Another year, another list of the 101 Best Food Trucks in America — year number five, to be precise. (Check here for our past lists from 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.) As far as lists go, the topic of food trucks is one of the most difficult to compile. Whole fleets of new trucks are opening each day in cities all over the country, which means we constantly need to stay up to date on all the new openings, as well as the unfortunate closings (RIP Rickshaw Stop). Still, it’s impossible to be everywhere at once, so we rely on you, the reader, to help us out.
Earlier this month, a survey was posted on the Daily Meal homepage asking readers to choose their favorite food trucks from a list of almost 400 options. If a particular vehicle wasn’t included in the survey, participants were encouraged to write in additional picks. And write in you did! Before the voting closed, the list of trucks grew to almost 500, and food-lovers from all over the country voiced their opinions. We tallied up the scores and eventually narrowed it down to 101.
It’s important to note that gathering information and compiling an article in this fashion makes for very volatile results between years. If a truck’s fans turned up in large numbers, a particular vendor could see their stock skyrocket, and first-time finalists even landed some primo rankings in 2016. On the other hand, if a fan base was absent during the voting, a truck could fall down the list, or even off it completely. We weighed a few other factors (awards, popularity on social media, and our own knowledge, expertise, and experiences) when deciding on the final 101, which we’d like to present to you now.
Thank you for your votes, and we hope this list is enlightening in regard to new trucks to try and the reinforcement of previously held opinions about old favorites. Either way, we’ll see you in line.