It’s officially food truck season.
The mobile kitchens have returned to serve the lunch crowd in downtown Detroit, and food truck rallies are popping up everywhere from Lake Orion to Warren. Many neighborhood breweries like Jamex in St. Clair Shores and Urbanrest in Ferndale also host food trucks regularly throughout the season.
It’s fun cuisine on wheels, and many of these trucks and trailers can pop up just about anywhere. Here are eight popular, locally based trucks that are making moves right now and where you can find them.
Fork in Nigeria: Chef Prej Iroegbu has seen his Nigerian cuisine brand grow quickly since launching last year. He is a regular on the Avenue of Fashion, but he also travels around Metro Detroit to serve jollof rice, oxtail, goat shank, puff puff, egusi stew and fufu and also started a second truck to serve the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Most days customers can order ahead on the website and pick up at Livernois near Seven Mile. Visit forkinnigeria.com.
Satellite: The newest truck on this list is found weekends in Ferndale serving a concise menu that people have been raving over since they launched just a few weeks ago. I recommend the piri piri chicken, which is marinated chicken, slaw, crispy potatoes and tons of flavor stuffed into a soft flatbread pita. There’s also a meat-free seitan cheesesteak, a burger and some other dishes rotating in and out. Friday, find Satellite at B. Nektar Meadery, 1511 Jarvis in Ferndale, and back at their home base, 700 Woodward Heights, Saturday and Sunday. Visit satellitehospitality.com for hours and menu.
Lobster Food Truck: Folks line up for lobster rolls, lobster tacos, lobster mac and cheese and more from this busy operation which pops-up several times a week all over Metro Detroit. The owners are also working on a brick-and-mortar location, but details are under wraps for now. Find Lobster Food Truck Thursday noon-6 p.m. at the Rite Aid at Seven Mile and Wyoming in Detroit or the Walmart in Dearborn noon-6 p.m. Friday. See the menu and full schedule at thelobsterfoodtruck.com.
44 Burrito: Billed as “Mexican food with a little soul” this Detroit business is best known for its massive, deep-fried burritos. Those are all you’d expect them to be — savory, satisfying, crispy, melty, messy — and they have a huge menu of other items including tacos, burrito bowls, chili, nachos and chimichangas. 44 Burrito has a brick-and-mortar restaurant and a roving food truck, and hours vary for both. Follow on social media or check out 44burritonet.yahoosites.com.
El Parian: For the juiciest steak tacos and some of the best refried beans in town, find one of El Parian’s food trucks at 6680 Dix and 4802 Vernor in Detroit. (Cash only.) El Parian also has a sit-down restaurant in Springwells Village, but it’s temporarily closed due to a fire, so now would be a great time to support one of their food trucks. See also: If you’re in this area and looking for vegan tacos, check out Rocky’s Road Brew, 5410 W. Vernor. Follow on Instagram @rockysroadbrewdetroit for hours and menu.
Los Dos Amigos Tacos: Yes, more tacos. This tiny trailer packs a lot of flavor and has been in the mobile food business for a long time. No gimmicks, just fresh, fast Mexican tacos. Los Dos Amigos are part of the starting line-up as food trucks return to the Campus Martius area. Find them in Cadillac Square 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday. Their regular spot is 7115 Parkwood in Detroit. Visit facebook.com/losdosamigostacotruckdetroit for more information.
Detroit 75: Parked at a gas station on Fort street just southwest of downtown, Detroit 75 is making some seriously good sandwiches. The panini-pressed 3rd Street Detroit Philly sandwich on crusty, sesame laden bread and stuffed with beef sautéed with mushroom, peppers and onions is one of the best in town. There’s often a line to order, especially on Fridays when Detroit 75 serves its popular fried fish sandwich. 4800 W. Fort, Detroit. detroit75kitchen.com.
Drunken Rooster: This colorful truck from chef Hassan Musselmani specializes in tacos with a Mediterranean twist, plus bright elote and other fusion fare. The Drunken Rooster is often found in Macomb County, but travels across Metro Detroit and is part of the Food Truck tours that bring a variety of cuisine through local subdivisions (learn more at foodtruck.tours.) Visit the-drunken-rooster.com or follow on Facebook for schedule.
Upcoming food truck events
Details subject to change
Downtown Street Eats, 11 a.m-3 p.m. weekdays at Cadillac Square and Woodward Esplanade in Downtown Detroit. downtowndetroitparks.com/events.
Royal Oak Farmers Market, 5-9 p.m. second Wednesday of each month. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 246 3276.
Canterbury Village, June 19-20 and Oct. 2-3. 2369 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion. michiganmegafoodtruckrally.com.
St. Clair Shores Farmers Market at Blossom Heath, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 23, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 18 and Oct. 3. 24800 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. scsmi.net.
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