25 Best Black-Owned Food Trucks
By Jeffery Smith, Jr.
From fairs to festivals, food trucks are popping up and becoming destinations for foodies all over. You can get everything from burgers and fries to some fine dining items at a food truck. If they’re not set at a specific location, finding them can sometimes be a pain but can also lead you to a food truck festival where your options will be endless.
Here are 25 black-owned food trucks that you should try.
Diva Dawgs – New Orleans, LA
Head on down to the bayou of New Orleans, LA where this gourmet hot dog food truck features locally made creole hot dogs which they call “Diva Dawg” served on a sweet and savory brioche bun with plenty of creole style toppings. They also make specialty shakes like the praline candy shake.
NeatMeat DC – Washington, D.C.
Attorney turned food truck owner Nnamdi Nwaneri is serving up gourmet style sloppy Joe’s with a twist. The menu offers nine takes on this classic tomato sauce and meat classic. NeatMeat has options of beef, chicken, turkey, pork, and yes they even have a vegan option (the Miso Joe).
Dirty Dishes – New Orleans, LA
Dirty Dishes is serving some of your favorite culinary creations but adding that NOLA twist for amazing flavors to satisfy your appetite. Check out the “dirty mac”, it’s their macaroni and cheese dish made with smoked gouda, crawfish and turkey tasso.
R&R Extreme Wings – Indianapolis, IN
Extreme wings goes where the people want! With sauces like sweet and spicy, honey bbq, hot habanero, and buffalo, just to name a few, R&R has the flavor and the prices that you want from a quality food truck.
Trap Kitchen PDX – Portland, OR
This food truck which originally started in Compton, CA and has been serving the streets of LA since 2013 has opened their second truck in Portland, OR. Still serving only great food Trap Kitchen PDX has soul food classics along with a few menu specials that do not disappoint.
Fowl Play – Baltimore, MD
At this truck, it’s all about the sauce! Fowl Play is a top 10 ranked food truck making a sauce that turns a bad meal good and a good meal great. With a very diverse menu, you are sure to find something you will want to pour this delicious sauce all over. They also have vegan and vegetarian options available.
Browns BarBQ – Midland, TX
Whether it’s the brisket tacos or loaded frito pie you are sure to find a smoked favorite from this food truck. Texas is known for their bbq and Browns did not miss a day of class. Browns has been in the mobile dining industry for more than 10 years and now has two trucks. Their signature item is their brisket burrito.
Southern Pitch Food Truck – Chicago, IL
The design of this truck alone will catch your attention, and the food will keep you coming back. Referencing black history and feel good moments in time Southern Pitch’s slogan is “Enjoy the Food, Digest the History”. Whether it’s the chicken, mac & cheese or collard greens there’s plenty of soul in this food to have you coming back.
Soul Burrito – Harrisburg, PA
This family-owned food truck specializes in globally inspired burritos from the Jamaican Sensation to the South of the Border burrito all the way over to their vegetarian option the Tree Hugger, Soul Burrito is filling these tortilla shells with all kinds of goodness. Don’t just stop at the burritos, their oven-baked mac n’ cheese has a big following as well.
Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats – Washington, D.C.
A purveyor of fine American frozen custard! Goodies is perfect for a hot day in the district. The vanilla custard is smooth and creamy, the root beer floats fizz perfectly and they even have ice cream sandwiches made with donuts. Try the apple cider cinnamon donutwich.
Boricua Soul Food – Durham, NC
Boricua is serving Puerto Rican inspired soul food to feed the soul. The menu features classics from both cuisines such as chopped bbq filled empanadas, and griddle fried cornbread filled with Puerto Rican and Caribbean inspired meats and vegetables.
Jambo Cafe – Santa Fe, NM
Classic Caribbean and African style dishes and fresh expressions of well-seasoned comfort food are being served from Jambo Cafe’s food truck down in New Mexico. This truck was voted #1 Best Ethnic/International Restaurant for six years running in the Santa Fe Reporter’s annual “Best of Santa Fe” competition.
The Traveling Carrot – Katy, TX
There are two menus to choose from: The trailer menu and the rotating menu. The trailer menu stays the same from week to week while the rotating menu has more options and changes weekly and you must pre-order these meals.
Travis Chicago Style – Birmingham, AL
Burgers, dogs, and polish sausages are being done at this food truck. Messy, but oh so good! Get yours covered in grilled onions, peppers and Travis’s special sauce.
Midnite Confections Cupcakery – Baltimore, MD
Come to try one of the 12 cupcake flavors they have daily. Don’t forget the cookies and cakes available on the menu also.
Jerk Hut – Columbia, MO
Authentic Jamaican fare served to sizzled perfections. Make sure you try the wings and the beef empanada, both are super tasty and recommended by customers.
Soulgood – Dallas, TX
Soulgood’s mission is to “save people, the planet and animals by serving food with integrity and no regret” This vegetarian and vegan fast food truck serves organic plant-based foods with a smile. Using Locally sourced ingredients and sustainable practices to bring you only the best in quality.
Soul 2 Go – Minneapolis, MN
A soul bowl is the best way to go here. The bowl has smothered chicken, mashed potatoes and cabbage, served with cornbread muffin and their famous mac & cheese empanada. You can find them on the road in the truck or request them to cater your next event.
Grilled Fraiche – Los Angeles, CA
Simple, fresh and flavorful are all the ingredients needed to keep Grilled Fraiche in business. They not only have their food truck there is also a store located on the west side of Los Angeles. The proteins and veggies are perfectly char-grilled and the sauces and marinades add a great Caribbean flare.
Island Vybz Mobile Rasta Rant – Iowa City, IA
Island Vybz is getting five stars from customers that rave about their jerk. Both the jerk chicken and jerk pork seem to be hits with customers and keeps them coming back for more. I’d definitely like to make my way to try this truck out.
Edee’s Place BBQ – Dacula, TX
Good bbq is a great thing when you find it. Since Texas is known for bbq it’s pretty safe to say you get only the best of smoked flavor and sauce when you visit Edee’s. Pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chicken and not even mentioning the sides that will have your mouth watering are all reasons that you should go try out this bbq joint.
The Flava Trailer – Austin, TX
“Food you can taste” The Flava Trailer is serving up food that you don’t traditionally see on a food truck. Such things like boudin balls, fried blue crab, frito pie, shrimp loaded fries and much more. Just like the name and the slogan this food is all about the FLAVA!
Brown Shuga Soul Food – Boise, ID
A soul food truck was probably the last thing expected to pop up in Boise, ID but Brown Shuga has come and marked its territory. Brown Shuga’s menu includes smoked turkey legs, bbq chicken, gumbo jambalaya, collard greens, macaroni and cheese and signature desserts like the sweet potato pie and lemon tarts.
Soul Food Cafe Express – Las Vegas, NV
Soul Food Cafe offers a collection of items with a common theme, healthy, flavorful and familiar. They want to create satisfying, wholesome, nutritious food for consumers providing a healthy alternative to good old fashion soul food.
Francar’s Buffalo Wings – Macon, GA
They have a large menu appealing to the entire community but the focus of Francar’s is the wings. Expect great food at an affordable price as they are conscious of pressures on all areas of the economy and add value-priced items to the menu periodically. They have a number of different sauces and there are more in development. The wings are the way to go according to customers.