It’s fast, inexpensive, and sometimes even gourmet. Food trucks are a hot trend in cities around the country, and Detroit is no exception — and for good reason. Scattered around Motor City, dozens of popular mobile restaurants serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner to loyal locals. If you’re visiting, plan to order from a chalkboard and dine sitting on a nearby bench for at least one memorable meal.
The Mac Shack
Look around for a cheese-colored van at a public event in Detroit, and chances are you’ll spot The Mac Shack crew serving up homemade macaroni and cheese specialties. Try the American classic topped with chorizo, jalapeño, and pico de gallo (Cheech’s Trip) or with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, and grated parmesan cheese (Papa Smurf). Include a side of fries to round out the comfort food experience, or order a few mini sizes to sample and share different flavors.
“Bringing your coffee break to you” is the stimulating concept behind Drifter Coffee, a java business that operates out of a vintage turquoise and white Serro Scotty trailer. The truck offers everything you’d expect from a coffee café, including tasty hot chocolate, Hyperion pour-over coffee from Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Eli Tea from Birmingham, Michigan.
The Mean Weenie
Loaded up and ready to thrill your taste buds, the dogs served at The Mean Weenie are custom made to exceed your expectations. This Michigan-proud truck serves all-beef Dearborn hot dogs, Michigan sausages, Browns bakery buns, Better Made potato chips, and Faygo soda, or “pop,” as you say in Detroit.
Perfect if you’re vegan or following a gluten-free diet, Delectabowl piles a creative mix of fresh ingredients into bowls and onto baked potatoes. Signature bowls are available to satisfy carnivores, too. The Fiesta Bowl offers a choice of marinated grilled chicken or black bean stew over brown rice with corn salad, pico de gallo, and Green Goddess dressing. The Monster spud overflows with cheese, BBQ pulled pork, and chives.
Salt & Sugar Co.
If you love to start with dessert, Salt & Sugar Co. offers plenty of tempting options. The menu features a winning combination of baked goods and lunch items that are natural and organic. Housed in a 1966 Holiday Rambler, this venue serves up delicious soups, salads, pulled pork, and much more. The associated stationary commercial kitchen prepares catered meals for up to 150 people.
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