10 must try food truck street eats
Julie Van Rosendaal lists her top picks from Calgary's growing food truck scene
The spring thaw means food trucks are hitting the pavement again in Calgary. They make eating outdoors easy — hit a truck, grab a piece of grass and you have an instant picnic.
There are about 39 trucks on city streets.
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Here are 10 of Julie Van Rosendaal’s must-try eats — dishes that have huge curb appeal — and the trucks' Twitter handles so you can track them down.
1. BBQTine at JoJo's BBQ
The Barbecue Queen puts a southern twist on a Canadian classic — it’s poutine, loaded with barbecue sauce. Yum.
2. Mac Melts or a Hot Mess at Cheezy Bizness
What’s a Hot Mess? Grilled pimento cheese, pepper jack, banana peppers, Sriracha mayo, Spragg's Spanish chorizo and a Sylvan Star Farms fried egg.
3. Steak Bites at Steakout
Normally stationed in the parking lot at Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Steakout truck has amazingly tasty steak bites, served with Asian-style aioli for dipping. It's from the creators of the nearby Holy Grill.
4. Montreal Smoked Meat from Red Wagon Diner
At Calgary’s first Montreal smoked meat truck, you can get a traditional sandwich on local rye with their own house mustard. Or you can add grilled red onions, lettuce, tomato and aged cheddar and throw it on the grill.
5. The Alley Burger
Charcut’s famous back alley burgers are now more popular on the road than in the alley. The original Alley Burger can’t be beat, made with local pork and roasted garlic sausage patty, Quebec cheese curds and piri piri Aioli.
6. Doughnuts from Jelly Modern Doughnuts
Their famous doughnuts have hit the road. You can now get your fried dough fix from their Jelly Van, which serves up an assortment of Jelly’s most-loved flavours. Try the Nenshi salted caramel or chocolate and marshmallow S’more.
7. Neo-retro Indian Chickpea Fritters from The Naaco Truck
There are plenty of fresh ingredients — some grown right on their rooftop — that go into the goodies they make on the Naaco Truck. One of the best is the chickpea fritters, topped with pea shoots and wrapped in warm naan, followed by warm s’moresas (exactly what they sound like) for dessert.
8. Cajun Fried Pickles from the Blues Mobile
Crunchy deep-fried pickles with Cajun spices and a creamy, smoky chipotle aioli are popular on the menu at the Blues Can in Inglewood. To go, they make a perfect summertime nosh.
9. Pizza from Without Papers
There’s no need to call the pizza delivery guy when you can chase down a truck. The same chewy, charred-crusted pizzas you know and love from Without Papers in Inglewood is now available right out on the street.
10. The Bat Outta Hell meatloaf sandwich at Blamwich
The Bat Outta Hell is perfect summertime eating, when flip flops are in season and you can find a hose nearby. It requires a fork and extra napkins. If it’s not on the menu, which is always changing, the Bacon Storm is also a good pick.