The top 10 food truck locations in Toronto
The new rules for food trucks were enacted earlier this year, but for Toronto's fleet of mobile kitchens it's business as usual, and that doesn't involve roaming the streets scouting out parking spaces for limited service periods.
As we earlier reported, most trucks chose not to sign up for the new permits that would allow them to park curbside because they see them as too costly and too restrictive. So where are Toronto's food trucks hanging out this summer?
For the most part, trucks are staking out regular spots on private lots or sharing a schedule at food truck-friendly rendezvous points.
Here are the top food truck locations so far. For an up-to-date listings of truck whereabouts and service schedules, check out torontofoodtrucks.ca.
REGULAR RALLY POINTS
Sony Centre (1 Front St. East)
Food trucks congregate under the marquee at the mouth of this downtown theatre so long as there isn't already an event scheduled inside. On weekdays expect to find three to five trucks on site for lunch from 11am to 2pm including favourites like The Food Dudes, Per Se Mobile and Caplansky's.
10 Bay St.
Conveniently located just north of Queens Quay where the ferries depart to the Toronto Islands, you'll find food trucks in service at this privately owned parking lot on weekdays from 11am to 2pm. The trucks cycle through but so far have included the likes of Curbalicious, La Loteria, Dobro Jesti, Frank Fettucine and Randy's Roti.
Yonge and Bloor
The Hudson Bay Centre gets in on the gourmet street food craze every Thursday from noon to 8pm on Yonge Street beside the Royal Bank, weather permitting. Recent trucks onsite have included Urban Smoke, Buster's Sea Cove and Gorilla Cheese.
John St. and Pearl St.
This parking lot just north of the Bell Lightbox has become a recurring spot for food trucks, though the service schedule tends to be sporadic.
On Blue Jays game days from Friday to Sunday in front of the Steam Whistle Brewery, you're likely to find a line up of trucks like Hogtown Smoke and the Blue Donkey Streatery catering to Jays fan's pre-game hunger pangs.
1298 Gerrard St.
Next to Zero Gravity Circus, you'll find Stoke Stack, a Texas-style BBQ truck known for massive meaty sandwiches and old school barbecue platters served on butcher paper. Expect the truck to be there 3 or 4 days each week from 11am to 8pm. Picnic tables on site mean you'll have a spot to mow down too.
Dufferin and Dupont
Kitty corner to Galleria Mall, you'll find the We Got Balls meatball truck making the north east corner its default spot when not out at an event. Service updates are regularly posted to twitter, but dropping by to have a ball on most afternoons is a pretty sure thing.
Rona Stockyards (110 West Toronto St.)
Fat Louie's BBQ has made the parking lot at this big box hardware store its permanent home and can generally be found serving up low and slow cooked staples like ribs, pulled pork sandwiches from 11am to 6pm daily. They've been in the same spot for three years.
Toronto Premium Outlets
BeaverTails had made the parking lot where the 401 and the 407 intersect its permanent home and is working mall hours all summer long. Expect to see other trucks occasionally roll in on the weekends too.
16 Orfus Rd.
Choco Churros sweetens up the day for hordes of deal hunters and outlet shoppers from this prime parking spot near Yorkdale Mall.
Willcocks and St. George
Presented by Ueat on UofT campus, the Friday tradition brings a pair of truck to the campus weekly from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. throughout the school year. Currently on hiatus for summer break, expect a new season to kick-off in September and run through 'til May.
Royal Bank Plaza
On Fridays at the corners of Bay and Front you'll regularly find a food truck or two dishing up quick lunches to hungry local office workers between the hours of 11am to 3pm.