By Blair Neel | Little Rock Family
You may not spend spring break traveling the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat like it. Central Arkansas’ food truck scene represents global culinary traditions: Nibble a New Orleans beignet, grab a south of the border-style taco; sample a Nepalese steamed dumpling and chow down on authentic German schnitzel. And, hey, you didn’t even have to pack a suitcase.
Since these meals are on wheels, you can keep up with the food trucks’ location and menu changes by following them on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s where to catch a bite!
The Southern Gourmasian
What to Eat: You can’t go wrong with the classic steamed buns—stuffed with either pork, chicken or beef short rib. But you’ll also find sandwiches and popular bowls, like chicken & dumplings and shrimp & grits.
Good to Know: Can’t find the truck? Visit the brick-and-mortar location at 219 W. Capitol in downtown Little Rock for convenient indoor seating and an expanded menu.
El Cubano Loco
What to Eat: A Cuban sandwich, of course! The classic ‘wich stacks roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and spicy mustard on a hot pressed Cuban roll. You can also nosh on tacos, tamales and fried plantains.
Good to Know: Lately, the truck has been serving up sweets from Honey Pies, too. Save room for dessert!
What to Eat: The truck’s namesake—that fluffy fried dough topped with powdered sugar, known as a beignet. Toppings like honey, double-chocolate fudge, caramel and a scoop of ice cream are available. Wash down with a coffee or hot chocolate for the kids.
Good to Know: Sweets aren’t the only thing on the menu: Fuel up with specials like gumbo and red beans and rice, or savory beignet sliders filled with buffalo chicken or ham and cheese.
What to Eat: Authentic schnitzel, a breaded and fried pork loin; bratwurst with housemade sauerkraut; and more fare with Germanic, Hungarian and Czech influences. Even better, the owners are aiming to source their food from local farms with sustainable growing methods.
Good to Know: March will be this truck’s first month in operation, and you’ll find them in Hot Springs right outside Mid-America Science Museum’s door on March 12, 19 & 26.
Taqueria Jalisco San Juan
What to Eat: Their “Mexico City” tacos may be their claim to fame, but we hear the tamales can’t be missed, either. Also on the menu are the kid-friendly quesadillas.
Good to Know: You won’t have any trouble finding this truck. It hangs out pretty exclusively in the parking lot of Colonial Wine & Spirits on Markham St.
What to Eat: Dumpling fans can experience the Himalayan/Nepalese version of the comfort food, which are steamed and can be filled with pork, chicken, veggies or beef.
Good to Know: They owners have been traveling in Nepal this winter, but will reopen the truck when they return in March—just in time for your spring break adventures!
What to Eat: All of your Indian food faves, including chicken tikka masala, fried samosa, chicken vindaloo, curries and more.
Good to Know: The owners recently opened a brick-and-mortar location at 425 W. Capitol Ave. for weekday lunch service. But they plan to keep up their food truck at 201 N. Van Buren St. during warm weather months.
Ocko’s Hibachi Island
What to Eat: Hibachi chicken, steak or shrimp on a bed of fried rice. Or, sample a sushi roll, like the popular Volcano Roll with avocado, cucumber and crab stick, tempura deep-fried and topped with house-made spicy mayo and eel sauce.
Good to Know: Here’s a little insider secret if you want to order off the menu—you can get fresh-cut filet mignon every day. At lunchtime, you can find the truck at Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday and Thursday, at the corner of 6th and Chester on Monday and Wednesday, or 1 Allied Drive on Friday.
What to Eat: Do you even have to ask? The chicken & waffles, of course. If you have adventurous eaters, however, the truck serves up inventive variations. Look for specials, such as a cornbread waffle topped with mac & cheese and bacon or a lil’ smokies-stuffed waffle topped with spicy brown mustard
Good to Know: There’s usually a sweet option on the menu for those who favor dessert waffles!
One Stop Shop
Find a variety of food truck flavors without trekking all over the city at The Food Truck Stop @ Station 801 in downtown Little Rock. The city’s first and only food truck court with indoor dining opened in January and keeps selection fresh by rotating food truck vendors every few days. Customers can grab food to go or snag a seat in the indoor dining hall, which features Wi-fi, TVs and restrooms.
The Food Truck Stop @ Station 801 is located on the corner of 8th and Chester Streets (801 South Chester) in Little Rock. They operate 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Keep up with their rotating selection of food trucks at LRFoodTruckStop.com or Facebook.com/LRFoodTruckStop.