No question about it, Memphis has one awesome — and tasty — food truck scene! Dozens of food trucks are now rolling through the streets of the Bluff City at events, in parks, on street corners and at office complexes. No matter what kind of cuisine you are craving, you can find it on a food truck somewhere in town.
Most food trucks move around town daily, but many have set locations every week. For lunch, check out the food truck scene downtown at Court Square on Thursdays or out East at Food Truck Fridays at the Dixon. There’s always a great and varied selection at those hip spots. In the evenings, food trucks can be found parked outside our popular Midtown taprooms, as well as at music venues like Levitt Shell and Memphis Botanic Garden.
Keep on truckin’ with this list of our favorites right now. To find where your favorite is on any given day, the best bet is to check out their social media posts — and we’ve included all of their handles for you!
Specialty: Coffe and Beignets
The brains behind Voodoo Cafe, Mark Lansdon, took an old Ford Vanette and turned it into Voodoo Cafe. This food truck serves up international coffee like Iced Vietnamese, Cafe Cubano and Turkish, as well as delicious beignets with a voodoo twist.
Happy Glaze Donuts
What goes better together than coffee and donuts? Whether you want Happy Glaze Donuts “Little Big Box” full of assorted donuts for the office or a delicious cup of Joe, this truck will start your morning off right. Each day they have a different flavor of donut to try, so we dare you to try them all. And co-owners Krissy Johnson and Jake Gaines are opening a storefront soon!
Soi Number 9
Specialty: Thai cuisine
Mai Mitrakul and Teerasak “Tim” Vimonnimit at Soi Number 9 take Thai street food to the next level. They are not only serving the best Thai food on a food truck, but some of the best Thai food in town. Spring rolls, rice bowls and noodle bowls are their specialties. Try the basil chicken, which is a stir-fried ground chicken seasoned with garlic, fresh chilies and Thai basil served over jasmine rice and topped with a fried egg. One bite and you will know why it’s the most popular dish on their menu.
Memphis Mojo Café
The Memphis Mojo Café food truck serves the greatest hits on the menu at their Bartlett restaurant by the same name. Burgers are the must-order. Brad Pitts, who organizes the food trucks for special events at GPAC, says, “Their bacon-pimento burger with candied bacon and homemade smoked Gouda pimento cheese is the best burger in all of Memphis!” Look for it as a special on their daily menu. SB Tip: Memphis Mojo also will make you a Grilled Cheese with their divine pimento cheese and candied bacon if you ask.
If you loved his pizza at Elfo’s, you are in luck. At 9-DOUGH-1, Alex Grisanti is serving rustic gourmet Tuscan flatbread pizzas. The lobster pizza is hands-down the most popular. Fresh lobster meat, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and a garlic cream sauce base make this pizza one-of-a-kind. Each pizza is about 8-inches, making it perfect for you and your date to get one each and share! SB Tip: 9-DOUGH-1 also serves Grisanti’s famous toasted ravioli with meat sauce. It’s an appetizer not to be missed!
Stanley’s Sweet Street Treats
Specialty: Gourmet sandwiches
Have a sweet tooth? Give Stanley’s Sweet Street Treats a try. The Mrs. Jenny Sandwich, named after Mike’s grandmother, is out of this world. Grilled herb-marinated boneless chicken thighs are served with fennel chow-chow and Mississippi comeback sauce on a toasted hoagie roll — it’s hearty and full of flavor. Not in the mood for chicken? They also offer a soft-shell crab BLT and a vegetarian oyster mushroom sandwich, yum!
Mike and Rose Stanley of Stanley’s Sweet Street Treats make some of our favorite sandwiches in town. Image: Stanley’s Sweet Street Treats
Fuel Café Food Truck
Just like at their restaurant, Fuel Café Food Truck serves up tasty fare using all-natural ingredients and with many vegan-friendly options. Tacos are their signature item with three choices: bison, chicken or veggie. “Our bison tacos are probably the most popular,” says owner Erik Proveaux. We love the veggie taco that’s stuffed with a crumbled version of their famous black bean burger. Hearty and filling, you never miss the meat!
RAWK’n Grub serves up killer burgers with a creative spin. Paying attention to every detail, owner Steph Cook grinds his burger meat daily to create his signature “RNG Grind” of sirloin and ribeye. The “Pattie LaMellte” (all the menu items have fun rock-and-roll names) is a customer favorite as well as one of our go-tos. A classic with a twist, this patty melt has caramelized onions, smoked Gouda pimento cheese and American cheese on grilled wheat-berry bread.
El Mero Taco
Holy guacamole! Tacos on a truck just sounds like heaven. Owners of El Mero Taco, Clarissa and Jacob recently just put up a storefront located in Cordova, but their food truck is still going strong. Clarissa, from Oaxaca, Mexico, grew up helping family-run restaurants, while Jacob cooked in the kitchen with his grandmother his whole life. Needless to say, their kitchen background has helped them to where they are today.
Stickem does one thing: food on a stick! And boy, do they do it well! Options are skewered beef, chicken, shrimp or tofu served with your choice of veggies, rice or fries. You can choose one type of skewer or get one of their platters with two types. Sweet and simple, but super tasty, their skewers are well-seasoned using an interesting blend of spices that must have their roots in Ethiopian cuisine. We love it, because it is a healthy lunch option if you opt for just the grilled meat and veggies.
You can’t miss the Central BBQ Food Truck! This brightly colored truck with a tie-dyed theme serves up the award-winning barbecue that Memphians have fallen in love with. Pulled pork sammies and ribs are popular go-to’s, of course, but the nachos are to die for.
Specialty: Grilled cheese sandwiches
The name says it all! Say Cheese! serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches that kids of all ages love. The most popular grilled cheese creation on the truck is the triple decker. Loaded with ooey-gooey pepper jack, colby and provolone with their homemade garlic aioli, this awesome sandwich can be taken over the top by adding bacon. Say Cheese! posts a weekly schedule on social media on Sundays to let people know what to look forward to and where to find their two trucks around town.
Fresh Gulf Shrimp
Craving seafood? Then head straight to Jacqueline Johnson’s Fresh Gulf Shrimp truck. Jacqueline started her business by selling fresh Gulf seafood that she purchased straight off the boats in Bayou La’Batre, Alabama. As her business grew and folks started asking for cooked seafood, she decided to open a food truck. Her signature dish is the #PoBoy901, which is a classic dressed po’ boy loaded with her famous fried shrimp.
Specialty: Raw vegetarian dishes and cold-pressed juices
Don’t let the word “raw” scare you away from this food truck! Amy and Hannah Pickle serve up some of the most delicious food in town from this popular and healthy food truck. Raw Girls lets you sample everything on their seasonal menu. There are two dishes, however, that they never take off the menu due to customer demand. “Folks love our taco salad with raw, savory walnut meat, house-made guacamole and pico de gallo,” says Amy. Raw Girls has two trucks that never move. Open Thursday through Monday, they have permanent residence in East Memphis at 5502 Poplar Ave. and in Midtown at 242 South Cooper.
Taqueria Express #5
If you’re craving tacos, Taqueria Express #5 is the food truck for you. This authentic Mexican eatery on wheels serves up 99-cent tacos that are muy delicioso! Our favorites are the spicy pork (pastor) tacos and the steak (carne) tacos. The tacos are served traditionally — on warm tortillas and garnished with cilantro, diced white onion and a wedge of lime. Mild or spicy salsa is available upon request. Ask for a melon agua fresca to wash it all down. Located on the northeast corner of Summer Avenue at Perkins Road, this food truck is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cold and refreshing, MemPops is the sweetest truck to encounter on a hot summer day. Owner Chris Taylor’s handcrafted popsicles have quickly become a local favorite. Their pop flavors are constantly changing based on local and seasonal availability. Strawberry is their top seller, but don’t miss the creative seasonal flavors coming up this summer. “Watermelon-basil, blueberry-lemon-maple, roasted peach, blackberry-lemon-rose and avocado-lime are all fan favorites. I think we have a really great sweet corn and maple bacon pop that folks should try when they are available,” adds Chris. With more than one truck, MemPops can be found at events all around town.
Court Square Food Truck Thursday is every Thursday, year-round, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy food from 15+ food trucks with a live music concert series.
Dixon Gallery & Gardens Food Truck Friday is every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April through September. Admission is free to the gardens during Food Truck Fridays.
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