80+ Food Trucks in New Haven, Hartford, & Beyond: 2018

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Recently, we told you about over 50 food trucks traveling the streets of Fairfield County.  Mobile eats are taking over the state though, with trucks and carts serving New Haven, Hartford, and beyond!  Here are over 80 trucks serving everything from Mexican to Vietnamese to BBQ!

  1. Skyscraper Sandwiches, Glastonbury: Skyscraper Sandwich Truck serves massive sandwiches stacked high like skyscrapers! It's no wonder they earned top honors from the CTNOW Best of Hartford Readers Poll in 2018.
  2. Mamoun’s Falafel Cart, New Haven:Mamoun's Falafel got its start in Greenwich Village in New York City. Now, its cart serves Middletown and the surrounding areas. Find their latest stops on their facebook page.
  3. Mercado, Glastonbury: A Span-ish inspired truck featuring local ingredients and full service catering, Mercado is owned by Roy and Heather, a husband a wife team, who set out to make their hobby a reality.
  4. Ricky D’s Rib Shack, New Haven: Ribs! Pulled pork! Brisket! Ricky D's will bring their smoker and BBQ on the road and roll up to your next event.
  5. Tacos Los Michoacanos, New Haven: Tacos Los Michoacanos is a fleet of Food Trucks that are based out of New Haven offering Mexican fare.
  6. Thai Taste, New Haven: Thai Taste Food Truck opened in January 2018! Find them on York Street in New Haven.
  7. Pork Friends and Company, Meriden: Pork Friends and Company is Latin fusion at its tastiest! Their background is Spanish, but they draw influence from around the globe.
  8. Cado’s Egg Truck, Trumbull: Cados egg truck serves up a unique spin on breakfast in Trumbull.
  9. DrewbaQ Food Truck, Monroe: The DrewbaQ BBQ food truck has a full-on commercial kitchen, complete with a Southern Pride smoker. They sometimes stop at Monroe's Veracious brewery, but their full schedule can be found on their facebook page.
  10. El Camion, Woodbury: El Camion makes tacos and burritos with locally grown produce.
  11. Eat Justice, Bethel: Mecha Noodle Bar & Mezon owners took over the EGGZ truck and now feature breakfast specialties from Holbrook Farm as well as Asian and Mexican inspired fare. 
  12. Brick & Basil, Yantic: Brick & Basil Wood Fired Pizza brings you authentic wood fired pizzas with a Pop Up Pizza Shop.
  13. Banhmeee, Hartford: Enjoy Vietnamese cuisine from Banhmeee food truck, based in Hartford.
  14. Ted’s Restaurant, Cromwell: Ted's Restaurant is famous for its steamed cheeseburgers, and now you can get them from their food truck!
  15. Makin Bacon, Enfield: At Chef Bill's Makin Bacon, you can bring home the bacon! All of the entrees are inspired by the ingredient, from Bacon and Cheese Tater Tots to Bacon Wrapped Grilled Cheese.
  16. Twins BBQ, Brookfield: Two friends started out smoking pork in the backyard... and now they have a food truck based in Brookfield!
  17. Brasato, Hartford: Brasato food truck is the place to find Italian street cuisine.
  18. Savoy Roadshow, Hartford: Savoy Roadshow has a food truck so you can get their pizzas on the go. The fresh pies are made daily using artisan flours, San Marzano Tomatoes, and Fiore di Latte (fresh mozzarella) that they hand stretch every day.
  19. Get It Toasted: A Sandwich Revolution, Hartford: At Get It Toasted in Hartford, every sandwich is toasted so the cheese is melted and bread is warm. The sandwiches are then finished with original sauces (more than 8 of them!)
  20. Christie Caters Farm to Truck, Hartford: Christie Caters Farm to Truck features two chefs that are passionate about providing the community with food that is both nourishing and delicious. They focus on food that is fresh, local, sustainable and gourmet.
  21. Urban Gourmet, Hartford: The executive chef at Urban Gourmet has worked at the Avon Old Farms Hotel, The Simsbury Inn, and The Gelston House. After several years, he branched out with a food truck that can be found at the Colt Building in Hartford, CT.
  22. Get Your Irish On, Southington: At Get Your Irish On, EVERYTHING has corned beef on it!
  23. Chompers, Canton: Tom's Chompers has 3 tasty options: Chicken Parm, Bacon Cheese Burger, and Taco "balls."
  24. Greekin’ Out, Glastonbury: The Greekin' Out food truck is "fueled by feta." Find them at your local brewery, farmers market, or even down the street from your office!
  25. Uncle D’s Blazin BBQ, Norwich: Uncle D's Blazin BBQ uses recipes gathered over six generations and across three families.
  26. The Rolling Tomato, Groton: The Rolling Tomato is literally a travelling pizza party! They serve Groton and the surrounding areas.
  27. T.H.E. Snickering Cayote Craft BBQ, New Haven: The Snickering Cayote serves up craft BBQ, from a BBQ Pulled Pork Parfait to a 3 rib combo.
  28. Melly P’s, New Haven: Sink your teeth into paninis made with local ingredients at Melly P's.
  29. Sonny’s Grinders, Brookfield: Sonny's Grinders food truck is ppen 12-5pm Mondays & Tuesdays at Community House Park in Southbury. Then catch them at Setters Park on Thursdays and Saturdays from 12-5pm and Sundays from 12-3pm.
  30. Sweet Cupcasions Sweet Ride, Milford: After 4 years, Sweet Cupcasions in Milford is making their dreams come true with a mobile version of their Food Network winning bakery.
  31. Donut Crazy, New Haven: Donut Crazy serves up all kinds of crazy donuts! Now you can catch the fun flavors on the road with a food truck you can book for your next event.
  32. Pig Rig BBQ, Wallingford: The Pig Rig has a brick and mortar location at Yale Plaza in Wallingford, but you can also catch their BBQ on the road.
  33. Lobster Hut, Milford: What's more New England than a lobster roll? Get the summer staple and other seafood at The Lobster Hut, based in Milford.
  34. Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies, Hamden: Moon Rock Gourmet Cookies, with a storefront in Hamden, has debuted a food truck trailer aptly named the Moonlicious Rock N Roader. Hire them for your next event.
  35. Aurora Gypsy Cafe, Brookfield: Aurora Gypsy Cafe in Brookfield, features cuisine inspired by the Spice Route of centuries past. They partnered with local sustainable farms to offer hormone free exotic meats like Elk, Venison, Wild Boar, Icelandic Lamb, Goat, Wagyu Beef, Duck, Quail, and Rabbit.
  36. Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale Express, New Haven: Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale Express is a must for seafood lovers. The food truck serves their signature lobster rolls, burgers, dogs, whole belly clams, fried shrimp, and more. Book them or find them at festivals this summer. Check their website for updates.
  37. Chief Brody’s Banh Mi, New Haven: Chief Brody's in New Haven is the first food truck in the city to serve Banh Mi. The French-Vietnamese sandwiches feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Visit their facebook page to see where they will be each day.
  38. Bear’s Smokehouse, Windsor: Bear's Smokehouse, known for its restaurants in Windsor and Hartford as well as its pop-up dinners with Millwrights, has a mobile truck to bring their epic BBQ to you. Follow them throughout the neighborhood or hire them for your own personal bash.
  39. Nora’s Cupcakes, West Hartford: "Lil Nora," Nora's Cupcakes mobile counterpart, is a regular on the festival circuit and also available for hire. They serve up creative cupcakes like Samoa, Grasshopper, Candy Explosion, and Half Baked.
  40. The Meat Truck, New Haven: The Meat Truck is exactly how it sounds! The New Haven food truck is "a butcher shop inspired, gourmet sandwich truck," that uses meats from local butcheries whenever possible. Call them or visit their facebook page to keep up with their whereabouts.
  41. Truffles, Avon and Farmington: Truffles Cafe Bakery and Catering has locations in Avon and Farmington... and they just launched a food truck! Find it at office parks, festivals, and concerts or inquire about your own meet-up. They offer paninis, salads, wraps, deli sandwiches, coffee, and more.
  42. Yardbird & Co, Hartford: Yardbird & Co strives to offer classic and unique sandwiches and sides, using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Visit their website to see their upcoming events and stops or to submit an inquiry about an event
  43. Pierogies on Wheels, Milford: Ela and Magda comprise a mother-daughter duo from Poland who have brought their pierogies to the streets of Connecticut. They generally frequent Milford on Tuesdays and Thursdays and their stops are updated on their facebook page and website.
  44. Lunch Box 23, New Haven: Lunch Box 23 brings an incredible array of sliders to the streets of New Haven and surrounding areas. Visit their facebook page to track their current location.
  45. Busmki’s, Hartford: Bumski's is famous for their donuts... and they are about to become famous for their beer & wine bar! They are making sure that you had food AND drink on the go with their second trailer.
  46. Mamma Dee’s Italian Kitchen, Branford, Milford, Stratford, and more: Mamma Dee's Italian Kitchen traverses areas like Branford, Milford, and Stratford with their take on Italian comfort food. Order classic chicken parm, a meatball grinder, fried ravioli, and more.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. Paradise Foods, Bethel: Lisamarie Ault is a CIA graduate and cooked at restaurants from Switzerland Hawaii. On an impulse, she bought an old food truck and named it "Paradise Foods." One of her popular menu items is "Charlotte’s Wrap,” a mélange of thinly sliced fresh turkey, melted brie, and homemade cranberry mayo in a white flour wrap. Her journeys have taken her off the beaten path and to places like the Brookfield Bay Marina, Elephant Trunk flea market in New Milford, and rural Holbrook Farm in Bethel.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. 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
  60. 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.
  61. Taco Pacifico, New Haven: Taco Pacifico has received 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. 
  62. 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. 
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. Thai Awesome food cart, New Haven
  68. 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
  69. 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.
  70. Greekin’ Out, Glastonbury: Glastonbury's Greekin' Out includes authentic Greek treats like gyros, souvlaki, baklava, and more. Their website has a calendar so you can find the Greeks at their latest location. You can also book the truck for private events.
  71. Spuds Your Way, Hamden: Spuds Your Way serves up all kinds of baked potatoes, from classic to specialty, as well as burgers, dogs, grilled cheese, and more.
  72. The Cupcake Brake, Hartford: The cupcakes from The Cupcake Brake in Hartford are baked daily with quality local ingredients. Keep tabs on the truck on Facebook, Twitter, or through their email list.
  73. Rice & Beans, Danbury: "From Mama's kitchen to the palm of your hand" is the motto at Rice & Beans food truck. They offer rice and beans with toppings like guacamole, bistek, stewed chicken, and more.
  74. High Tide Gourmet, Madison: Find High Tide Gourmet on Foxon Road in Madison or hire them for a private event. They're known for their 5 course lobster bakes!
  75. Old World Pizza Truck, New Haven: Catering affairs since 1979, Old World Pizza Truck is passionate about cooking and eating great food. They use the finest ingredients to create pizza that you have never had the opportunity to eat anywhere else.
  76. Now We’re Smokin, New Haven: Now We're Smokin, based in New Haven, serves up smoked dinners and sandwiches with menu items like pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken, hot dogs, ribs, mac n cheese, and beans.
  77. Samba’s Cuisine, Hartford: Samba's Cuisine Food Truck offers both Brazilian and Spanish food. Though based in Hartford, they are regulars at food truck festivals across CT such as Milford, Mystic, and New Haven.
  78. Antojo’s Criollos, New Haven: Antojos Criollos offers authentic Puerto Rican cuisine like carne frita, fried plantains, pinchos, empanadillas, and more.
  79. Christianos Pizza, Mini-Donuts, Lemonade, New Haven: Sweet or savory? No need to choose! Christiano's Mobile has two trucks hitting the streets- one for pizza and one for mini donuts!
  80. Four Flowers Baking Company, New Haven: Four Flours All Natural Baking Company also has a "Chillwich Truck" that brings all natural ice cream sandwiches on the go. Flavors rotate and include selections like Ginger Spice and Toffee Coffee.
  81. Ixtapa Tacos, New Haven:  Ixtapa Mexican Tacos is a staple on New Haven's Longwharf.
  82. Kettle Girl Popcorn, Killingworth: Kettle Girl Popcorn is non-GMO and gluten free.
  83. Mexcalli, New Haven: Mexcalli Black Truck can be found on Long Wharf in New Haven. Tacos, Quesadillas, Tortas, Burritos, and more are all on the menu. You can even place orders online for pickup via Yelp!