Food trucks are not a common sight in the Pittsburgh market, due to a variety of restrictive laws that make it hard for them to do business. According to Pittsburgh Mobile Food
, which advocates for Pittsburgh's mobile food industry, city requirements that food trucks move every 30 minutes, stay at least 500 feet from any business with a similar product for sale, refrain from parking at metered spaces, and not sell food after midnight, severely limits where and when a food truck can operate. Regardless of these restrictions, food trucks are starting to gain a foothold in the greater Pittsburgh area. Generally you'll find them parked in privately-owned lots, in areas outside of the city, at some local farmers markets, or at organized roundups. For example, Coffee Buddha (970–976 Perry Hwy) hosts a North Hills Food Truck Round Up in their parking lot about once a month. The best way to keep in touch with upcoming food truck locations is to follow your favorite food trucks from the list below on Facebook and Twitter, or check their website for an Upcoming Appearances list.
Permanent food truck locations also exist on the Carnegie Mellon Campus (Margaret Morrison Street near the Intramural fields) and Pitt Campus (Bigelow Blvd. near Soldiers & Sailors Memorial). Food trucks initially enter a lottery to gain a space in these areas, but once there they never have to move.
Prefer burgers and fries? Then this tasty food truck operated by Jamie McCleland might be right up your alley (no pun intended). The burgers -- available in both small and large -- are prepared from fresh-ground, naturally raised beef served with a variety of different toppings and buns. Turkey burgers and veggie burgers are also available. French fries are hand-cut and double-fried, served either plain or in one of several specialty combinations. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thesteerandwheel Twitter: @steerandwheel
The outstanding Japanese dining at Fukuda's Bloomfield restaurant also hits the road in their unique Fukuda Mobile Foodtruck. Expect to find a variety of specialty sushi, along with Chirashi Temaki hand rolls and Okonomiyaki, a traditional Japanese Napa cabbage and fish-batter pancake stuffed with your choice of options. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fukuda-Pgh/273246636113222 Twitter: @FukudaPgh
It wouldn't really be Pittsburgh if there weren't a mobile food truck selling pierogis! And not just the traditional pierogi and onions, and Polish favorites such as haluski and stuffed cabbage on the hot foods menu—you can also buy a variety of frozen pierogi to take home in flavors such as sweet cheese, sauerkraut, potato and onion, beef and even plum. You can find them most Wednesdays outside the House of 1,000 Beers in New Kensington, and at the Whitehall Farmer's Market on Mondays during the summer months. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PghPierogiTruck Twitter: @PGHPierogiTruck
Another food truck tied with a corresponding brick and mortar restaurant, the Franktuary food truck serves up regular hot dogs, veggie/vegan dogs and "Under Dogs," made from New Zealand grass-fed beef. There's also a monthly featured gourmet dog, plus "boring" french fries and poutine
, a French-Canadian favorite of french fries topped with fresh cheese curds and thick gravy. Facebook: http://twitter.com/Franktuary Twitter: @franktuary
This popular Aspinwall sweet shop and bakery added a food truck for 2013, selling tasty sweets ranging from chocolate covered bacon and S'more pops, to homemade ice cream sandwiches and delicious cupcakes. Keep up with their upcoming appearances via Facebook and Twitter. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BellaChristieandLilzsSweetBoutique Twitter: @bellachristiez
Nakama on the South Side is taking to the road with a slimmed down version of their traditional menu, with items such as Japanese hibachi, sushi rolls, egg rolls, edamame, noodle and rice dishes and salads, plus regularly changing chef-specials. Items from the truck run slightly cheaper than similar items from the restaurant. Twitter: @nakamafoodtruck
This small red and white food truck serves up tasty Puerto Rican food (lunch and dinner) in various locations around Pittsburgh, including beef empanadas with cheese and a habanero and pineapple sauce; steak and chicken fajitas; and walking tacos. Twitter: @lacasita_food