The San Diego food truck scene is as plentiful as it is diverse, brimming to the top with eclectic culinary choices that can expand one’s palate just as easily as they can satisfy a deep-seated craving. The current food truck craze can trace its origins back to early truck-based taco purveyors in Southern California, so it is only fitting that some of the best street grub today is found here in sunny San Diego. Don’t waste any time after you’ve finished unpacking in your affordable hotel near the San Diego airport, let’s get out there and grub on some good food!
For the more adventurous eater, there is just as much variety to be found amongst food trucks as at local brick and mortar restaurants. The aptly-named Eat at Recess, typically housed in the Mission Valley area, describes itself as “mobile playground” and serves up modern takes on lunchtime snacks. Think: Grilled Cheese “TOTwich” stuffed with tater tots, melted cheese and smokin’ BBQ Sauce and we recommend adding the crispy Applewood smoked bacon.
For some diversity try God Save the Cuisine in Pacific Beach which offers British fare on the cheap. Try their Big Ben Burger complete with aged English Cheddar and a tangy smoked salmon flatbread.
If you’re looking for a chance to try the much-lauded Korean fusion cuisine popular among modern food trucks, the Tabe BBQ Truck in La Jolla offers up Korean BBQ Beef Sliders and the Sorong Burrito, a behemoth of multiple meats, fries, rice, and veggies, doused in salsa for good measure.
On the more traditional side of things, there are plenty of Latin American food trucks cruising around the greater San Diego area. Tacos La Mezcla in South Park is a classic, offering traditional and modern fare, including jerk chicken tacos and grilled fish- perfect for the traveler staying in a nearby Little Italy budget hotel. The tacos al pastor come highly recommended and are suitable for any sweet and savory pork cravings. Wading into more ethnic waters, the Mariscos el Prieto truck in Chula Vista offers some of the best Mexican seafood in Southern California. Upon arrival you’ll receive a complimentary cup of their fish stew in a Styrofoam cup – this is true no-frills dining – before you chow down on marlin tacos, mussels and a Mexican-style shrimp cocktail doused in tomato sauce.
San Diego offers all of the diversity of a larger metropolitan area like LA or NY with fewer crowds and better weather: two factors ideal for al fresco dining on the cheap. Whether you seek traditional or more unusual cuisine, there’s certain to be a restaurant on wheels ready to serve you.
For anything and everything food truck related in San Diego County, visit sdfoodtrucks.com and for the perfect family friendly and affordable hotel in Downtown San Diego visit Marina Inn. We’re only a few miles away from a weekly food truck gathering in South Park on Grape Street. Every Tuesday night from 5:30 to 8:30 pm food trucks flock to the corner of Fern and Grape Streets to greet hungry passerby’s.
Come May 23-24 you can get a weekend’s worth of Food Truck fun during the Food Truck Invasion in Valley Center. For more information on the event visit their Facebook listing at facebook.com/westerndays. While you’re at it, add Marina Inn on Facebook to stay up to date on hotel discounts and San Diego events.