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Top 10 Food Carts & Food Trucks – Summer 2010

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Wednesday marked the first official day of autumn, which means that summer has unfortunately come to a close. To mark the occasion, we asked everyone to cast their votes last week and name their favorite food carts and food trucks of the summer. We’ve tallied up the votes and your top 10 favorites are as follows:

1. Ray Ray’s Hog Pit - This barbeque truck has quickly become a Clintonville staple and their fine food has not gone unnoticed. Specialties include ribs, beef brisket and pulled pork with a variety of sauces and sides.
[Links: CU Disccusion | Facebook | StreetEats]

2. Foodie Cart – Foodie Cart may sound like a pretty nondescript business name, but that’s easily fixed with two additional words: Japanese Crepes. Their menu features a unique variety of both sweet and savory crepes.
[Links: CU Review | Twitter | Facebook | StreetEats]

3. Junior’s Tacos – Junior’s Taco Truck is a familiar sight for anyone who spends any regular amount of time in the Victorian Village, Short North or Harrison West neighborhoods. Their late hours and affordable menu keeps everyone coming back for more.
[Links: Facebook | TacoTrucks]

4. Mikey’s Late Night Slice – Having opened over a year ago makes Late Night Slice one of the older kids on this Top 10 block. Their business operates in a two-fold fashion, serving pizza from a small shack in the Short North and taking their pizza on the road in their mobile truck.
[Links: CU Story | Twitter | Facebook | StreetEats]

5. Los Guachos – There are many authentic taco trucks to be found on the west side of Columbus, but Los Guachos managed to stand above the rest. Favorite items include their gringas and anything made with their fresh al pastor.
[Link: TacoTrucks]

6. 3 Babes and a Baker – 3 Babes managed to break the mold with their dessert-only offerings and made quite an impression on the foodie scene this summer with their cupcake truck. They’re often found parked at Gay & High Downtown and re-purposing a parking lot spot in the best way imaginable.
[Links: CU Disccusion | Twitter | Facebook | StreetEats]

7. Los Potosinos – Another west side favorite, Los Potosinos wins over their fans with their grilled chicken (pollo al carbon) dishes and diverse menu that includes tostadas, rellenos, enchiladas, flautas and much more than just tacos.
[Links: Facebook | TacoTrucks]

8. Las Catrachas – Breaking from the traditionally Mexican taco truck mold, Las Catrachas instead serves up Honduran offerings from their west side location. Many of their dishes are fork-and–plate style rather than eat-with-your hands, but they provide seating to keep it easy.
[Link: AltEats]

9. Taqueria Davanne – Located next to the Las Maravillas grocery store in Victorian Village, Taqueria Davanne is another close-to-home offering for many regular readers of Columbus Underground. Their menu consists of the standard staples of Taco Truck expectations.
[Link: TacoTrucks]

10. Rad Dog! – Another “old school” food cart option, Rad Dog’s food cart presence dates all the way back to 2008. Their menu is made up of vegetarian and vegan offerings including hot dogs, brats and more.
[Links: CU News | Twitter | Facebook | Blog | StreetEats]

Thanks for casting your votes, and happy eating Columbus!

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9 Responses to Top 10 Food Carts & Food Trucks – Summer 2010

  1. CMH Gourmand
    CMH Gourmand September 24, 2010 8:19 am at 8:19 am

    Great collection of street eateries.  Street Eats does have Rad Dog on the list as well.  http://streeteatscolumbus.com/2010/08/24/rad-dog/  They pop over to Pattycake Bakery sometimes for the Rad Dog Sticky Bun challenge. 

  2. bababoohi September 24, 2010 9:20 am at 9:20 am

    I can go to town on some RayRays.  I suggest the pork over the brisket though.

  3. drew
    drew September 24, 2010 9:27 am at 9:27 am

    Great list – really shows off the significant diversity of offerings we have in the city.

    One small quibble – Las Catrachas serves Honduran food, not Venezuelan.

  4. Walker Evans
    Walker September 24, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am

    CMH Gourmand Says:Street Eats does have Rad Dog on the list as well.

    Thanks! Added the link up top! ;)

    drew Says: One small quibble – Las Catrachas serves Honduran food, not Venezuelan.

    Oops! Fixed! I actually had El Arepazo for lunch yesterday, so I must have had Venezuelan food on the brain. ;)

  5. geedeck September 24, 2010 1:59 pm at 1:59 pm

    Great list. Glad to see Juniors, Davanne, Foodie Cart and RayRays on there, especially since I’ve given them so much money. And while top 10 lists are top 10 lists, the El Manantial Latino cart, which is actually more Columbian, is easily as pleasing as anything on this list. They’re at the Shell station @ Lane & High. An arepa con queso and a tostones con carne and I’m in heaven. If you’re feeling delightfully masochistic, then try an Un Perro Columbiano. It’s… amazing. It’s a hot dog, split and grilled, while the bun has cheese sprinkled on it, then it’s grilled too. Then the hot dog is put on, with some mystery sauce that’s a cousin of thousand island dressing, along with onions and a small bag’s worth of crushed potato chips. I don’t know how that’s Columbian but holy criminy is it a food experience.

  6. niobl22 September 24, 2010 6:26 pm at 6:26 pm

    RayRays ribs…….ITIS!!!!!!!!

  7. futureman September 25, 2010 8:51 pm at 8:51 pm

    El Manantial is awesome!

  8. Dan Morgan
    Dan Morgan September 27, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am

    I dig the Columbus food cart scene, quality eats.  I was just in Denver and happened upon this great event hosted by the Justice League of Street Food.  Check out what they’re doing, maybe our locals could pull something together.  I recall mention of the folks of Tigertree and Milkbar talking about another Mod v. Rockers event featuring Street Eats…

  9. jessica October 25, 2010 7:58 pm at 7:58 pm

    You should go to El Manantial Latino “Exotic Colombian and Mexican Food” located at a shell gas station on High St. and Lane Ave…. ITS FOOD MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE IN HEAVEN and MAKES YOUR MOUTH WATER!!! Especially when you order the Arepa with cheese or the Mexican Sub “Torta” !!

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