Are you a food truck connoisseur? Then perhaps you’ve heard of these six legendary N.J. trucks, which the Daily Meal says are among the top 101 in the country.
Just making the list at number 100 is Aroy-D, the Thai Elephant, out of Verona, which serves up pad thai, drunken noodles, pad see ew, dumplings and more. Aroy-D, which is Thai for “very yummy” claims to be “New Jersey’s first and only authentic Thai food truck.”
“Thailand-born Pupay moved to the United States in 2006 and soon began longing for her native Thai food, which she started making at home. One day she sent food into the office of her husband, Jon, and his co-workers went crazy for it,” the Daily Meal says.
The truck, launched in 2011, was also part of the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race.
Next on the list at number 95 is Cupcake Carnivale, for the sweets lovers. With a home base in Princeton, this truck cruises through Jersey and Philly.
“Cupcake Carnivale’s cupcake varieties — from “That’s S’more” to “Not Your Father’s Root BEER Float” to “Strawberry Oreo Cookies & Cream” and about 50 others — are some of the most imaginative creations we’ve ever seen, and among the most delicious around,” the ranking says.
Two notches up the list is Mannino’s Cannoli Express, number 93, serving Gaby Mannino’s famous cannoli for the past eight years.
“She buys shells baked in Sicily (which are wider than most domestically made shells) and makes the filling in her family’s Italian restaurant, in alternate varieties like chocolate and blueberry,” the Daily Meal says.
Then comes the Polkadot Cupcake Shop out of Nutley, which landed at number 51 in the list. The ranking says folks reached out in droves to add the truck to last year’s ranking.
It scored for “classics like the signature red velvet and birthday cake varieties; specialty creations like “Better Than Sex” (with chocolate cake, mousse, frosting, drizzle, and sprinkles), PBJ, and salted caramel peanut butter pretzel; cocktail cupcakes made with booze; and a monthly special.”
Closer to the top at number eight is the Cinnamon Snail, originally out of New York City (with a brick-and-mortar store in Penn Station), but now serving Red Bank and surrounds with vegan goodies.
“Try the red curry grilled tofu on a grilled pretzel bun with pickled jalapenos and carrots, curried cashews, arugula, and Sriracha mayonnaise,” suggests the ranking. “How about a burger? Go for the smoked sage seitan burger with sage seitan sausage baked ziti, marinated kale, smoked chili coconut bacon, and roasted garlic aioli. Gluten-free? Replace any bun or bread with millet flax bread or have your meal served over greens and red quinoa pilaf.”
And the best of the bunch?
According to the Daily Meal, the top food truck in Jersey is … drum roll … Oink and Moo BBQ, at number five in the country, which has “operated in New Jersey since 2012, enjoying its status as a well-kept Garden State secret in towns like Hoboken and Asbury Park.”
The Daily Meal says that after the truck expanded to serving Philly, it won a “Vendy award” for Rookie of the Year: “The concept is simple: beef brisket or pulled pork barbecue done well (not well-done) in the form of sliders, chili, tacos, quesadillas, and ribs.”
What’s your favorite Jersey food truck? Tell us in the comments.