While food trucks aren’t a new trend in Nashville, they tend to get increasingly popular as the weather warms up. From pop-ups at festivals and farmers’ markets to various street corners around town, Nashville food trucks serve up everything from pad thai to empanadas. Thanks to this handy list, you can stop wondering how many Nashville food trucks there are, what to order at each of them, what you can expect to pay, and where to find them. Here’s your ultimate 2021 guide to the Nashville food truck scene, listed in alphabetical order.

Your 2021 Guide to Nashville Food Trucks

Aryeh’s Kitchen

What to order: The Infamous Ox Burger
Average price point: Under $15
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Where to find them: Vanderbilt campus

Find delicious and innovative options at Aryeh’s food truck. Aryeh’s has a menu that’ll make your mouth water from smoked brisket, pastrami, and chicken sandwiches to classic burgers and chicken soup. You can typically find the truck on Vandy’s campus, so don’t forget to stop by when you’re in the area.

Blue Monkey Shaved Ice

What to order: Watermelon basil
Average price point: Under $10
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Blue Monkey Shaved Ice’s all-natural treats are refreshing and light. You will find your classic flavors, but we suggest you opt for the Blue Monkey Favorites, such as watermelon basil, sour gummy worm or Hawaiian lemonade. Even better, you can top your shaved ice with snow cream, shredded coconut, Li Hing Mui (a traditional Chinese plum topping), or even ice cream.

blue monkey shaved ice

Cool down with a serving of Blue Monkey Shaved Ice! Image: Nashville Food Truck Association

Bob’s Fish Fry

What to order: Fish dinner 
Average price point: Under $10
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Where to find them: Click here

Down in the heart of Texas, Bob started fryin’ fish. Today, he’s serving up fried fish on Bob’s Fish Fry truck — with chips, on sandwiches and even in tacos. For the full experience, try his famous fish with a side of pinto beans, french fries or hushpuppies.

Bradley’s Creamery

What to order: Butter pecan ice cream
Average price point: Under $10
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Bradley’s Creamery ice cream is crafted with real fruit and quality ingredients that come together to create flavors reminiscent of summertime in the South. Each customer leaves with a smile on their face after cooling off with a scoop of ice cream, a creamy, hand-spun shake or a refreshing float. It wouldn’t be summertime without a few licks of old-fashioned ice cream!

Bruster’s Ice Cream

What to order: Hot fudge brownie sundae
Average price point: Under $10
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Bruster’s handcrafted ice creams are nationally known for heavenly, high-quality flavors. A favorite at catered events, Bruster’s boasts unique flavors like caramel apple crunch, chocolate raspberry truffle and coconut-pineapple. If you’re looking for something extra-sweet, try one of their classic ice cream cakes.

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Califarmia

What to order: Coconut bang-bang rice bowl
Average price point: Under $15 
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Latin, Asian and American flavors influence this truck’s eclectic California-style cuisine. A group of friends with a passion for growing and eating locally is behind Califarmia, and they are thrilled at the chance to serve creative food and experiences to Nashville. The menu is updated weekly, but you can find options such as Mexican street corn, poblano burgers, burritos and rice bowls.

Chicken Shack Express

What to order: Lemon pepper wings
Average price point: Under $10
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Chicken Shack Express serves Southern classics with a twist and offers some of the juiciest chicken in Music City. One highlight is their original “Smack Ya Mama” seasoning, a Cajun-style dry rub that packs their meat with extra flavor.

Chang Noi

What to order: Hawaiian fried rice with tofu
Average price point: Under $15
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Where to find them: Click here

This Asian fusion truck brings exotic eats to Nashville, offering a wide selection of tasty Thai and Laos food. Try flavorful dishes such as Chang Noi’s Pad Kra Pao chicken and drunken noodles or street food-inspired menu items like Asian tacos and vegan spring rolls.

Chivanada

What to order: Chicken empanadas
Average price point: Under $15
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Chivanada is an empanada-focused food truck bringing the best of Colombia to Nashville! They serve an array of traditional Colombian meat and/or cheese empanadas. The refurbished school bus serves other Colombian specialties, including yuca fries, avocado-tomato salad and patacones (fried green plantains).

empanadas from Chivanada

Enjoy empanadas from Chivanada. Image: Kai Yarzagaray

Cousins Maine Lobster

What to order: Connecticut lobster roll  
Average price point: Under $20
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Enjoy fresh and flavorful lobster at  Cousins Maine Lobster food truck! One of the most successful food truck franchises to date, the lobster truck provides Nashvillians with an authentic seafood experience. Favorites include their Connecticut lobster roll served with warm butter and lemon and their creamy lobster bisque. There is also an option to grab one of their take-home lobster roll kits. You can find the truck at Elmington Park most Sunday afternoons, and they also have a brick-and-mortar store located in Smyrna.

Dawg Daze

What to order: The slaw dog with a side of chili cheese fries
Average price point: Under $10

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Dawg Daze is a groovy truck serving up gourmet hot dogs, and you’ll find beyond-the-basic dogs here. Enjoy everything from the chili cheese dawg to the extravagant Hippie Dawg, an all-beef hot dog topped with crispy bacon, peanut butter, and Sriracha sauce.

DegThai

What to order: Classic pad thai with a Thai ice tea
Average price point: Under $10
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Do you ever catch yourself craving Thai food? We do, too! Satisfy the itch with tofu, street dumplings, pad thai, green and red curries, and toasted sweet chili dishes found on the menu at DegThai’s Thai-fusion truck. The dishes are authentic, so don’t be surprised when they pack some spice!

Erica’s Touch of Taste

What to order: Southern stuffed egg rolls
Average price point: Under $10
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Erica’s Touch of Taste is soul food at its finest, with various flavors and menu items that fuse Southern staples with internationally inspired dishes. From the shrimp taco bowl to the broccoli rice cheese casserole baked potato, you’re bound to feel satisfied.

Franklin’s Fruit Tea

What to order: “Liquid Gold” fruit tea
Average price point: Under $10
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Franklin’s Fruit Tea serves up artisan beverages made from fresh-brewed black tea and fruit purée. Try thirst-quenching varieties like the “Liquid Gold,” their award-winning blend of black tea, oranges and lemons, or their strawberry fruit tea, which is a  delicious combination of Southern-style sweet tea and ripe summer strawberries.

The Grilled Cheeserie

What to order: “The B&B of Tennessee”
Average price point: Under $10
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Grilled cheese seems so simple to make, yet The Grilled Cheeserie never ceases to impress us with their sandwiches by taking this childhood staple and elevating it to an unexpected level. They typically set up shop at the Nashville Farmers Market. However, if you don’t have time to chase down the truck, you can also grab one of their exceptional grilled cheese sandwiches at their permanent Hillsboro Village location.

grilled cheese in front of the grilled cheeserie's food truck

Try an ooey-gooey grilled cheese at The Grilled Cheeserie’s truck! Image: The Grilled Cheeserie

Hibachi Jr.

What to order: Crab rangoon
Average price point: Under $10
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This truck delivers the sort of hibachi-style cooking you typically see in a restaurant to the streets of Nashville. The menu is filled with appetizers and rice bowls that put a unique twist on classic Japanese food, such as  “Dynamite Chicken” and hibachi scallops. We guarantee a meal from Hibachi Jr. will leave you smiling!

Hoss’ Loaded Burgers

What to order: “The Hoss”
Average price point: Under $10
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Hoss’ Loaded Burgers grills up a mean Porter Road Butcher grass-fed beef (or homemade veggie patty) burger and finds just the right toppings to send it over the edge of delicious. Try your patty stuffed with cheddar and topped with traditional fixings or stuffed with goat cheese and topped with homemade buttermilk ranch and sherry wine portobello mushrooms. You can’t go wrong no matter which burger you choose!

Il Forno

What to order: Margherita pizza
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Il Forno goes above and beyond to ensure the authenticity of their pizza. They import their flour from Italy and make their marinara sauce in-house, which explains why their delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas are a smash hit. The pizzas come with all sorts of toppings, ranging from classic mozzarella cheese to spicy Calabrese salami. Not to mention, Il Forno offers a dessert pizza! If you’re a Nutella fan, you’re in luck, as the Nutella Pizza is the true star of this menu.

King Tut’s

What to order: Falafel sandwich
Average price point: Under $15
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With a name like King Tut’s, it should come as no surprise that this food truck specializes in Egyptian food. Family recipes from the Nile Valley in Southern Egypt dictate the truck’s menu, with vegetarian dishes such as falafel and delicious chicken shawarma and grilled lamb.

Laovin It

What to order: Stir-fried ramen noodles 
Average price point: Under $10
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Laovin It is one of the few places in Nashville that serves up Laotian cuisine. The owner is a native of Laos, making this food truck as authentic as they come. Thoughtfully curated, the menu is small but mighty, with Thai ice tea that’s life-changing!

Little Cancun on the Go

What to order: Fajita nachos
Average price point: Under $10
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In addition to making appearances around town, Little Cancun on the Go is ready to serve street food during events of any size. Truck-goers can dig into an order of Jim’s nachos, street tacos and more — all packed with rich flavors from south of the border.

The Love Bus

What to order: “Soul Rolls”
Average price point: Under $15
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At The Love Bus, it all starts with love! Known for their “Love Rub,” a secret seasoning blend that goes on all of their barbecue, the food truck specializes in unique and flavorful smoked meats. Try customer favorites such as the “Soul Rolls,” a twist on the classic eggroll, or order one of their delicious pulled pork sandwiches.

The Mac Shack

What to order: “The Classic” 
Average price point: Under $15
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The Mac Shack takes a childhood favorite to another level. This mac-and-cheese-centric food truck is notorious for its loaded mac-and-cheese bowls: think mac and cheese topped with slow-cooked meats, garnishes and tasty sauces. Highlights include the Memphis Mac, a smoked Gouda pimento mac and cheese loaded with Memphis-style barbecue and creamy slaw.

Mean Green Ice Cream Machine

What to order: Rainbow sherbet
Average price point: Under $10
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The Mean Green Ice Cream Machine does it all. Not only does it serve gourmet ice cream, but it also serves up some nostalgia with other classic summer treats like ice cream sandwiches, snow cones and orange creamsicles. The truck’s bright green custom paint job makes it easy to spot from a mile away, ensuring you never miss out on the opportunity to cool off with something sweet.

Moosic City Ice Cream & Waffles

What to order: Cookie butter waffle with vanilla ice cream
Average price point: Under $10
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Where to find them: Click here

Nashville’s original dairy food truck features authentic Belgian waffles and premium ice cream. The truck is well-known for its rich and buttery Lièges (Belgian waffles) loaded with tasty toppings and your choice of ice cream. They also have soft-serve “Signature Twisters” and hand-spun milkshakes. You can find the Moosic City truck throughout Middle Tennessee.

Music City Brisket

What to order: Baby back ribs or smoked beef brisket sandwich
Average price point: Under $20
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Music City Brisket serves up delicious sandwiches, ribs and more — all from the front of their truck. Although they make a mean brisket, the ribs and tacos are not to be missed. Make it a meal with a side of avocado, sweet potato or russet potato fries drenched in one of their delicious sauces.

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Pinchy’s Lobster Co.

What to order: Warm lobster roll
Average price point: Under $10
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Where to find them: Click here

This atypical lobster roll truck is the brainchild of food truck veteran BJ Lofback of Funk Seoul Brother. Be sure to order Pinchy’s “Nashville Style” hot lobster rolls, house-made potato chips and their delicious soups, including lobster bisque and clam chowder.

Pinchy's lobster roll

Get a taste of New England in Music City; try a lobster roll from Pinchy’s. Image: Amy Richmond

Puckett’s Trolley

What to order: “Piggy Mac”
Average price point: Under $20
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Catering/special events: Yes, click here
Where to find them: Click here

Puckett’s Trolley, affectionately nicknamed “Trolley Parton,” brings iconic food to the streets of Nashville. This food truck boasts an extensive menu that features Southern staples such as cast-iron breakfast skillets, fried pickles, smoked meatloaf, shrimp and grits, and, of course, fried chicken.

Red’s 615 Kitchen

What to order: Hot chicken sandwich 
Average price point: Under $12
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This truck’s hot chicken rivals that of legendary local joints like Prince’s and Hattie B’s. Red’s 615 Kitchen adds a hint of sweetness to make the classic dish their own, and the menu also highlights dishes like chicken and waffles and a catfish sandwich. Pair your entrée with a mouthwatering side like pimento mac and cheese or french fries.

Retro Sno

What to order: Raspberry Wedding Cake Snoball
Average price point: Under $10
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These aren’t your average-variety snow cones. Retro Sno is an award-winning truck that serves fun, flavor-filled snoballs that are perfect for cooling down on a summer day (or any time, really). All syrups are mixed by hand with pure cane sugar — no high fructose corn syrup here! Try one of the signature flavors like frozen white mocha, rainbow, or raspberry wedding cake. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, try a “stuffed snoball” — a retro snoball with a scoop of all-natural ice cream at the bottom.

Riddim N Spice

What to order: the “Island Bowl”
Average price point: Under $10
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Meat lovers will swoon over Riddim N Spice’s jerk chicken, which is chock full of Caribbean flavor, but vegans will also be delighted by Riddim N’ Spice’s variety of menu options. You can often find this truck parked in East Nashville’s Five Points, so keep an eye out next time you’re in the neighborhood.

Roscoe’s Smoked Bar-B-Que

What to order: Smoked brisket 
Average price point: Under $15
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Everything tastes better when it’s served with a side of Southern charm, and those who have dined at Roscoe’s Smoked Bar-B-Que truck can attest to that. The food and service are great examples of true Southern tradition and hospitality, and they sure do know how to smoke pork, brisket, chicken and wings!

Smokin’ Buttz

What to order: “Smokin’ Jack” grilled cheese
Average price point: Under $10
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Like most other mobile barbecue joints, Smokin’ Buttz offers pulled pork and pulled chicken, but here’s where they differ — they cook over hickory wood. The flavor is so incredible that you don’t even need barbecue sauce! You can usually find Smokin Buttz in La Vergne, TN, but the truck also travels for special events in and out of Nashville, Franklin and Murfreesboro. If you’re in the mood for tasty barbecue, this truck is the place to be!

S’more Love Bakery

What to order: “The Elvis”
Average price point: Under $5
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Where to find them: Click here

S’mores are synonymous with summertime, and thanks to S’more Love Bakery, you no longer have to build a fire to enjoy one. Each s’more is roasted with love and packed with all of your favorite flavors: marshmallow, honey graham crackers and chocolate. A local favorite is the Elvis, which combines the traditional s’more with peanut butter and banana.

SmoQe Signals

What to order: “The Mega-Dog”
Average price point: Under $10
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Where to find them: Click here

SmoQe Signal’s barbecue is hickory smoked, making them “Nashville bred, Memphis approved.” The menu offers pulled pork and chicken, beef brisket, turkey, ribs, and wings that can all be tossed with white, sweet heat, sweet or gold sauce. You can also enjoy burgers, sausage, hot dogs and SmoQe’in sides. Don’t feel left out, vegetarians, as they always have a non-meat option.

Steaming Goat

What to order: “Cuba South”
Average price point: Under $10

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Steaming Goat’s steaming sandwiches change regularly, but the selection never disappoints. Meats, veggies and various toppings are piled together on dreamy bread. Swing by to check out the daily options like the “MeatBall Parma” with homemade meatballs or “The Pig,” which features pulled pork and cheddar.

The Steaming Goat food truck

No, The Steaming Goat doesn’t serve goat. They do, however, serve up delicious steamed sandwiches. Image: Instagram

Tchoupitoulas Street Snoballs

What to order: Piña colada 
Average price point: Under $10
Social media: Facebook
Catering/special events: Click here
Where to find them: Click here

Designed to bring a taste of New Orleans to Nashville, Tchoupitoulas Street Snoballs (named after a famous New Orleans street) specializes in fluffy shaved iced drenched in pure cane sugar syrups full of flavor. The family-run business sets up shop in downtown Franklin, but you might be lucky enough to spot the street-car-style trailer at events, festivals and private parties.

Yayo’s OMG

What to order: Mahi-mahi fish tacos
Average price point: Under $10
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Known as vintage Mexican cuisine with a modern twist, Yayo’s OMG (Original Mexican Gourmet) serves authentic Mexican dishes with a modern flare. All tacos are served in sets of two or three, feature savory meats or seafood, and are topped with onion and cilantro — a simple yet perfect combination. The daily delights cover everything from tostadas to quesadillas.

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