By Isabel Klein
Once an amenity that only chic Manhattanites could enjoy, upscale food trucks are now rolling around Westchester serving up everything from ethnic flavors to oozing pizza to steaming burgers. Let’s just say we’re thankful this trend made to our side of the bridge.
Here’s a guide to help you track down the county’s best meals on wheels. Start slideshow »
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Since 2013, the Souvlaki Truck has been bringing flavorful, authentic Greek food to Central Avenue. They can whip you up a simple (yet perfectly spiced) chicken or pork souvlaki stick, crispy falafel wrapped in a soft grilled pita, a fresh tossed Greek salad, or a full chicken/pork/falafel plate, complete with thick and heavily seasoned hand-cut oregano fries and tasty tzatziki sauce. Before leaving your Greek fantasy and heading back into the melodious honking of Central Avenue, don’t forget to indulge in the rich baklava for dessert.
Where to find it: 2481 Central Ave, Yonkers; On Tuesdays find them on Alexander Street, Yonkers from 6 pm – 8 pm
Photo by Leslie-Anne Brill
Chef Johnson has a language of his own, and we’re not just talking about food. He’s about all-natural comfort cooking with a New Orleans flair, served with a bizarre accent and good vibes. The former star of public access television show Up in Johnson’s Kitchen, Chef Johnson created a “menyu,” as he calls it, filled with rich, creative food. Don’t be confused by titles like “Chicken Sahnwich” or “Momma’s Creole Lobsta Roll”—what you need to know is that you better dive in.
Where to find it: Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck
Penny Lick Ice Cream, named after the 19th-century ice cream vending technique, is a push cart and maybe not technically a food truck, but we’re not here to nitpick—it has wheels, and it carries food we love, so it counts! With their ice cream sold in push-pops, cups, pints, sandwiches, and cakes, the Penny Lick Ice Cream Company is devoted to selling old-fashioned, custard-based ice cream with fresh and local ingredients (the bases are made of just heavy cream, cream-lined whole milk, eggs, and sugar). Try their bestselling flavors like Ethiopian Macchiato, Milk Chocolate, and Toasted Almond Toffee, or experiment with seasonal favorites like Drunken Pumpkin, Honey Raspberry, and Roasted Strawberry.
Where to find it: Farmers’ markets in Hastings, Irvington, and Bronxville. Penny Lick keeps a regularly updated calendar.
Photos by Doug Schneider
Start your morning off right with one of Raffi’s signature breakfast burritos (two eggs, ham, Swiss cheese, black beans, and Frank’s RedHot hot sauce in a crunchy, slightly charred wrap), or visit on Fridays when Raffi, who previously worked at Q Restaurant and Bar in Port Chester, makes delicious pulled pork. Raffi does food with a Peruvian flair and gives his customers (he knows the new ones and the regulars) what they want.
Where to find it: 55 Jackson Ave, Greenburgh (near the Sprain Brook Parkway entrance/exit)
Photo courtesy of Raffi’s Red Hot Grill
A mobile extension of the popular Dobbs Ferry restaurant, The Cookery, Chef David DiBari’s DoughNation truck fires up artisan pizza pies with fresh and creative toppings while parked at local farmers’ markets and events. Feeling adventurous? Try their Breakfast Pizza with tomato jam, mozzarella, and Hudson Valley duck bacon (yes, you read that right—duck bacon).
Where to find it: Farmers’ markets in Irvington, Hastings, and Chappaqua
Photo by Sara Strauss
Dean Medico is serious about his Neapolitan pizza. He swears to only use the freshest ingredients and cook according to the methods set by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. He makes four types of pizza to satisfy a diversity of taste preferences: a bianca pie with fresh mozzarella di bufala and no tomatoes; a marinara pie with San Marzano tomatoes and no cheese; and a Filetti pie with cherry tomatoes and no sauce; and the killer Margherita pie, which has it all. All it takes to create the perfect pizza texture and flavor is 90 seconds in a 900-degrees-hot oven atop Medico’s 1952 Chevy truck.
Where to find it: Most often at the intersection of Route 100 and Route 118, at 5 Saw Mill River Road. Pizza Luca posts daily updates about their location.
Photo courtesy of Pizza Luca
Served on a toasted sesame bun, BurgerMeister’s burgers are the solution to a roadside red-meat craving. Bacon lovers will find heaven in the Bacon Meister burger (a burger topped with American cheese, bacon, bacon jam, onion rings, and a smoky barbecue sauce). Vegetarians will devour a tasty veggie burger topped with a special BurgerMeister sauce. And everyone else will enjoy creative sliders like the Samurai (thin strips of rib-eye beef with crispy Asian coleslaw and Sriracha mayo).
Where to find it: Usually, 2575 Central Ave, Yonkers; check their Facebook page for daily updates.
Photo courtesy of BurgerMeister