Food trucks are just PLAIN FUN. Unlike restaurants, mobile eateries offer the thrill of the chase and great satisfaction when you're in the right place at the right time and catch your favorite truck. More and more food trucks continue to enter the local market, offering hungry diners an abundance of delicious, creative options from which to choose. From tacos and cupcakes, to sushi and popsicles, to grilled cheese and donuts, the possibilities are seemingly endless.
Lucky for diners, several weekly food truck events have taken shape around the city, giving fans the opportunity to sample a wide range of offerings in one setting.
Downtown Cleveland Alliance's Gina Morris says these types of events have been instrumental in making our city an exciting place to live, work and play. "We all know that people love to gather around food," she says. "Food truck meet-ups help generate excitement and drive workers, residents and visitors to get out and enjoy our neighborhoods."
Here are a few food truck meet-ups to enjoy this summer. (Check Facebook and Twitter for weekly food truck line-ups.)
Food Truck Mondays: Brand new to Cleveland's roster of food truck events, Food Truck Mondays gives suburban eastsiders an opportunity to enjoy a taste of downtown's popular mobile cuisine. This event, sponsored by Legacy Village, also features live music. Different vendors stop by each week, including Chef Grey Wolf, Zydeco Bistro, Mobile Sushi Bar, Get Stuffed and Tony's Truck Stop.
Mondays, June 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, legacy-village.com.
The Chomp: MidTown Cleveland's Chomp brings fresh air, local cuisine and community members together for a midday break. Vendors vary, but might include 216 Bistro, Krav Food Truck, off the GRIDdle, Pig Lickin' Good BBQ and Wholly Frijoles Mexican Street Foods.
Tuesdays, May through September, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., East 46th Street and Euclid Avenue, midtowncleveland.org.
Walnut Wednesdays: The granddaddy of all food truck round-ups, Downtown Cleveland Alliance's Walnut Wednesdays is a widely attended gathering of some of the city's best mobile cuisine. Patrons line up each week for a rotating assortment of trucks that include Barrio Tacos, DonutLab and Original Steaks and Hoagies.
Wednesdays, May through September, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Walnut Avenue and East 12th Street, downtowncleveland.com.
Lunch by the Lake: Lunch by the Lake, also hosted by Downtown Cleveland Alliance along with Northcoast Harbor, invites those who live or work downtown to enjoy views of Lake Erie while eating fresh, creative fare. Five eateries gather each week, such as Mason's Creamery, Green Machine, Orange Truk and Sweet! The Mobile Cupcakery. Live music from Cleveland area musicians can also be enjoyed.
Thursdays, June through September, noon to 2 p.m., East Ninth Street Pier, downtowncleveland.com.
Food Truck Fridays: Kick the weekend off right by indulging in local fare next to Cleveland's landmark Free Stamp. Vendors include East Coast Custard, Manna Food Truck, Stuff Yourself, Motor Mouth, Nosh Box and Classic Kettle Corn.
Fridays, June through October, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Willard Park, facebook.com/FTFCleveland.