10 Must-Visit Eateries at the World’s Largest Food Truck Rally

Plus, what to order from each one
Food Truck Rally
Bavarian Inn’s Cluck Truck is one of many trucks scheduled for the event. // Photograph courtesy of Bavarian Inn Cluck Truck

There are more than 100 trucks scheduled to participate in The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally, which is coming to Detroit’s West Riverfront Park from June 21-23 as part of the River Days Festival. The rally last stopped into the city in November 2018 and drew trucks from all over the country. This month’s festivities are anticipated to be no different with trucks from Ohio, Missouri, Florida, and more scheduled to participate. With all that cross-country deliciousness it can be hard to cipher through the options. That’s why we’ve got you covered — here’s our must list.

Bavarian Inn Cluck Truck

A roving extension of Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn, this truck offers several delicious iterations of the soft pretzel. From a classic serving with cheese to a flatbread ham & cheese pretzel sandwich with sweet Bavarian mustard, this truck has you covered. Finish it off with a black forest pretzel elephant ear. For more information visit bavarianinn.com/cluck-truck/.

Chicky Chicky Waffle

An innovative concept coming out of Grove City, Ohio, Chicky Chicky Waffle puts a spin on the chicken and waffle combo. Instead of layering a piece of fried chicken atop of a waffle, the truck’s owners came up with the idea to dip seasoned tenders into waffle batter and then deep fry them. The result is both fluffy and savory. For more information, visit chickychickywaffle.weebly.com.

Craving Donuts

These “Always Fresh Always Delish” donuts come straight from Tampa, Florida in a range of delicious flavors like So Much S’More, a vanilla cake donut topped with chocolate ganache and Graham crackers then drizzled with marshmallow. Or, Big Guava, also a vanilla cake tossed in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with guava. For more information visit craving-donuts.square.site/.

D’Vine Cookies & Dough

This Ferndale favorite is for those with a sweet-tooth. You can’t go wrong with the Chocolate Salted, Cookies and Cream, or Red Velvet cookies. For more information visit dvinecookies.com.

Humpty’s Dumplings

Since opening its first restaurant in Glenside, Pennsylvania in 20TK, Humpty’s Dumplings has become increasingly popular for a good reason. The eatery, which also operates a food truck, has a menu with a unique assortment of dumplings, noodle bowls, and salads. Go for something traditional like the Asian Pork dumpling or opt for an interesting dish like a Chicken Pot Pie noodle bowl or vegetarian-friendly Broccoli & Cheddar dumpling. For more information, visit humptysdumplings.com.

Island Noodles

The award-winning byproduct of a Hawaiian native and culinary school graduate started in Bigfork, Montana. This mobile eatery now does business in 13 different states, offering uniquely flavored soba noodles stir-fried with various vegetable, the duo’s propriety sauce, and optional choice of white meat teriyaki chicken breast. For more information visit islandnoodles.com.

Nu Deli

This innovative metro Detroit food truck serves deli classics with an Indian twist. Their Nu Grilled Cheese is layered with four kinds of cheese and Mango chutney while their Nu Egg is an egg-salad sandwich served on masala bread. Wash it all down with an Iced Chai. For more information, visit thenudeli.com.


What would a metro Detroit food rally be without some delicious Mediterranean food? Try this Detroit truck’s namesake item — Shakshuka —a classic Israeli dish made from tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, and poached eggs. The Sabich, a pita stuffed with fire-roasted, Israeli pickle, hummus, pickled mango sauce, eggplant, and hardboiled egg, is also a must-try. For more information visit truckshuka.com.

Pierogi Love Indy

While Hamtramck may be known locally as the go-to spot for pierogi, this Indiana-based truck is impressing hungry diners just a state over. Voted the No.1 food truck in Indiana by Food Truck Wars in 2015, Pierogi Love Indy serves up traditional Polish classics as well as creative twists like the Loaded Feta & Spinach, a dish that features five hand-stuffed feta and spinach pierogi with feta cheese and tzatziki sauce. For more information, visit pierogilove.com.

Pollo Louisville

Sauces take center stage at this gourmet chicken joint, which hails all the way from Louisville, Kentucky. There’s creative variations like Raspberry Chipotle BBQ and Coconut Honey Mustard. Plus, ultra-hot mixes, including the aptly named Hot Shit sauce. For more information, visit facebook.com/pollolouisville.

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