Food trucks have come a long way in recent years. No longer just serving hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream, many offer the same quality food you might find in local restaurants. In Galveston, food truck owners have brought their own recipes and preferences to the streets of Galveston – many serving dishes reflecting their heritage or simply the foods they love.
Here are four trucks we found in Galveston, all offering tasty dishes, desserts and beverages as well as the simple convenience of finding something to eat where you might least expect it.
Jenny From The Block
“Growing up, all my friends would call me Jenny from the block,” says Jenny Perez, owner and chef of this food truck serving Puerto Rican and Latin-style Caribbean foods. Emblazoned with a likeness of the Puerto Rican flag, Jenny From The Block is Galveston’s first such Puerto-Rican themed food truck serving dishes including mofongo carne frita which is mashed plantains with meat, and a jibarito steak sandwich with onions, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and condiments between two twice fried green plantains. “We serve food with an attitude,” notes Perez. You can find the truck at 2122 61st Street. www.jennyfromtheblocktx.com
Taqueria Melchor Ocampo
Named after the owners’ restaurant, Taqueria Melchor Ocampo at 1220 23rd Street, this food truck serves popular Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes including carne asada, corn on the cob and nachos – all great treats for grabbing something to eat while at the beach. “We’re the first to open a food truck in Galveston,” says owner Irma Rabado. “The name is from my hometown where I was born in Mexico.” The food truck is open from spring break until October, located at 48th Street and Seawall Boulevard.
Better at the Beach BBQ
Owner Joe Miller left the high tech industry to spend his days at the beach serving smoked Texas Barbeque – mostly sandwiches, including brisket and pulled pork. His smoked chicken wings, however, top the list as one of the favorites. “I sell out every night,” he says. Other items on the menu include smoked turkey legs on weekends, and desserts including funnel cake and fried Twinkies, Oreos and pecan pie. “We’re on the Seawall, and the only thing behind me is South America,” he jokes – around 53rd and Seawall near the 1900 Storm Memorial, to be exact. His menu includes locals-only-specials, catering in particular to local residents as well as visitors. “We make food the way we would want to be served,” he adds. Sandwiches are $6.
Lucky Star Shaved Ice and Iced Coffee
There’s probably no better way to enjoy Galveston’s Movie Night on The Strand during summer then with a cooling icy fruit-cone, smoothie or iced coffee. “We use real fruit in our smoothies, including strawberry and mango,” says owner Jeff Moses, whose food truck/trailer sits on the edge of the small square known as Saengerfest Park at 23rd Street and the Strand. Moses also notes his shaved ice cones are topped with syrup made from real fruit as well. The truck is there Wednesdays through Sundays, from March until October.