Toledo area diners don’t always have to travel to delicious food options— often the options will come to them.
Glass City fare is available from many area food trucks that make their way around Toledo and the surrounding areas. In February, Toledo City Council approved a zoning change that cleared the way for a new food truck park on Summit St., at the former home of Andre’s Lounge, 1337 N. Summit St., which could open later this summer.
Here is a guide to the offerings of the area’s mobile restaurants, a sampling of the tastes rolling around the city. (For specific information on each truck’s route, visit the sites listed under “more info.”)
2nd Chance Food Truck
Owner JD Rule is not only dedicated to serving delicious food, but helping others. All employees have recently been incarcerated or just coming out of a rehabilitation program. These individuals learn the aspects of running a business, customer service, menu building, etc., along with serving up unique sandwiches.
Antojitos Laredo Tacos
For authentic Mexican food, swing by 1025 Eleanor Avenue (the truck recently moved from Ashland and Bancroft) any lunchtime for Antojitos. In addition to their trademark street tacos, they also serve up delicious burritos and even elotes (grilled Mexican street corn). Quality Mexican at an affordable price.
Beastro Burger Truck
“Our Specialty Is Burgers!” Beastro proudly exclaims at the top of its menu and, my goodness, they deliver. Everything from the simple “Plain Jane” burger to “The Beast” — a mouth-watering monster with two patties, two types of cheese, bacon, mushrooms, sautéed onions and more — has given area hamburger aficionados a taste of heaven for two years now. In addition to regular stops in Toledo and Maumee, they are scheduled at a number of local concerts this summer.
Brickyard Sloppy Joe
Since 2012, Donald Hill, along with other family members, created sweet and tangy sloppy joe sauces that can be found in local grocery stores. In May, they entered the food truck business to offer sloppy joe sandwiches with your choice of Original or Sweet Heat sauce, served with chips and a pickle.
Country Lane BBQ
Craving some messy classics like pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, or a rack of ribs? Take a stroll down Country Lane’s menu and see for yourself the people-pleasing guilty pleasures. Found at the Bowling Green Farmers’ Market, step right up and discover what a “Brisket Bomb” is.
Mouth-watering local smoky goodness is provided by Maumee’s own Deet’s BBQ. Offering chicken, beef, pork and St. Louis-style ribs that all but fall off the bone, everything is slow-cooked in-house. Deet’s truck can be regularly found in Maumee, Perrysburg and Toledo, as well as a recent added stop in Oregon.
The Displaced Chef
Despite a full-fledged permanent location in Perrysburg, the Displaced Chef still offers an amazing variety of Cuban cuisine throughout the Toledo area. From tacos to platos cubanos (plates including shredded pork, beans and rice) and, of course, an authentic Cuban Sandwich filled with pork, ham, Swiss cheese and more.
With a made-from-scratch chili recipe stemming from the 50’s, this truck dedicates its service to the chili dog and chili mac. Order plates best paired with chili like fries, nachos and a bag taco, along from the famous mac and dawgs. Duce’s Dawgs also offers catering for all your party and celebration needs.
Eric’s Mobile Ice Cream Shop
In addition to five physical locations in Defiance, Bryan and Bowling Green, Eric’s Ice Cream Factory offers its homemade ice cream on the road in Perrysburg, Maumee and around the Toledo area. For anyone who ever chased after an ice cream truck in their youth, Eric’s delicious variety will bring back happy summer memories.
Grumpy’s On The Go
For anyone who has ever yearned for one of Grumpy’s famous Garbage Salads for lunch, but couldn’t make it downtown, don’t worry! With regular stops in Toledo, Perrysburg and at Westgate, the truck offers a scaled-down menu of sandwiches, pies and salad most days from 11-1 or “until we run out.”
The double-pun of the shop’s title accentuates what are some of the tastiest homemade donuts in town. Buy some of the holey goodness at area Mac’s and Melts or visit the Toledough food truck throughout the Toledo area to satisfy your need for fried sweet dough and a cup of joe.
Infinite Zen Coffee and Noshery
Coffee shops are certainly having a moment in Toledo, so it was only a matter of time before a coffee truck started serving up piping hot cups o’ joe. Infinite Zen offers all your favorite coffee classics like espresso drinks, lattes, and smoothies, but what we really want to try is the Cafe Zen – espresso with steamed milk and peanut butter – yes, please!
Jeanie’s Comfort Cuisine
Two words: Jeanie’s Weenies. The truck’s full name is “Jeanies Comfort Cuisine to the Rescue,” which it certainly will be for anyone who needs some down-home diner food on the go. Since 2012 this staple of Toledo and Maumee roadways has offered classic American food (hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, etc.) that is sure to satisfy while not busting your wallet.
Jimmy G’s Pit-Smoked BBQ
Some of the most mouth-watering altruism ever is served up by Jimmy G’s BBQ out of Fremont. After years of providing delicious pulled pork and brisket for area fundraisers, Jimmy G’s opened a brick-and-mortar location in Fremont, while still maintaining its road eats for lucky diners in Toledo, Maumee and Perrysburg.
Koral Hamburg Food Truck
Many expressed their sadness when Koral Hamburg closed their diner doors on February 28, 2015. But with this came a new reinvention of the restaurant a couple years later— a food truck that travels all around Toledo and surrounding areas, as well as offers catering for special events. The truck serves up fresh ‘n juicy, never frozen burgers and other favorite finger food sides like french fries and onion rings. The Koral Kardiac Burger with two quarter pound patties is a must try for the hungry foodie.
The Leaf And Seed
The vegan community in Toledo is thriving and The Leaf and Seed’s success last season is proof of that. An all-vegan truck offering daily specials ranging from loaded nachos, crunchwrap supreme, and sweet potato/black bean tacos. Who knew comfort food could also be healthy? Find the truck in Maumee, Perrysburg, Sylvania, and Toledo.
Lyle’s Crepes is a food truck offering the delicious combo of sweet and savory. The wedge-shaped crepe, dusted in powdered sugar, is served in an aesthetically-pleasing manner for your eyes and mouth to water. Menu choices like “Chocolate Orange,” “Strawberry Nutella,” and a “Lasagna Crepe” will leave you wanting more.
Nick and Nino’s Street Food
It would be hard to find a more eclectic — and tasty — variety of foods than those offered by Nick and Nino’s. From American faves like cheeseburgers and chili dogs, to Mexican favorites like tacos, to Italian hoagies, not to mention the wood-fired pizza trailer, Nick and Nino’s offers incredible variety you won’t want to miss.
The operators of Toledo’s first mobile wood-fired pizza establishment offer a delectable selection of gourmet pizzas. Tony’s also offers catering for weddings, for those looking to surprise guests with a somewhat unconventional (but utterly delightful) food option.
Rolling old-school, Pop-Cycle Peddler offers classic ice cream novelties served from the front of a tricycle. In addition to its route throughout Point Place and Toledo, Pop-Cycle can also be hired for special occasions, and a portion of their proceeds are donated to local non-profit programs.
Rosie’s Rolling Chef
Rosie’s Italian Grille has been satisfying Toledo diners for decades with its amazing authentic cuisine, and the Rolling Chef continues that tradition for diners on the go, offering delicious specialties like Lobster Mac & Cheese and Lasagna in downtown Toledo every weekday, as well as for catering and special events.
Rusty’s Road Trip
Oh, sure, you can have one of the other wonderful dishes — bacon mac and cheese, tomato soup, crab rolls — but if you’re eating at Rusty’s, go for the Lake Erie Perch Basket. Area yellow perch, beer battered and deep fried, served with a side of French fries and homemade tartar sauce — if your mouth isn’t watering, you have no idea what you’re missing.
Junkyard Curly Fries, the Smashdawgz Sandwich, Hawaiian Hot Dogs…come on. It’s a classic food truck. With classic service. We received a raving email from a very happy mouth: “Not only is their food good, but they are pleasant! Plus, I witnessed a woman who presented herself and said, “I have no money, but I am really hungry”. They gave her a big hot dog with all the fixings. This alone will bring me back.” Keep it food truck classy, Toledo.
For more information on area food trucks and events, visit: toledofoodtrucks.com.
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