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Lunch From a Seattle Food Truck

Updated on November 7, 2014

The Seattle Street Food Scene

Nomad Curbside Food Truck in Seattle
Nomad Curbside Food Truck in Seattle

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)

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Skillet Street Food - Gourmet Burgers and Fries

Skillet, a Seattle Food Truck
Skillet, a Seattle Food Truck

The Skillet Cookbook

The Skillet Cookbook: A Street Food Manifesto
The Skillet Cookbook: A Street Food Manifesto

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 Catering

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.


Skillet Bacon Jam Bacon Spread 7 0z. - 3 Jar Pack
Skillet Bacon Jam Bacon Spread 7 0z. - 3 Jar Pack

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
Marination Nation

Marination Nation

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
Off the Rez

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

Chop Stix Food Truck
Chop Stix Food Truck

Chop Stix

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
Cheese Wizards

Cheese Wizards

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
Nomad Curbside

Nomad Curbside

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

Hallava Falafa Food Truck on a Seattle Street
Hallava Falafa Food Truck on a Seattle Street

Hallava Falafel

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 Seattle Food Truck
Where Ya At Matt Seattle Food Truck

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 Food Truck - Seattle
Xplosive Food Truck - Seattle

Xplosive

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 on a Street in Seattle
Tacos El Tajin on a Street in Seattle

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 Seattle Food Truck
Maximus Minimus Seattle Food Truck | Source

Maximus Minimus

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!

Seatte Street Food
Seatte 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.


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Sampling the food at Food Truck Chow Down

Which Seattle Food Truck Did I Decide On? - What Did I Have for my Street Food Lunch?

Falafel Salad from Hallava Falafel
Falafel Salad from Hallava Falafel

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

The Food Truck Handbook: Start, Grow, and Succeed in the Mobile Food Business
The Food Truck Handbook: Start, Grow, and Succeed in the Mobile Food Business

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

What did you think of the Seattle Street Food Scene? - Please feel free to share your comments about Seattle food trucks!

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    • Blackspaniel1 profile image

      Blackspaniel1 

      3 years ago

      You are quite fortunate to have such a variety.

    • Tamirogers profile image

      Tami Rogers 

      3 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      I LOVE this..I am a fellow Seattleite and now I know which food trucks to focus on! Great writing!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Food trucks fascinate me!

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      IMKZRNU2 

      5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks for this lens, Vicki! I love a good food truck and now I have a lot to choose from the next time we visit Seattle.

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      ConsumerProductAlly 

      5 years ago

      The Pacific Northwest is a very unique place from the looks of it. Cannot wait until I visit....definitely finding the food trucks....Great Food, Great People=Great Town!

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      ConsumerProductAlly 

      5 years ago

      The Pacific Northwest is a very unique place from the looks of it. Cannot wait until I visit....definitely finding the food trucks....Great Food, Great People=Great Town!

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      John Tannahill 

      5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Where I am the choices are different but street food is is becoming more popular and shaking off the 'rat van' image - hopefully.

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      Bob 

      5 years ago from Kansas City

      Great lens... wishing I was in Seattle right now!

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      MyCuteBaby 

      5 years ago

      wow, this is a good idea for marketing.

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      MyCuteBaby 

      5 years ago

      wow, this is a good idea for marketing.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great thing to do.

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      AlleyCatLane 

      5 years ago

      Wow! This is neat. I wish we had these around Tallahassee. The only time I eat from a food truck is usually when I go to a country auction.

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