These aren't the trucks you chased down as a kid for some Snoopy ice cream bars. Food trucks are now full-functioning portable kitchens serving authentic Mexican, brick-oven pizzas and pulled pork sandwiches. Many hang out Downtown, but you'll find others at public and private events in Clifton, Northside and even the suburbs, so check out their Twitter pages to find where they'll be next.
The food: Burgers and fries, portabella Philly, sandwiches like grilled cheese, roast beef, Cuban pork and chicken.
Where to find it: The schedule changes, but look for them at 5th and Race for downtown lunch, late nights in Over-the-Rhine, many Saturday mornings at Findlay Market and trivia at Neon’s on Monday evenings.
How to find it: On Twitter @theburgertruck. They’ve also got a sweet GPS tracking system on their Web site so you can easily spot them on the map: http://www.cafedewheels.com/whereWeIs.html
The food: The cart’s seasonal flavors are always changing, from beer gelato to strawberry gelato.
Where to find it: The Hyde Park Farmers Market 9:30-1:30 p.m. Sundays from May-October, Wyoming Avenue Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays starting in May, Clifton Cultural Arts Center for Wednesdays on the Green at 7 p.m. in June and July, Covington Farmers Fair in August, the Northside Rock ‘n’ Roll Carnival in July and randomly out and about downtown.
How to find it: On Twitter @dojocart
The food: Fire-baked pizzas made right on the Fireside Pizza Wagon.
Where to find it: Starting in May, the brick-oven-on-wheels will appear at the Wyoming Avenue Farmers’ Market (intersection of Wyoming Ave and Oak at the Village Green) on Tuesdays, the Northside Farmers Market (4222 Hamilton Avenue) on Wednesdays, the Madeira Farmers Market (corner of Miami and Greenbrier) on Thursdays and the Lettuce Eat Well Farmers' Market at Harvest Home Park in Cheviot on Fridays. Downtowners can spot the wagon 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Friday at either 5th and Race or Court and Vine.
How to find it: Follow them on Twitter @Fireside_Pizza.
The food: They make the food at the restaurant, foil-wrap it, and head out. The Habanero Burrito Truck has ready-to-go meat and vegetarian burritos and chips and salsa.
Where to find it: The truck mostly hits private events, but you can catch it at Final Fridays in Over-the-rhine and at the Clifton Arts Community Center for Wednesdays on the Green every Wednesday this summer (starting 7 p.m. June 1).
How to find it: On Twitter @habanerolatin or contact Max, the owner, 513-961-6800.
The food: Jus’ Q’in considers itself a “mobile barbeque catering businistry,” combining business and ministry. They serve pulled pork with ‘slaw sandwiches, St. Louis style ribs and sweet tea.
Where to find it: 10:30-2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. They’re at 5th and Race until June and then they’re taking their barbeque to the suburbs.
How to find it: Check their Twitter page to see when else they’ll be out (especially on nice days!) @JustQin
The food: Authentic Louisiana Cajun and Creole and soul food like shrimp or bacon po'boys, cornbread, tilapia, red beand and rice, Creole potato salad and buffalo chicken.
Where to find it: Look for the truck at 5th and Race for lunch and in Springdale for dinner.
How to find it: www.neworleanstogopoboys.com. Check their Facebook page or Twitter @NewOrleansToGo
The food: The big blue truck serves authentic Mexican items like tacos, quesadillas, burritos and chips and salsa.
Where to find it: Downtown at Court and Vine or Calhoun Street in Clifton.
How to find it: Definitely follow the truck on Twitter to know when to get your hands on a taco. @eltacoazul
The food: "Weenies on Wheels" is a big white trailer offering a scaled-down version of the menu at the Beekman Street carryout. All the dogs – including The Chicago, the Genie Weenie coney and the metts, the milder Poodle and the spicy Doberman – are $3. A dozen wings with your choice of sauce are $8.
Where to find it: Mostly 5th and Race for lunch.
How to find it: Know when they're out via their Facebook page or on Twitter @mrgenesdoghouse
The food: Mobile pizza truck serving pizza by the slice, cheesy bread and hoagies.
Where to find it: They make their lunch rounds in downtown, Fairfield, Blue Ash and Norwood, then hit Cheviot on the weekends for late night munchies.
How to find it: On Twitter @bytheslice
The food: This quesadilla trailer is all about "the love of cheese." Fallon Horstmeyer will be out with 15 kinds of cheese in creative creations, many musically inspired. (Now, you can order "Jack White" or "The Black Keys.")
Where to find it: Look for the shiny Airstream from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at 8th and Vine and at the City Flea market.
How to find it: Watch for updates on Facebook
The food: Vinnie's serves large, gourmet pretzels and fresh squeezed lemonade. Some pretzel options include The Pope (with parmesan cheese), The Morning Monk (with cinnamon sugar) and The Sister of Mercy (with Vinnie's hot sauce and parmesan).
Where to find it: They are located at 5th and Race from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
How to find it: Check updates on Facebook
Where to find it: Find them at 5th and Race for lunch, Party in the Park every other Wednesday and in Mt. Adams Thursday-Saturday nights.
How to find it: Check updates on Facebook and follow on Twitter @MrHantons
The food: Sweet crepes. Peter Barton, a native of Ireland, will be pulling a tear-drop trailer, just big enough for two crepe griddles, behind his black Mini Cooper.
How to find it: He plans to be at the Deerfield Farmers Market on Saturday mornings at Kingswood Park, 4188 Erwin Simpson Road. Aside from that, check out the website, follow along on Facebook or Twitter @cooperscrepes or give him a call, 513-310-5181.
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– Jon Berndt contributed