Posted: June 8, 2018
Food truck guide: 20+ in southern Maine
Written by: Leslie Bridgers
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It’s only been a few years since Portland permitted food trucks to sling their varied fare from the city’s streets, but a lot has happened quickly. The fleet has more than doubled, with more than 20 trucks now licensed in the city, and several of the longer-standing ones have done well enough to open full-fledged restaurants. Just as a few food trucks always fall by the wayside, more business owners will start their engines for the first time this spring, ready to take advantage of the business generated by the bustling brewery hubs on Industrial Way and in East Bayside, as well as concerts and events at Thompson’s Point.
Staff photo by John Ewing
Bite Into Maine
Fort Williams Park, 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth. biteintomaine.com
Bite Into Maine has been serving up lobster rolls of various flavors — from Connecticut-style with butter to curry mayo – since 2011 in the picturesque Fort Williams Park, home of Maine’s most iconic lighthouse. What's more, an Airstream called Silver Sue that the company had used for catering serves as a food truck outside at Allagash Brewing Co. on Industrial Way in Portland. The company has also opened a 12-seat takeout spot called The Commissary on 185 Route 1 Scarborough. In addition to lobster rolls, Bite Into Maine serves sides, like cole slaw and potato salad, Smiling Hill Farm ice cream, whoopie pies and Moxie.
Photos courtesy of Classic Sliders
Portland, Westbrook and neighboring towns; current location posted on Facebook. classicsliders.com
This food truck specializes in meat. Sliders come two per order, and the menu changes constantly. Though you’ll always find a classic hamburger with tomato and mixed greens, other selections may include the Southwest cheeseburger sliders with serrano peppers mixed in or Hawaiian-style chicken or pulled pork with mango sauce, a pineapple slice and bacon. The truck frequents events on Thompson’s Point but can also be found at breweries and in the Old Port.
Photo courtesy of Cousins Maine Lobster
Cousins Maine Lobster
Various locations in southern Maine. cousinsmainelobster.com
With the help of TV show "Shark Tank," two cousins from the Portland area have brought fresh Maine lobster rolls to cities all over the country. Also on the menu are lobster quesadillas, lobster tacos, lobster tots, chowder, whoopie pies and more.
Photos courtesy of Don's Lunch
925 Main St., Westbrook, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. On Facebook
Way before the food truck trend, there was Don’s Lunch Van, serving hot dogs, hamburgers and clam cakes to everyone from families to the bar crowd to the late shift leaving the paper mill. Since it opened in 1976, it has moved its location on Main Street and changed hands a couple of times, but it’s now back near its original location and serving something close to its original menu. This food truck won’t come to you, but you always know where to find it.
Photo courtesy of El Rodeo
El Rodeo Go
19 Commercial St., Portland. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. various days; check website for days and other locations. elrodeome.com
The trend lately has been for food trucks to open brick-and-mortar restaurants, but El Rodeo did the opposite. Following its success as a Mexican restaurant in the Maine Mall area, El Rodeo Go was born, with the mission of bringing quick and quality Mexican food to the business scene in downtown Portland. Keep tabs on its when- and whereabouts through its website calendar and on its Facebook page.
Photo courtesy of Falafel Mafia
You'll find the Falafel Mafia truck parked at the intersection of Spring and Temple street from 11:20 to 2 p.m.
Tuesdays through Fridays. You'll also sometimes find them in the evening at Congress Square Park during events and
at concerts at Thompson's Point.
In the mood for some falafel?
Falafel Mafia's got you covered with things like The Godfather (falafel, hummus, tomato-cucumber salad & cababge
salad with tahini sauce) and The Mobster (falafel, hummus, pickles & cabbage salad) among other tempting items
including salads, fried new potatoes and sour cherry lemonade.
Check Facebook for schedule.
Photo courtesy of Farm to Coast Mobile Kitchen
Farm to Coast Mobile Kitchen
You'll find Farm to Coast Mobile Kitchen at concerts, festivals, breweries in and around Portland.Check Facebook for schedule. farmtocoastcatering.com
They change up the menu frequently but it all sounds tasty. Current offerings include streamed buns, local burgers and tofo bahn mi. But be sure to check the chalkboard for daily specials. Wash it all down with a milkshake!
Staff photo by Gabe Souza
Various Portland breweries and events. fishinships.com
This food truck specializes in fried fish dishes and can usually be found on weekends at a brewery near you. The battered and fried fish comes in a number of ways, including the traditional fish and chips with tartar sauce and lemon, a Thai version with ginger and spicy mayo and in tacos and sliders. There are also fish cakes with bacon and, on the (somewhat) lighter side, a ceviche tostada.
Photo courtesy of Gorgeous Gelato
Fort Williams Park, 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, and Commercial Street, Portland. gorgeousgelato.com
Gorgeous Gelato started bringing a gelato cart to Fort Williams Park in 2012, and now has a full-fledged kiosk in a trailer that will operate from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, as soon as the weather is consistently warm. The company also has a second trailer Commercial Street. The cart still hits the road for weddings and other events, and, of course, it all started with a brick-and-mortar store on Fore Street. If that’s survived seven Maine winters, you know the gelato’s got to be good.
Photo courtesy of Hakka Me
Hakke Me is typically parked in Downtown Portland near Spring and Temple three days a week during lunch hours
(11 a.m. to 2 p.m) and also you'll find them at some local breweries.
Hakka Me serves up Cantonese style home-cooked cuisine.
Menu items with Lushu Ji (brined chicken topped with ginger sauce) and pork dumplings (pan fried or steamed) and a
variety of seasonal greens served stir-fried with a house sauce. Check Facebook for schedule.
Staff photo by Gregory Rec
When the skies are sunny you'll find the Mainely Burgers food truck parked at Scarborough Beach State Park from
10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. They also are known to set up shot during concerts at Thompson's Point in Portland and
on occasion, you'll find them on the Eastern Prom. Mainely Burgers
Sink your teeth into one of four different burgers including one called The Beast which is topped with cheddar
cheese, sauteed onions, bacon, pickles and BBQ sauce. The menu also features specialty hot dogs, fries and onion
Photo courtesty of Maine-ly Meatballs
Eastern Promenade, Thompson’s Point and Portland breweries. mainelymeatballs.com
This meatball truck spends its winters at Sunday River, but in the warm months can be found around southern Maine at various events and breweries. The menu includes meatballs inspired by a variety of cuisines, from Asian to vegan, as well as lobster balls served with a lemon cream sauce. Side dishes include mac and cheese and green, pasta and potato salads.
Staff photo by Jill Brady
Various locations in Portland. mamifoodtruck.com
Japanese street food can be frequently found at Foundation Brewing on Industrial Way and Rising Tide Brewing in East Bayside, Mami’s current location is best tracked through facebook. Its offerings include okonomiyaki (a savory pancake), yakisoba (grilled noodles with vegetables), yaki-ongiri (a grilled rice ball with fillings), gyoza, a Japanese hot dog, grilled skewers and a steamed bun with pork sausage.
Staff photo by Jill Brady
Eastern Promenade, Portland, weekends through June, then weekdays and various locations. mashedinmaine.com
Mashed is serving up a variety of dishes with one thing in common — they all come on a “nest” of mashed Maine potatoes. There’s the turkey with Thanksgiving-style sides, the innards of a reuben sandwich, buffalo chicken with bleu cheese and cornbread, Swedish meatballs, curry tofu, barbecue pulled pork and Italian sausage and peppers. They spend time parked at Rising Tide Brewing on Fox Street in Portland and you'll also find them sometimes at Austin Street Brewing in Portland along with other spots in the greater Portland area. Check Facebook for schedule.
Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette
Farmside Kitchen, 226 Gray Road, Falmouth, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; Seaside Kitchen, 6 Welch St., Peaks Island, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. millysskillet.com
One company, two trucks. Milly’s Skillet operates both at a farm in Falmouth and by Jones Landing on Peaks Island. Both serve a sirloin burger, fried Brussels sprouts and grilled cheese, but aside from that, not much is the same. The Seaside Kitchen, not surprisingly, has more of a seafood focus, with fish chowder, fish tacos and a lobster roll. On the farm, there are wraps with hummus, chicken salad and pork with root vegetables, as well as pulled pork with kale and Cajun chicken and corn eggrolls.
Staff photo by Gordon Chibroski
The Muthah Truckah
Streets and breweries around Portland. On Facebook
A grilled sandwich seems like just the thing to soak up some beers and this truck is often at the right place at the right time. It can be found at Portland’s two brewery hubs, Industrial Way and East Bayside, as well as downtown on Spring Street. (The schedule gets posted weekly on Facebook.) Its creative concoctions include a muffuletta with or without meat, roast turkey with apples and bacon mayo and salami with smoked provolone and jalapeño cream.
Photo courtesy of PB&ME
Thompson’s Point and other Portland locations. On Facebook
This food truck is dedicated to peanut butter sandwiches served up Elvis style (with banana and bacon), s’mores style (with Nutella and fluff) and the classic way with jelly — then deep fried. You can find it at concerts and other events this summer at Thompson’s Point and elsewhere, and occasionally on the Eastern Prom.
Photo courtesy of Pinky D's
Bentley’s Saloon, Arundel; Beech Ridge Speedway, Scarborough; Target stores, statewide; other events and festivals. pinkyds.com
This food truck is all poutine and only poutine. While the best-sellers are the classic variety with gravy and and cheese curds and the lobster version of that, the offerings are abundant, from cheesesteak with peppers to cheeseburger with pickles, buffalo chicken, bacon and corn chips. You won’t find this truck on the streets, but it travels from southern to central Maine with eight stops this summer at Beech Ridge Speedway and regular appearances at all the Target stores in the state. The schedule is posted weekly on Facebook.
Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette
Pizza by Fire
Industrial Way, Portland, various days, and events. pizzabyfire.com
This wood-fired pizza truck can often be found at Foundation Brewing when not catering private events. Its schedule through the end of June is posted on its website, so you can plan ahead for your next pizza fix. Its menu includes classic options like a margarita and a white pizza with sliced tomato, as well as some original combinations, like the Olive Oyl with black olives and rosemary and the General Tsao with grilled chicken, scallions and Asian barbecue sauce.
Staff photo by Carl D. Walsh
The SaltBox Cafe
Eastern Promenade, Rising Tide Brewing and other Portland locations. On Facebook
The SaltBox Cafe combines two trends: food trucks and tiny houses. Back from ski season at Sunday River, the little abode on wheels serves both breakfast and lunch and, in the warmer months, can typically be found on Portland’s Eastern Prom or down the other side of the hill at Rising Tide Brewing in East Bayside. Its speciality is all things sandwich, from a classic egg and cheese to burgers, burritos and wraps. Favorites include a pulled pork breakfast burrito and lobster grilled cheese.
Photo courtesy of Tacos Del Seoul
Tacos Del Seoul
East Bayside and Industrial Way breweries, Thompson’s Point and other Portland locations. On Facebook
Capitalizing on the fusion food trend is this Korean-Mexican food truck that frequents Portland’s brewery hubs, serving up tacos, burritos and bowls filled with beef, pork and shiitake mushroom bulgogi. Toppings inspired by both cuisines include asian slaw, roasted poblano pico de gallo, Jasmine rice, sesame zucchini and charred corn and scallion salsa.
Photo courtesy of Thainy Boda
Breweries, events and on the street, Portland. On Facebook
The brainchild of longtime servers at Thai hotspot Boda, the Thainy (pronounced “tiny”) menu includes a panko crusted chicken sandwich with Asian slaw and sesame.
Photo courtesy of The Truffle Truck
The Truffle Truck
Pine Tree Shopping Center in Portland is a popular locale for the Truffle Truck as are some local breweries and
other Portland area spots. truffletruck.com
Using homegrown organic farm to table ingredients from here and Italy, the Truffle Truck's menu includes delicious
sounding offerings like Tajarin (thin homemade egg pasta truffle,) sunny side eggs with truffle butter and fried
polenta and carbonara with Maine lobster and stuffle among several other items. Got a sweet tooth? Satisfy it with
tiramusu (dark chocolate and black truffle) or the pannacotta and black truffle from the desserts menu.
Photo by Shannon Bryan
Various locations in Portland. urbansugarcafe.com
This food truck serving sweets has had a lot going on recently including the opening of a brick-and-mortar location at Sugarloaf and repairs to its trusty vehicle, Rosie. Find it on the streets of Portland this season, serving up mini doughnuts with sprinkles, drizzles, sauces, curds and creams, as well as coffee.