The popularity of food trucks continues to grow in Las Vegas each year, officially demonstrated when the City of Las Vegas created designated parking spots downtown for food trucks to park for longer periods of time, a move that helped them avoid those difficult laws of when and where food trucks can normally park. This year’s guide highlights the best of Las Vegas food trucks, from alcohol-infused sweet treats to spicy Venezuelan street food. Be sure to follow each of the trucks’ social media accounts to find out where they will be stopping next. Here, a guide to some of the more popular food trucks in the city along with some newcomers who are keeping roving bellies full. Bacon, hot chicken, Mexican barbecue and more make this list.
Fukuburger may have landed a bricks-and-mortar location at the Hawaiian Marketplace, but this local’s favorite his been peddling its Asian burgers on the streets for years. Try the namesake Fukuburger with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and finished with a drizzling of wasabi mayo and Fuku sauce or go for the iconic Buta Burger with applewood-smoked bacon, American cheese, pickled red onions and red ginger, Japanese barbecue sauce and wasabi mayo.
Modern Asian fusion food comes alive on the Dragon Grille food truck, which was featured on Late Nite Chef Fight in season one. Try the slow-braised beef brisket, pork or Asian-marinated chicken and specialty items such as beef sliders and a bulgogi Philly cheesesteak.
All things cheesy find a home on the Stripchezze food truck. Try the Asian-style cheese steak or mac and cheese egg rolls with kimchi sauce for something different or go for the "3 Way Parlay" with three cheeses melted on parmesan-crusted sourdough. Stripchezze also renovates macaroni and cheese with their Daddy’s On A Roll dish, comprised of four deep fried eggrolls, filled with gooey mac ‘n cheese, served with Kimchi sauce for dipping.
You can’t pigeonhole Sauced into one type of food. Try the Porky’s Revenge with pulled pork, links and hand-battered onion rings or the bleu bacon and fig burger. Go for the "Big Easy Balls" with Cajun chicken and Andouille sausage or the Seoul food taco slow-braised Korean pork for smaller bites. Be sure to try the Blue Bacon & Fig Burger (an Angus burger, garnished with bleu cheese, arugula, caramelized onions and their homemade bacon and fig jam).
Gourmet burgers, seafood tacos and Kosher dogs ride along with Curbside Cafe. Blackened Mahi tacos, fried calamari tacos and Sonoran dogs are just some of the specialty dishes, but look for specials such as chicken tandori and crispy pork tenderloin sandwiches.
Cousins Maine Lobster
Barbara Corcoran saw big dollars and big lobsters in her future on ABC's entrepreneur competition Shark Tank, so she invested $55,000 in the Cousins Maine Lobster company created by cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac. The Las Vegas location serves a menu of signature lobster rolls, either served chilled or warm, Maine lobster tail, lobster quesadilla, shrimp tacos and bisque. The motto is to offer "Maine lobster in Las Vegas with money left over for the tables."
Bacon-centric Bacon Boys features dishes such as the Fluffernutter, made with crunchy or creamy peanut butter, bacon and toasted marshmallow fluff. You can even add Nutella. The Donut[Dot]Vegas features a Pinkbox doughnut, bacon, egg and cheese as a breakfast sandwich. Try the cheddar bacon fries.
Truck U Barbeque. Photo: Amelinda B Lee
Mike Minor serves up slow-smoked barbecue with a sticky molasses sweet sauce and a Mexican with a twist. Pulled pork tacos with a honey-chipotle cabbage slaw, slow-smoked brisket tacos with barbecue aioli, barbecue fries with crispy barbecue burnt ends and caramelized onions, and maple bacon doughnuts are just some of the dishes on board. Try the the burnt ends and fries with slow-smoked burnt ends, Oaxacan barbecue aioli, coleslaw and Monterrey Jack cheese piled on top of duck fat fries and the chipotle brisket torta, a brioche bun with slow-smoked brisket, chipotle coleslaw, duck fat fries and the TruckU barbecue sauce.
Start with ribeye, shrimp or chicken, pick white rice or fried rice and then add hot sauce or house sauce. That’s the basics behind Truk N Yaki.
Now in its fourth year, The Cookie Bar creates alcohol-infused and non-alcoholic cookies and sweets. The adult version of the Drunk Pumpkin Punch features soft pumpkin cookies sandwiched with a cream cheese frosting and rolled in chopped walnuts and sprayed with flavored rum while the Oreo Kitchen Sink has a chocolate chip cookie bottom, double stuffed Oreo middle, all topped with a homemade chocolate brownie. The Chocolate Mojito, a mint chocolate chip cookie made with three types of chocolate and infused with mint vodka, Andes Mints, garnished with melted mint chocolate is one of the truck’s bestsellers.
Rika Arepa Express
This Venezuelan-inspired food truck specializes in arepas, a flat, round patty made from cornmeal (similar to pita bread), that is grilled, split in half and stuffed with various ingredients like cheese or avocado. The Rika Arepa Express truck serves seven different types of arepas, but the two most popular continue to be the Pabellon with black beans, shredded beef, sweet plantains, mozzarella cheese and Rika sauce and the La Sureña with grilled chicken, smoked sausage, avocado slices, garlic and olive oil dressing.
Dazzling Bistro Food Truck
The Dazzling Bistro Food Truck specializes in taking simple, classic comfort foods to a gourmet level. Their take on plain mac n’ cheese is the crab meat macaroni with four cheeses. Dazzling Bistro also transforms traditional tacos into the duck two ways tacos with creamy peppercorn dressing, slow-roasted duck confit and smoked duck breast that’s served with coleslaw, pickled mango, cilantro and red onions.
This food truck features traditional Venezuelan food such as empanadas, patacones (twice fried plantain slices), pepito sandwich and cachitos, ham-filled, crescent-shaped rolls. Two of their most popular dishes are the arepitas, also called their fried cheese balls and the beef empanada.