No question that across the nation in the past decade or so, one of the biggest crazes in the food industry has found snacks, treats, and even full meals that are “mobile” by way of the food truck. Right here in the Knightdale Station neighborhood for years, the park has played host up to two or three days a week twice daily, at lunch and dinner times to food trucks. Likewise, across the Triangle and the surrounding area, the rage has been as great as any of the hot spots across America for these “moving meals.” Thus, in this series of posts, we will look at the Best Raleigh Food Trucks, so you can get out and see for yourself just how delicious and amazing this eating experience can be.
What Makes the List? How We Decided the Best Raleigh Food Trucks
Well, of course, everyone is entitled to their favorites. But now, that wouldn’t be a fair way to decide which are the Best Raleigh Food Trucks. So, we made our list the only fair way we know how and based it on your opinion. So, looking at the popular review site, yelp.com, we used the top ten reviews left by actual customers on the site. We then looked at the top ten Best Raleigh Food Trucks, given at least 25 reviews. Of those, we will list in the upcoming series from ten to one, finally arriving at your pick for the top truck in the Triangle. Try their amazing seasonal specials and don’t forget the “Goon Mandoo,” a scrumptious take on Korean Pan Fried Dumplings.
10. Bulkogi Truck
Founded in the infancy of the food truck “boom” way back in 2009, Bulkogi has been serving its delicious Korean BBQ and cuisine across the Triangle area for nearly 15 years. Founded by Jin, Jenny, and Christine So, not only is this one of the Best Raleigh Food Trucks, but this family operation is a pioneer in this area of the “mobile meal.” Current operators of the truck, Joe Choi and Shine Lee have kept up the tradition, giving the Raleigh and surrounding area an authentic taste of Korean dishes. With Regular and spicy option for beef, chicken, pork, or tofu and dishes including BBQ tacos, burritos, rice plates and more, its no wonder this truck has remained near the top of diners choices for as long as it has.
9. Cousin’s Maine Lobster- Raleigh
After leading in with one “pioneer” in this area’s food truck industry, we move along to a second that fits the same bill both locally and on a national level. There just wouldn’t be a list of the Best Food Trucks in Raleigh without Cousin’s Maine Lobster being on it. Just one look at their chocked full schedule at cousinsmainelobster.com tells you exactly how popular the fresh and yummy seafood offerings are in the Triangle area. As they put it themselves, “from trap to truck or table, each Cousin’s Maine Lobster family member travels to Maine…to learn about the industry and what makes our lobster so special. whether you choose the Maine Roll or Connecticut Roll, their Lobster Bisque or New England Clam Chowder, or Lobster Tots, Tacos, Quesadlilias or more, you can guarantee its fresh out of the water and mouth wateringly good.
8. The Humble Pig: Smoked Local BBQ
After initially moving to the area in 2008, this local BBQ favorite made its debut in 2011 by a husband and wife team searching for a way to utilize their obvious talent for creating mouth-watering tastes when they felt the effect of a corporate layoff. On their website, thehumblepig.com, they explain that they use only locally sourced, quality ingredients and that “low and slow is how they roll” when preparing their delicious BBQ. This entry among the Best Raleigh Food Trucks offers up their pulled pork or sliced beef with your choice of signature sauces representing Western NC, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The option is yours as all sauces are made in-house and are even gluten-free.
7. FatBoys Kitchen
Dubbed at their official website (fatboysnc.com) as “a taste you won’t forget,” FatBoys Kitchen has become known as one of the Best Raleigh Food Trucks in short order. Operating at locations across the Raleigh area daily from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for lunch and 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for dinner, this truck offers some of the heartiest burgers and sandwiches along with an incredible variety. Their “calling card” is the “Fatty Burger,” a 3/4-pound Angus burger with provolone cheeses, bacon, onion rings, “fatty sauce,” and a scoop of mac and cheese. They also offer six other types of burgers, including breakfast and vegetarian options. If burgers aren’t your thing, have no fear, as they also have chicken wings, cheesesteaks, and fried fish and shrimp options.
The Best Raleigh Food Trucks: Rolling Into the Top Five
In our follow-up and the second post covering the Best Raleigh Food Trucks, we will move up and into the Top Five as chosen from actual customer reviews at yelp.com. Any of these “mobile menus” are worth checking out the schedule for and having a taste for yourself. Maybe you can even get them right at the park at Knightdale Station, but you can certainly find them within a few minutes’ drive up the road, so treat yourself; you won’t be sorry!
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