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Philly Food Trucks Deluxe: 5 Prime Picks

Philly’s walkable downtown means that there’s never a shortage of quick, delicious eats, especially if you find yourself near one of the city’s food truck meet-ups. If you do, here are a few favorite trucks not to miss.

Zsa’s serves up scoops and ice cream sandwiches in amazing seasonal flavors, from Buttered Brown Sugar to Salted Caramel.

Pitruco Pizza

There are dainty little food trucks, and then there’s Pitruco. A big, red beauty that hauls around a wood-fired oven wherever it goes, cooking up some of Philly’s best

Pitruco's wood fired spicy garlic pizza.

Pitruco’s wood fired spicy garlic pizza.

Neapolitan-style pizza. Whether classic Margherita with mozzarella di bufula, sausage with caramelized onion and roasted mushrooms, or tomato soppressata, you can’t go wrong.

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Poi Dog

A little taste of Hawaii, you won’t find another truck with nori fried chicken, Spam musubi, or purple yam gau gee. Just do your best to save room for dessert, okay? It would be a shame to miss their pineapple bibingka with guava caramel or their coconut butter mochi.

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Poi Dog on location. Photo: Kiki Aranita.

Magic Carpet Foods

The food truck scene has exploded across the nation in the last few years, but one truck that set the stage for today’s innovators in Philly is Magic Carpet. This vegetarian/vegan truck has been setting up on the University of Pennsylvania campus since 1984. Their menu is impossibly broad, pulling flavors from Indian, Mediterranean, and Cajun cuisines, but the perpetually long line means that Magic Carpet is still taking fans for a joyride.

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Mucho Bueno

Philly has no shortage of authentic Mexican taquerias, and Mucho Bueno isn’t one of them. Instead, their juicy, smoked brisket, pulled pork, and chicken make their way into tacos and sandwiches that ride the line between Tex-Mex and barbecue. Rather than aiming at authenticity, Patrick and Shannon Badouin-Rae make the kind of food you’d want to eat at a Grateful Dead concert, which makes sense because they’re super fans.

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Zsa’s Ice Cream

This cute retro truck serves up scoops and ice cream sandwiches in amazing seasonal flavors. Don’t miss Buttered Brown Sugar peach in July, Peppermint Bark in December, and their Salted Caramel is fantastic year-round.

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Emily Teel

Emily Teel

Emily is a freelance food writer, recipe developer, and restaurant industry insider who lives and works in Philadelphia. A 2015 Eddy Award winner, she's a principal at Farm Market Media and a regular contributor to several publications including Serious Eats, Philadelphia Magazine, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. See more of her work at VIEW ALL POSTS