The Best Food Trucks in San Jose and Where to Find Them

Kimchi Quesadilla from MoGo BBQ at Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center
Kimchi Quesadilla from MoGo BBQ at Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center |  © Gary Stevens / Flickr
Deanna Morgado

Food trucks have become a smash hit on the foodie scene, especially in San Jose. These mobile hot spots roam the neighborhoods to serve people some delicious, creative, and incredibly convenient food right from the truck. Culture Trip has put together a list of some of the best food trucks in San Jose and where you can find them setting up shop.

1. Chaat Palace

Food Truck, Restaurant, Indian

Chaat, a delicious Indian snack
© Connie / Flickr
Chaat Palace, parked in West San Jose, offers some of the best chaats around. The food truck combines fresh ingredients and bold flavors to satisfy anyone with a South Asian food craving. The dishes are as authentic as they are scrumptious, with a lot of variety, which keeps patrons coming back for more.

2. Grilled Cheese Bandits

Sandwich Shop, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food

Grilled Cheese Bandits takes the classic sandwich to a whole new level. Step on up and get your ooey-gooey fill of melted cheese on wonderfully toasted bread, with plenty of other epic toppings and fillers from which to choose. Don’t forget to add a side of mashed potato bites with your yummy sandwich; they make the perfect pairing! Grilled Cheese Bandits tends to wander around San Jose to find their next favorite customers, but they can usually be found fanned out from their restaurant on the San Jose Fairgrounds.

3. Spartan Taco Truck

Food Truck, Restaurant, Mexican, Fast Food, Street Food, American

Spartan Taco Truck is a mobile taco wonderland that is a perfect late-night spot to grab a bite after a night out in San Jose. The salsa bar is always ready for diving into; the tacos are fresh and tasty, and the cooks are friendly and attentive. Come prepared though, as Spartan Taco Truck is cash only. Find them rolling around San Jose’s Downtown area until 3:00 a.m.!

4. Fresh Catch Poke

Food Truck, Seafood

Poke Bowl
© Michael Saechang / Flickr

The number one indicator of good poke, or raw, seared tuna salad, is the quality of the fish itself, and at Fresh Catch Poke, you can rest assured that the fish is fresh and delicious. The sauces alone here make the dish unforgettable. This food truck will beat any expectation or hesitation you may have about this seafood dish. Fresh Catch Poke is always on the move, so when you see the truck pass by, make sure to catch it at its next stop!

5. MoGo BBQ

Food Truck, Fusion, Mexican, Korean

Kimchi Quesadilla from MoGo BBQ at Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center
© Gary Stevens / Flickr

For a really unique food truck meal, make sure to catch MoGo BBQ at its next stop. This food truck cruises around North San Jose for the most part, serving a dazzling fusion of Korean BBQ and Mexican cuisine. How does a kimchi quesadilla sound? It’s positively yummy and is just one of the mind-blowing dishes on the menu.

6. Street Fusion

Food Truck, Fusion, Vietnamese, American

Another great fusion spot on wheels is Street Fusion, serving the surrounding Downtown San Jose area. It slings out Vietnamese-American fusion dishes such as pork banh mi and BBQ chicken, as well as smoothies, including chocolate peanut butter. Most likely there’s something at Street Fusion to satisfy your craving. With plenty of brown rice-based meals and lettuce wraps, this is a perfect food truck to find a healthier alternative to a greasy lunch.

7. Waffle Amore

Food Truck, American

© eenwall / Flickr

This amazing food truck has all of your sweet and savory breakfast needs. Waffle Amore serves delicious waffle dishes to the San Jose North Valley area. The diverse waffle menu ranges from classic chicken and waffles to the decadently sweet banana and salted caramel waffle and more. You’ll surely want to go back for seconds and want to know where they are parking and setting up next. You’ll have to check their Twitter page to get exact locations and opening hours—they change frequently!

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