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Have you ever wanted to try out food from a particular food truck but it wasn’t parked where you thought it would be parked when you thought it would be parked there? Have you ever found yourself hungry at 11:00 p.m., preferred the gourmet goodness of a local Houston food truck over something quick and dirty from a fast food chain, but didn’t know where to turn? Or maybe you keep hearing about all of Houston’s #foodtrucklove and want to get in on the fun but don’t know how to begin? Well then today is your lucky day! I have prepared a pretty comprehensive guide to finding food trucks in Houston.

I originally tried to compile a list of all of Houston’s food trucks, which I found to be close to impossible, as a result of often being asked “what food truck should I eat at if I like to eat_______?” or “where do I go to find a good truck?”. The need for a guide to locating Houston food trucks really hit home for me after attempting to guide someone on a 2:00 a.m. journey to find food from a food truck. So horse meets water! I need to note that I made this guide for the Houston food truck novice who is not particularly familiar with the Houston food truck scene. However, if you are a Houston food truck “regular” keep reading and you may just end up learning something new.

Houston Food Truck Park

A visit to Houston’s only food truck park located at 1504 St. Emmanuel Houston, Texas 77003 can be a fun way to experience a variety of Houston’s food trucks in one setting.

Pros: As long as the park is open, you are guaranteed to find a food truck there! The park can hold about 8 or 9 trucks at a time so you can try food or review menus from different trucks while you are there. They also recently stayed open despite inclement weather so a little rain doesn’t hold the park back.

Cons: The parks hours of operations don’t appear to be set in stone.

How to use it: First, make sure the park is open by visiting their Facebook or Twitter pages. Then, gather a few friends (or just take yourself) and GO! Which brings me to number 2.

Social Media

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and even Yelp are a great way to discover the whereabouts and happenings of Houston food trucks.

Pros: The information listed on social media sites tend to be the most up-to- date. If a food truck’s status states that they are somewhere, you can bet your bottom dollar they will be there or that they will provide an additional update if that information changes.

Cons: You generally need to be familiar with a particular food truck or its menu for it to be of great impact.

How to use it: For Facebook.com, in the search bar type in food trucks in “Houston, Texas”. For Twitter.com, any of the following searches will produce quality results: Houston Food Trucks, #houfoodtrucks, #foodtrucklove (may contain non-Houston trucks) or any variation of the words Houston and food truck (and yes, there are many variations of the 3 words). For Yelp.com, type in “food trucks” in the find bar and “Houston, Texas” in the near bar.

Roaminghunger.com

I absolutely adore this site! Something about reviewing the interactive maps gets you in the mood to really hunt down a food truck!

Pros: The information can be viewed as either a map or in list view. The website will show schedules for food trucks operating for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for that particular day. The website also allows you to view the schedules for the day before (so you can see what you missed), tomorrow, and the day after. The website also features live tweeter feed updates from area food trucks and you can review food truck menus from links embedded in the website. You can also book a food truck from the site.

Cons: The schedules listed for food trucks are not always the most up- to-date.

How to use it: Go to www.roaminghunger.com, click on the “Carts & Truck” link, and click on Houston. From here you can view food trucks by “recently tweeted”, “most liked”, “savory”, “sweet”, or “vegetarian”. I prefer to click on “view map” and go from there.

HEB Food Truck Meetup

HEB Montrose hosts a mini food truck festival featuring different Houston food trucks on select Fridays. Call me crazy but I think this would be a very cute date night idea.

Pros: Pros include live music, the electric feeling in the air, 8+ food trucks, and the fact Karbach Brewery has attended in the past so alcohol is a possibility. HEB has also hosted multiple trucks for Thursday night events and Sunday truck brunches in the same location.

Cons: Crowds can be large.

How to use it: Visit 1701 W. Alabama Houston, Texas 77098 on the 1st or 3rd Friday of any month from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. View HEB’s resident food truck’s twitter, Fork in the Road (@forkfoodtruck), to stay abreast of food truck events held in the lot

MFAH Fine Art + Food Trucks

Sometimes, I like to feel cultured whilst I gobble down calories and listen to the gentle hums produced by food truck generators. Whenever I get this feeling, I stop by MFAH and visit their “curated selection of Houston’s finest mobile food sources”.

Pros: The event is held Monday through Saturday, seating is provided in the sculpture garden, lack of crowds makes it ideal for a lunch run, and you get free museum admission with the Lunch + Look Card with receipt from a food truck.

Cons: There are not a lot of trucks typically in attendance.

How to use it: Visit Museum of Fine Arts Houston – Cullen Sculpture Garden at 1001 Bissonnet St Houston, Texas 77005 Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM – 3:00 p.m.
Houston is reportedly home to over 1,300 food trucks, making the food truck scene sometimes difficult to navigate. Couple the sheer amount of Houston food trucks with the very mobile nature of a food truck and locating food trucks can become an intimidating task if you don’t know where to look. Food trucks are a fun way to experience high-quality- specialty-prepared food at great prices so give any of the above methods a try to get started. Eventually, you will find your favorite trucks and easily know where to locate them! If you know of any additional ways to locate food trucks in the Houston area, feel free to leave a comment with the information. Happy foraging!

Nchopia Nwokoma

August 21, 2013

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