Slowly but surely life has begun to look normal again, and with that comes the awesome return of downtown’s Lunch at Levis program for its 16th year in a row! Though many of the food trucks managed to remain open even while restaurants closed their doors, it’s still a relief to be able to listen to some good music and snack on juicy burgers, savory sandwiches, or whatever your heart desires.
Toledo is known for its endless restaurants and diverse food options, and these food trucks do not disappoint. Whether they are a regular staple at a specific location or always finding a new place to be, on a fixed or constantly changing schedule, these freestanding kitchens offer a delicious bite of comfort after the past year.
(** – All trucks currently operating. For schedules, visit the linked web pages.)
**Antojitos Laredo Tacos
Looking for some delicious tacos, quesadillas, nachos, tamales and more? Antojitos is usually parked on Lewis Ave. and has a reasonably priced selection of Mexican favorites.
**Beastro Burger Truck
“Our Specialty Is Burgers!” Beastro proudly exclaims at the top of its menu and, my goodness, they deliver. Everything from the simple “Plain Jane” burger to “The Beast” — a mouth-watering monster with two patties, two types of cheese, bacon, mushrooms, sautéed onions and more — has given area hamburger aficionados a taste of heaven for two years now.
**Beirut Street Kitchen
Some of the best Lebanese cuisine in Toledo can be found at Beirut, owned by the Hajjar Family Restaurants (Beirut, Byblos and Poco Piatti!). Everything is made from scratch, and all the meat and chicken are grilled to order!
**Big C’s Smoked Barbeque
From backyard bashes, to fundraisers and even occupational outings, this BBQ paradise has been in the 419’s food game since 2003, serving up classics like pulled pork, chicken and brisket, paired with classics such as mashed potatoes, baked beans and coleslaw.
**Brickyard Sloppy Joe
Since 2012, Donald Hill and his family have created sweet and tangy sloppy joe sauces that can be found in local grocery stores. They’ve now entered the food truck business to offer sloppy joe sandwiches with your choice of Original or Sweet Heat sauce, served with chips and a pickle.
**Country Lane BBQ
Craving some messy classics like pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, or a rack of ribs? Take a stroll down Country Lane’s menu and see for yourself the people-pleasing guilty pleasures. Found at the Bowling Green Farmers’ Market, Rossford’s Stroll-the-Street Market and more locations around the area, step right up and discover what a “Brisket Bomb” is.
Mouth-watering local smoky goodness is provided by Maumee’s own Deet’s BBQ. Offering chicken, beef, pork and St. Louis-style ribs that all but fall off the bone, everything is slow-cooked in-house. Deet’s truck can be regularly found in Maumee, Perrysburg and Toledo, as well as a recent added stop in Oregon.
With a made-from-scratch chili recipe stemming from the 50’s, this truck dedicates its service to the chili dog and chili mac. Order plates best paired with chili like fries, nachos and a bag taco, along from the famous mac and dawgs. Duce’s Dawgs also offers catering for all your party and celebration needs.
Summer heat wearing you down? Well, this ice cream truck has the cool fix that you’ve been searching for, but classier than your neighborhood van. Proud to be one of only six food trucks in the entire US like this, Gorilla Gurt serves ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet, carrying up to eight flavors, four twists, and a toppings bar at once! The truck can also be rented for weddings, graduations, and corporate events.
**Grumpy’s On The Go
For anyone who has ever yearned for one of Grumpy’s famous Garbage Salads for lunch, but couldn’t make it downtown, don’t worry! With regular stops in Toledo, Perrysburg and at Westgate, the truck offers a scaled-down menu of sandwiches, pies and salad most days from 11-1 or “until we run out.”
The double-pun of the shop’s title accentuates what are some of the tastiest homemade donuts in town. Visit the Toledough food truck throughout the Toledo area to satisfy your need for fried sweet dough and a cup of joe.
**Iron Bean Coffee Co.
Divergent from the typical coffeehouse setting, Fred and Chanelle Dedrick’s Iron Bean coffee truck is a product of a dream becoming reality. This ever-expanding, USMC Veteran-owned brewery interlocks strength with your cup of joe, serving up hot and iced coffees, lattes, an espresso shot, and a nitro brew from the keg, all from a fittingly-robust military truck.
**Jimmy G’s Pit-Smoked BBQ
Some of the most mouth-watering altruism ever is served up by Jimmy G’s BBQ out of Fremont. After years of providing delicious pulled pork and brisket for area fundraisers, Jimmy G’s opened a brick-and-mortar location in Fremont, while still maintaining its road eats for lucky diners in Toledo, Maumee and Perrysburg.
**Jo Jo’s Famous Chili Dogs, Butter Burgers, and Wings
The name says it all! Jo Jo’s serves up some heavenly 100% all-beef chili dogs that are sure to keep you coming back for more and super reasonably priced at only $3 a pop! Not only that, but they also serve butter burgers, turkey burgers, wings, nachos, and even salads. Their truck can be found roaming the Toledo Area, or call in and they will drive straight to your home for $25 or better.
Looking for kickbutt locally sourced ingredients for a stellar breakfast, and did I mention the awesome house roasted coffee? Well look no further than Kickback Coffee! Stop by for awesome breakfast burritos, vegetable quiches, and even some lunch options all at affordable prices.
**Koral Hamburg Food Truck
Many expressed their sadness when Koral Hamburg closed their diner doors on February 28, 2015. But with this came a new reinvention of the restaurant a couple years later— a food truck that travels all around Toledo and surrounding areas, as well as offers catering for special events.
**Lake Erie BBQ
This Northwood staple carries a classic lineup of backyard BBQ favorites across the 419 and beyond. Stack your plate with smoked baby back ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, wings, chicken chunks, or a fresh serving of lakeside perch!
**The Leaf And Seed
The vegan community in Toledo is thriving and The Leaf and Seed’s success last season is proof of that. An all-vegan truck offering daily specials ranging from loaded nachos, crunchwrap supreme, and sweet potato/black bean tacos. Who knew comfort food could also be healthy? Find the truck in Maumee, Perrysburg, Sylvania, and Toledo.
**The Loaded Chicken
The Loaded Chicken’s ads proclaim “We’re clucking good!” One bite and you’ll know why. All the truck’s offerings are never frozen, white meat delicacies that will soothe the taste buds of even the most discerning chicken connoisseur. Try the Mac N’ Cheese Bowl and be prepared to be wowed.
Lyle’s Crepes is a food truck offering the delicious combo of sweet and savory. The wedge-shaped crepe, dusted in powdered sugar, is served in an aesthetically-pleasing manner for your eyes and mouth to water. Menu choices like “Chocolate Orange,” “Strawberry Nutella,” and a “Lasagna Crepe” will leave you wanting more.
The name speaks for itself. Their signature dish; the pretzel calzone will melt in your mouth when your tastebuds crave the munchies. Their most popular dish is the Chicken Bacon Ranch calzone. Based in Bowling Green, Manny’s has plenty of stops in Toledo and Toledo area festivals.
Pepperoni Tony’s (booked w/ private events rest of year)
The operators of Toledo’s first mobile wood-fired pizza establishment offer a delectable selection of gourmet pizzas. Tony’s also offers catering for weddings, for those looking to surprise guests with a somewhat unconventional (but utterly delightful) food option.
**Red Eye Pie
As the 3rd place People’s Choice winner at Pizzapalooza 2019, stacked against 10 of the 419’s most renowned sliceshops, it’s clear that Red Eye doesn’t mess around. This roadrun pizzeria features classic pepperoni and cheese pies, as well as the fan-favorite “BBQ Chicken Mango Pizza,” a sure romp for your tastebuds.
**Rosie’s Rolling Chef
Rosie’s Italian Grille has been satisfying Toledo diners for decades with its amazing authentic cuisine, and the Rolling Chef continues that tradition for diners on the go, offering delicious specialties like Lobster Mac & Cheese and Lasagna in downtown Toledo every weekday, as well as for catering and special events.
**Rusty’s Road Trip
Oh, sure, you can have one of the other wonderful dishes — bacon mac and cheese, tomato soup, crab rolls — but if you’re eating at Rusty’s, go for the Lake Erie Perch Basket. Area yellow perch, beer battered and deep fried, served with a side of French fries and homemade tartar sauce — if your mouth isn’t watering, you have no idea what you’re missing.
**The Saucy Slamwich
There are sandwiches, and there are Slamwiches. Once you take a bite of one of The Saucy Slamwich’s creations, you’ll know the difference. The Toledo Cuban and the Glass City Cheesesteak are favorites, but for our money nothing is quite as decadent as the Garlic Grilled Cheese. Don’t forget to add pot roast.
Junkyard Curly Fries, the Smashdawgz Sandwich, Hawaiian Hot Dogs…come on. It’s a classic food truck. With classic service. We received a raving email from a very happy mouth: “Not only is their food good, but they are pleasant! Plus, I witnessed a woman who presented herself and said, “I have no money, but I am really hungry”. They gave her a big hot dog with all the fixings. This alone will bring me back.” Keep it food truck classy, Toledo.
Just opened July 2021, this radical biscuit truck is whippin’ up some “far out” food. The menu is extremely inclusive, offering tasty breakfast options for carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans, with plenty of gluten free options, as well. Channel your summer vibes with their Strawberry Fields Forever biscuits, boasting strawberries, strawberry syrup, whipped cream, balsamic glaze, and fresh mint. Or get a little messy with the Pig Out BLT Benny!
**Walle Rocket’s Grille
Walle Rocket’s food truck is a mobile foodie’s haven, featuring a menu stuffed with tacos, burritos, quesadillas, as well as chicken wings, ribs, fries, mac and cheese, and more! The truck’s often right in front of the bar, so get a round of drinks inside! Check on Facebook for the truck’s appearances and it’s selections for the day.
For more information on area food trucks and events, visit: toledofoodtrucks.com.
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