Another year, another food truck. Lexington was crazy about its food trucks in 2016! The industry reached a tipping point as more and more people learned about the exciting swell of local food in our city. New breweries opened and with them came new places for food trucks to perch and share their delicious menus with hungry truckchasers.
The city has gone wild for food trucks and we’re all clamoring to get in line. When is the next Food Truck Friday? I need my fix! It’s been a fun year with lots of exciting progress happening around town.
Our free Follow That Food Truck! locator app also had a big year in 2016. About 25,000 people in more than 30 states have now downloaded the app to find food trucks. We think 2017 will be an important year for food truck technology, and we look forward to being a part of the national movement from right here in Lexington, Kentucky.
As the weather turns cold and only the bravest of the food truck faithfuls continue to battle the elements, we reflect back on the year that was. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already begun to long for the spring thaw that will announce the dawning of the 2017 food truck season.
In the meantime, check out the Top 10 Lexington Food Trucks of 2016. These are the trucks you searched for most this past year. Have you tried them all?
Have a great year!
-Josh & Erik
Top 10 Lexington Food Trucks of 2016
1. The Gastro Gnomes – It’s a hat trick for The Gastro Gnomes. For three years in a row, they’ve reigned supreme atop the Lexington Food Truck charts. Everyone is searching for these guys, and for good reason.
2. Ellos Taco Cart – Climbing the ranks one notch from last year, Ellos is still a local favorite and now holds the number 2 spot in the rankings.
3. The Epic Cure – A brewery circuit favorite, The Epic Cure remains in high demand in 2016.
4. That’s How We Roll – One of Lexington’s first food trucks, That’s How We Roll is still a juggernaut of the local scene.
5. Roll ‘n’ Smoke – Owner Justin Taylor combined his BBQ business and his gourmet egg roll business in early 2016 and formed Roll ‘n’ Smoke. The new food truck hit the ground running and quickly became a local favorite this year.
6. Go-Go Burger – Another brand new food truck to make a splash in 2016 was Go-Go Burger. They were often spotted at the NOLI Night Market and at other events around Lexington. Can’t miss that colorful truck!
7. JIRL Foods – JIRL Foods continues to be a Lexington food truck shrouded in mystery. Their cryptic name and sparse social media profiles keep people guessing as to the nature of their food and whereabouts. Who are they and what do they do???
8. Whooo Wants Waffles? – Certainly one of the most unique food trucks in town is the waffle truck known as Whooo Wants Waffles? We’ll be the first to admit that we were served one of the most delicious and decadent desserts we’ve ever tasted from this truck. And it was worth every calorie. The food truck got a facelift in 2016. Keep an eye out for that magnificent owl.
9. Rolling Oven – Big year for Rolling Oven as they opened a permanent location inside of the new Mirror Twin Brewing. We highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t yet. National Avenue is quickly becoming the place to be!
10. Mr. Gyros – Mr. Gyros earned their top ten spot this year with good old-fashioned hard work. This truck keeps a full schedule and it can often be spotted at Food Truck Friday events in Lexington, as well as at many regional festivals and fairs. Darn good gyros, too!
Bonus: The Salsarita’s food truck missed the top ten by only four pageviews. Couldn’t possibly leave them off the charts! This new truck is modeled after the brick and mortar location on Nicholasville Road. They are regulars on the Lexington lunch scene and usually use the Follow That Food Truck! app, so they’re super easy to find.
A couple of other new upstarts this year that we expect to see on the list in 2017 are Daughters’ Southern (whose Quesadilla Burger is pictured above with a pint from Ethereal Brewing), Kentasty Breaktime Cafe, and Hogfathers BBQ. Watch for ’em!