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Famous for live music and festivals, the town of Charleston in South Carolina is a hotspot for culture as well as a blossoming gourmet food truck scene, with mobile kitchens serving cuisine from around the world. From west coast style burritos to fresh seafood to desserts, we pick the best.
Doughnuts are the latest classic dessert to experience a revival, and if you think that finding a healthy, vegan and delicious option sounds too good to be true, you’re in for a surprise at Diggity Doughnuts. Their truck has been featured on The Food Network and has amassed a loyal following in the area. As a result, they’ve also expanded into pop-up dining events catering to gluten-free and vegan customers, and their range of iced and filled doughnuts with delights vegans and non-vegans alike. Take a look at their blog to keep up to date on their latest recipes and whereabouts. Among their most exciting flavours are pumpkin pecan (with whole inches of icing) and lemon-basil ice cream.
The Juice Joint is perfect if you’re looking for a lighter meal full of fresh ingredients with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. While you can find a more extensive menu at their main joint on James Island, their truck at folly beach also stocks a full range of smoothies, juices and healthy eats such as almond butter toast and freshly made oatmeal.
If you normally associate food trucks with burgers and fries, Roti Rolls will completely blow your expectations away. This mobile kitchen stocks a range of Southeast Asian flavored wraps, along with a range of lettuce wraps and salads. The truck has been voted Charleston’s best food truck and maintains this reputation by consistently supplying fresh and quality meals that showcase the finest ingredients from the local area.
Tokyo Crepes serves a range of sweet, savoury and breakfast crepes that come with a range of toppings, including scrambled eggs and avocado for breakfast and cream cheese and berry for dessert. This is also the only spot in Charleston where you can find a dairy, sugar and gluten free crepe. There is a 10 per cent discount if you are wearing a costume.
Roadside Seafood advertises itself as ‘the best seafood in Charleston’ and was one of the first food trucks to become established on the Charleston scene. While they’ve since opened up a permanent restaurant in town, they still continue to operate their mobile kitchen. The queues may be longer than if you’d go their restaurant, but there’s nothing quite like eating fresh fried shrimp outside in the sun.
Outta My Huevos is run from a converted yellow school bus. The menu is packed with substantial breakfast favorites which will tide you over until well past lunch. Their menu is inspired by their world travels and features everything from huevos rancheros to English muffin rolls with Canadian bacon, all of which is prepared fresh that day.
Auto-Banh Food Truck is the place to get Vietnamese sandwiches in Charleston. Choose from a range of fillings such as BBQ pork, lemongrass chicken and curry fried tofu before adding any or all of your favorite Vietnamese flavors, such as daikon radishes and Vietnamese vinaigrette. All of the fillings are also available in banh mi style on a bed of fresh salad leaves for a lighter option.
Baja Burritos is owned by folk from the West Coast who have brought their love of Mexican food with a Californian twist to Charleston, making this an ideal place to get West coast style tacos and burritos on the East coast. Their impressive menu belies the actual size of the truck, and is stocked with everything from classic Mexican dishes to soups and smoothies. You can expect to pay around $8 for a meal that could easily feed two, and the portions are so huge that you can still expect left-overs. Impressively enough, all of their ingredients are sourced fresh locally and are prepped on site each day.
Zombie Bob’s Pizza serves pizza by the slice, pies and calzones. Their dough is beer-infused sour dough using beer from the local Holy City Brewery, which truly transforms the pizza experience. The slices are huge, and come with a range of fresh toppings to create the slice of your dreams. The eye catching truck features designs by a local artist which will make it easy enough to spot.
Sweet Lulu’s Bakery on wheels supplies some of chicest desserts in town such as strawberry shortcake, blueberry cobbler and Guinness chocolate cupcakes, all of which are served in stylish Mason jars. While much of their business is geared towards events and weddings, you can still track them down for an everyday treat. They also serve ice cream for dogs, so this is a bakery which truly keeps everyone happy.