As fall approaches, the last thing we want to do is be cooped up inside. Food trucks may not be as trendy as they once were, but they will always hit the spot for affordable al fresco dining. This month, take advantage of San Antonio’s best meals on wheels.
Benjie’s Munch Truck
Chef Ben De Los Santos' decadent concept now has a brick-and-mortar, but his original food truck is still rolling. If an ingredient can be squeezed between two slices of bread, it has probably been featured on the rotating menu, where guests can find gooey spinach and artichoke grilled cheeses; Cubanos stuffed with porchetta and ham; and rum-and-Coke steak sandwiches with braised beef, arugula, and agave vinaigrette. Forget Subway, this is San Antonio’s real sandwich artist.
Cousins Maine Lobster
This Los Angeles-based food truck chain, catapulted to success after a 2012 appearance on Shark Tank, now has two locations bringing fresh seafood to the landlocked Alamo City. The main event is the New England-style lobster rolls — available dressed lightly in mayo or drenched in butter and lemon — but there are plenty of other treats. Try the lobster tots, topped with tons of claw meat, pico de gallo, and a vibrant cilantro lime sauce.
Long before food trucks were the subject of reality TV competitions or mediocre movies starring Jon Favreau, mobile taquerias dotted the landscape, seeking customer satisfaction over buzz. Rocky and Patty Soriano carry on that tradition with a minimal menu featuring solid al pastor, spicy chorizo, and their secret weapon: birria. Made with pork instead of goat or beef, it’s tender and fatty without being greasy. It packs a punch without a drop of the addictive green sauce.
This mainstay at The Block food truck park freshens up San Antonio with Cali-style fish tacos ranging from beer-battered fish to grilled mahi mahi, but customers can also get down and dirty with an order of onion rings slathered in chili and topped with both grated cheddar and a cheese sauce. But its finest moment comes in the form of a surf and turf burrito, stuffed with skirt steak and grilled shrimp and drizzled in chipotle mayo.
The name tells you everything you need to know about this roving food truck. It only does one thing, but it does it so well that customers don't need to ask for anything more. The chicken or beef sliders come in a wide variety of versions, ranging from the classic Chuck Norris with bacon, caramelized onion, American cheese, and Sriracha ketchup to the fiery Cowboy From Hell with fire-roasted hatch and serrano peppers, garlic wing sauce, pepper jack, and Tabasco pickles. Then there's the infamous Goobster with crunchy peanut butter, grape jelly, and sharp cheddar. We promise it’s better than it sounds.