A Go-To To-Go Meal — 15 Buffalo Food Trucks to Try
Buffalo has always been well known for its good-tasting food — i.e., chicken wings and beef on weck. But you don’t necessarily have to go to a restaurant to find some good eats in Western New York. You can walk down the street and find a serviceable food truck that suits your need instead. Here is a list of some of the food trucks around Western New York, what they offer and how you can find out more about their locations.
Lloyd Taco Trucks
These guys serve up Mexican-American tacos all morning, afternoon and night long. Their menu features 5-inch soft-shell tacos that can be filled with chimichurri chicken, braised beef, tomatillo pork or stewed black beans. They also have 12-inch burritos that can be filled to the brim with the same options. Other options include nachos (regular or “tricked-out”), quesadillas, a few sides and dessert. The Lloyd Taco Truck isn’t stationary; it moves around quite a bit. Check out its website or Facebook page to see where the truck will be each day.
The Roaming Buffalo
This truck has a bunch of burgers — even a veggie burger — on the menu. Throw in some beef on weck, a chicken sandwich and fried bologna, and you’ve got some Buffalo classics to choose from. Then, of course, they have the American classic hot dog, french fries and onion rings for the Plain Janes out there. The Roaming Buffalo certainly does roam around, so you need to check out its website and go to the calendar to see where they will be on a certain day, or go to its Facebook page and check their posts.
Rolling Joe Cafe
It’s a legit coffee house on wheels! Rolling Joe Cafe has 46 different hot drinks to choose from, including coffee, tea, hot chocolate and espresso. There are 44 different cold drinks, including iced coffee, iced tea, iced cafe chocolate, iced espresso drinks and even Johnnie Ryan Old Fashioned Soda Pop. One of the cool things on its “What’s Cool” menu is the Crystal Beach Original Loganberry you can get in a 12 ounce can. The Rolling Joe Cafe has also been around the block a few times, so check out the “Locations” tab on the website and the truck’s Facebook page to see where it will be each day.
The Whole Hog
They don’t just use part of the hog — they use the whole thing. This menu has barbecue pulled pork, angus beef meatloaf and a Cuban black bean and pork bowl. But they also have non-hog options, such as beans on top of greens, a rice and beans bowl, an entree-sized salad and a BLT sandwich, to name a few. The Whole Hog uses locally grown veggies from the Massachusetts Avenue Project. They set up shop on Washington Street, between South Division and North Division, and also on Allen Street at night.
The Sweet Hearth
This is Buffalo’s first dessert food truck to hit the streets. They specialize in everything sweet and have a ton of baked goods. The menu has more than 14 different flavors of cupcakes to choose from, including Oreo, Mississippi Mud and Pineapple Upside Down, to name a few. There are more than nine different styles of cookies to try also. They bake regular 9-inch pies, personal pies and even “Pies in a Jar,” with 17 flavors on the menu. And it doesn’t stop there. There are also danishes, cinnamon sticky buns, pudding, muffins, cheesecake and a lot more. Check out The Sweet Heart’s website and Facebook page for the full menu and locations each day.
This barbecue joint is on Main and West Huron Streets in Buffalo. They have sandwiches and wraps, including pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken and Buffalo chicken. With five sides to choose from, including mac ‘n cheese, coleslaw and potato salad, you can make a combo or a platter all for yourself. R&R BBQ is known for its signature sauce they put on everything. Check out its Twitter page for posts updating their location.
No, David Hasselhoff does not own this food truck, but the sliders they serve look just as good as he did back in the ’80s. There is even a slider named after the Hoff — cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, fried onions and a chipotle sauce. Knight Slider is the latest food truck to hit the streets of Buffalo, and the menu has five different sliders to choose from, with the majority of them referencing the ‘Knight Rider’ TV show. Knight Slider uses locally grown produce from the North Tonawanda Farmer’s Market and its own secret meat mixture from Pellicano’s in North Tonawanda. This food truck makes rotational stops at Roswell Park, First Niagara Center and Northpointe in Amherst. At the end of each day, Knight Slider donates its leftover food to St. John’s Grace Episcopal Church in Buffalo. Check out its Facebook and Twitter to see where the truck will be each day.
House of Munch
Only a place that packs a punch can be called the House of Munch. It originated at the Walden Galleria and Eastern Hills malls, and now they are bringing their unique “rippers” on the road. A “ripper” is deep fried pork with a beef link served on an Italian roll. There are five different “rippers” to choose from, including a Texas Ripper and Jack The Ripper. They also serve Famous Fried Dough as well. For the full menu and to find out where the truck is each day, visit the House of Munch website, or check out the House of Munch Facebook page.
The Black Market Food Truck
This is one of the most recent food trucks to hit the streets of Buffalo. The co-owners started this food truck after creating The Nines Catering Company, and their focus is “fast food fresh” with everything made from scratch. It is a gourmet deli specializing in unique sandwiches, soups and sides. Some of their sandwiches include Pork Belly Banh Mi, Curry Chicken Salad and Chipotle Shrimp & Bacon. This truck isn’t stationary, so make sure to visit The Black Market Food Truck website for were it’s located when. You can also visit The Black Market Food Truck Facebook page.
Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs
These guys give hot dogs a new identity. You can’t miss this bright yellow truck on the street. Using fresh ingredients, this truck creates 12 different styles of hot dogs for you to choose from. There is everything from the basic, standard hot dog to their Violet Beauregarde, Chelsea Lately, Beanie Mienie, Holy Moly and Quito hot dogs. All of the hot dogs range from $3 to $5. There are also sides, including baked beans, coleslaw, fries and sweet potato fries. To find out more and know where the truck is each day, visit the Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs Facebook page, or check them out on Twitter @FindFrankNow.
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The Cheesy Chick
This truck specializes in gourmet comfort food, namely grilled cheese. Menu items range from the “Classic Chick” American cheese on white or wheat bread to sandwiches like the “Italian Chick.” There is also a few dessert items including a Nutella panini. Prices start around $2.50. Track the whereabouts of this mobile eatery on their Facebook page.
Halal Mobile Foods
This bright yellow truck is hard to miss right near the boarder! Sample a gyro with an ice cold beverage at their location at 1 Niagara St. For more information call (716) 579-2020.