San Diego Food Trucks

What is the one thing that everybody hates about food trucks? No, it’s not their delicious meals that balance comfort with traditional. No, it’s not their discounted prices and hefty portions. No, it’s not the rushing nostalgia that overtakes your childhood-ice-cream-truck fantasies.

The one thing that everybody hates about food trucks is the fact that you never know where to find them! Oh sure, there are sources online that try to track food trucks’ movements, and some sources are more reliable than others. But the fact is, these meals are on wheels. Which means, if they up and decide to ditch their normal spot for a more populated area, it’s up to you to find them

Well, not anymore. Here, you’re going to find the best food trucks in San Diego and their locations. Here, you’re going to salivate as you seek out your succulent sustenance of choice. Here, you’ll find a flock of food trucks… a colony of culinary cars… a drove of driving diners…

Sorry. Let’s just get on it with it, shall we? Hop in! We’re going on a San Diego tour of the best food trucks this city has to offer.

Little Italy: Wednesdays

Photo Courtesy: Taco Picasso

First up, we have a special squad of savory snacks located in the heart of downtown. In Little Italy on hump day, you can find a gathering of these food trucks ready to serve the hungry populace. It’s only once a week, so save that new restaurant you’ve been dying to try for another day because Wednesday is FoodTruckDay. 

Where Exactly Do I Nom? You can nom on B Street, between India St. and Columbia St.

When Can I Nom? You can nom from 11 am to 2 pm on Wednesdays.

Featuring The Likes Of…

  • Taco Picasso – This taco truck has been around the block and back again, maintaining its tantalizing taco prowess since 2016. Order your favorite protein on the menu in the form of a taco, nachos, bowl, or quesadilla.
  • Eat Your Heart Out – As they say on their website: They take locally sourced ingredients and wrap them into hand-held delights. If that doesn’t say everything you need to know, then just open wide and let the great food speak for itself.

UCSD Campus: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Photo Courtesy: Z’s Buddies

For all you Tritons out there, or for those living near the UCSD campus, you can get your food truck fix three days a week. That means just under half of your days are worth living… Okay, too much love for food trucks? Maybe so.

Where Exactly Do I Nom? You can nom on 9500 Gilman Drive, right on the main campus.

When Can I Nom? You can nom from around 11 am to 2 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. (Occasionally, food trucks will arrive an hour earlier and stay an hour later.)

Featuring The Likes Of…

  • Pomodoro Rosso – Homemade, authentic Italian cuisine. Mama Mia—it’s Pomodoro Rosso. Come here for pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, or salad. Come here for Italy’s best.
  • Zs Buddies – What you want to do here is walk up to the counter and say, “Take my money, now give me the Volcanic Eruption sushi burrito.” Then, politely throw money in the window and tap your foot loudly until it arrives. Trust us on this one. 

Thorn Street: Daily

Photo Courtesy: God Save the Cuisine

You’ll find a daily food truck sitting outside Thorn Street Brewery in North Park. North Park is an eclectic part of town with many restaurants, breweries, and food trucks. Come here and spend the afternoon bar hopping and food truck bouncing. You’ll find that there are so many things to do in North Park.

Where Exactly Do I Nom? You can nom on 3176 Thorn Street, right in front of Thorn Brewing.

When Can I Nom? You can nom typically from 4 pm to 8 pm—however, check with Thorn Brewing events to see exactly who’s going to be outside and when for exact details.

Featuring The Likes Of…

  • Zoe’s Place Fresh Mex – If you’re hungry for tacos and seafood, find it here. With the classic tacos, burritos, and bowls, paired with tropical fruit smoothies and desserts—you’re sure to find your craving here.
  • God Save the Cuisine – Are you all about Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle? Are you Bri’ish? Well even if you’re not, you’ll love the comfort delights at God Save the Cuisine.

La Jolla Open Aire Farmers Market: Sundays

Photo Courtesy: Cucina Caprese

The best San Diego food trucks compete for a spot in one of SD’s best farmers markets—home to over 120 vendors every Sunday in La Jolla. Come and enjoy the entire spectacle of artisan craftsmen to artisan bakers, flower bouquet gurus to hummus extraordinaires. And of course, enjoy the great food trucks.

Where Exactly Do I Nom? You can nom on 7335 Girard Avenue in La Jolla.

When Can I Nom? You can nom from 9 am to 1 pm every Sunday from now until the end of time.

Featuring The Likes Of…

  • Cucina Caprese – This Italian food truck, headed by Giuseppe, is the dictionary definition of an Italian culinary masterpiece. With an old-style wood oven attached to the food truck, their pizzas will first delight then overwhelm with flavor.

Planning For the Future: Balboa Park on Fridays

Photo Courtesy: Sushi Uno

Every year, Balboa Park puts on the ultimate food experience, Food Truck Fridays. This event is the foodie equivalent of seven minutes in heaven—only the seven minutes is actually four hours long, and instead of being in a closet, you’re in one of the most beautiful parks in California. As one of the leading San Diego food truck events of the year, it could not be left off this list.

Although set your calendars people, this event is only open during the summer. Meaning it won’t be back until 2020. 

Where Exactly Do I Nom? You can nom in the wonderful and majestic Balboa Park—specifically in the Plaza de Panama.

When Can I Nom? You can nom from 4 pm to 8:30 pm on Fridays from June to September 2020.

Featuring The Likes Of…

  • Sushi Uno – This all electric moving kitchen serves some of the best sushi in San Diego. For most of the year, it’s located in North Park, however, it makes the trek in for Food Truck Fridays.
  • Thai Burger Company – Yup, you read that right, Thai burgers. Think sweet BBQ pork burgers and chicken satay with white meat curry goodness on two buns. Mmmm. Delicious.

Gaggle of Gallivanting Grubberies

If you’re experiencing a craving for food truck grub, but just can’t seem to find the nearest mob of mobile munchies, then hopefully this guide has helped. We believe that nobody should ever be too far from a gaggle of gallivanting grubberies.

Especially when there are San Diego food trucks just waiting to be tasted and enjoyed.