Detroit: A Food Truck Hot Spot

April 12, 2018  |   Story by Chloe Seymour  |   Photos by Bill Bowen

Finding a great meal in Detroit is never a problem, and finding a Detroit food truck to grab grub from has become one of the easiest ways to enjoy Detroit delicacies of all kinds.

Craving the most delicious mac and cheese you may ever taste in your life? You got it. Desserts to satisfy a sweet tooth at any time of the day? Oh, yes. National award-winning sandwiches and burgers? Detroit’s food truck scene has that, too.

Providing locals and visitors with cuisines of all kinds, it’s hard not to fall in love with these mobile food joints. Here’s how to track down these meals-on-the-go and find a new favorite:

Detroit food trucks: The basics

The Detroit food truck boom began a few years ago and hasn’t slowed down since – much like Detroit’s thriving restaurant scene itself. Culinary entrepreneurs, chefs and their teams take Detroit’s title as an ‘Unexpected City for Food Lovers’ quite seriously.

Food from El Guapo Food Truck

El Guapo Food Truck by Bill Bowen

Where to find Detroit food trucks:

Food trucks can be found in parking lots, farmers markets, and neighborhoods across Detroit and its suburbs, but for the best selection you’ll have to track down where the trucks “hangout.” Lucky for you, food trucks congregate in some of the same spots every week and throughout the summer, making it convenient to find your favorite.

Eastern Market: All year round, but especially during summer markets, food trucks flock to supply market-goers with full bellies. Many trucks return week-after-week, with some newbies joining the pack every so often, providing shoppers with a wonderful array of food choices.

Campus Martius & Cadillac Square Park: Talk about a great lunchtime stop, food trucks set up shop every lunch hour April through October in one of downtown Detroit’s prettiest parks. Conveniently located across the street from Campus Martius, it’s the best place to enjoy your food truck find during the warmer months.

Detroit Fleat: A park made especially for food trucks – you heard that right. You’re guaranteed to find a truck with cuisine you’d like to chow down on at this cool Ferndale hangout.

Detroti Fleat in Ferndale

Detroit Fleat in Ferndale, a food truck park.

A few local favorites:

Drifter Coffee: Serving up coffee out of an adorably curated station, Drifter can often be found at Eastern Market, community events and festivals. Finding such success with the food truck model, Drifter is planning for their first brick-and-mortar space in Ferndale.

Yum Village: Specializing in West African and Caribbean cuisine, Yum Village puts on a spin on the traditional food truck staples and will provide you with a delicious meal you’ve likely never tried before.

Beignets 2 Go: A New Orleans classic, brought to life in food truck form. This food truck provides all the powdered sugar goodness you could possibly want.

Detroit 75 Kitchen: Detroit 75 has gotten both local and national foodie attention and accolades for their extensive menu. You really can’t go wrong with any dish that Detroit 75 serves up.

Mac Shack: The cheesiest. The freshest. Arguably, the best mac and cheese served from a truck in all of the region.

Clearly, with such a selection zooming around Detroit and metro Detroit, food trucks are for everyone. Whether you’re stopping into town for a visit, or a local who already has a favorite, finding a buzzing food truck spot is an absolute must

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  1. Eastern Market
    Russell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-833-9300Highlight on map | More Details