Sunday, May 1, 2016, marks the official beginning of Seattle’s food truck festival season with the 5th Annual Taco Libre Truck Showdown. Mobile Food Rodeo is back at it in Fremont with festival hours from 10am to 6pm. This year, over 20 trucks will be competing for the Best Taco in Seattle. Tacos are definitely the star of this show. But, if you’re looking for something sweet, the trucks have you covered. Here are a few of my favorite sweets on the street!
Hot Revolution Donuts will be there to curb your mini-donut fix. These lovely bites have a slightly crispy exterior and a warm, soft inside. Try the maple bacon. I know, I know – everyone does maple bacon. Trust me, the balance of the sweet and savory is just right. Looking for something a little different? The key lime and blueberries have a fresh, citrusy kick that will have you dreaming of summer. You’re welcome.
Lumpia World is a known favorite in this town. Lumpia, pancit, katsu, island mac and more! This family run truck has it all. People often get distracted by the fantastic savory food on the menu and miss the sweets. My favorite is the Thai Coconut Jasmine Rice Pudding. Yes, it’s a mouthful. Pro Tip: Ask for the RPL and they’ll know what’s up. The slightly sweet rice pudding inside a crispy lumpia exterior will make your mouth water. Top it with powdered sugar, coconut flakes, and caramel drizzle and I’ll follow you anywhere!
BeanFish is a familiar sight in Fremont, since Fremont Sunday Market is part of their regular route. They’ll be the first to tell you that my number one sweet pick is the classic, smooth vanilla custard taiyaki. Custard that’s not too sweet inside a dreamy fish-shaped waffle is my idea of a good time. If you’re not the custard type, no worries, they have plenty of other sweet options. Pro Tip: If you know you want it, get in line right away. Taiyaki can’t be rushed so better get it soon or stand in a really long line.
Off the Rez is well-known for savory frybread tacos. If you’re looking for dessert, try some of the sweet frybread. They often have a seasonal flavor during warmer months but I always choose lemon curd. It’s a bit sweet, a bit sour, and the texture of the frybread brings it all together.
My Sweet Lil Cakes was a game changer in Seattle. A waffle on a stick? Yes, please! Their savory chicken and waffle is to die for but don’t forget the sweets. Shown here is the blueberry lemon ricotta waffle with honey lemon syrup. All the comfort of a waffle rolled into a single, easily portable package.
Biscuit Box is part of a larger group called Mobile Mavens. Biscuits are transported from place to place in the cutest retro pop-up camper. There are plenty of savory options on their menu but I’m a sucker for a biscuit shortcake. Sweet, summery berries over a warm biscuit and please don’t forget the whipped cream!
If savory is more your style, you’re in luck. These trucks have savory menu options (with the exception of Hot Revolution). Sadly, I’ll be out of town for this event otherwise you’d definitely see me there.