Food trucks to seek out this summer festival season
As the festival season kicks into full swing, expect a growing rotation of food trucks to pop up around Columbus. From ComFest to the Arts Festival and Urban Scrawl to Festival Latino, keep an eye out for these good eats in truck form.
Buckeye Donuts Food Truck
Yes, Buckeye Donuts has a food truck! The bright red truck will be popping up at festivals throughout the summer, serving breakfast sandwiches, gyros and the usual suspects from the donut line-up. The eatery has recently teased chicken and waffle sandwiches, too.
Cluckwagon bills itself as “Cluckin Awesome.” It puts fried chicken to good use during breakfast and lunch, offering breakfast burritos or chicken and waffles for the morning-eats crowd and Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches and Carolina-style pulled chicken for lunchers.
This perennial favorite runs the kitchen at Zauber Brewing, but its food truck brings all the greatest hits to other breweries and events, serving up everything from those zesty jerk-chicken tacos to mofongo sandwiches and fried plantains.
Kenny's Meat Wagon
Kenny Donnelly upgraded his cart to a truck this year, which means expanded options from the bearded sandwich connoisseur. Find Kenny and his wagon for hearty bites like his Italian sandwiches, buffalo chicken, Chicago-style Italian beef and everything in-between.
Broke Johnny Food Truck
Broke Johnny brings breakfast to the streets, whether it's morning, noon or night. Egg-centric specialties include burritos, huevos rancheros, hash and tostadas, while waffles also take center stage in sweet and savory varieties.
Celebrating five years in the food truck business, Laura Lee's Ajumama continues to please visitors with creative Korean street food finds like bulgogi cheesesteaks, kimchi hot dogs and more.
Barroluco Argentine Comfort Food
Bringing Argentinian classics to the masses, Barroluco offers up everything from sandwiches to empanadas, paella bowls and churros.
Cupzilla Korean BBQ
Cupzilla employs easy-to-carry cups containing Korean-style barbecue chicken, pork, beef or tofu. The menu is supplemented with sides such as pot stickers and spring rolls.
The Angry Weiner
Hot dogs are the original street food, and Angry Weiner rotates through both creative and classic flavors using Nathan's Famous hot dogs, Italian sausages, brats and veggie dogs.
Catie Randazzo's kosher-style deli truck always pleases with creations like her crispy chicken sandwiches, reubens, schmaltz fried potatoes and pastrami wings.
Kinetic works to take wholesome eating to the streets, building crave-worthy bowls on pre-set combinations of sauces, veggies and cheeses, offering selections such as Caprese, West Coast, Cobb or Scorpion. Customers can then choose bases of grains, greens or sweet potatoes, plus proteins.
Mya's Fried Chicken
Continuing to satisfy Columbus' craving for fried chicken, Mya's has returned to the regular food truck rotations, dishing up Southern-style fried chicken with biscuits and all the sides.
Aromaku is one of the city's only Indonesian outlets, and its presence at a festival or brewery is always a welcome sight. If you've never tried Aromaku, add it to your list of food trucks to track down this season. Try the lumpia sayur spring rolls, the bakmi ayam noodle dish and the rendang rice, for starters.
Having established a regular presence at North Market and the Convention Center, Dos Hermanos continues to please at festivals and breweries around the city with its selection of tacos, burritos and homemade salsas.
Street Thyme fulfills cravings with an eclectic menu of burgers, fries and shakes.
Mixing Bowl Asian Grill
Mixing Bowl uses a simple fast-casual model of letting customers build Asian-themed bowls, tacos or burritos with their choices of proteins, hot and cold toppings, sauces and seasonings.
Aloha's Hawaiian-inspired menu includes crowd-pleasing favorites like Hawaiian fried chicken, a version of loco moco, steam buns and other shareables.
Sophie's Gourmet Pierogis
Sophie's helps make up for Columbus' lack of Eastern European roots (at least compared to other parts of Ohio) by slinging homemade pierogis at various events and breweries around town. Bonus: You can also buy its dumplings in bulk.
One of the few trucks serving Indian fare on-the-go, Maanas dishes up a small menu of curries, biryanis and sides.
The “Home of the Fish Boat!” focuses on fried foods like fish (duh), wings, okra and more.