Let’s be honest here — the No. 1 best reason to use Twitter in Charleston is to track down all of the city’s delicious food trucks. Unless you’re at a food truck rodeo (yep, we agree. That IS the best event name ever), you may have to do a little work to find your favorite trucks. But not to worry, we’ve got the 4-1-1 for you on our five favorite local trucks (as hard as it was to narrow down) and where to find them on the go!
Around since 2010, Roti Rolls is so amazing it’s gotten an expansion to the Atlanta area as of this year. Specializing in Asian-inspired fare, you can find everything from kimchi and short ribs to curried veg plates and one helluva mac ‘n’ cheese dish. The sauces will make you drool at Roti Rolls, and you can keep an eye out for the truck, aka the Green Machine, on Saturdays at the Charleston Farmer’s Market on Marion Square downtown and on Thursdays this summer at MUSC. You can find their full calendar at eatrotirolls.com or stalk ‘em Twitter-style at twitter.com/RotiRolls.
There’s not enough room on this infinite internet page to express the greatness of this Vietnamese-inspired food truck. Autobanh’s nickname is the Big Purp for its beautifully violet ride, and its menu is full of the most flavorful banh mis, including — our fave — the lemongrass chicken, the crispy fried chicken, and the low ‘n’ slow pork. You can also get those on a bed of lettuce if you can bring yourself to say no to their yummy buns, and if you’re lucky, you may catch ‘em on a day when the dee-lish wonton nachos are on the menu. Even the drinks — Vietnamese iced coffee and Thai iced tea — are worth a stop. The Big Purp’s permanent home is now at the Tin Roof in West Ashley, due to some mechanical failure, but these guys take the show on the road too sans the truck. Stalk ‘em here: twitter.com/AutoBanhTruck
Formerly the chef at Prohibition, Stephen Thompson is now making his rounds in the food truck world with Dashi, a fusion of Asian and Latin cuisine. Dashi has taken their love of paella and steamed buns and applied that passion to a rolling restaurant centered on those two precise dishes. “Who knows where it goes from there, but hopefully it will be fun, provocative, and delicious,” says their website. Dashi’s tagline is “put some Sriracha in your sombrero,” so that should give you a taste of the spice that awaits in everything from ramen noodle dishes and tacos to fried rice and Thai wings. Like most of our food trucks in Charleston, Chef Thompson uses local purveyors, like Celestial Hills Farm, Walters Farm, St Jude Farm, and Geechie Boy Farm to make his creations shine.
Outta My Huevos
OK, next to Autobanh, Outta My Huevos truck definitely gets the award for most creative name. These guys can be seen out and about at spots like breweries and special events, but you’ll also catch ‘em every single Saturday at the downtown Charleston Farmer’s Market on Marion Square. If you can get past their huevos rancheros, the star of the menu, you’ll also find everything from fried chicken biscuits to warm veg salads (for those who aren’t feelin’ that heavy Southern breakfast!). Look for the big yellow truck here: twitter.com/OuttaMyHuevos.
The Immortal Lobster
The owners of The Immortal Lobster hail from Maine, so there’s no questioning the authenticity of their glorious lobster rolls. Rolls are served chilled (with mayo) and warm (with butter), plus veggie options are on hand too. Look for the red truck out at local concerts and other special events, or plan your visit by stalking them at twitter.com/lobsterimmortal.
What’s your favorite local food truck?