients with North American favorites. It may sound weird to have a Miso Ginger Chicken taco or a Spam and slaw slider, but I've sampled several items on the menu and they are all delicious! Marination Nation was featured on Good Morning America as one of the top food trucks in the country! Here is a link to the full Marination Nation Mobile Catering menu.
Since starting the business out of a food truck, Marination Nation has opened two small permanent restaurants - one on the Capitol Hill Neighborhood and the other in West Seattle.
Native American Street Food
Off the Rez
The most popular item on the Off the Rez menu is their Indian Fry Bread, but they also feature very tasty pulled pork, spicy chicken and ground beef tacos. Their sliders are also delicious. To find Off the Rez current location or to look at their schedule for the next few days, visit the Off the Rez Facebook page.
Asian Bistro Street Food in Seattle
As the name suggests, Chop Stix features specialities with an Asian flair, including Peking Duck, Chinese Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Kung Pow Shrimp Pasta and Kim Chi Pot Stickers. Here is a link to the complete Chop Stix Menu.
The Cheesiest Seattle Street Food
Cheese Wizards specializes in all sorts of grilled cheese sandwiches with names that have a Harry Potter wizard theme. Menu items include the "Wizard's Familiar", a traditional white bread American grilled cheese sammy to all sorts of gourmet twists like the "Voldemortadella" with ingredients like smoked gouda and mortadella on French Bread. Cheeze Wizards also has several choices of some unique killer dipping sauces. Here is a link to the Cheese Wizards menu.
Burgers, Sandwiches and Fries
Nomad Curbside has a truck painted with colorful graphics that looks like graffiti, The menu includes burgers, sandwiches and fries. Here is a link to the complete Nomad Curbside menu and a schedule of their daily location.
Russo-Turic Street Food in Seattle
As their name suggests, Hallava Falafel specializes in falafel pita sandwiches and salads and lamb and beef shawarma pita sandwiches and salads. An order includes tzatziki or tahini sauce and unique garnish touches like a wild Armenian pickle and Russian red relish. They also serve french fries with tzatziki or tahini sauce. On the Hallava Falafel website the owner describes their food as not Mediterranean or Middle eastern, but as Russo-Turic.
New Orleans Cajun Street Food
Where Ya At Matt
The Where Ya At Matt food truck, specializes in cajun food with a taste from New Orleans in Seatttle. Popular menu items include several types of Po Boys, Jambalaya, Gumbo and Red Beans and Rice. Tempting desserts include sweet potato pie, pecan pie and beignets. For more menu details, visit Where Ya At Matt's website.
Filipino and Vietnamese Street Food
Xplosive is a newer addition to the Seattle Street Food scene featuring the flavors of Filipino and Vietnamese cuisines. Some of the popular menu items include sandwiches, sliders and tacos filled with chicken adobo, fili beef steak, longanisa sausage or lemongrass chicken, pork or tofu. They also serve hot noodle bowls and chicken adobo fried rice topped with an egg. Check out the full menu on Xplosive's website.
Mexican Street Food
Tacos El Tajin
Although many of Seattle's food trucks serve tacos with a variety of unique fillings, when I get a craving for traditional Mexican fare, it's hard to beat Tacos El Tajin. The menu has the items you would expect from a Taco truck - delicious tacos, burritos, tortas, tostadas, quesadillas and taco salads with sides of rice and beans, El Tajin doesn't have a website or facebook page but it is easy to find since it is parked every weekday at lunch time near the corner of Boren Avenue and Republican Street in the South Lake Union neighborhood. It is a popular favorite with Amazon employees who work in the area.
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Gourmet Mac n Cheese
Maximus Minimus gets style points just for their truck - it looks like a pig! Maximus Minimus is owned by Beecher's Cheese and their specialties include pulled pork sandwiches and killer mac 'n cheese made with Beecher's cheese (of course). The Maximus pulled pork sandwich has a spicy barbecue sauce and the Minimus pulled pork sandwich has a milder sweet barbecue sauce. Sandwiches come with a choice of two tasty cole slaws. Those craving food from this catering truck in the winter will be disappointed to know that it can only be found around the streets of Seattle from April through September, but you can get the same Mac n Cheese at Beecher's Cheese at the Pike Place Market. Check out full menu on their website: Maximus Minimus
Line up for Some Seattle Street Food!
So Many Great Seattle Street Food Choices
With so many great food trucks in Seattle, it is hard to choose where to eat lunch. From good old American favorites like gourmet hamburgers and sandwiches to ethnic and fusion menus, it was a challenge for me to decide. After checking out all of the menus in the description of each or checking out their website, which would you choose? You can see what I chose further down the page.
Which street food would you choose?
Which food truck would you have picked to get your lunch?
Sampling the food at Food Truck Chow Down
Find out More About Seattle Food Trucks - Links to More Information
- SeattleFoodTruck.com – Mobile food locator and street food resource
Mobile food locator and street food resource
- Mobile Food Rodeo | Seattle's Premier Food Truck Festival | Celebrate Your Inner Foodie
Celebrate Your Inner Foodie - May 5, 2013
Which Seattle Food Truck Did I Decide On? - What Did I Have for my Street Food Lunch?
My Review of Lunch at Hallava Falafel
Although there were many tempting choices, on this particular day, I decided to try to eat something somewhat healthy, so here is a photo of my delicious vegan falafel salad that I bought at the Hallava Falafel food truck.
The falafel was perfectly seasoned and delicious and was served on a bed of mixed greens including spinach and cabbage. It included a dollop of hummus on the side, a Tzatziki dressing and tasty garnishes including an Armenian pickle and Russian red relish.
The Food Truck Handbook
This book by David Weber,who is the Founder and President of the NYC Food Truck Association (NYCFTA), is a great resource for anyone who is interested in starting a food truck business.
How to Become a Street Food Vendor
If you have always dreamed of starting your own restaurant business, a food truck can be a relatively inexpensive way to get started. Several of the popular food truck businesses in Seattle have subsequently opened traditional restaurants using the profits and customer following they've made with their street food.
Need a Vehicle to Start Your Own Food Truck Business? - Catering Trucks and Trailers for Sale on eBay
Instead of buying a new truck or trailer and modifying yourself to create a mobile kitchen, you may be able to find one on eBay already equipped at a good price.
© 2013 Vicki Green