HOUSTON--It’s a school bus, it’s a delivery van, no, it’s a food truck. Taco trucks have long been a part of Houston food culture, but these days gourmet food mobiles are taking to the streets by the dozens. Between the gumbo, Mexican-Korean fusion and meat on a stick, it’s hard to know where to start. Just follow your belly’s lead.
Here are five of the food trucks you’ll find rolling through Houston neighborhoods towards your lunch destiny. The best way to find out a truck’s location on any given day is to check its Facebook or Twitter.
1. Bernie’s Burger Bus—There are so many delicious burgers in this city, and Bernie’s ranks at the top of the list. The converted school bus piloted by Chef Justin Turner, former personal chef to Shane Battier, serves up burgers made with freshly ground Black Angus beef and homemade condiments. Try the Detention if you dare—it features two grilled cheese sandwiches instead of a standard burger bun to hold the patty.
2. The Eatsie Boys--The E-boys channel the spirit of the Beastie Boys with menu items including pork "Snuggies," pork belly on pillowy Asian buns, a chicken poblano sausage called Frank the Pretzel and a No Sleep ‘Til Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Last summer, the truck debuted a full line-up of homemade ice cream (Shipley’s glazed donut flavor just came out). The truck won’t be out as often once the Eatsie Boys restaurant opens in Montrose this summer, so visit while you can.
3. Stick It Truck—Somewhat disappointingly, there’s no old-fashioned corndog on the menu. The team behind Stick It has a much bigger vision than that, with items like buttermilk fried chicken with four peppercorn gravy and Korean BBQ pork belly lettuce wraps with basmati rice and sesame gastrique. Only in 2012 would a food truck offer gastrique.
4. Happy Endings—This Asian-fusion food truck took the simple pleasure that is the hot dog and brought it to new heights. The 100% beef hot dogs on Hawaiian sweet buns get Japanese inspired toppings from spicy cucumbers to tempura bits. The fried egg rolls are a good place to start.
5. NOLAs2Geaux—What would the Houston food truck scene have been without some Creole? NOLAS has all the staples—poboys, gumbo and boudin balls—plus some extras including Cajun-style waffle fries and hushpuppies. Houston rapper Bun B has named this truck among his favorites.