Switch up your family mealtime routine by dining out at the many food trucks in San Diego! These meals on wheels will satisfy everyone’s appetite with a pleasing range of options from Italian and Mexican food to authentic British cuisine and classic comfort food. One of our top picks was even voted one of the top 100 places to eat in the U.S. in 2020! Read on for where to order up a delicious dish!
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Old School Authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice
Nothing beats a cool treat on a hot, summer day! Old School Authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice puts a fun spin on serving up their shave ice out of a revamped, original 1982, 20-foot long school bus. Old School Shave Ice is all natural so you don't have to worry about dyes, corn syrup or artificial ingredients with this sweet treat. They use many organic syrups as well as eco-friendly compostable cups, bamboo straws, recycled paper napkins and cornstarch spoons. Their shave ice is authentic, Hawaiian style, so it's shaved and fluffy. Check out their calendar here to see where to catch this school bus and indulge in a delicious, refreshing dessert.
Good to know: You can also invite Old School Authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice to serve at your next event––which will definitely make it too cool for school.
Taco Picasso dishes up artfully crafted tacos with a fusion of flavors from south of the border and SoCal. They buy all of their ingredients fresh and locally, which makes every bite of their tacos sumptuous. We dig the cactus-nopales taco which boasts flat top grilled cactus on a bed of cabbage topped with a fresh pico de gallo, cilantro, avocado crema and cotija cheese. The Picasso nachos, rice bowls and quesadillas are a great option for kiddos––and they come with vegetarian or meat options. They have a kid's menu with a plain taco of any variety, rice and beans or a cheese quesadilla. Save room for a churro for dessert!
Check their calendar to see where you can catch up and grab a bite off the Taco Picasso truck.
For Italian food lovers, Mangia Mangia Mobile is a one-stop shop for freshly prepared gourmet pastas, meatballs, Italian sandwiches, pizza burgers, and more. This authentic Italian food truck was featured on The Cooking Channel’s Eat St. and ABC’s The Chew. With their tasty food and friendly service, these Italians will have you and your crew coming back for more. The chicken parm and lasagna grilled cheese are two of their most popular items, and kids will go crazy for the meatball lollipops––meatballs on a stick that are tempura fried and served with marinara dipping sauce. Make sure you save room for dessert because Mangia Mangia Mobile also offers orange dream bars that are to die for. Check here to see where Mangia Mangia is pulling up next!
God Save the Cuisine
Two brothers from Britain bring you the tastes, sights, smells and even sounds of the UK with God Save the Cuisine. That’s right, their food truck looks just like a London double decker bus and plays British music––think of the money you’ll save on plane tickets! With a passion for good “real” food, God Save the Cuisine serves up local, sustainable, organic food. Try favorites like the Big Ben Burger, traditional Fish-n-Chips, or The Butty-–a beer-battered fresh fish sandwich served with homemade tartar sauce. Check their Facebook page for where to find the truck throughout San Diego each week.
According to Yelp's new list of "Top 100 Places to Eat in 2020," Shawarma Guys is the number one restaurant in the U.S.! We love that they offer vegan options including vegan chicken to accommodate a variety of diets. Nosh on their vegan chicken pita while your little ones enjoy the freshly made falafel pita. Share an order of the lemon cream chop fries and the shawarma egg rolls. You'll find this popular food truck in South Park at 3012 Grape St.
Pierogi Truck is the only place to get authentic Polish food on the go. Pierogis (similar to dumplings) are their specialty and they are all made by hand. The potato and cheese flavor is a yummy choice for kids who are trying them for the first time. Authentic Eastern European dishes like Polish Sausage, Hunter's Stew, stuffed cabbage and goulash are also available. Check the website for a daily listing of where the truck is located.
Just reading this food truck’s menu is sure to make your mouth water. Featured on the TV show, The Great Food Truck Race, Devilicious' most popular item is the Butter Poached Lobster Grilled Cheese! Other favorites include the All Crab Crab Cake, and The Cubano. All sandwiches are served with a baby green salad, or add a side truffle parm fries. Kiddos will love the All American Cheeseburger with fries, and a Smores ‘Wich for dessert. Their food truck has become so popular, they decided to open up a restaurant called Devilicious Eatery, located in Old Town Temecula. They have a huge menu of brunch, lunch, and dinner favorites, and be sure to wash it down with a cold brew from their tap room. Check out their website for the food truck schedule with locations all over San Diego.
Two For the Road
There’s something for everyone at Two for the Road. From not-so-basic burgers and hot dogs that the kids will love, to specialty items like the Shrimp BLT Roll and Cap N’ Crunch Crab Cakes, you might want to go halvsies just so you can try everything! Just be sure that someone orders the New England Lobster Roll-–it’s a long-time crowd favorite. Don't worry if you're not in the mood for seafood. Two for the Road also serves up a Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese, and save room for their famous Whoopie Pies flown in from a small town in Maine. Two for the Road also offers retro sodas and prides themselves on using all fresh ingredients that are hormone-free and never frozen. Their food is a little more on the pricey side, but we think it's worth the extra cost. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter for their weekly schedule of locations throughout San Diego.
Editor's note: Two for the Road is currently closed due to Covid-19, but check their social media for when they are reopening.
Hungry for BBQ? Super Q Food Truck serves up mouth-watering, hickory smoked all-American BBQ that can’t be beat. The Super Q Pork, Brisket, and Chicken Melt Sandwiches all feature their Three Cheese Mac-n-Cheese inside the sandwich, along with sautéed onions on grilled sourdough with melted cheddar. For healthier fare, try the BBQ Chicken Salad or their daily vegetarian entrée. There are plenty of options for kiddos like sliders and fries, or the side of Mac-n-Cheese is a perfect toddler-sized dish. Follow them on Facebook for their schedule of locations throughout San Diego. If you don’t see a location near you but still need your BBQ fix, visit their family-friendly restaurant called Kaminski’s located in Poway.
––Kelly Powell & Beth Shea