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A Foodie’s Guide to Westchester’s Scrumptious Food Trucks

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Charlie Fleisher and Nate Perry of Hand Held Kitchen.
Photograph by Ken Gabrielsen

Who doesn’t love a food truck? Here’s a yummy roundup of mobile kitchens where you meet the chefs, enjoy affordable, sometimes unique food concepts, and have four-wheeled fun.

By Michelle Gillan Larkin and Duke Ratliff

Photo courtesy of Walter’s Hot Dogs

– Sandwiches –

Walter’s Hot Dogs

Year (Truck) Founded: 2015

Signature Item: Hot Dogs
Location: Private events, weddings, festivals
Contact: truck@waltershotdogs.com

The Walter’s Hot Dogs truck creates community wherever it goes, with more than 100 years of tradition reflecting its iconic home base — a copper-topped pagoda in Mamaroneck. Of course, it’s known for beef-pork-veal-blend dogs topped with house-made mustard, but don’t miss the potato puffs, funnel cakes, and floats, made with house-made vanilla ice cream.

The Bus at Salinger’s Orchards

Year Founded: 2020
Location: Salinger’s Orchard, Brewster
Signature Item: Sandwiches
Contact: www.toasttab.com/thebusatsalingers

Well-known Westchester chef David DiBari defied trends by actually opening a food business during the pandemic. He describes his food offerings — served from a stationary antique bus — as “fun, exciting, and cool.” And who would argue with sandwiches such as fried chicken with chili honey and porchetta with Salinger’s apple mustard?

Road Grub Mobile

Year Founded: 2012
Signature Items: Philly cheesesteak, lobster roll (seasonal)
Location: Route 137, Pound Ridge
Contact: events@roadgrubmobile.com

Eight years ago, owner Alix Lajoie decided he’d had enough of restaurant work, after nearly two decades in the industry. He knew he’d rather be his own boss and opened a food truck serving hot dogs, hamburgers, and cheesesteaks. Whether you see him at private events or at his regular spot in Pound Ridge, don’t dare ask for French fries — Lajoie is a wizard with tater tots, offering five versions.

Westchester Burger Co.

Year (Truck) Founded: 2018
Signature Item: Original WBC Burger
Location: Events
Contact:
info@westchesterburger.com

Westchester Burger Co., which has locations in White Plains and Scarsdale, takes its award-winning specialty burgers on the road to private events. Since the pandemic, the company has been doing five-course dinners for small parties, as well as at neighborhood pop-ups and charity events.

Crafty ‘Cue BBQ

Year Founded: 2017
Signature Item: North Carolina Pulled Pork
Location: By reservation
Contact: craftycuebbq@gmail.com; 914.266.2426

Lifelong Mount Kisco resident Tim Bucolo did a stint in North Carolina, which left an indelible mark on his palate. Eventually, his Southern-food experience led to the Crafty ’Cue BBQ truck, featuring a broad menu based on the notion that “barbecue is super regional.” He explains: “North Carolina likes its pork and its vinegar-based barbecue sauces,” which are celebrated in his top-selling cherrywood-smoked North Carolina pulled-pork sammie. “Texas likes beef with just salt, pepper, and smoke”; hence, the popular brisket grilled cheese.

Put Some Meat On Your Bones

Year Founded: 2014
Signature Item: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Location: Jefferson Valley Mall, Yorktown
Contact: lylepuente@optonline.net

Owner Lyle Puente serves up buttery, crispy, grilled cheese sandwiches of all kinds six days a week (closed Mondays), including jerk chicken, barbecue chicken, (and specials such as) smoked salmon, and muenster.



Top 6 Fave Food-Truck Orders

Photo courtesy of Pizza Vitale

Margherita

Pizza Vitale

Starting with a chewy, blistered crust made from Mulino Caputo flour from Naples and featuring tomatoes from the Sarno Valley, the Margherita screams of Italian authenticity and goodness.

Photo courtesy of Put Some Meat On Your Bones

Jerk Chicken Grilled Cheese

Put Some Meat on Your Bones

Owner Lyle Puente fed himself through college with inexpensive grilled cheese sandwiches, and he’s perfected melty goodness with this Jamaican-inspired favorite.

Photo courtesy of Road Grub Mobile

Lobster Roll (Seasonal)

Road Grub Mobile

The warmer temps bring blooming flowers, lazy beach days, and Road Grub’s buttery, flavorsome lobster roll.

Photo courtesy of @chefdibari

Eggplant Sandwiches

The Bus at Salinger’s Orchard

Featuring two crispy eggplant patties, lemon chili aioli, lettuce, and tomato, this well-sized sandwich is an instant classic. Pair with a side of beef-fat potato wedges, and the drive to Brewster becomes a full-on foodie adventure.

Photo courtesy of Gyro Uno Food Truck

Beef Gyro

Gyro Uno Food Truck

The authentic, fire-roasted, seasoned beef gyro from Mishel and Matt Spiri of Ossining “starts out in the traditional Greek way, reminiscent of what it should be, but we take it to the next level with potent and bold favors.” Piled into a warm pita are lettuce, tomatoes, thin-sliced red onion, and homemade tzatziki.

Photo courtesy of Abeetz

White Beater

Abeetz

This pie reflects how Dave D’Amico takes the ordinary to another level, with goat cheese and spicy honey.

– Global Grub –

Crafty Frites

Year Founded: 2019
Signature Item: Fries With Rooster Sauce
Location: By reservation
Contact: www.craftycuebbq.com/crafty-frites

From the cooks behind Crafty ’Cue BBQ (page 96), this artfully decorated trailer peddles gourmet French fries that share the spotlight with inventive, house-made sauces and toppings that transform the all-American side dish into an unforgettable main course. Skin-on and hand-cut, these golden beauties come in a cone with a built-in container for dips like the Rooster: a spicy Asian mayo with chopped chilis for texture.

Photo courtesy of Gyro Uno Food Truck

Gyro Uno Food Truck

Year Founded: 2016
Signature Item: Beef Gyro
Location: By reservation; Central Ave in Yonkers a couple times per week (at press time)
Contact: www.greecygyro.com

Ossining’s Mishel and Matt Spiri are not Greek, and they don’t have a culinary background, but they were looking for “the next thing” and after “tons of trial and error” devised a flavor-forward menu of authentic Greek specialties. The big, boldly seasoned beef gyro is the main draw, with the Loaded Souvlaki a close second. “The chicken marinates for 24 hours, until juicy and tender,” says Mishel. House-made garlicky tzatziki adds the finishing touch to most dishes.

Photo courtesy of Wanna Empanada

Wanna Empanada

Year founded: 2020
Signature Item: Mac Daddy
Location: By reservation; Jefferson Valley Mall parking lot once per week
Contact: wannaempanada@gmail.com

Combine a girl from the Dominican Republic, a husband who longed for a food truck, and his Italian mother, who rarely leaves the kitchen, and the result is more than 60 varieties of empanadas. “Everything we cook can go in an empanada,” says co-owner Kenelyn Gioio of Ossining. Imaginative fillings include sausage, broccoli rabe, and mozzarella; shrimp scampi; cookie dough; and the standout Mac Daddy, with, yup… special sauce.

Leila’s Crepe Station

Year Founded: 2018
Signature Item: Nutella with Strawberries & Bananas
Location: By reservation; Hastings and Irvington Farmers’ Markets every other weekend
Contact: www.leilascrepestation.com

At home in a kitchen since she was a kid, Leila Zambrano started creating crêpes to satisfy her hubby’s passion for paper-thin Parisian pancakes and today offers a “locally sourced and crafted with love” array of sweet and savories, like the Very Berry (sweet cream cheese, fresh raspberry sauce, berries, shaved almonds); the BLT (crispy bacon, fresh spinach leaves and tomato, avocado, and house-made spicy mayo); and anything with Nutella.

Superlicious Food Truck

Year Founded: 2016
Signature Item: Burgers & Fries With Irish fair
Location: By reservation; Broken Bow Brewery in Yonkers, 3-4 times per month
Contact: www.superliciousnyc@gmail.com; 914.374.5096

Yonkers transplants Maggie Barrett and Yvonne O’Regan bring the classic favors of their native Ireland to the States by way of house-made Jameson-infused bacon relish and Guinness gravy atop juicy burgers on brioche buns. Their loaded, hand-cut fries also hit the high notes, blanketed with taco beef in an Irish-cheddar pink sauce or a garlic-mayo cheese sauce, “very popular in Ireland,” says Barrett.


– Anatomy of a Food Truck –

Photo by Ken Gabrielsen

Prep Station

Year Founded: 2014
Signature Item: Neapolitan Pizza
Location: Saturdays at Bronxville Farmers’ Market; Thursdays at Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck
Contact: pizzavitale@gmail.com

“My menu is small,” says Pizza Vitale owner Francesco Vitale. “I prefer to do one thing and do it well.” Vitale’s pizzas, baked in a wood-fired oven shipped from Napoli, feature tomatoes from Vitali’s hometown of Nocera Superiore in Campania, Italy.

Doughnation

Year Founded: 2011
Signature Item: Margherita Pizza
Location: Saturdays at Hastings Farmers Market; Sundays at Irvington Farmers Market
Contact: party@doughnationpizza.com

Nine hundred degrees is the temperature the wood-fired pizza oven achieves to create perfect Neapolitan style, puffy-dough-type pies. Chef David DiBari’s DoughNation creates a fiery spectacle everywhere it goes. Pies include lemon, smoked scamorza, garlic, and chili; Brussels sprouts, bacon, stracchino, and Parmesan; and classic Margherita. DoughNation’s motto: “You book it; we’ll bake it.”

Abeetz

Year Founded: 2017
Signature Item: White Pizza
Location: Private events
Contact: info@abeetzny.com

Named after his Sicilian grandparents’ pronunciation of pizza, Abeetz fires up its gold-tiled wood-and-gas pizza oven (imported from Italy) to create a roster of fun and creative pies, including the Bae, with bacon, egg, and cheese, and the Totcho, featuring tater tots and ranch dressing. They also make cinnamon rolls from pizza dough.

Pizza Luca

Year Founded: 2011
Signature Item: Margherita Pizza
Location: Route 100, north of Millwood
Contact: info@pizzaluca.com

Known for its attention-getting 1952 Chevy truck, Pizza Luca is one of the largest pizza-truck companies in the Northeast, with six pizza-making units: two antique trucks; three large, modern trucks; and a pizza trailer. Owner Dean Medico has served his handcrafted pizzas, featuring first-rate ingredients, to such celebrities as Martha Stewart, Jason Bateman, Christopher Walken, and Nicole Kidman.


– Ice Cream & Dessert –

Photo courtesy of Bona Bona Ice Cream

Bona Bona Ice Cream

Year (Truck) Founded: 2015
Signature: Toasted Italian Meringue Topper
Location: By reservation
Contact: www.bonabonaicecream.com/catering

He competes on the Food Network (he won on Chopped) and owns a successful ice cream shop in Port Chester, but Nick DiBona says putting two ice cream trucks on the road is “one of the best things I’ve ever done. Trucks are awesome.” Known for topping cones of his handcrafted, all-natural, gourmet ice cream with toasted Italian meringue, “blow-torched right in front of you on the truck,” DiBona’s standout favors include Italian rainbow cookie and the bright-green mint chip, derived from fresh-picked mint.

Photo courtesy of Jimmy’s Soft Serve

Jimmy’s Soft Serve

Year Founded: 2008
Signature Item: Vanilla & Chocolate Ice Cream
Location: By reservation
Contact: 914.703.1056

When you grow up in a family of restaurateurs and study the culinary arts, the idea of rolling around in an ice cream truck doesn’t seem all that likely, yet it “just popped into our heads,” says Jimmy Annicharico. He and wife Amy, both lifelong Rivertowns residents, swirl creamy, high-quality vanilla and chocolate soft serve with a choice of 50 toppings, from Oreos, peanut butter cups, and cookie dough to Pop Rocks and cereal. (Extra scoop: Hawaiian shaved ice is a hit with dairy-free indulgers.)

Photo courtesy of Kisco Sweets & Treats

Kisco Sweets & Treats

Year Founded: 2019
Signature Item: Spumoni Italian Ice
Location: By reservation
Contact: danuz2516@aol.com; 914.227.1181

Dad-buddies from the ballfields of Northern Westchester, shoe-repair-shop owner Raffaele Nuzzi teamed up with Anthony Sinapi (Sinapi’s Pizza Rustica, Bedford Hills) to scoop the restaurateur’s locally famous Italian ice out of a truck. “It’s great on the palate; it’s pleasing; it’s perfect,” says Nuzzi. Kids go for rainbow, but don’t miss the tricolor spumoni: vanilla, chocolate, and pistachio. In addition, a snow-cone machine churns out sweet and fun shaved ice.

Photo courtesy of Longford’s Mobile Scoop Shop

Longford’s Mobile Scoop Shop

Year Founded: 2015
Signature Item: Cookie Monster
Location: By reservation
Contact: longfordsmobile@aol.com; 914.804.6969

By day, Bobby Vita is a Port Chester public-works employee, but when his phone dings, he hits the road in his converted FedEx truck to deliver handmade, small-batch premium ice cream from this Sound Shore institution, owned by his sister. A dozen favors and two dairy-free sorbets are always aboard, with the tongue-staining blue Cookie Monster a kid fave; there’s coffee for their folks. Vita was born a brownies-and-cookies guy, so “I don’t eat the profits,” he laughs. “But I stand by this product, and I sneak a little from time to time.”

Photo courtesy of Waffle Box

Waffle Box

Year Founded: 2015
Signature Item: Loaded Nutella
Location: By reservation
Contact: waffleboxtruck@gmail.com

A plumber by trade, lifelong Yonkers resident Jeremy Sanz saw a need for a dessert truck in Westchester — and “who doesn’t like waffles?” But Sanz doesn’t bake typical Brussels-based Belgians: His dimpled darlings are authentic pearl-sugar waffles fashioned from brioche-like dough he imports from the city of Liège. Sweet treats, like the loaded Nutella with fresh fruit and whipped cream, stop traffic, but handheld chicken-and-waffle sammies satisfy, too.


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