America's best cities for food trucks

We’ve come a long way from the dreaded roach coaches of yesteryear. Today’s mobile eateries have taken roadside dining to a whole new level, offering everything from burgers and cupcakes to fusion creations that make your head spin. More and more food trucks are popping up around the country, but if you’re looking for the cream of the crop, head to these six best food truck cities in the U.S.

Los Angeles

The Grilled Cheese Truck (Image: robb.klein)

The Grilled Cheese Truck (Image: robb.klein)

The City of Angels truly appreciates a high quality food truck. Here, you’ll find hundreds of food trucks representing just about every ethnic cuisine and crazy combination you could dream of. From fun themed trucks like Grill ‘Em All, which serves up 80s metal band-themed burgers, to Kogi BBQ and its famed Korean Mexican tacos, you could spend weeks, even months, sampling all the roadside goodness L.A. has to offer. Check out Find L.A. Food Trucks for a list of trucks and locations.

Portland

Portland food trucks (Image: 4nitsirk used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Portland food trucks (Image: 4nitsirk used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Portland’s food truck scene is fairly stabile, as in the trucks don’t change locales daily as they do in cities like L.A. The roadside dining scene in Portland is all about doing it well, whether it’s pizza with farm fresh ingredients, freshly baked cupcakes or Thai noodles right off the wok. Check out Food Carts Portland for info and locations on local trucks.

New York City

NYC Love Street Coffee Truck (Image: imallergic)

NYC Love Street Coffee Truck (Image: imallergic)

There isn’t a whole lot you can’t find in New York City, and food trucks are certainly no exception. Authentic Philly cheesesteaks, Greek souvlaki, Miami-style Cuban food and Taiwanese chicken will have you feeling like you’ve eaten your way around the world without leaving the city. Don’t forget to stop by the gourmet ice cream and donut trucks, too. You can find a fairly comprehensive list of local food trucks on the NYC Food Trucks website.

Austin

South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery (Image: heatheronhertravels)

South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery (Image: heatheronhertravels)

Most foodies flock to Austin for some down-home barbecue, but the real treats can be found in the city’s food trucks. Parks like the South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery offer permanent homes to these food trailers, and you’ll also find plenty of roadside feasts throughout the downtown area. It’s not all about barbecue, either: Austin is filled with a variety of trailers serving everything from African cuisine to crepes and chocolates. Check out Austin Food Carts for more information.

Boston

Kimchi grilled cheese from Lefty’s Food Truck (Image: cherrylet)

Kimchi grilled cheese from Lefty’s Food Truck (Image: cherrylet)

You’ll need to break out your Twitter feed to find the daily location of Boston’s food trucks, but it’s well worth the search. Organic tacos, gourmet grilled cheese, Vietnamese sandwiches and fusion dumplings are just a few of the tasty treats you can try in the historic city. The City of Boston keeps a schedule of local food trucks on its website.

Atlanta

Atlanta Food Truck Park (Image: Fifth World Art)

Atlanta Food Truck Park (Image: Fifth World Art)

Atlanta makes it easy to dine at a food truck – just head to the Atlanta Food Truck and Market and take your pick of the trailers and trucks that fill the park. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the park is filled with dozens of trailers serving everything from Belgian-style fries and Mexican-style soul food to chicken and waffles and gourmet pudding. Check the Atlanta Food Truck and Market website for more information.

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