What is the food truck scene like in Toronto?

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Ilona Kauremszky

Butting heads beside the chi-chi restos is a wave of food trucks that have arrived on the scene. Need something yummy to eat but don’t have the time for sit-down full service?

Food trucks could be your answer.

Besides some of these meals on wheels have even entered sacred ground as their expertise i.e. fast delicious food on the fly is being requested at special events.

Check out Gourmet Gringos, Toronto’s first gourmet Latin food truck. Last time I spotted this portable eatery they were dishing out tacos at an evening fashion soiree at the ROM. Krystian Catala co-owner uses influences from his dad’s Argentinian and mom’s Equador roots. “I’m a gringo,” he laughs, “I’m from here.”

Spices are hand blended, meats are from the butcher. Beer battered mahi mahi fish tacos are amazing! He likes spicy. Don’t worry about seeing the line-ups either. Five to six kitchen staff are on the scene.

And his executive chef (yes this meals on wheels has one) Arturo Gress Cardenas is no slouch. Trained in Barcelona, Spain at the Culinary institute Ambrosia, he cut his teeth working at two Michelin Star Restaurants as well as working alongside some of Toronto’s top chefs.

Be sure to catch their Tweets @gourmetgringos to find out the truck’s location.

Feisty Jack Mobile Food Company has found the answer to mundane fish and chips. Covered in a British flag with a honking huge open shark jaw, comes this food truck serving this traditional Brit mainstay the old fashioned way. Loads of fried spuds and beer batter dipped fish.

While the canteen isn’t housed in a double decker reminiscent of old London town itself, the food truck with signage like “Keep calm” and the Tube’s logo “mind the gap” makes you think that hey these crisps and fish can’t be all that bad. Sarah Grundy, a Feisty server, says ‘they are the best fish and chips in town.”

Hogtown Smoke – Nothing beats sampling slow cooked pork brisket or a pulled pork sandwich especially when in Toronto. After all we haven’t quite lost our ‘hogtown’ moniker but today it has come to mean something other than our once numerous slaughter houses. This truck’s got a fun seal in billowing smoke clouds but might get a redo soon. The neighborhood where you’re bound to meet up with them is in The Beaches in Toronto’s East End.

It’s best to check on Facebook or Twitter for their latest locations.  One handy resource for the low down on Toronto’s latest chow down is @foodtrucksTO.

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