Deciding on which food truck to grab lunch or dinner from can be a challenge when roaming around Portland. First, you need to find a truck. Take the stress out of that by downloading the FoodTrux app right now. Second, what truck to visit and what signature item to try when you’re there. Rather than tossing our opinions at you, we asked for yours. Here are the 10 best food trucks in Portland as nominated and voted on by you in the Best Of Portland Old Port Awards 2021.
Totally Awesome Vegan Food Truck
Based on your feedback from the Best Of Portland Old Port Awards 2021, the Totally Awesome Vegan Food Truck should be at the top of your list of food trucks to try. If you’re out and about on a Sunday, don’t miss their special 4:20 brunch. If it’s any other day, you simply can’t miss with their jalapeño cheesy fries or a vegan hot dog.
Although they just opened a brick-and-mortar location on Federal Street in Portland, their food truck has been putting smiles on faces for quite some time. Picking one donut flavor to try can be a little overwhelming, which is why Eighty-8 gives you the option for a “flight” of donuts if need be. If you’re trying to key in on one flavor, don’t skip the Bamm Bamm, their Fruity Pebbles-inspired offering.
The Muthah Truckah
This is one muthah that you don’t want to miss. The Muthah Truckah is all about fresh ingredients, golden sandwiches and good vibes. If that sounds like the party you want to attend, make sure you grab yourself a Lola, a sandwich filled with roasted turkey, cheddah cheese, pickles, bacon jam with BBQ chips stuffed inside.
Mr. Tuna is seemingly everywhere at all times. If you’re not visiting their location inside the Portland Public Market, find their mobile social bar at concerts, events or breweries. You cannot go wrong with their signature 3 hand rolls, mix and match to your delight and savor the flavor.
George’s North Shore
You’ll need to bring your appetite before you order off of the George’s North Shore menu. Don’t get caught off guard if they ask, “wanna have a three way?” They’re talking about their signature super beef three way sandwich that will melt in your mouth.
It’s a quick and painless initiation into the “family” with a visit to the Falafel Mafia food truck. They specialize in pita pockets, with none more imposing than “The Godfather”. If somehow you manage to refuse that offer, Falafel Mafia also runs a brick-and-mortar restaurant called Nura in Monument Square.
Vy Banh Mi
If you’re looking for authentic banh mi in Maine, you’ll want to visit Vy Banh Mi. Their menu is filled with Vietnamese specialties, including rice bowls and a dynamite Lemongrass Beef Salad. Definitely don’t miss out on their cold cut banh mi, made on a fresh baguette with mayo, cucumber, cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon, jalapeño with pate as well.
Bite Into Maine
If you’re going to name your food truck Bite Into Maine, you’ll need to be serving up exactly what people think of when it Vacationland pops into their head. Bite Into Maine has got you covered, with their classic Maine lobster roll available on the menu at any one of their various mobile destinations. Butter, butter and more butter please.
Any place that promises to serve you up ‘metal ass tacos’ immediately scores points. Ironclad Eats fulfills that promise with a unique spin on tacos that you really can’t find anywhere else. That includes their Bean Suppah tacos, slow smoked baked beans topped with pulled pork and house-made slaw.
One of the newest food trucks on the scene, the Paddywagon, has already turned some heads with their authentic British chipper food on their menu. Naturally, when you think authentic British food, your mind goes to fish & chips and the Paddywagon delivers on that. Crispy fish, crispy chips with happiness following.
If you didn’t see your favorite food truck on this list, there’s always next year. Join our mailing list and be sure to nominate your favorite food truck for the Best Of Portland Old Port 2022 awards. Cheers to happy eating!