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The top 10 new food trucks in Toronto this summer

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 24, 2014

toronto food trucksThe growth of the food trucks scene in Toronto is a story of ingenuity and perseverance in the face of the numerous obstacles created by City Hall, the restaurant lobby and local BIAs. Even though we've seen some food trucks disappear from the local landscape in the last few months, there have been more than an equal number of new trucks take to the streets in an effort to elevate our street food beyond the forgettable a la carte initiative.

Joining the ranks of Toronto's mobile kitchens, this freshman class of new food trucks finally seems to reflect the appetites of the people in this city. Dishing up impressive diversity, you'll find that street foods du jour come in the form of roti, rice balls, samosas, regional BBQ and acai bowls.

Here are my picks for the top 10 new food trucks to eat at this summer in Toronto.

Stoke Stack BBQ
Catch this truck in service at a regular spot equipped with picnic tables on Gerrard, next to the Zero Gravity Circus, when it's in between catering gigs. The menu features Texas-style BBQ, meaning that the meat is seasoned simply with just salt and pepper and relies solely on thick smoke, low heat and patience to draw out the best flavours. The sampler platter with a slab of Wonder bread is awesome, or look out for a rotating selection of sandwiches and fully loaded poutines.

Burgatory
Co-owned by a mom and son team, this food truck idolizes burgers and cites the seven deadly sins as inspiration for its indulgent line-up of Cumbrae's beef patties nestled into puffy brioche buns. The menu tempts with selections like the Sloth burger, dressed with hickory sticks and Velveeta, or Greed, stacked with bacon and bourbon sauce.

MENU food truck TorontoME.N.U
This highly-anticipated food truck finally hit the streets this spring after a well-documented year of research, working the line on other trucks, travelling, food testing and then vending at pop-ups and in rented trucks. Now with four wheels to call their own (courtesy of the now defunct Stuft food truck), owners Allen Tan and Brian Siu-Chong are making the most of their city-issued curbside license and serving up fried rice balls, rice burgers and peking duck tacos.

Acai Dreamzz
The launch of this frozen treat truck coincided perfectly in time to piggyback off World Cup fever and a piqued interest in all things Brazil. Since debuting in May, the menu, specializing in smoothies and fruit-topped sorbet bowls, has introduced Torontonian street food junkies to the sweet, refreshing superfruit that is the Amazonian acai berry.

Kal & Mooy
Toronto's first East African food truck is introducing Somali home cooking to the thriving curbside scene. The mom 'n' pop operation is helmed by Ahmad Duale and his wife, Aisha Mohamed, who have been dishing up a comforting, grab-and-go menu of beef, chicken and vegetarian samosas, and wraps assembled on sabaya, a traditional pan-fried Somali flatbread.

Steel Cut CoffeeSteel Cut Coffee
Coffee trucks are the best. Seeing one at an open air market, festival or even at a food truck rally where your stamina is being tested by so, so much tryptophan can be (and, for me, has been) the highlight of many excursions. While Steel Cut Coffee is neither the first nor the only coffee truck in town, it's the only one brewing locally roasted Pig Iron espresso and offering hearty oatmeal bowls along with fresh baked goods.

Randy's Roti
Having launched a first food truck late last season and second one this spring, there are double the opportunities to mow down on house-made doubles, stuffed rotis, hearty stews and soups from this roaming West Indian kitchen.

CornehcopiaCornehcopia
Specializing in an all time festival staple, this mobile kitchen offers an alternative to the deep-fried foods that dominate most curbside menus. Keeping things simple and straightforward, the menu offers buttered corn on a cob or in cup, plus fun fully-loaded options like Mexican corn topped with queso and chili.

Bacon Nation
No longer do Torontonians need to wait for the CNE to indulge in over the top, bacon covered delights. The food truck rolls with its established menu featuring bacon, bacon and you guessed it, more bacon. Order up a Pig Mac or Notorious P.I.G burger and wash it down with a Peanut Butter Bacon Milkshake or bacon wrapped, deep fried Mars bar for dessert.

Funnel Cake Dream
Making fried confections its niche, this sweet new food truck is taking this classic festival staple on the road. The menu features freshly fried, sugar-dusted funnel cakes dished out with the usual assortment of vanilla ice cream, fruit coulis, whipped cream and syrups. If that doesn't sound gluttonous enough, entertain the option of smothering it with maple syrup and sprinkling bacon bits over top.

Honourable mentions go out to Rancho Relaxo, Rose City Kitchen and We Got Balls!

pure leafThanks to Pure Leaf for sponsoring our summer adventures. For more things to do this summer, check out our Best of Summer page.

Did I miss any? Give props to your favourite new food truck in the comments.

Discussion

15 Comments

Doug / July 24, 2014 at 01:00 pm
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Hey Liora Ipsum, where can I get that fine pulled pork and fries that is pictured up top?
Chris / July 24, 2014 at 01:16 pm
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I have seen a new truck which I haven't seen mentioned on your website, Sharkees, seems to operate at major festivals, ribfests, etc in Durham and surrounding the GTA, offer's a decent variety of foods, and something unique, Shark and Bake, similar to a fish sandwich but with a unique Caribbean taste, if you see these guys around it would be worth talking to them and getting them on your list, seems to always have a decent line up and great food..
Tim replying to a comment from Doug / July 24, 2014 at 01:19 pm
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The top photo is from Stoke Stack
4ChanApologist replying to a comment from Doug / July 24, 2014 at 01:51 pm
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I believe it's actually brisket, rather than pulled-pork, and sausage. They call it "The Franklin". A

BlogTO authors do a woefully inadequate job of crediting their title image, so here's more info:

"Inspired by the famous Texan spot, this sandwich comes loaded onto a brioche bun with brisket, beef sausage, espresso BBQ sauce. slaw and pickles"
Menfoodtruck / July 24, 2014 at 02:23 pm
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It's Bryan Siu - Chong =) not fiu
Cookie Martinez / July 24, 2014 at 03:01 pm
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You missed Macchina Cafe
Indianguy / July 24, 2014 at 04:02 pm
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Yes? Hi! Vashi wanted to make the corolla the food truck and call it the New India Hubcaps.
Amelia / July 24, 2014 at 09:04 pm
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We need a map and all the locations! How else are we supposed to find these places??
Amelia / July 24, 2014 at 09:08 pm
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I take that back. Just click on the food truck name and it will link you to maps, times, locations - all of it. Awesome!
JuicyJ / July 24, 2014 at 11:50 pm
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Did you know these food trucks have their own BIA? The links all point to the same Website? Coincidence? I think not.
S replying to a comment from JuicyJ / July 25, 2014 at 08:04 am
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Uhhhhh Foodtruckstoronto is BlogTO's food truck website, not some BIA or conspiracy.
Natr / July 25, 2014 at 10:05 am
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Its unfortunate that Corn eh Copia doesn't know their product enough to know that those aren't corn fields on their truck. Looks like soybeans or potatoes.
another article? / July 25, 2014 at 10:18 am
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BlogTo is obsessed with food trucks. Apparently they are a measure of our WorldKlassiness(tm). The food truck lobby certainly has a friend in BlogTo.
another app / July 25, 2014 at 08:26 pm
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Its cause they have a food truck app that needs to be fed content.
Dex / July 26, 2014 at 05:50 pm
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What about curabalicious eaten from that truck many times and the food is fab!

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