The Ultimate Guide to Pittsburgh Food Trucks

The Ultimate Guide to Pittsburgh Food Trucks

Pittsburgh is a food truck town, with dozens (and dozens!) of trucks rolling around the city daily, and during special events and food truck roundups. Wondering where to find 'em, and what to eat when you do? We've got the lowdown on every truck we could find from Bacon on the Fly to Wok of Life - all 62 of them! 

Most trucks update their schedule daily on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so if you're looking for one in particular, keep and eye on social media to track them down. 

Happy hunting!

 

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The Good Food Agenda: This Weekend’s Best Food Events

Photo: Phipps Conservatory 

Photo: Phipps Conservatory 

It's the last weekend in August... time to eat (and drink!)! 

Friday, August 26

Cocktail Camp at Wigle Whiskey

Stop by Wigle’s Barrelhouse to learn how to make four classic cocktails: the Old-Fashioned, martini, mojito and the Tom Collins. Each cocktail is $6, and house cocktails and draft beer will also be available for purchase, along with bites from Franktuary. Find out more information online

Saturday, August 27

Spirit Lunch Experiment with Bread & Salt

Bread & Salt Bakery’s Rick Easton is coming back to Pittsburgh for one day only, hosting a popup lunch at Spirit from noon to 4:00 p.m. The family-friendly and vegetarian-friendly event will take place on Spirit’s patio, and there will be plenty of house-crafted cocktails, too. For more information, visit their event page.  

August Food Truck Roundup at Coffee Buddha

This month’s roundup at Coffee Buddha will include PGH Taco Truck, Mission Mahi, BullDawg’s, Rolling Kitchen, Jim’s Smokin’ Que and Stickler’s Ice Pops. Trucks start serving at 11:30 a.m., and will be there until 4:00 p.m. See more information on their event page.

Sunday, August 28

Tomato & Garlic Festival at Phipps Conservatory

Celebrate local summer harvests at Phipps Conservatory’s Red, Ripe and Roasted Tomato and Garlic Festival, held on the conservatory’s front lawn and outdoor garden. Guests can enjoy cooking demonstrations, a tomato contest, children’s activities and buy fresh produce from local farms. The event is free to attend, and more information can be found online.

Beer Belly Yoga at East End Brewing

Enjoy a 45-minute yoga class in East End Brewing’s taproom, plus a free East End Brewing glass, filled with your choice of beer. Participants will also receive a free yoga class at I Am Yoga in Squirrel Hill. Tickets are $25 per person, and can be purchased online.

Endless Summer Luau at Biergarten

The Biergarten at Hotel Monaco is hosting an end-of-summer rooftop luau, with food, cocktails, beer, Polynesian dancers, fire throwers and coconut huskers. Tickets are $50 for adults, and $35 for kids 12 and under. More information, and tickets, are available online

Bread & Salt Bakery Returning for Popup Lunch at Spirit

You guys. This is big.

Rick Easton, the bakery genius who brought us Bread & Salt Bakery (and who closed it earlier this year, taking his bread-making talents to New York) is coming back to Pittsburgh. Okay, it’s for one day only, but when it comes to Easton’s baking, we’ll take what we can get.

He’s going to be at Spirit on Saturday, August 27, serving up lunch as part of their new ‘Spirit Lunch Experiments’ program. 

Each week, Spirit will be featuring a local chef, “serving food they like to cook, to the city that they love,” for a popup lunch on the patio.  Upcoming popups include lunches with chefs from Leena’s Food Truck, Pizza Boat, Baak Waan and Onion Maiden.

This weekend’s Bread & Salt Bakery menu will feature Pane Cuzato, Eggplant Sandwiches, Marinated Peppers, Purslane Salad and Roast Fruit with Stracciatella.

Spirit’s Leigh Yock tells us that in addition to the lunch menu, Spirit will also be serving sangria and sparkling wine drinks, hard cider, beer and cold brew coffee.

“The bar will be open, we’ll be serving cocktails, and it should be a beautiful afternoon,” Yock says.

The event is vegetarian-friendly, and family-friendly. Lunch will be served from noon to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, visit their event page

Spirit (242 51st Street) 

Say Goodbye to Summer at Il Tetto’s Labor Day Luau

Photo: Sienna Mercato 

Photo: Sienna Mercato 

Since launching in February, Sienna Mercato’s Sunday Tiki Nights at Il Tetto, their rooftop bar, have amassed quite a following. After a successful Fourth of July tiki party, the Il Tetto crew decided to throw an all-out end-of-the-summer luau over Labor Day weekend.

On Sunday, September 4, join them starting at 2:00 p.m. for tiki cocktails, frozen drinks, and a whole slow-roasted pig (plus some luau-worthy sides), courtesy of their new pig roaster. Twelve tiki cocktails will be on the menu, including classics like Pina Coladas, Mai Tais, and Singapore Slings.

And for entertainment? The Clarks’ frontman Scott Blasey will be performing an acoustic set from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Doors open at 2:00 p.m. with a $10 cover until 4:30 p.m., then entry is free.

For more information, visit their event page

Sienna Mercato (942 Penn Avenue) 

Todos Tacos: Pittsburgh Taco Festival Coming This Fall

On Sunday, October 2, Hop Farm Brewing and Popsburgh are giving the people of Pittsburgh what they really want: lots and lots of tacos.

They’ve announced plans for the very first Pittsburgh Taco Festival, with plenty of vendors selling tacos and taco-themed items (think hot sauce), plus Hop Farm beers and Mexican-style paleta frozen fruit pops from Popsburgh to round out the event.

The idea for Pittsburgh Taco Festival originated from Popsburgh’s Craig McCloud, who came up with the concept while chatting with a taco truck vendor at a food truck roundup.  

“I had been thinking about starting a food festival, and all of a sudden, this taco festival idea just came to me,” McCloud says. “I was just blown away that no one else had ever done it in Pittsburgh.”

The festival will take place at Hop Farm Brewery in Lawrenceville, and will be broken into two different three-hour sessions, one at noon, and one at 4:00 p.m. Tickets to each session are $10 a piece, and tacos, beer and paletas will be available for purchase in the festival. 

The final list of taco vendors hasn’t been announced yet, but McCloud says that he has 12 taquerias committed, and is expecting at least 15 taco vendors to participate.

Participating vendors will include Round Corner Cantina, La Palapa, Mission Mahi, PGH Taco Truck, Bea Taco Town, Edgar’s Best Tacos, Grand Theft Taco and La Sabrosa.

“We’ll have a lot of Pittsburgh vendors, but also people from outside of Pittsburgh, and into West Virginia, too,” McCloud says.

A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to benefit Allegheny Clean Ways, a nonprofit organization that works to empower people to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Allegheny County.

“I’m a member of their board of directors,” McCloud says, “So it was a no-brainer to try to help them out as much as I can.”

Space is limited to 2,000 attendees per session. Tickets are available online, and more than a quarter of available tickets have been sold since ticket sales launched earlier this week. 

Pittsburgh Taco Festival

Hop Farm Brewing (5601 Butler Street) 

Popsburgh