A Guide to Boston Food Trucks

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When it comes to the Boston dining scene, one culinary venture has exploded in popularity: Food trucks.

According to a survey by Technomic, “91 percent of consumers polled who are familiar with food trucks say they view the trend as having staying power and not a passing fad. Only seven percent of consumers who use mobile food vehicles say they expect their frequency of visits to food trucks to decrease over the next year.” In Boston, this trend has led to dozens of food trucks populating the city, each offering unique options for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

The popularity has led to the creation of the Boston Area Food Truck Association, a program that allows those looking for the dining destinations an easier way to locate them. Boston has dedicated 15 spots in the city where food trucks can be found on a rotating basis. These are:

– Boylston St., in front of Library
– 140 Fenway/end of Forsyth St.
– Clarendon St. (between Newbury and Boylston)
– Back Bay/Pru –Belvidere St.
– Columbus Ave. at Park Square
– BU/Comm Ave. – Morse Aud.
– Stuart St./Trinity Place
– BU/Comm Ave. – near BU Bridge
– Columbus Ave. at Berkley St.
– Museum of Fine Arts parking lot
– 1313 Washington St./Peter’s Park
– Harrison Ave., across from BMC
– Dorchester, near Ashmont Station
– Washington St. – near Cathedral
– Marine Industrial Park (Dock #3)
– Charlestown Navy Yard

Food truck fans can find each specific truck on any given day via a couple of methods. First, the city has employed a database of trucks and their locations on its website. Users can filter through trucks based on day, time, and neighborhood. Also, if you have a specific, or favorite, truck in mind, be aware that many of them utilize Twitter in order to provide frequent updates on where they are located, or where they are headed.

If you’re new to the whole food truck scene, here are five to try out:

Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese A participant in Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race,” this popular grilled cheese outfit serves up specialty grilled cheese options like the Green Muenster Melt (including homemade guacamole and applewood bacon), hand cut truffle fries, and a grilled cheesecake for dessert. Roxy’s can be found at Boston University, Copley Square, and the South End at various times. Follow them on Twitter @RoxysGrilledChz

Redbones The highly-regarded Somerville barbecue restaurant offers both lunch and dinner options in three locations in the Back Bay, Monday-Friday. Dining options include St. Louis ribs ($22 for a full rack, $6 for a 1/3 rack, or three ribs), pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, and an $8 daily special. Call the truck at 617-888-8106. Follow them @redbonestruck.

Kick*ss Cupcakes These delectable treats include the Green Monster (a chocolate cupcake with a beer ganache center topped with Sam Adams Cream Stout frosting), cookie dough, and the mojito. They are often found at a pair of Somerville locations. Follow them @kickasscupcakes.

Go Fish! This seafood truck offers a rotating list of specials updated each week. It can be found both in Malden – for Friday night dinners – and downtown Boston locations. Follow them @BrutherTrucker.

Bon Me This gourmet truck serves up Vietnamese-inspired food including noodle salad, sandwiches, and rice bowls. Find Bon Me at Sowa on Sundays, City Hall Plaza Monday-Friday for lunch, Monday-Wednesday for dinner at BU, Thursday-Friday for dinner in Jamaica Plain, and in Copley Square on Saturdays. Follow them @bonme.

For a complete list of food trucks in the Boston area, visit the Boston Area Food Truck Association web site.