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’s Live at the Garden.
Keep on truckin’ with this list of 16 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: 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. “Our customers love our food because we use only fresh ingredients and cook your dish to order in front of you. Everything on the truck is homemade,” Tim explains. Spring rolls, rice bowls, and noodle bowls are their specialties. Try the basil chicken — stir-fried ground chicken seasoned with garlic, fresh chilies and Thai basil is 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.
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. “We hand-grind angus, sirloin and brisket to make our burger meat,” explains owner Ann Bun, “And, everything is made to 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.
Specialty: Venezuelan street food
Arepa 901 owners Fernando Berendique and Andrea Barboza are serving up authentic Venezuelan street food from their food truck. “Our most popular items are the arepas,” Fernando explains. “Arepas are basically the traditional Venezuelan bread. It is a corn flour patty and we, in our food truck, stuff it with grilled beef, chicken or pork, our home-made pico de gallo, cheese and our special secret sauce! Arepas are a part of our culture and Venezuela’s most important culinary expression.” Also on the menu are Patacons. These messy but yummy fried plantain sandwiches are filled with your choice of beef, chicken or grilled pork, raw cabbage, cheese, smoked ham, ketchup and their secret sauce.
Alex Grisanti is back in the food business, but this time in a food truck instead of a brick-and-mortar restaurant. If you loved his pizza at Elfo’s, you are in luck. At 9-DOUGH-1, Alex 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. What does Alex recommend? “I think the veggie is off the charts,” he says. 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!
Specialty: Gourmet sandwiches
Mike Stanley and his wife Rose have created a menu of some of the most delicious sandwiches in town. “I describe our menu as Southern gourmet sandwiches,” Mike explains. “We wanted to offer something different and something original. You won’t find sandwiches like ours anywhere else.” 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 – both of which are the best sandwiches we have tasted! SB Tip: Save room for a sweet treat! Their “OMG Chocolate Cashew Toffee” is worth every calorie.
If craving something cool and creamy, definitely stop by the Snowhaus food truck! Owner Evan Lam is serving a dessert he calls “snowcream.” He explains, saying, “It’s a hybrid of a Taiwanese dessert. It’s the best part of a snow cone and ice cream combined into one. Plus, we use no artificial colors or flavors.” Light and creamy, each bite first dissolves in your mouth like cotton candy and then turns deliciously creamy. Snowhaus offers traditional ice cream flavors like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, but the unique flavors like matcha green tea, avocado and Vietnamese coffee are not to be missed. Each serving comes with two toppings and a drizzle. SB Tip: Snowhaus also offers two vegan flavors: piña colada and coconut.
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!
Fuel also does breakfast every Saturday morning at the Memphis Farmers Market. “The breakfast burrito is the hot seller at the moment,” explains Erik. Loaded with scrambled eggs, bacon and salsa, this burrito is a knockout. “We just started doing a vegan-coconut chia pudding with fresh fruit. I hope people will try it, because we use fruit from the farmers market, and that makes it so good.” Fuel’s regular spots are St. Jude and Court Square every Thursday for lunch, as well as the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturdays. You can also count on them to be at all the Live at the Garden concerts.
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.
“The ‘Blue Suede Shoestring Potatoes’ are also a fan favorite,” adds Steph. For this shareable appetizer, Steph loads his crispy shoestring fries with his signature “SOULicious” smoked blue cheese ranch sauce, candied bacon, scallions and blue cheese crumbles. RAWK’n Grub’s regular spots are Court Square on Thursdays, Memphis Farmers Market on Saturdays and Canvas of Memphis for brunch on Sundays.
It’s no surprise that El Mero Taco won the People’s Choice Award at the MidSouth Food Truck Festival last year. Owners Clarissa and Jacob Dries serve up some of the best tacos in town. “My wife was raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, while I was raised in Memphis. We feel that our food is a representation of our two cultures colliding,” explains Jacob of their taco offerings. Obviously influenced by Jacob’s Memphis roots, their popular Southern fried chicken taco is stuffed with crispy fried chicken, queso blanco, in-house pickled jalapeños, tomatoes and cilantro.
“I wish more people would try our chilaquiles verdes,” Jacob told us. Their version of nachos, this yummy snack is a dish full of tortilla chips topped with warm salsa verde, Monterey Jack cheese, Mexican crema and a fried egg. Check online for their daily whereabouts, but know they can be found most Thursdays serving lunch at Court Square.
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 as this truck is run by Ermyias Shiberou, who also owns Blue Nile Ethiopian Kitchen on Madison. We love it, because it is a healthy lunch option, if you opt for just the grilled meat and veggies. Stickem can be found all around town and most Thursdays at Court Square.
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-tos, of course, but the nachos are to die for. “I’d have to say our BBQ nachos are the biggest hit on our food truck. I love introducing them to folks from out of town. Watching the expression on their faces when they take their first bite is priceless,” says Central BBQ food truck manager Brandy Ryon. This truck can be found weekly at Court Square on Thursdays as well as around town.
Specialty: Grilled cheese sandwiches
The name says it all! Say Cheese! serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches that kids of all ages love. “I think grilled cheese sandwiches are popular for so many reasons. At their most basic, it’s comfort food and something that most people are familiar with. However, there are so many ways to improve upon the basic ones we are all used to. It’s like a blank canvas just waiting for a new creation,” explains Terry LaRue, who owns this food truck with his wife Allison. 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.
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. Out of her little Alabama Crimson Tide-colored truck, she serves up perfectly crispy battered shrimp, catfish and oysters. Her signature dish is the #PoBoy901, which is a classic dressed po’ boy loaded with her famous fried shrimp. “I love our Cajun sampler — steamed Gulf shrimp, corn, sausage, and potatoes,” Jacqueline says when asked which dish she wishes more folks would try. Check social media for daily spots, but know you can find Fresh Gulf Shrimp every Wednesday at St. Jude and every Thursday at Court Square.
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. “We actually prepare both raw and cooked foods for our truck locations and our home delivery service. Our food is ‘raw’ in the sense that it’s unprocessed and whole,” explains Amy. 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. “Also, our medicinal chaga mushroom broth sells out daily — even in 90-degree weather! It’s packed with Siberian chaga, a medicinal mushroom that is super high in antioxidants.” 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. Daily menus are posted on social media.
If you want a taco just like you would find in Mexico, 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. We recommend ordering two or three different tacos for a fiesta on your plate. 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. “We put a lot of love into our pops. All of the juice we use comes from freshly squeezed fruit, we make our own sweeteners and we focus our menu on local produce when it’s available,” says Chris. 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, and they are at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market, Overton Park and Shelby Farms Park every week.
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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