Nothing’s better than delicious homegrown, prepared food that also gives back to the community. The food truck trend has gained traction in Phoenix within the past year. Food trucks, or mobile kitchens, are a kind of pop-up shop in a truck, where local folks and businesses sell food, ranging from hot dogs to cupcakes, off the street.
Check out some of these great Phoenix food trucks and join them and others each Friday at Phoenix Public Market’s Food Truck Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and at the Scottsdale Farmers Market, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also be sure to check the food trucks’ websites for their own individual schedules.
The Sweet Republic food truck.
Short Leash Hot Dogs
Using local purveyors and natural ingredients, the family who runs Short Leash Hot Dogs serves up twists on the All-American classic dog. The menu consists of five different hot dog varieties, such as the “Lady,” comprised of of chipotle cream crease, sautéed onions and fried pickles, in addition to letting you create your own masterpiece from more than delicious 20 toppings.
This long-time staple serves up homemade ice cream (made from milk and cream from independent local dairy farms), sorbet, cookies, toppings and waffle cones, for a one-of-a-kind, homespun taste. Sweet Republic has been featured on Travel Channel, TLC, and bon appétit.
The newest member to the food truck lineup, Chedda Truck promises to offer up some tasty cheese-inundated cuisine with Chedda Tots and build-your-own sandwiches. Made-to-order sandwiches include “Oh Fancy,” with turkey, figs, arugula and brie on multigrain bread.
You can check out their debut this Saturday, June 30, from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at Artistic Tattoo in Central Phoenix.
Sweet Jonez Rocking Cupcakes
Also new to the scene, Sweet Jonez Rocking Cupcakes specializes in its name, offering over 100 flavors of cupcake with names of musical rock legends. Try the “Aretha Franklin,” crafted from classic double chocolate with chocolate frosting, or the “Chuck Berry” cupcake, made from fresh locally grown strawberries.
Phoenix residents MaryBeth and Tim Scanlon of Pizza People craft delicious personal-sized pizzas using fresh local ingredients. Fans rave about the crisp and buttery crust, making the posted 10-20 minute wait worth it. There are also vegetarian and gluten-free options.