Detroit summers are great for so many reasons! The beach at Campus Martius opens back up, shops begin to pop up downtown and the Detroit Tigers are playing games at the beautiful Comerica Park. But one of my favorite parts about the return of the summer season is the amazing food trucks! From tacos to barbecue to mac ‘n’ cheese, Detroit is home to some of the best food trucks in the country! In preparation for Downtown Street Eats (which begins today!), here is a list of some of the best food trucks that will be serving delicious grub all summer long!
The Campus Martius favorite is back again this summer! If their name didn’t give it away already, they specialize in creative mac ‘n’ cheese. “Creative” doesn’t mean just sprinkling some bacon bits on top of a box of Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese. We’re talking fresh, high-quality ingredients including chorizo, wild mushrooms, caramelized onions and artichokes.
Another staple when it comes to Detroit food trucks, El Guapo is in fact the first licensed and accepted food truck in Detroit! Their eclectic menu features typical Mexican favorites but also offers a variety of special twists on the classics. Highlighted by a Korean beef and pork belly, El Guapo’s menu definitely has some tasty specialties everyone must try. And don’t forget about their famous jalapeno limeade!
A well-known name around these parts, Slows is arguably the best barbecue in the D. I feel like I don’t need to elaborate too much on the greatness of Slows, but expect some savory pulled pork, tasty hot mac ‘n’ cheese, refreshing cole slaw, as well as other Slows favorites.
For an Italian kick, Dago Joe’s has got you covered. Dago Joe’s menu features a great selection of sandwiches and pastas, all of which feature one of their three homemade sauces. My personal favorite items on this menu are the garlic knots – two wonderful, buttery garlic dough balls of goodness served with your choice of sauce. Are you a vegetarian? More than half of Dago Joe’s menu is vegetarian!
New to the food truck game, Stockyard will be debuting its food trailer this June downtown. Known for its intimate pop-up dinners, Stockyard is taking its culinary creations to the street this summer. While their food trailer menu isn’t available quite yet, you can get a taste of what to expect from their Instagram page.
This menu features unique pita sandwiches that are made hot to order with natural ingredients. Paying special attention to the vegetarian and gluten-free people in the world, The Pita Post has options for any dietary lifestyle!
“Pommes frites” is French for “french fries.” Detroit Pommes Frites offers both regular and sweet potato Belgian-style fries. But the signature touch in this food truck is the variety of sauces. With over 25 choices, there will surely be a dip just for you. Free sauces include the classics – ketchup, mustard, Tabasco and malt vinegar. But they also feature 24 gourmet sauces, ranging from lemon-pepper garlic mayo to Thai red curry mayo to brown sugar and cinnamon cream. Check out their website for the full list.
The Ferndale ice cream and dessert shop is taking its talents to Detroit! Their menu, which Treat Dreams likes to call “the good stuff,” features homemade ice cream including hard ice creams, sorbets and vegan ice cream! They also have baked goods, shakes, smoothies and other tasty drinks. Now of course they have chocolate and vanilla ice cream, but they also make some very unique flavors including coconut chai-tea, honey lavender, hot jalapeno and brown sugar ham! So now you know where to go on a hot summer Detroit day to cool yourself off!
Don’t worry – these are not all of the food trucks and huts that will be out and about in Detroit this summer. I just wanted to give you a taste of the action and let you go explore to find the rest! So get out of your chair and head outside now, because Downtown Street Eats has just begun!
What are your favorite Detroit food trucks? Share in the comments section below!