What Is It?
Pick your poison: a sushirrito, Korean BBQ tacos with a dash of kimchi or a BLT with glazed doughnut bread…whether you find these funky foods crave-worthy or off-putting, the best place to try the trendiest eats is at a food truck.
Today’s most innovative eats get their start on four wheels. The low start-up cost and ability to serve different neighborhoods lends itself to creations you won’t find at traditional restaurants. The nationwide food truck boom caught on nearly a decade ago, and now it’s impossible to imagine cities like Austin, Portland and Los Angeles without their fleets of mobile eateries.
Food trucks can now be spotted in nearly every city, but how do you know where to find them? Step 1: download Roaming Hunger, a food truck locating and booking app/website. Roaming Hunger’s database includes thorough directories in hundreds of cities in 50 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces, as well as Spain, France, Ireland, the UK and the UAE.
That’s a total of more than 10,000 food trucks! Whether you’re craving a quick snack or a multi-course meal (truck-hopping for the win), Roaming Hunger can help you seek and sample the city’s best culinary creations—without breaking the bank.
How Does It Work?
Historically, Twitter has been integral to the nation’s food truck revolution. Hungry birds follow their favorite trucks, descending upon empty parking lots at a moment’s notice. There’s only one flaw with this system, and it’s fairly major: what if you’re oblivious to the existence of your soulmate on wheels? You can only follow what you know.
The Roaming Hunger app and website track trucks in real time by scouring their social media channels; truck drivers can also communicate their location to Roaming Hunger directly.
You can sort by cuisine type, or utilize the app’s GPS integration to scope out the map with current locations of food trucks near you. Curry Up Now is only two blocks away? Sold! Chicken Tikka Masala burrito, get in my belly.
Overwhelmed by the options? Let fellow foodies help you decide. The app includes thousands of reviews and photos to help guide your dining. Perhaps your destination feels like a second home, and you’re in the mood for a party. The app also includes a feature that enables you to book your very own food truck—a hassle free crowd pleaser for virtually any occasion.
Our Favorite Part:
Food trucks are cultural cornerstones of the communities they serve. The offerings are a temperature gauge of that city’s interests and specialties, and the successful ones draw cult-like followings to the town’s hippest hoods. As an array of characters crowd around a truck, conversation abounds. Back-and-forth exchanges flow between strangers, as the menu is always a conversation starter.
Rather than sitting at a table, food trucks promote mingling: wait for your order to be called, then join a shared table—or simply stand and snack. Whereas restaurants can be exclusive due to price, location and physical capacity, food trucks are accommodating to all walks of life.
What’s more, the simple act of tracking down a food truck can be an essential part of exploring a new city. It can take you to a new part of town—those hidden gems not overrun by tourists, souvenir shops, and pricey restaurants. Roaming Hunger lets you lose yourself in a city’s corridors, without getting actually lost or—even worse—hangry. It gives you a destination, so you can wander knowing that your walk will be rewarded with something scrumptious.
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Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.