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When it comes to Phoenix food trucks, guaranteed there’s a mobile meal cruising around town ready to satisfy any craving. Whether you’re in the mood for tacos, pizza, burgers or even a lobster roll or Chinese dumplings, just walk up to the window and indulge in some of the best food Phoenix has to offer. And while we all have our favorites, the true food truck connoisseur is always on the lookout for the next best thing. If you’re looking to up your food truck game, here are some of the latest trucks taking a bite out of the Phoenix scene.
What makes Focoso Pizza special isn’t the fact that they have an authentic wood-fired pizza oven on their truck—which, to be honest, is pretty impressive in and of itself. What’s most impressive is what they’re able to do with it. The menu begins with a margherita pizza made with Focoso’s authentic red sauce, whole-milk mozzarella and fresh basil (they even make one with a gluten-free dough). From there, customize your pizza with a variety of toppings: pepperoni, olives, mushrooms and red onions, to name a few. Or try one of their specialty pizzas, such as the Focosita, made with spicy sausage, fresh jalapenos, cherry peppers, pepperoncini and ricotta cheese. There’s also the Hawaiian with fresh pineapple and hand-carved ham, or the Caprese topped with pesto sauce, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and prosciutto. No matter what you order, your pizza will come fresh from the oven with a crisp, chewy crust and smoky flavor. A regular at Food Truck Friday at Phoenix Public Market, Focoso Pizza can also be found at locations and food truck events across Greater Phoenix. Check out their schedule on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Their tagline says it all: “Lettuce feed you.” Open since March, Local Lunchbox is all about showcasing the delicious bounty Arizona farms have to offer. From fresh produce, to farm-raised beef and chicken, to local eggs and dairy, many ingredients are sourced from farms and purveyors right here in Greater Phoenix. Owners Michael and Jennie Unroe even grow their own heirloom tomatoes and use them generously throughout their menu. While offerings change with the seasons, some things you can always count on being on the menu, including the Italian chicken sandwich made with marinated grilled chicken breast, roasted red pepper, pesto aioli and fresh mozzarella on a toasted ciabatta bun. The sandwich is served with their signature sweet potato chips made right on the truck. Taking the local love just a bit further, Local Lunchbox serves Arizona’s own China Mist teas in blackberry jasmine green tea and a black tea, which changes flavors based on the day’s menu. Local Lunchbox can be found cruising all over Greater Phoenix. Find out their upcoming stops at their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Po’ Boyz BBQ
There’s barbecue and then there’s Carolina-style barbecue. And when it comes to Carolina-style barbecue, no one may do it better than Po’ Boyz BBQ. Kissed with a touch of vinegar, the Po’ Boyz barbecue sauce recipe dates back to the 1940s. Passed down from generation to generation, the sauce has been the crowning glory on their competition-style barbecue and continues to be used today. Smoked daily on the truck, all their meats are dry-rubbed and slow-smoked, from their brisket, pork and beef sausage, to their ribs and chicken. Served with a side of honey-spiced baked beans, four-cheese smoked mac ’n cheese, or creamy coleslaw, you’ll feel like you’re down home in the Carolina South. Po’ Boyz serves up their barbecue goodness across the metro area. Check out their schedule on their Facebook page and on Twitter.
Hot Mess Buns
Being called a “hot mess” can only be taken as a compliment by the folks at Hot Mess Buns, which opened in August. In fact, the messier, the better—thanks to their selection of ooey-gooey (yeah, we said that) gourmet cinnamon rolls. The menu is simple, offering three cinnamon roll choices: the Debacle, the Train Wreck and the eponymous Hot Mess. The Debacle is for the cinnamon roll purist, featuring a plain glaze—or maple glaze if you want to live on the edge—with a creamy sugar-based topping. The Train Wreck takes the Debacle to the next level with an added dollop of cream-cheese frosting, while the Hot Mess takes the Debacle one step further by adding a drizzle of white chocolate, caramel, chocolate or Nutella sauce, followed by a mound of Cap’n Crunch cereal. Hot Mess Buns has just started making the food truck rounds and can mostly be found in the east metro area. But with its growing popularity, we expect them to become a regular in the city’s food truck circuit. Find out where they are on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
This is part of a series of guest posts from our friends at Bite Magazine that explore the food and drink scene of Greater Phoenix.