Somewhere between the metropolitan staple the food cart and the usual sit down dining experience is the food truck, an increasing trend in the evolutionary ladder of dining out. Generally offering street-cart service with restaurant quality meals, food trucks are a hungry working man or woman’s dream.
While Connecticut may not be bursting with food trucks at every street corner or highway exit, a few food lovers in the Constitution State have decided to take their recipes on the road. Here are five food trucks around New Haven county that you should keep you eyes open for next time you’re looking for some good eats on the street.
The Cheese Truck (93 Whitney Ave. New Haven) thecheesetruck.com
The Cheese Truck, the mobile offshoot of Caseus, a New Haven based cheese shop and bistro, located in downtown New Haven, offers gourmet grilled cheeses, tomato soup, and salads with prices under $10. There’s also the “Name Your Sandwich” challenge where you create a sandwich from the menu, order ten of them, and eat all of them in a row within one hour without vomiting. Any winner of the challenge gets their meal for free, can name their sandwich, and a get a free Cheese Truck t-shirt while a loser walks away with nothing but a slimmer wallet belly full of cheese.
G Monkey (Durham) gmonkeymobile.com
Considered America’s first eco-friendly vegetarian food truck, G Monkey features a seasonally-inspired menu with natural, organic ingredients grown by local farms and food producers. With a wide list of fresh juices, salads, soups, and vegan and gluten free options, G Monkey brings healthy affordable on the spot food in both New Haven and Hartford county.
The Cupcake Truck (New Haven) followthatcupcake.com
If a quick sweet treat is what you’re craving The Cupcake Truck found traveling throughout the New Haven area is the food truck you need to follow. Making freshly baked cupcakes like the Red Velvet Jones, or the Salted Caramel daily in an old-fashioned bakery truck, The Cupcake Truck accepts pick up orders, delivers, and even caters parties for any occasion.
Got Chef (Milford Train Station) gotchef.com
Taking Italian food truck cuisine to the next level, Got Chef located at the Milford train station, was created by Connecticut born Chef Biagio, owner of the award winning restaurant Biagio’s Osteria in Stratford. Got Chef’s seasonally rotating lunch and dinner menus are comparable to any upscale Italian bistro with prices starting at $4.99. Every menu item including dishes like the Penne Pasta tossed with a fresh San Marzano Tomato Pomodoro Sauce and topped with a chiffonade of fresh Basil and freshly shaved Parmigiano Cheese ismade from scratch on site. Lunch salads, wraps and panini range between $7-$9 while dinner prices are at a reasonable $9-$16 range.
Nextalli Taco Truck (Long Wharf Drive, New Haven)
Loved by commuters and New Havenites alike, Nextalli Taco Truck serves up some of the best grab and go Mexican food in the area. Located in the Long Wharf Drive rest stop area, Nextalli offers cheap prices and a wide variety of quesadillas, tacos, burritos and more. If you do decide to visit and you’re feeling brave be sure to try the green sauce but don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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