Summer Eats Roundup: Top Picks For Philadelphia Food Trucks, The Perfect Al Fresco Meal

It’s doesn’t really get any more al fresco than food truck dining. Thanks to the food on wheels revolution, the cuisine cranked out of most mobile kitchens has grown to be top notch these days. You don’t even have to step inside to see a hostess. Just walk on up, place your order and let the al fresco enjoyment begin.

With a lot of trucks to choose from these days, uwishunu is rounding up their Top Picks for Philadelphia. You may already have a few favorites of your own and might even spy them on this list. If so, keep up the good work, but don’t forget to explore the palate by testing out some of the new ones as well. These food trucks roll among the best and it would be a shame not to get your taste buds on their inventive, sweet, global and student oriented offerings. Happy trucking!

Click HERE to read their full lineup, which is broken down into Inventive Fare, Coffee & Dessert,  Global Destinations, and Student Staples.

Who are our top picks? Found out below!

• The Dapper Dog: The Dolce Vita (provolone, pepperoni and tomato sauce) and the Mack (macaroni and cheese) are just a couple of the hot dog-topping options at The Dapper Dog, found at: Temple University (13th & Norris Streets) during lunch hours and during late-night hours in Northern Liberties (2nd & Poplar Streets).

• Lucky Old Souls: TRY this truck. A jazz radio show and a concert series were the earliest ventures for Lucky Old Souls, which has since expanded into a burger truck, emphasizing farm-to-truck goodies like grass-fed beef burgers, hand-cut fries, thick milkshakes and freshly made condiments. Find them: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Love Park, 16th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard; Wednesdays, 33rd & Arch Streets; Second and Fourth Saturdays, Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market, Germantown Avenue & Winston Road; Sundays, Clark Park, 43rd Street & Baltimore Avenue.

• Rival Bros: An espresso bar on wheels, Rival Bros’ truck, from Damien Pileggi and his childhood friend Pub & Kitchen Chef Jonathan Adams, serves up lattes, pour-overs and drip-brewed cups. Find their fresh-roasted beans by the bag at various locations. [Click HERE to read our full feature with these dreamboat mobile baristas.]

• Little Baby’s Ice Cream Truck: It’s really a cart, but no need to get technical. Little Baby’s produces handmade ice cream, offering a rotating menu of surprising and unusual flavors, including non-dairy options, crafted in small batches. Find them at Union Transfer and other places around town. Oh yea, and don’t skip watching ’em featured on a webisode of American Hipster.

Gigi’s and Big R: This 2011 Vendy Cup winner delivers fried chicken and fish that are golden and crispy on the outside, moist and flaky on the inside; found at 38th & Spruce and 30th & Market Streets.

• Say Cheese: The grilled cheese sandwich is the raison d’être of Say Cheese, a Temple University favorite, and the variations include The Mary D (meatball grilled cheese), El Duke (Mexican-inspired) and the Frenchy (French onion). Find them: Mondays through Thursdays, W. Norris Street between 12th & 13th Streets; Fridays, Love Park, 16th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

• Pitruco Pizza: A mobile wood-fired oven bakes the eggplant, sausage and radicchio pies at Pitruco Pizza, which splits its time between Love Park and Drexel’s campus. Find them at: Mondays and Wednesdays, 16th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 33rd & Arch Streets.