Historically, Las Vegas has not always been known for its food trucks. The city has long staked its culinary reputation on sprawling patios with views of the Bellagio Fountains and luxurious steakhouses with cuts of meat that cost more than the crystal chandeliers hanging in the dining room. Food trucks are often associated with hipster-focused cities such as Portland and Austin.
Well, look out, hipster cities: Las Vegas’ food truck scene has been quietly – and steadily – gaining momentum and is rapidly becoming one of the best places to grab a great meal on wheels. It’s easy to find a food truck at events like Third Thursday on Third in the Downtown area or at food truck festivals such as the annual Great American Foodie Fest, but if you’re craving tacos, pasta, seafood or grilled cheese on a random Tuesday, these are the food trucks to look for. Do keep in mind that not all of these food trucks are stationary, so your best bet is to consult each food truck’s website or social media before heading over.
This popular food truck crafts American burgers with a Japanese twist. Menu items at Fukuburger include the Tamago burger topped with fried egg, furikake, crispy onion, teriyaki and wasabi mayo, a chicken katsu burger loaded with shredded cabbage and Fukuburger’s signature “crack sauce,” and specialty items like hot dogs and garlic salt fries.
Mexican and Italian food in one place? Yep, it totally works and it’s totally delicious. At Camaradas, you’ll find Oaxacan-influenced Mexican dishes such as huaraches and chicken tinga tacos on one side of the menu, and Italian dishes – including spaghetti with meatballs and cheese ravioli with roasted garlic, tomato and basil – on the other side. Fusion dishes, however, are the real standout here. Order the mezcal pink sauce pasta – a smoky take on penne alla vodka – for the best of both worlds.
Cousins Maine Lobster
If you’re from the coast and you’re craving lobster in the desert, you may be surprised to learn that you can find it from a food truck in Las Vegas. Cousins Maine Lobster, which was once featured on Shark Tank, serves lobster rolls, lobster tail with tater tots, lobster tacos, lobster quesadillas and whoopie pies (a Maine classic) for dessert.
Imagine you’re in Las Vegas, and you’ve just had a few drinks (super rare situation, right?). You’re probably craving carbohydrates, cheese and butter. Enter Stripchezze. Regularly featured at Las Vegas events and festivals, this food truck serves unique gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches without pretension. From their Flamin’ Hot Cheetos crusted grilled cheese to their pepperoni pizza sourdough grilled cheese, you’re sure to find something that hits the spot.
Oming’s Kitchen is a food truck that continues the trend of great Filipino food in Las Vegas. Here, you’ll find all of your favorites, from lumpia to sinugba served over jasmine rice. Inspired by the street markets that this food truck’s namesake owner frequented growing up, Oming’s Kitchen is a truly traditional approach to street food.