There is no doubt that San Diego is likely to be a bucket list destination for most foodies. Its proximity to the border and its vibrant and diverse culture makes it one of the most exciting destinations for people who love trying out new and innovative cuisines.
If you’re looking for your next bite in San Diego, check out the amazing food trucks listed below. Whether you’re looking for a quick, refreshing, locally sourced plate of food, or you are in desperate need of a super-indulgent and decadent dish, we’ve got you covered.
Born In Brooklyn
We just had to kick this list off with Born in Brooklyn. This is a family-run business that is passionate about bringing traditional East Coast comfort food to the streets of San Diego. If you love hearty, feel-good food, this truck is definitely for you.
We absolutely love the range of burgers on offer at the truck. You can choose from a plethora of wonderful toppings, including blue cheese crumbles, bacon, and chipotle aioli. Their grilled cheese sandwiches are also to die for!
Big Boyz Tacos
The name of this food truck is very appropriate. The guys behind Big Boyz Tacos bring large portions of authentic Mexican food south of the border. If you’re looking for super flavorful food, these guys have got you covered.
The recipes used to create the food produced by Big Boyz Tacos are all authentic family recipes from Ensenada and Tijuana. Every meat dish is drilled fresh to order over charcoal and chopped on the side. If you go, be sure to try their homemade Spanish rice and their incredible salsa.
This truck is the perfect spot for avid foodies with an unwavering love of Mexican food. Particularly, this truck is perfect for taco-lovers. Their menu boasts a huge range of traditional street tacos.
This food truck also has a great range of vegetarian tacos on offer. We love their veggie taco stuffed with grilled cactus and topped with a super zingy pico de gallo. If you fancy trying something new, their fusion options are also incredible. For instance, their Korean barbecue-style steak is to die for.
In our humble opinion, you can never go wrong with Pizza. This is especially true if you purchase that pizza from the guys behind URBN Pizza. With 10 years of restaurant experience, if you’re looking for consistently good food–truck-food, you need to check this one out.
In fact, we’d argue that URBN Pizza serves the best non-Neapolitan pizza in the area. As a bonus, this food truck also has a license to serve alcohol! As such, it’s the perfect place to stop by with some friends on a warm evening to enjoy a delicious pizza and a cold brew.
This food truck’s name is very appropriate. Believe us, when you have a bite from this food truck, you will end up licking the plate dry. They provide classic coastal cuisine with a distinct European/Mediterranean flair.
This food truck specializes in catering events, and we cannot recommend their whole service enough. We absolutely love the smoked salmon crostini and shrimp ceviche that they serve as appetizers.
Stella UTC is a critically acclaimed, local, brick-and-mortar restaurant. This food truck is an extension of this restaurant, and it certainly does not disappoint! The entire menu is made from using locally sourced and fresh ingredients.
We absolutely love the luxurious Lobster Mac & Cheese. However, their bright and fresh salads are also wonderful. You can book this food truck to cater to events, so give them a call if you’re interested!
Just Smother It!
If you’re craving some Coloradan cuisine, look no further than Just Smother It. This food truck is focused on bringing family recipes from the colorful state to the golden state. If you’re a fan of spice, this food truck won’t disappoint.
Everything is made to order using the absolute freshest and top-quality ingredients available. The recipes used by this food truck have also been passed down over generations, making the food as authentic and delicious as possible. We love the cheesy enchiladas smothered in homemade green chile!
Baby’s Badass Burger
After wild success in LA, Baby’s Badass Burgers has branched out and now has a van in San Diego. This female-owned business is also one worth supporting. We cannot recommend their varied menu enough!
We absolutely love their spicy burgers finished with smoked cheddar. They also serve a great number of veggie options that are just as indulgent and decadent as their meaty counterparts. If you plan on visiting, be sure to order ‘The Other Woman’ – it definitely will not disappoint!
Sometimes, all adults want is super indulgent and fun food that reminds them of being a kid. Senor Wooffle is personally inviting all of San Diego to eat like a Kid. they allow you to indulge in comfort food and decadent desserts in a guilt-free environment.
From huge burgers and corn dogs to their signature waffle sandwiches (waffles backed with turkey, cranberry cheese, and maple chicken bacon – sounds amazing, right?). If you visit, you also have to order a dessert. We absolutely love their Nutella crepes!
Up In Smoke
If you’re a lover of smoked meats, this food truck will become your new favorite place to eat. Seriously – this food truck brings out the inner carnivore in everyone. Whether you want pulled pork or beef brisket, these guys have got you covered.
They also have some street food classics on their menu. For instance, we love their loaded chips. Be sure to order these with seasoned black beans and their top-quality organic salsa – you will not be disappointed, we’re certain!
Mahalo Shave Ice Co.
If you need some relief from the midday heat, you have to check out Mahalo shave Ice Co. We love just how customizable the menu is at this truck. Feel free to create your own cup with your choice of three flavors.
We love to order one of their unique creations. Our favorite is the banana split. They top it with creamy ice cream and blue shave ice. If you love a sweet treat on a hot day, this food truck should be your go-to.
Eat Your Heart Out
If you’re looking for something a little bit more high-quality, you need to check out Eat Your Heart Out. They make simple sandwiches feel super gourmet, just by using locally sourced, seasonal, and fresh ingredients.
The menu offers a variety of classic food truck staples, such as sandwiches, tacos, and burritos. However, they are particularly adored for their vegan options. Whether you want a kimchi-filled quesadilla or a sweet potato taco, these guys have got you covered.
If you’re looking for a homely food truck that will cater to all of your desires whilst you enjoy the beach, you need to check out Beach Eats. Run by a local Pacific Beach family, this truck focuses on hearty, healthy, and super delicious meals that can be enjoyed on the go.
The guys behind Beach Eats only use the best ingredients. They use seafood that has been sourced locally, and completely organic cuts of beef. We absolutely love the California burrito. It is absolutely bursting with flavor!
Golden State Dogs
If you’re a fan of hot dogs, there is no better food truck for you than the Golden State Dogs truck. They serve hot dogs, sausages, and veggie dogs, and boast over 17 different topping options. What could be better?
We think that even the pickiest of eaters will be well catered for here. If you’re a vegetarian, rest assured, these veggie dogs aren’t your average, super full soy dogs. They are absolutely bursting with flavors. We love the spicy chipotle one!
Dinny Skippers Cafe
If you enjoy strolling with your dog around the city, you both need to take a walk to the Dinner Skippers Cafe. There are a huge amount of dishes available for yourself and your four-legged friend!
Yep… you read that right. As you indulge yourself in their super fresh and delicious nautical-themed dishes, your dog can be enjoying a treat too! They also cater for events, so keep them in mind if your dog’s birthday is coming up!
The Go-Go Truck
The Go-Go truck serves up locally sourced, farm-fresh eats. If you’re looking for a delicious and light bite on the go, you need to check out this food truck. It focuses primarily on New American cuisine.
The couple behind this truck, Ari and Liam, have a passion for fresh produce, good food, and travel. Liam has extensive cheffing experience, and Ari has significant knowledge of sustainable practices. Their business is definitely one worth supporting! If you visit, you have to order the steak and egg sandwich!
New York On Rye
If you’re a fan of super tasty deli treats, you will absolutely love the food on offer at the New York on Rye food truck. The deli connoisseurs behind this truck are completely committed to sourcing the best and freshest local ingredients, including meats and cheeses.
Every New Yorker knows that a deli is only great if its pastrami is great. The guys behind New York on rye ensure that their pastrami is of the best quality – they prepare it traditionally, marinate it in premium brine for 2 weeks, hang it for a day to dry, and slow smoke and steam it to ensure it has the perfect texture and flavor.
Sold? Go and check this truck out!
If you’re looking for a small, family-owned food truck that shows a passion for food, look no further than the team behind Sub Fusion. The owners put love and care into every aspect of their business. In fact, their homestyle recipes are totally unique and will blow your mind.
We absolutely love their savory au jus braised beef. It is so tender and flavorful! However, their menu is just absolutely bursting with delicious dishes that you can’t go wrong, regardless of what you order!
Want That Freaky Waffle!
Want that freaky waffle? You’d be crazy not to. If you love a Belgian waffle, you need to check out this food truck. They make each waffle traditionally using yeasted brioche dough and artisan pearl sugar.
Don’t let their sugar coating fool you into thinking that this food truck only produces sweet waffles. They have a number of savory toppings that will satisfy all of your cravings. We absolutely love the classic chicken and waffles with bacon. Although, if you do prefer a dessert-style waffle, you just have to have their whipped cream topping!
IT’S RAW Poke Truck
We couldn’t finish this list without including at least one Poke truck – and this one is the best in San Diego! Don’t believe us? If you visit, you will be convinced in no time. The guys behind this truck are completely committed to delivering fresh and raw fish and other produce by the bowl full.
Each bowl begins with freshly and perfectly cooked rice. Following this, you can decide whether you want to enjoy raw tuna, salmon, taki, kimchi shrimp, or langostino. You also have to try some of their beautiful homemade sauces.
Joes On The Nose
If you’re looking for a coffee truck that has an excellent and long-standing reputation amongst the community, look no further than Joes on the Nose. This food truck has been a favorite amongst locals since it first opened in San Diego in 2007.
In addition to serving classic coffee drinks, the talented team of baristas also serve perfect hot chocolates, teas, smoothies, and much more! If we’re in need of a quick caffeine fix, we head straight to Joes! They also cater to events, so keep this food truck in mind if you have an occasion coming up.
Casanova Fish Tacos
If you’ve been on the hunt for some good Baja-style fish tacos, The Casanova Fish Tacos food truck will change your life. There is no doubt in our minds that this food truck produces the best fish tacos on this side of the border.
Finding the perfect blend of spices for the batter was a 3-year long process! The guys behind this food truck have a real passion for cooking and food. If you visit, you absolutely need to get their salsa. It is award-winning!
As you can tell by the length of this list, there is an incredible number of top-quality food trucks in San Diego. It really is a foodie’s paradise! We hope that this list has inspired you to get out there and explore some new cuisines.
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