The best Brisbane food trucks you need to eat at
Brisbane food trucks have skyrocketed in recent years, bringing us closer to foods from around the world we may not have dreamed of sampling. From chasing individual trucks around town based on their social media posts to food truck collectives like Eat Street, Brisbane’s very restaurant style food truck scene is diverse and a great way to try something you can’t get anywhere else.
Take your taste buds around the world as we serve up our best food truck picks from Korean/American fusion to Italian. There’s something for everyone and every dietary requirement – fair warning, don’t read this hungry!
Eat street Northshore – Hamilton
There are now so many options thanks to the rise of food truck culture, you only need to stand in the middle of 20 shipping containers to get a feel for how many cuisines are packed into this tiny food city.
That’s what Eat Street feels like, and it’s got food diversity to boot. A good example of one of the hubs where you can eat lots in the one spot, Eat Street’s fare comes from Japan, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, Greece, Italy, France, Mexico, Brazil and beyond. Most trucks can cater for vegetarian, gluten free and provide vegan options – but check with the individual stall on any dietary restrictions. Wash it all down with a pint or complement your pizza with some wine, there’s craft beer, cocktail and wine bars scattered throughout.
Brisbane Night Market – Rocklea
Every Friday from 4pm until late you’ll find the Brisbane Night Market bustling in Rocklea in a spectacle of food, theatre and entertainment. Take the night off and grab dinner on the way home (while supporting a local vendor) or make a night of it with the family. Featuring 40 food and drink stalls along with a side of entertainment, artisan gifts and lifestyle products, this is the foodie place to be in Brisbane’s south.
Welcome to Bowen Hills – Bowen Hills
The recently refurbished heritage listed Dairy Hall building (part of the RNA showgrounds) Welcome to Bowen Hills is a food mecca. As Brisbane’s first permanent food truck venue and beer garden, they serve up food, drinks and games in a giant laneway bustling with activities Wednesday to Sunday.
On rotation is everything from pizzas, spicy wings, mac n cheese burgers, gozleme and charcuterie platters to doughnuts with nutella-filled syringes. Open Wednesday and Thursday 5pm–late and Friday to Sunday 11am–late, there’s no excuse to get yourself over there and sample their myriad delights, stat!
Mac from Way Back – various locations
100% go there for the mac and cheese loaded fries, and don’t be surprised if you fall head over heels for their veggie burger. The “vego but good” isn’t of the bland patty variety – they add fried halloumi and beetroot relish to a big crumbed mushroom.
They post their roaming mobile mac whereabouts on their website, so check there first for updates, otherwise visit the Beenleigh joint between food truck pop-ups.
King of Wings – various locations
King of the Wings is true to its name, having won and placed in a number of winged competitions over the years. Their most notable: first place for best new competitor and second place for best wing sauce at the Wingfest in Buffalo, New York in 2016.
After husband and wife owners Dylan and Katrina spent numerous holidays in the USA and Canada to visit family, they hatched a love for wing culture and saw an opportunity back home where the craze had not yet taken off. Try all of their sweet, sticky, spicy and flaming flavours – you won’t want to have to choose.
Follow them all over town by staying up to date with their locations on their Facebook page.
Fuel by Salts Meats Cheese – various locations
Salt Meats Cheese’s mobile option, Fuel by SMC is a pizzeria on wheels dishing out their signature doughy-with-a-crunch pizzas and other Italian fare. Fuel by Salt Meats Cheese serves 10 inch pizza goodness including margherita, prosciutto and truffle mortadella. They even make sweet pizzas, slinging Nutella and Oreo pies for dessert. Follow them on their social media for updates on where you can run towards the truck each week.
Biriyani Bus – various locations
Fairly new to the food truck scene but serving up some tantalising bites around Brisbane’s suburbs, comes authentic, sumptuous Mughli cuisine by Biriyani Bus.
Biriyani is a complicated dish to produce, using more than 30 different herbs and spices cooked in a sealed terracotta pot known as a handi for a lengthy period. The owners’ mission is to authentically replicate the dish to bring to the Brisbane masses. Their time-tested recipes have been handed down over 8 generations, so you really are biting into a huge piece of history when you chow down on this dish.
Gelato a Go Go
We have to end on a sweet note. Slinging scoops of gelato and sorbet from the cutest pastel Citroen H van (that they lugged all the way from France), Andrew and Allison are onto a winner. Choose from 100 delicious and distinct flavours, from cardamom and ginger to pink grapefruit, all their fruit gelatos and sorbets are made from the real deal and are fresh as can be. Follow their social media and browse the Brisbane Food Trucks website for where they’re heading to next.
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Shop and support local
This certainly comes under travel for good, as it supports small and local businesses, you’re sampling foods from within the immediate vicinity and it’s a chance to strike up a conversation with the vendors – there’s always an interesting story behind how they got started.
Food with your brew
Local breweries in the suburbs often have food trucks that will do the rounds and visit them, like All Inn Brewing at Banyo, Revel Brewing Co in Bulimba, and Green Beacon in Teneriffe. Keep your eye on their social pages to find out if food is coming on a night you’re there!