Some of the best food doesn’t have to come from a brick and mortar. Whether it’s barbecue or beignets, there’s a truck (or trailer) for every taste. Here are four of our favorite spots to grab a bite on the go or to park for a while to savor our meal.
Beignets 2 Go
Operating every weekend in Eastern Market, Beignets 2 Go brings a taste of New Orleans to Detroit. The airy beignets are flash fried fresh, giving them an irresistible crispy exterior. Topped with a heap of powdered sugar and served in fours, these beignets are just begging to be paired with a cup of hot chicory coffee. Try “The Works,” drizzled in dark chocolate and raspberry syrup. For those feeling particularly sinful, opt for the beyond decadent cronets, served with syrup, bits of bacon, or even sandwiched with bacon and cheese. Find out where they’ll be parked next at beignets2go.com.
Former IT employee Bob Perye traded in office life for the food life, bringing Ferndale all manners of smoked meats such as beef brisket, pulled pork, and ribs, well as appropriate sides such as beans, greens, and yams, all cooked low and slow over an oak fire. Open Thursday through Saturday, this trailer also slings interesting dishes with a global perspective; recent featured specials have included a Brazilian beef sandwich and jerk rubbed leg of lamb. 600 Woodward Heights, Ferndale; 248-721-4878; ILoveREBBQ.com
Loncheria El Parian
Get a car wash and tacos at the same time. This southwest Detroit staple has several trucks in its fleet parked at various spots, including the aforementioned car wash at Vernor Highway and Dix. Fillings for the authentic and tasty tacos range from traditional such as carne asada (steak) to more adventurous such as beef head, but no matter which protein you select, you’ll get a hearty helping (good thing they double up on the tortillas). But Loncheria El Parian has other dishes to offer, including quesadillas, tostadas, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Vernor Highway and Dix
Every Thursday evening from May through October, this airstream trailer turned mobile restaurant serves farm-to-table, seasonal meals in a Corktown community garden. Bonfires and music add to the festive outdoor party vibes. Diners with vegetarian, vegan, and other dietary considerations, as well as pets and families, are all welcome. Check out Facebook for updates and purchase tickets in advance on the website; tickets start at $10 for dinner and up to $20 for a dinner combo plus donation. guerrillafooddetroit.com/tickets/pinkflamingo