Best of OttawaBEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Food Trucks

BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Food Trucks

BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Food Trucks

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Photo courtesy of Ad Mare

Ad Mare

While seafood and street food may seem like an unusual combination, Ad Mare nails it hook, line and sinker. Not only do they serve some of the best seafood in the city, but it’s also sustainable. Go early if you want to guarantee getting your hands on some fish and chips, since a long line is not unusual (especially on Lobster roll Wednesdays). You can order online if you don’t want to leave things to chance.

Photo credit: Style Domination 

Dumpling Park

The dumplings at this tiny trailer, tucked behind Morning Owl Coffee in Little Italy with quaint flower boxes and an AstroTurf “park”, are as delicious as the place is darling. The menu is simple with only three items and changes slightly each week, always with dumplings, noodles and a vegan option. You’ll want to get the larger of the two sizes or you’ll find yourself quickly coming back for seconds.

Photo credit: Anna Jonas

The Blended Berry

The acai bowls from this smoothie truck look like they could have materialized straight from your Instagram feed. Order one of their usual combinations or build your own from the drool-worthy list of toppings. They also cater well to dietary restrictions, offering vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free selections.

Photo credit: Tori McNeely

???????Playa Del Popsical

Retreat to your happy place and pretend you’re at the beach at this oasis in the middle of the glebe, decked out in retro pastels and décor. Treat yourself to an artisan popsicle (or two) complete with chunks of fresh fruit while soaking up some sun on one of the lounge chairs with your feet in the sand. Each of the yummy flavours is like its own mini vacation.

Photo credit: Anna Jonas

???????S&G Fries and Burgers

Arguably the best poutine in the city, this old school chip truck is the way it should be done. The fries are just the right amount of crispy and they have perfected the ideal gravy to cheese curds ratio. You can stop by on your way out of Produce Depot or Thyme and Again, but it’s worth the trip all on its own.

Photo courtesy of Raon Kitchen

???????Raon Kitchen

The name Raon, meaning “greatly pleasing, enjoyable and cheerful”, is an accurate description of this food truck’s Korean cuisine and overall vibes. Located between Bank and Albert, their main dish is Bibimbap - a well-rounded rice and veggie bowl with your choice of authentic protein. The business started in two local farmers’ markets in 2012, but you can get their full origin story in the CBC documentary Food on Wheels.

Photo courtesy of Meryenda Snack 

???????Meryenda Snack

Meryenda Snack was founded in May 2015 by two restaurant veterans who decided to venture out on their own, combining their unique and varied cooking experience to bring their mutual love for Filipino food to the Ottawa masses. The menu features traditional flavours with modern twists. The Prince of Wales truck has definitely achieved their goal of making Filipino food locally accessible.

Photo courtesy of Falafel on Wheels

???????Falafel on Wheels

This vegan and vegetarian friendly option just rolled onto the scene this May. Their fresh homemade falafel is made from scratch and comes in sandwiches, platters or salads – whatever suits your fancy (we love it on the Fattoush salad). Call to pre-order or swing by in person at their permanent location on Montreal road.

Photo courtesy of Gongfu Bao

???????Gongfu Bao

Gongfu Bao serves a variety of Chinese & Taiwanesedelicacies, but specializes in their namesake steamed buns. These little pockets of heaven are no joke, handcrafted and cooked to perfection in both classic and creative flavour combinations inspired by modern street food. In fact, they’re so good that they will be opening a brick and mortar shop on the corner of Bank and Gilmour this year.

Photo courtesy of Nacho Cartel

???????Nacho Cartel

This Wilbrod Street truck is a hotspot for Ottawa U students and locals alike, dishing up a diverse fusion of cultures ranging from Cuban to Lebanese to Honduran. All of their sauces are made in-house and celiacs can breathe easy knowing that their tortillas and chips are completely Gluten-Free. You can even bring your pup along to their dog-friendly patio.

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