In the state of Washington, the food truck scene continues to grow. Here are some of the tasty food trucks found throughout Washington you need to try.
Established in 2009 in Seattle, Marination has a trio of locations from a small venue to a beachside restaurant and of course, a food truck known as Big Blue. The food truck was named America’s Best Food Truck by Good Morning America. This friendly place offers guests a flavorful line-up of Hawaiian–Korean fare that is sure to attract a wide range of tastes. Their tacos — miso ginger chicken, kalbi beef, spicy pork, and sexy tofu — are a popular choice. The sliders with SPAM or kalua pork and the kimchi fried rice bowl with choice of protein and a sunny side up egg are two other delectable options.
Founded in 2013, Arepa Latin Street Food is a popular food truck located in Washington’s capital, Olympia. Parked downtown, this mobile joint specializes in delicious Venezuela-inspired fare, which they serve seven days a week. Offering visitors a variety of its namesake, arepas — patties made from ground corn cooked in various ways and stuffed with savory ingredients — plus many other Latin treats, you’ll be pleased with the choices. Flavorful highlights include the carne arepa stuffed with shredded beef and cheese or the vegetariano patacon. Other good picks are the deep-fried green plantains topped with black beans, cabbage, avocado, tomatoes, aged cheese plus pink sauce and yuca root fries with garlic sauce.
When it comes to comfort foods, a gooey grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup just might be the ultimate meal offering up warmth. The Saxbe brothers, Bo and Tom, take this dish up a notch with their sci-fi and fantasy-inspired food truck, Cheese Wizards. Located in Seattle, this mobile venue features four savory sandwiches bursting with cheesy goodness. The ‘Goblin’ King’ — gruyère, mascarpone, Monterey jack, turkey breast, pepperoncinis, red peppers plus sriracha-black pepper aioli on Tallgrass Bakery bread — is one magical highlight. Homemade tomato-basil soup, a salad, and a decadent dessert sandwich are also available from the ‘Wizard Wagon’.
Acting on his love for Mexican cuisine, Scott McGinnis followed his passion and opened his first truck, El Camión. Serving the Seattle area with multiple trucks now, these mobile kitchens delight customers again and again with their authentic Mexican fare all made with the freshest ingredients available. The large menu features everything from tacos to tamales to burritos and more. The carnitas or traditional pork tacos — which is one of 11 diverse selections — on corn tortillas topped with pico de gallo and the burrito stuffed with grilled veggies, rice, black beans, sour cream, cheese and pico de gallo are two satisfying options. El Camión also has a brick-and-mortar restaurant.
Located in Kennewick, El Fat Cat Grill is a mobile place to eat serving flavorful Mexican-American fare with a creative twist. The food truck’s offerings, which change to accommodate the chef’s creativity, are tasty options that will please everyone from omnivores to vegetarians. An enticing choice that guests may find include the chorbada burrito – a flour tortilla stuffed with either pork or chicken, chorizo, rice, cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce and house may. There’s also the fire cracker burger with Thai chili, habanero sauce, pickled onion, jalapeño, lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo and house mayo on a sweet bun. El Fat Cat does not accept cards, so be sure to have cash in hand.
Seeking to offer ‘healthy, tasty and local’ food, The Mighty Bowl was created in 2012. Specializing in bowls of the bean and rice variety along with wraps, salads, and fruit smoothies, this place’s food choices are packed full of flavors and will satisfy even the hungriest of appetites. All of the bowls come in regular or large sizes and contain brown rice, black beans, cheddar, sour cream, salsa, olives, avocado plus cilantro. They are dressed with a choice of sauce, including the tangy house sauce, the sweet and mild peanut sauce, or the spicy chipotle sauce.
Esternos Wood Fired Pizza is a tasty food truck featuring, as the name suggests, gourmet pizza. Established in 2012 in Richland, this mobile pizza joint is a family-run operation and offers guests a selection of specialty pies or build-your-own varieties. The team at Esternos makes dough everyday and uses nothing but the best ingredients for its mouthwatering Neapolitan-style (thin crust) pizzas. For meat lovers, the carne amate with red sauce, fresh mozzarella, small smoked pepperoni, large pepperoni, Italian sausage, onion, bacon and fresh tomatoes is one tantalizing choice. The garlic vegetarian with veggies, fresh mozzarella, garlic olive oil and basil is a great option for veggie lovers.
Seeking to bring a taste of the Caribbean to the Spokane area, Roian Doctor, a native of Jamaica, and his wife, Sabrina Sorger, opened The Jamaican Jerk Pan in 2012. Ensuring authentic flavors, the couple imports the spices used in its delicious fare directly from Jamaica. With something for everyone, the menu includes everyday options such as jerk chicken or curry chicken plus vegan side dishes, including red beans and rice and cabbage salad. They also feature weekly specials, which may include curried goat, whole fried fish, stewed oxtail, and jerk pork to name but a few. Be sure to try some festivals — a type of fried dough fritter — as well. A thing to note is that they are a seasonal venture, and close during the winter months.
Recently named the best food truck in Western Washington by the viewers of Evening Magazine, Maggie May’s Espresso and Outfitter is the brainchild of Maggie Parks. Located in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula, this spot offers guests a variety of espresso drinks made with organic and fair-trade coffee from Fidalgo Bay Coffee Roasters. It also has tasty sweet and savory food from pastries to sandwiches and more made fresh daily using quality ingredients. Culinary offerings do vary, but guests might find tantalizing options such as juicy elk burgers, white chicken chili, and vegetarian wraps to name but a few.
Founded in 2010 by Matthew Lewis, a native of New Orleans, Where Ya At Matt is a popular Seattle food truck whose specialty is Southern soul food. Visitors to this tasty truck will find a variety of savory and sweet food. There’s everything from the famous po’ boy sandwiches to shrimp and grits to desserts, including warm beignets sprinkled with powdered sugar and sweet potato pie. As for the delicious po’ boys, they come with an array of fillings from shrimp to oyster to andouille sausage to smoked portabella and more. They are served on freshly baked New Orleans-style French bread with lettuce, tomato, pickles, Mama Lil’s pickled peppers plus house aioli.