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12 Must-Try Houston Food Trucks

A guide to the city’s finest mobile eateries, slinging top-notch tacos, spicy fried chicken, and so much more

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Despite the events of the last year, Houston’s restaurant scene continues to thrive, and its food trucks are no exception. These mobile eateries serve some of the city’s most creative dishes, from cheesy kimchi sandwiches to sandwiches laden with crispy chicken karaage.

Whether you’re in search of a perfect burger, or more experimental eateries blending Mexican, Japanese, and Indian flavors, these 12 food trucks can satisfy pretty much any craving. Because these restaurants are on wheels, some change their locations pretty frequently — follow the trucks on Instagram to find out where to find them on any given day.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Waffle Bus

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1835 N Shepherd Dr suite a
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 582-5842
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The Waffle Bus may have found a permanent home in the Heights, but its truck is still a fixture in Downtown on Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Indulge in a waffle burger, built with a black angus patty sandwiched between two fluffy golden waffles, and don’t forget to add thunder fries — a mess of seasoned waffle fries topped with a generous drizzle of spicy mayo and ancho chile honey butter.

a spread of waffle fries, hamburgers, and sandwiches with waffle buns
Waffles galore from The Waffle Bus
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2. Tasty Arepa

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5002 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 757-9066

Hungry after an evening of bar-hopping? Columbian and Venezuelan street snacks can be found at this good ol’ Washington Avenue standby. In addition to cheese-filled tequenos, there are hearty finds like the choriperro, a plate of Columbian chorizo, queso blanco, pineapple sauce, and more.

3. Twisted Grilled Cheese

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5555 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(346) 571-6172
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Grilled cheese sandwiches are given the “twisted” treatment at this truck, with options like the 5-cheese pepperoni pizza sandwich, the smokehouse brisket, and the halal Philly grilled chicken. Don’t sleep on dessert — there is sweet brie and cheesecake with cream cheese mousse.

4. Eatsie Boys

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2202 Dallas St
Houston, TX 77003

Go for the beer, stay for the eats… at 8th Wonder Brewery where the Eatsie Boys food truck is parked from Wednesday through Saturday. Sandwiches like the ooey-gooey spinach artichoke grilled cheese are decadent and comforting. The “No Sleep ‘til Philly,” a cheesesteak layered with caramelized onions and 8th Wonder beer cheese sauce, is an absolute must.

5. Rollin Phatties

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1731 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 363-9736

Like its name suggests, parathas (or traditional South Asian flatbreads) are rolled with spicy meat fillings to make “phatties”, but there are also rice platters and quesadillas too. Too hot to handle? Put the fire out with a sweet dessert phattie.

a hang holding two cheesy paratha quesadillas in front of a red food truck. On the food truck is a cartoon of a mendhi hand and the word “town” in big letters
Cheesy paratha quesadillas from Rollin Phatties
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6. Main Chick

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1731 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 739-8898

No need to high tail it to Nashville — true hot chicken is available at the Main Chick food truck. Red hot strips of chicken are made into saucy sandwiches and served atop a bed of fries for a fiery meal. Insider tip: All meat at Main Chick is 100% halal.

7. Tacos Tierra Caliente

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2003 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 584-9359
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There are more than a few destinations to get your taco fix in town, but Tacos Tierra Caliente, the taco truck permanently situated outside of West Alabama Ice House, ranks at the top of the list. Tortillas are piled high with your choice of meat — there is chicken, barbacoa, and lengua (beef tongue). Insider tip: this truck accepts cash only.

8. Oh My Gogi

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2504 Amherst St
Houston, TX 77005
(832) 509-5999
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At Oh My Gogi!, food truck finds like tacos, sandwiches, and quesadillas are influenced by Mexican and Korean flavors. Have a kimchi stir-fry melt on Texas toast and add on sriracha sauce or a fried egg, or try the OMG! fries, topped with bulgogi, spicy mayo, onions and cilantro.

9. El Topo

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6119 Edloe St
West University Place, TX 77005
(832) 795-7251
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Before opening its permanent location in West U, El Topo was a famed food truck that continues to make appearance at the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. After perusing the market’s many stalls, stop by for a breakfast taco, quesadilla or griddled street corn.

10. Tandoori Nite Dhaba

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7821 S Texas 6
Houston, TX 77083
(713) 852-7642

Inspired by the no-frills “dhabas” (or street-side restaurants) in India, Tandoori Nite offers visitors a number of fiery North Indian eats, including chicken tikka masala, goat korma, and tandoori rotis. Pull up a seat at the picnic table and indulge wholly.

11. Coreanos

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7500 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77054
(281) 728-3751
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Korean barbecue meets Mexican eats at Coreano’s, and the result is an flavor-packed menu featuring beef bulgogi rice bowls, kimchi quesadillas and meaty burritos loaded with cheese, pico de gallo, spicy mayo and more. Parked on Almeda Road, the truck is open for business 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

12. Abu Omar Halal

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7500 Almeda Rd A
Houston, TX 77054
(346) 262-6149
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This rapidly expanding food truck with new brick and mortar locations popping up around town offers all of the street food temptations — all 100% halal. Traditional wraps and bowls are packed with meat, tomatoes, tzatziki, tahini, or garlic sauce and there are additional options that stray from the norm, like the chicken tender wrap with cucumber pickles and cheese.

1. The Waffle Bus

1835 N Shepherd Dr suite a, Houston, TX 77008
a spread of waffle fries, hamburgers, and sandwiches with waffle buns
Waffles galore from The Waffle Bus
The Waffle Bus/Facebook

The Waffle Bus may have found a permanent home in the Heights, but its truck is still a fixture in Downtown on Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Indulge in a waffle burger, built with a black angus patty sandwiched between two fluffy golden waffles, and don’t forget to add thunder fries — a mess of seasoned waffle fries topped with a generous drizzle of spicy mayo and ancho chile honey butter.

1835 N Shepherd Dr suite a
Houston, TX 77008

2. Tasty Arepa

5002 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Hungry after an evening of bar-hopping? Columbian and Venezuelan street snacks can be found at this good ol’ Washington Avenue standby. In addition to cheese-filled tequenos, there are hearty finds like the choriperro, a plate of Columbian chorizo, queso blanco, pineapple sauce, and more.

5002 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

3. Twisted Grilled Cheese

5555 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Grilled cheese sandwiches are given the “twisted” treatment at this truck, with options like the 5-cheese pepperoni pizza sandwich, the smokehouse brisket, and the halal Philly grilled chicken. Don’t sleep on dessert — there is sweet brie and cheesecake with cream cheese mousse.

5555 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

4. Eatsie Boys

2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003

Go for the beer, stay for the eats… at 8th Wonder Brewery where the Eatsie Boys food truck is parked from Wednesday through Saturday. Sandwiches like the ooey-gooey spinach artichoke grilled cheese are decadent and comforting. The “No Sleep ‘til Philly,” a cheesesteak layered with caramelized onions and 8th Wonder beer cheese sauce, is an absolute must.

2202 Dallas St
Houston, TX 77003

5. Rollin Phatties

1731 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
a hang holding two cheesy paratha quesadillas in front of a red food truck. On the food truck is a cartoon of a mendhi hand and the word “town” in big letters
Cheesy paratha quesadillas from Rollin Phatties
Rollin Patties/Facebook

Like its name suggests, parathas (or traditional South Asian flatbreads) are rolled with spicy meat fillings to make “phatties”, but there are also rice platters and quesadillas too. Too hot to handle? Put the fire out with a sweet dessert phattie.

1731 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

6. Main Chick

1731 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

No need to high tail it to Nashville — true hot chicken is available at the Main Chick food truck. Red hot strips of chicken are made into saucy sandwiches and served atop a bed of fries for a fiery meal. Insider tip: All meat at Main Chick is 100% halal.

1731 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

7. Tacos Tierra Caliente

2003 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098

There are more than a few destinations to get your taco fix in town, but Tacos Tierra Caliente, the taco truck permanently situated outside of West Alabama Ice House, ranks at the top of the list. Tortillas are piled high with your choice of meat — there is chicken, barbacoa, and lengua (beef tongue). Insider tip: this truck accepts cash only.

2003 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77098

8. Oh My Gogi

2504 Amherst St, Houston, TX 77005

At Oh My Gogi!, food truck finds like tacos, sandwiches, and quesadillas are influenced by Mexican and Korean flavors. Have a kimchi stir-fry melt on Texas toast and add on sriracha sauce or a fried egg, or try the OMG! fries, topped with bulgogi, spicy mayo, onions and cilantro.

2504 Amherst St
Houston, TX 77005

9. El Topo

6119 Edloe St, West University Place, TX 77005

Before opening its permanent location in West U, El Topo was a famed food truck that continues to make appearance at the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. After perusing the market’s many stalls, stop by for a breakfast taco, quesadilla or griddled street corn.

6119 Edloe St
West University Place, TX 77005

10. Tandoori Nite Dhaba

7821 S Texas 6, Houston, TX 77083

Inspired by the no-frills “dhabas” (or street-side restaurants) in India, Tandoori Nite offers visitors a number of fiery North Indian eats, including chicken tikka masala, goat korma, and tandoori rotis. Pull up a seat at the picnic table and indulge wholly.

7821 S Texas 6
Houston, TX 77083

11. Coreanos

7500 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77054

Korean barbecue meets Mexican eats at Coreano’s, and the result is an flavor-packed menu featuring beef bulgogi rice bowls, kimchi quesadillas and meaty burritos loaded with cheese, pico de gallo, spicy mayo and more. Parked on Almeda Road, the truck is open for business 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

7500 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77054

12. Abu Omar Halal

7500 Almeda Rd A, Houston, TX 77054

This rapidly expanding food truck with new brick and mortar locations popping up around town offers all of the street food temptations — all 100% halal. Traditional wraps and bowls are packed with meat, tomatoes, tzatziki, tahini, or garlic sauce and there are additional options that stray from the norm, like the chicken tender wrap with cucumber pickles and cheese.

7500 Almeda Rd A
Houston, TX 77054

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