Known for its parks, beaches, and consistently warm weather, San Diego is positioned along the Pacific coast of California. The city is part of the County of San Diego located 120 miles south of Los Angeles and just north of the Mexican border. Historically known as the “birthplace of California”, San Diego was the first site visited by the Europeans when they discovered U.S. West Coast.
Over the past 20 years, however, San Diego has transformed from a surf town to a leader in craft brewing industry which is why San Diego is now known as the Craft Beer capital of America. According to CraftBeerinSanDiego.com, there are 157 active breweries in San Diego and that number continues to grow.
And where there’s great beer, of course, there’s terrific food. In fact, you’ll find many food trucks serving at these local breweries that are located throughout San Diego County. Many breweries want to focus on making beer, not running a restaurants. As a result, the food trucks and breweries have become examples of how different businesses can work in a mutually beneficial way to serve their customers.
So what can you expect to find on San Diego food trucks? Local food truck owners have more to offer than fish tacos although there are plenty of taco options if that’s your craving. From the traditional hot dogs and BBQ’s to Asian, Mediterranean, and even coffee vendors. Mexican cuisine has a strong presence in the city since it is close to the border itself. Find out what the top 50 food trucks (ranked in no specific order) are serving across San Diego.
Description: Devilicious is a food truck offering amazing food around the city of San Diego. Their grilled cheese is not just white bread with some ordinary cheese, their version includes butter poached lobster or duck confit. All these are put inside a freshly-baked artisan sourdough bread. Other offerings in their menu include their versions of the All-American burger and Cheese Steak, All Crab Crab Cake, Buffalo Chicken Melt, and the Cubano. The food was so popular, the food truck was featured on the television show, The Great Food Truck Race season 2. Check their schedule on their website to have a taste of what everyone’s talking about.
Featured Menu Item: The Butter Poached Lobster Grilled Cheese is one you’ll probably keep asking for more. It’s a butter poached lobster tail meat, melted jack & cheddar cheeses, caramelized onion & Roma tomatoes on freshly baked artisan sourdough.
Reviews Online: Mmm…mmm good! Can’t wait to have it again! – Cindy G., website review
Description: Cucina Caprese is a company which uses traditional Italian culinary methods such as the il Forno a Legna, an old style wood-fired oven cooking. They use local and organic ingredients like their meats, as well as cheese and extra virgin olive oil straight from Italy. They prepare their dough the traditional, Napoli way which is only made up of special flour, yeast, and water. their pizza is also prepared the traditional, Neopolitan way which is wood-fired oven cooked. Other than the food truck they also cater to various events such as weddings, festivals, picnics, and corporate events just to name a few. If you want to taste the traditional Italian wood-fired oven cooking, look for them at 7335 Girard Ave, or roaming around San Diego’s streets.
Featured Menu Item: The Caprese is a starter. It’s seasonal tomatoes with fresh Basil and imported buffalo mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil.
Reviews Online: Close your eyes, take a bite, and you’d think you’re at an Italian pizzeria (IN ITALY)! – Marc Nguyen, Facebook
Super Q Food Truck
Description: Super Q Food Truck is a food truck and catering service offering a variety of Barbeque dishes. They bring the city of San Diego some of the best barbeque recipes such as All-American BBQ with elements of North Carolina, Texas, and St. Louis style flavors. Each slow hickory smoked barbeque is prepared at their restaurant at Kaminski’s BBQ & Sports Lounge in Poway. The menu also includes specialty sandwiches, sliders, vegetarian entrees, and plated meals. The food truck roams around the streets of San Diego from Balboa Park to Downtown San Diego, for a complete list, check out their website for more details.
Featured Menu Item: Try the Super Q Pork Melt, it’s a three cheese Mac-n-cheese, BBQ pulled pork, topped with sautéed onions on grilled sourdough with melted cheddar.
Reviews Online: Try the mac and cheese… try any of the food. You get service with a smile and you’ll always be coming back for more! – Crystal Crayfish, Facebook
Description: Temaki Express is first Temakeria in San Diego serving fresh Japanese seafood and delicious exotic desserts. They are known for their nine-inch Japanese hand rolls and their sushi burger. The menu includes Poke bowls which are a combination of vegetables, healthy brown rice, salad, and topped with marinated tuna poke which is considered a healthy meal. Some of their other well-known dishes are Teriyaki Sushi Burrito, Spicy Chicken & Rice, and the Fried Spring Rolls. If you crave for a unique take on Japanese cuisine, you can find them at 4637 Market St.
Featured Menu Item: Their Sushi Burgers has a unique take on the hamburger. Try one to discover what everyone’s raving about.
Reviews Online: Had the chance to indulge in this food after going to Hillcrest and getting my nasty on.. amazing bowls! Just by reading the name of the truck makes me crave it!! – Pao N., Yelp
Description: Pierogi Truck is the only restaurant and food truck in San Diego offering Eastern European and Polish cuisine. The business is operated and established by a Polish family who migrated to the Chicago and eventually moved to San Diego after two decades. The first observation was there were no restaurants or food trailers offering Eastern European cuisine. They opened the food truck in 2011 with the goal of serving the city of San Diego authentic Polish and Eastern European dishes. Their signature dish is the Pierogi in which they offer 10 different variations for the dish. If you want a taste of authentic Polish and Eastern European dish, you can find them at 4637 Market Street.
Featured Menu Item: Their signature dish is definitely the one to try here. Pierogi are dumplings of unleavened dough first boiled, then they are baked or usually fried in butter with onions. It is usually stuffed with sauerkraut, potato filling, ground meat, cheese, or fruit.
Reviews Online: This is some of the absolute best Polish food I have ever had. When I treat myself, my only regret is that I didn’t buy more. So delicious! – Christa Sakowski, Facebook
New York on Rye
Description: New York on Rye prides itself of being an artisan deli food truck using fresh local ingredients and premium quality meats. They believe that making a great deli relies on using the best possible ingredients and hand-crafted from scratch. The menu includes Smoked Brisket, Corned Beef, Pulled Pork, Pastrami, Turkey, Potato Salad, Tuna Salad, Cole Slaw, and French Fries. So if you’re craving for some of the best delis in town, look for them at 7128 Miramar Road.
Featured Menu Item: The Corned Beef Hash Fries is a starter. It is packed with french fries cooked to perfection, cheese sauce, and of course, the delicious hash corned beef.
Reviews Online: Pulled pork and house brisket sandwiches were perfect! Best French fries ever – perfectly salted and crispy but not overdone or too crunchy!!! – Claire Oksayan, Facebook
Nana’s Heavenly Hot Dogs
Description: Nana’s Heavenly Hot Dogs offers America’s favorite comfort food, the hot dog. In 2010, brothers Dan and Jeff Hart decided to bring to life a dying tradition of preparing hot dog sandwiches while adding a modern touch to it. Nana’s Heavenly Dogs was born, naming it after their mom who was better known as Nana. They basically made the hot dog, how their mother used to it which was topped with cream cheese and chili. From the basic preparation, the brothers made t