A couple of decades ago, food trucks were seen as a surefire way to end up with food poisoning. Now, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Food trucks have exploded in popularity for their creativity and delicious eats in all 50 states. There are an estimated 35,000 active food trucks in the United States. With so many choices, it might be difficult to settle on what to try — especially if you have limited time when visiting a state. ZenBusiness, a company that helps support other businesses, did some data analysis to find the best food truck in every state, as well as the top 10 food trucks in the US.
The number one food truck in the US is Los California Tacos in Pasadena, California. The food truck smashes expectations, earning a killer 4.5-star average rating over 985 reviews. The truck’s been on the street since 1979, making it a true food truck pioneer, and serves delicious $2 Mexico-City-style tacos. California food trucks seem to be some of the best, earning three spots in the top 10, but Texas food trucks outpace them with four trucks in the top batch.
The top 10 food trucks in the United States
- Los California Tacos in Pasadena, California
- Tacos Tierra Caliente in Houston, Texas
- LA Burger in Irving, Texas
- Chick N’ Bros in Houston, Texas
- The Burnt Truck in Irvine, California
- Burger Seoul in Tacoma, Washington
- Frezko Taco Spot in Frisco Texas
- PigWich in Kansas City, Missouri
- Octopus Falafel Truck in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Phatties in Escondido, California
To find and rank these food trucks, the company used a list of US cities with a population of over 100,000. Then, for each city, it used Yelp to locate “food trucks” and sorted them by “recommended.” The top food truck with at least 20 reviews and a star rating equal to or higher than 4.5 in each city is listed as the highest-ranked result. To find the top 10 Food Trucks in the US, the study used the winners from the top trucks by city and used the ones that had the most reviews.
Where will you head first to find some delicious food on wheels?