Top 25 CT Food Trucks: New Haven & Beyond (2016 Edition) Available For Catering All Over CT

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

We recently told you about the array of food trucks travelling the streets of Fairfield County and bringing delicious food straight to you (view Top 20 Fairfield County Food Trucks here).  New Haven, and its surrounding areas, is also a hub for some truly excellent food trucks!  They also have a bevy of food carts. From sweet cupcakes to aromatic java to finger-lickin’ good barbeque, there is a diverse assortment of mobile cuisine to savor. 

Here are 25 Food Trucks & Carts in New Haven and beyond worth visiting. 

  1. The Cheese Truck, New Haven: The Cheese Truck brings grilled cheese sandwiches, soup, sausages, salads, and more to the streets of New Haven. It comes from the team behind Caseus, the popular New Haven bistro.
  2. The Little Red Seafood Truck, Shelton & New Haven: Nothing captures summertime in New England more than fresh seafood. The Little Red Seafood Truck is an offshoot of Szabo's Seafood, located in Shelton. They have seafood sandwiches like the scallop roll, lobster roll, and salmon burger. They also have soups and salads.
  3. Farm Belly, New Haven: The Farm Belly food truck and caterer brings farm-fresh food to the streets of New Haven. They visit local farms and farmers’ markets to find produce, meat, and dairy. One of their signature items is the egg-and-cheese sandwich, made with local eggs and farmstead cheese. They even make their own ketchup and hot sauce.
  4. Cowabunga, CT: The Cowabunga Food Truck has soft serve ice cream and grilled selections. They use pasture raised, grass fed beef. Try one of their tasty burgers, like their signature Cowabunga Burger. It comes with pepper jack, bacon, grilled onions and peppers. Book the truck for an event, or select their Backyard BBQ package.
  5. Firehouse Grill Food Rescue, Monroe: Firehouse Grill Food Rescue primarily travels throughout Monroe. Cheesesteak, a Chicago Fire Sub, an Eggplant Parmigiana Grinder, and more are all on the menu.
  6. Joe Grate’s BBQ, New Haven: Joe Grate's BBQ started out as a small restaurant. Today, they serve hundreds on diners and have a food truck. They have classic bbq staples like ribs, pulled pork, and chicken. They also have an assortment of desserts baked fresh daily.
  7. The Whey Station, New Haven: The Whey Station is famous for its renditions of grilled cheese. The "Bacon Marmalada" sandwich comes with Brie, tomato, and truck-made savory sweet bacon spread. Meanwhile, the "Jalapeno Sunrise" is made up of Cheddar, pickled jalapeños, truck-made chipotle sauce, bacon, and fried egg.
  8. Nextalli Taco Truck, New Haven: Patrons rave about Nextalli's cuisine, prices, and generous portions. Purchase a taco on a corn tortilla for just $1.25 or try one of their large quesadillas.
  9. Green Grunion, Danbury: Visit the Green Grunion food truck for San Diego-style (also known as “California”) burritos. The veggie burrito comes lightly griddled and filled with crispy bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms. It is finished with a light crema and a side of Pico de Gallo.
  10. The Jitter Bus, New Haven: Jitter Bus recently launched in New Haven. It serves single origin coffee solely from Connecticut roasters as well as Whole G baked goods. The selections change, but on one visit they had java from Happy Life Coffee in New Haven, Giv Coffee in Canton, and Saccuzzo Coffee in Newington.
  11. G Monkey Mobile Food Truck, Branford: G-Zen, based in Branford, was named Connecticut’s Most Sustainable Restaurant in 2013 by Nature’s Conservancy. Their G Monkey Mobile Food Truck is the nation’s first all-vegetarian/eco food truck. The menu changes daily, but menu items have included items like a gluten-free quinoa salad, the “Downward Dog Black Bean Burrito,” and organic fresh pressed juices.
  12. The Cannoli Truck, New Haven: The Cannoli Truck is an offshoot of Meriano's Bake Shoppe in New Haven. They offer a traditional cannoli with velvety sweetened ricotta and chocolate chips on the inside and a crispy flaky pastry shell on the outside. They also offer more creative versions like the Oreo, which is filled with a cookies and cream flavored ricotta and encased in a chocolate-dipped shell.
  13. Fryborg, Milford: Fryborg is based out of Milford, CT. They are most famous for their hand-cut, double-fried french fries that come with a variety of dipping sauces and toppings. Fryborg mainly serves New Haven and Fairfield Counties, but they also visit the rest of CT.
  14. Sugar Cupcake Truck, New Haven: Sugar Cupcakery & Bakery has a bakery in New Haven, but they also have two mobile trucks. Their popular cupcakes include flavors like cannoli, confetti, strawberry cheesecake, Andes mint chocolate, and more. Visit their website for the truck’s schedule.
  15. Zuppardi Pizza Truck, New Haven: Zuppardi’s Pizza Truck brings the legendary New Haven-style pizza to you! Order traditional pies like mozzarella, black olive, and sausage or try one of their specialty slices. They can even make a fresh clam pizza to order. Book them for your events or check their website to see where the truck will be parked each day.
  16. Taco Pacifico, New Haven:Taco Pacifico has recieved widespread acclaim, even being featured in the New York Times! Their Amorinas, or signature tortilla chips, are delicious. They also have tacos, quesadillas, burritos, nachos, and tostadas. Save room for dessert! Churros are a tasty treat.
  17. Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes, Oakville: Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes is located in Oakville, CT, but also has a travelling food truck. They offer regular cupcakes as well as gluten-free and vegan ones. Their cupcakes are fun and creative. Try the Blond Bombshell, shown here, or the vegan Gorilla Biscuit cupcake that consists of a banana base, dark chocolate shavings, banana chips, and peanut butter frosting. The menu changes regularly.
  18. Taqueria Cinco, Madison: Taqueria Cinco has two food trucks. One parks on School Street in Madison, CT while the other sits on Guilford Green. Visit them for a $9 torta that consists of a chicken cutlet with onion, tomatoes, fresh avocado, and soft white cheese served on Mexican bread with mayo and chipotle salsa. They also have a selection of tacos, quesadillas, and burritos.
  19. Rough House Food Truck, New Haven: A brother-sister team rolls through the streets of New Haven on the Rough House Food Truck. They create "funky" versions of American staples. For example, the "Reuben Dog" comes with sauerkraut, Russian dressing, cheese, and dijon mustard. Try their takes on breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, grinders, and sliders.
  20. Big Green Truck, New Haven: The Big Green Truck brings together the idea of a pizza party and a food truck. You can hire one of the vintage vehicles to cater an event. They're best known for their pies, but also have mixed green salad, gelato, cappuccino and espresso.
  21. Ricky D’s Rib Shack, New Haven: You may recognize Ricky D's Rib Shack from The Hops Company (THC) in Derby where they have a counter. They also have a mobile food truck that brings their ribs, sandwiches, wings, and sides to you. Try items like the beef brisket sandwich, BBQ baked beans, cornbread, tri-tip sandwich, and more.
  22. Ay! Arepa, New Haven: You can find Ay! Arepa on the corner of Cedar Street and Congress Avenue on weekdays from 11am-2:30pm or on the corner of York Street and Elm Street on weekdays from 11am-4pm. They have an assortment of arepas, burritos, salads, and quesadillas. Craving something sweet? Order their Tres Leches for dessert.
  23. Thai Awesome food cart, New Haven: Guests love this Hamden based Thai menu. 
  24. Ali Baba food cart, New Haven: Ali Baba's Fusion artfully combines Mediterranean, Indian, and Pakistani cuisine. The menu includes kebabs, kati rolls, salads, and more. In addition to their Hamden location, they have a cart that visits the New Haven area.
  25. Lalibela food cart, New Haven: Lalibella Ethiopian restaurant sits on Temple Street in New Haven. They also have a food cart. They have meat options as well as a host of vegetarian options such as lentils, split peas, spinach, and more. You can request gluten-free injera as well.