Fuel up at these “fast” food essentials.
When it comes to food, Houston is truly #blessed. In addition to its bistros, cafes, and restaurants, you can find an array of fantastic food trucks rolling through town from sun up to sun down. While there are simply too many to shoutout in this article, we tried our best to narrow down the list to our 10 favorite food trucks in Houston in no particular order.
Parked across the lot from the historical West Alabama Ice House, Tacos Tierra Caliente is a cash-only food truck that serves up some of the best street tacos in town. Their no-frills menu features tacos and gorditas with a choice of meats from barbacoa, chicken, and beef, to fajita, pastor, and chicharron, on flour, corn, and veggie tortillas. Green sauce is a must. Prices range from $1.50 to $5.00. Feel free to chase your meal with a couple of brewskies at West Alabama next door.
Vegan BBQ never tasted this good. As the city’s first 100% vegan barbecue food truck, Houston Sauce Pit has won over the tastebuds of carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores alike with its tasty meatless menu. Featured dishes include their Chopped Veef Sammich, Loaded Brisket Mac, and Smoked Link Loaded Mash – mashed potatoes topped with smoked Beyond Meat sausage links, green onions, and BBQ sauce. Find Houston Sauce Pit at 4906 Almeda Rd., Tuesday through Sunday, or catch it cruising around town.
3. Oh My Gogi!
Harbingers of “Houston’s Korean Mexican”, Oh My Gogi! specializes in fantastic fusion and Korean barbecue. The food truck’s menu features imaginative, mouthwatering options ranging from Ramen Burgers, Kimchi Quesadillas, and their (NSFW) OMG! Fries – fixed with colby jack cheese, spicy mayo, onions, cilantro, and meat atop of bed of fries. Plus, on Fridays and Saturdays its locations in Rice Village and College Station are open until three in the morning for those late night munchies.
Now the proud owners of a brick and mortar in The Heights, The Waffle Bus is a must for free-thinking palates that aren’t averse to a couple extra carbs. Their menu, and Instagram feed for that matter, are what you might classify under the “Food Porn” category.
See their Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwich, which stacks slabs of fried chicken between two waffle “buns”. Patrons can choose between an array of sauces that include spicy mayo, ancho chile honey butter, thunder sauce, buffalo ranch, honey mustard, and BBQ. For an extra buck, patrons can make it deluxe with lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickle add-ons.
If you haven’t tasted the diabolically wonderful dishes from Blk Mkt Birria, you’ve probably seen their bright red, Birria-utiful photos on any number of local foodie pages. As the name would suggest, the eatery traffics in Birria dishes. Birria is a savory style of street taco that originates in the Mexican state of Jalisco, in which the meat is stewed in chiles and spices. In the past year or so, it’s become one of the hottest food crazes to sweep America. In Houston, the top spot to get a bite has been Blk Mkt Birria.
6. Soul Good
In this day and age, with all the filters on social media, that food photos will appear better than the actual food. That is certainly not the case at Soul Good. Head down to the Galleria Food Truck Park to warm your soul with a basket full of piping hot meats, sides, and desserts.
The meats and fish are seasoned and flavorful, the fried okra and mac and cheese are righteous, the cornbread unreal, and peach cobbler buttery and delicious. Don’t forget to get a cup of SoulAid to wash it all down! Note: all dishes are made to order so you may need to exercise a little patience for your meal.
Pakistani fusion is the craving you never knew you had. Once you try Rollin Phatties, however, you’ll have trouble shaking it. The South Asian street food pioneers specialize in Paratha Rolls, otherwise known as “Phatties”, which are buttered wraps filled with chargrilled meats and homespun sauces. Other options include rice plates, quesadillas, as well as dessert Paratha Rolls that aren’t to be missed. You can find their food truck parked at 11910 S Texas 6 in Sugar Land, or visit their new store front in Post.
Nashville hot chicken is having a moment right now. Savor the heat of the season at Main Chick HTX. The smoking hot food truck is parked at 1731 Westheimer Rd., where it turns out spicy chicken sandwiches, tenders, and chicken/cheese/fry dishes that can safely be classified as foodgasmic.
You ever eat a dish you had as a child and think to yourself: why on Earth did I ever stop eating this? That’s precisely our sentiment when it comes to grilled cheese. In Houston, you can experience all the cheesy goodness of the classic sandwich and beyond at Twisted Grilled Cheese. From The Smokehouse Brisket and Buffalo Chicken grilled cheese, to the Halal Philly Cheesesteak and Tarragon Lobster sandwiches, here you can make all gruyere wildest dreams come true. Find TGC at Two 90 Food Court in Cypress or at their brick-and-mortar in the Rice Military area.
Yummy’s is an essential stop for hot chicken fanatics. Be apprised, this Syrian-inspired hot chicken food truck brings the heat. That said, if you can’t stand the fire of their Super Spicy Ghost Pepper Chicken Sandwich, other heat levels are available for the less spice tolerant – such as ourselves. In addition to their Syrian Hot Chicken Sandwiches, their all-time favorites include Loaded Curry Fries and the Frywarma. Or, if you’re a chicken and waffle lover, their Chicken Waffle Slider is a true standout on the scene.