The Food Trucks of Maine
Portland’s food truck scene is as diverse as you’d expect from this foodie city. Trucks can be found all across the city and the surrounding towns, and they offer an amazing selection of culinary delights. Tacos del Seoul combines Mexican-Korean for a truly unique menu that pairs the flavors of both cuisines. This truck can be found throughout Southern Maine, from their usual place by the Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, to L.L.Bean in Freeport. Craving some tacos, burritos or tamales? Be sure to check out El Corazon on Spring Street for some Mexican street fare. Head to Scarborough Beach and grab some gourmet burgers and sides at Mainely Burgers. Or for something completely different, find the Mami Food Truck serving up Japanese street food on Fore Street, from ramen to poke bowls. Word is the octopus fritters are delicious, so catch them before they sell out. Bite into Maine’s truck is located by the Portland Head Light in Fort Williams Park — you can grab a delicious lobster roll, from the classic style to ones with curry or wasabi mayo, and enjoy one of the best views in the state. There is also a Gorgeous Gelato truck by the lighthouse, so you can nosh on a tasty cone, too! Out on Peak’s Island, look for a bright green truck and grab a tasty bite from Milly’s Skillet offering burgers, lobster rolls and tacos.
Further up the coast, one of Maine’s most vibrant food truck scenes is blossoming in Brunswick along the Brunswick Green. Danny’s Dogs was the first food truck to set up here and has since grown into something of a Maine institution. The hot dogs are good; the burgers fresh off the grill are spectacular. Taco the Town sells authentic California-style street food by the Green, all with incredible fresh salsas.
Midcoast Maine’s perfection is improved upon with a variety of food trucks to sample. The Moody Dog in Belfast serves locally made hot dogs in creative preparations like the kimchi dog and tikka masala dog. The bright red Fox on the Run truck is usually found in Rockport Harbor with something for every palate: Cuban sandwiches, bahn mi, crabcakes, you name it. Out on Vinalhaven, Greet’s Eats serves burgers, lobster mac and cheese and one of the freshest lobster rolls around. The Uproot Pie Company’s truck can be found all over the midcoast region. The mobile wood-fired pizza oven is adorable and the hand-made pizzas and bialys combine Maine’s freshest produce.
If you’re heading to the twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn, keep an eye out for Pinky D’s, serving poutine at events around the area. The Crepe Bar truck can be found at area festivals and farmers’ markets, using a 100-year-old family recipe to make light crepes with tasty fillings.
Everyone in Western Maine knows about Rolling Fatties — this food truck is so popular, they also opened a restaurant in Kingfield. The truck can be found throughout the region — from Skowhegan’s Riverfront to area festivals and events. Grab one of their plump burritos, using locally sourced foods. Over in Bethel, look for the orange trailer for Smokin’ Good BBQ — with slow cooked real pit BBQ — this is the good stuff, folks. You know it’s open when you see smoke.
In Bangor, summers are full of food trucks along the Waterfront, with just about everything you can imagine being offered: ice cream, pizza, tacos. The Melt truck came to the Waterfront in 2017, serving an array of grilled cheese sandwiches and something they call a pickle popper — pickles and cheese, wrapped in a tortilla and fried. Another new truck that folks are raving about is The Lobstah Buoy, found around Bangor with juicy lobster rolls and whole belly clam rolls.
Up north, don’t miss out on your first pulled pork parfait — yes, that’s right. Layers of delicious pulled pork and BBQ baked beans topped with sauce can be found at Presque Isle’s Rib Truck where they also serve finger-licking ribs and chicken. This food truck has been rolling along for more than 20 years and is a local favorite in several Aroostook County locations. Looking for a perfect cooked-to-order burger, try the Happy Belly in Caribou. Don’t worry about missing out on your veggies, pair it with a salad.