Food trucks aren’t a new phenomenon, they’ve been around for decades due to their sheer utility. Yet, of late, with a crunch of affordable space and the rise of ingenious millennials who know how to use social media to their advantage, there are an increasing number of these mobile foodie addas on the streets. They offer bites that are thoda hatke, and they are parked in just the right spots. We start with our favourites in the south (in no order of preference!).
Karam Food Truck, Chennai
Karthik Kannan, the mind behind this popular first-of-its-kind food truck in Chennai, was happy to quit his job as an F&B manager at a local Chinese restaurant to start this very venture that is now turning him into a well-known name amongst foodies. They sport a no-fuss menu with Chinese and South Indian fare, all very affordable (an onion uttapam is Rs 25) and managed in an eco-friendly manner. Visit 100 ft bypass road in Velachery.
District 7, Kochi
In Panampilly Nagar of Kochi, there is a food truck that has been fashioned out of a renovated tempo traveller and which serves burgers while using solar panels to power twinkling lights that help customers spot it. It sounds almost too radical given its location. Shiv Ratnakumar, the owner, knows his barbeque and his social media marketing too. Locate them here.
Irani Food Truck, Trivandrum
Trivandrum actually has a thriving food truck scene, and not a recent social-media driven one either. We’re talking food trucks over two decades old, one of which is Irani. It has been parked in Vellayambalam for 23 years now. The owner Irani Abbas brings most of his famous culinary creations prepared from home, but will whip up a delicious chilly chicken fry and porotta on the spot.
Spitfire BBQ Truck, Bangalore
Siddhant Sawkar and Gauthami Shankar’s barbeque truck has been getting its share of publicity, including Telugu film Pelli Choopulu which is inspired directly by their story! They have over 8,000 likes on Facebook, so you can gauge the awesomeness of their food. Their Jamaican BBQ Jerk Chicken comes highly recommended, as do the Bacon Double Chicken Steak burgers.
The SWAT Truck, Bangalore
Serving With A Twist is what SWAT does for Bangaloreans not only on their streets but in many city festivals too. Watch out for this black beauty specialising in American curbside gourmet cuisine and well-known for it too. What to expect? Classic hot dogs with caramelised onions, to begin with, and then so many New York-style burgers to keep following them for. Locate them here.
Dosa Place, Hyderabad
Dosa Place has gotten Hyderabadis hooked on to its one hundred and eleven varieties of dosas so well that they now have a restaurant besides the three trucks that trawl around the city. They’ve got experimental dishes like Mexican Dosa and Pasta Dosa, but they’ve also got basics like button idly covered. Visit them here.
Hello Dosa, Visakhapatnam
Vizag has its own mobile dosa maker, and it’s also doing rather well with its 101 varieties. Currently parked on Beach Road, they offer everything from Pav Bhaji Dosa to Aloo Tomato Cheese Dosa to Sweet Corn Dosa. Ramesh and Chandra Mouli, the two friends who came up with this start-up, intend to take the brand to towns across Andhra and Telangana, and if the local ratings are anything to go by, this sounds very doable. Follow them here.
Looking for more? Watch out for the next food truck carnival, Bangalore and Bombay have already had a few. Also, try this food truck-spotting app and see if you can’t find a truck closer home.