Charleston is known for its rich culinary history in sit-down restaurants like the longtime Gullah Geechee Bertha’s Kitchen — which just listed its property for sale — the historic district’s 82 Queen, Peninsula Grill or new Parisian restaurant Brasserie la Banque. But Charleston’s culinary growth has reached beyond brick-and-mortar to on-the-road establishments. Food trucks are Charleston’s ever-moving gems and always worth the stop when you can find them.
In City Paper’s 13 food trucks on the streets of Charleston, you’ll find a variety of bites for almost any part of the town — and Instagram links to find your next rendez-vous.
Bangin’ Vegan Eats
The name says it all – Bangin’ Vegan Eats brings well, bangin’ vegan eats to the Lowcountry. Get a taste for delicious, healthy-alternative foods.
Chef Anthony Leonard brings the heat and flavor in this 7,000 pound food trailer. Despite its name, there ain’t nothin’ small about Bits-N-Bytes.
Nothing better to cure a hangover or sober you up than with smash burgers. No need to black out when you can pig out with Blackout Burger.
Latin American, Asian Fusion
Though Dashi has a brick-and-mortar on Remount Road, its food truck can still be found around the streets, serving up Latin and Asian fusion.
South American, Latin American
Don Sazon brings Venezuelan cuisines, serving up plates of empanadas. Buy ‘em by one, two, three or four for less than $20.
Desserts, Ice cream
Cool off in the Charleston spring and summer heat with ice cream and desserts from Holy Rolly, specializing in rolled ice cream.
Jared and Katie Maus bring the taste of the north with Maine and Connecticut lobsters, served in rolls, mac and cheese and grilled cheese. Top it off with a New England whoopie pie.
Stuff your mouths with Filipino finger foods with filling choices of beef, pork or chicken. If you’re still hungry, fill up with other traditional meals like pancit or siopao (shoo-pow).
Newer to the roads, Motley Chew serves up eclectic eats inspired by international street food, matched by the street art aesthetic of their food truck.
Asian fusion, Indian
There’s a reason Roti Rolls has been voted Best Food Truck in City Paper’s 2021 Best Of awards. It’s been serving up delicious bites since 2010 and is among the longest-running trucks in the Lowcountry.
Korean, Asian fusion
Lynn Hobart brings Charleston a piece of her home with Korean fried corn dogs and dishes like japchae. A great new addition to the Charleston mix.
Japanese, Asian Fusion
Find the black food truck with painted pink sakura flowers around town, serving up Japanese-style rice bowls filled with protein options of karaage (fried chicken), tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet), beef, shrimp, tofu or cauliflower.
Wicked Waffles offers twists of the breakfast staple with waffle pops, stuffed with sweet toppings like chocolate, bananas or Oreos.
This is only a small fraction of the trucks and trailers on the roads. For the full list of Charleston food on the move, head to streetfoodfinder.com.
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