So you’re on your lunch break at work and you want something quick that’s also delicious. No problem. Find a food truck nearby. Here’s a list of five of the best in the area.
Royal Oak, MI 48201
Jacques’ Tacos is family owned and the truck travels to Detroit, Ferndale, Royal Oak and other locations – check the calendar on the website to see where and when it will be on a specific day. The menu was created by chef Wes Holton, who is Michelin-rated, and includes many healthy ingredients; everything is homemade, as well. Jacques’ Tacos won “Best Food Truck” in both Metro Times and Real Detroit in 2011.
Detroit, MI 48170
Concrete Cuisine has some unique names for its creations, such as “frickles,” breaded dill pickle spears (fried pickles), and “sweeties,” its waffle-cut sweet potato fries in cinnamon sugar and served with maple cream dipping sauce. The food truck is available for hire and does graduation parties, corporate lunches/events and tailgating, and is available for sporting events and block parties as well. You can follow it on Twitter and Facebook to find out its location for the day, or check the website, which has its Twitter feed. Concrete Cuisines serves appetizers, sandwiches and chicken strips, and Michigan-made Faygo beverages when available.
Troy, MI 48083
Green Zebra is owned by Katie Berschback and Jim Pearce, who have 20 years of restaurant and catering experience between them. Their truck is a 1990 Ford E-350 step van, and in another reincarnation it was a SWAT van in Alabama, which is why its current nickname is “Sarge.” Green Zebra’s menu is varied and includes salads, sandwiches, soups, sides and drinks. On any given day, it can be found in Detroit, Troy, Warren or other places throughout the Metro area. Green Zebra is also available for catering.
Madison Heights, MI 48071
If you’re craving mac ‘n cheese, Mac Shack is the truck to seek out. It specializes in mac ‘n cheese as well as gourmet French fries, and it can mostly be found in downtown Detroit. Its mac ‘n cheese ranges from $6.25 to $7 and the fries from $4 to $6. Mac Shack also has “amaze balls,” which are three deep-fried mac ‘n cheese balls with ranch, marinara or buffalo sauce.! You can find Mac Shack at Eastern Market from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday.
P.O. Box 2478
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 210- 3583
Ned’s TravelBurger swept both the Real Detroit Weekly and Detroit Free Press Best Food Truck title this year. Ned’s serves food out of a 1946 Spartan Manor Trailer converted into a “mobile commercial kitchen.” This company takes pride in using local beef and never processed food, and the buns on which the beef patties are served are also baked locally. TravelBurgers are different in that they sit in a 7-inch bun with the condiments place along the length of the bun. Ned’s fries are hand-cut and the hamburger patties are hand-formed, as well.
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Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.