Have you tried any of Des Moines’ food trucks? I was shocked to learn how many food trucks there are in Des Moines and the surrounding areas! I was clueless about many of these trucks and where they are normally located etc so I decided to put a list together of the 15 food trucks that were at the recent Food Truck Throw Down. The upcoming Des Moines Arts Festival will be another great chance to sample from local food trucks.
Where to find food trucks
The best way to find food trucks is Facebook. Most food trucks have a Facebook page where they post where they will be that day and what they are serving.
Most days starting around 11 a.m. you can find a variety of food trucks parked along 15th St and Grand Ave, near the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
Do you have a favorite Des Moines food truck? Feel free to add to the list with any I’m missing!
15 Des Moines Food Trucks
The Outside Scoop: This big pink truck is locally owned and operated and serves the most delicious handmade ice cream. Nearly every ingredient is made from scratch and they have over 30 flavors of ice cream. This truck is probably my favorite because ice cream is like a little piece of heaven to me. You can find this truck around the Pappajohn Sculpture Park nearly every Tuesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are also randomly around the East Village area, Downtown Corporate Buildings, and Business Parks in Des Moines. Check their Facebook page to see where they will be. You can also book The Outside Scoop for events such as birthdays, weddings, and block parties!
May’s Snow & Glow: This is a family-owned truck that does Hawaiian shaved ice. Perfect for those hot summer days! They book at daycare centers Monday through Friday for snack times for the kids. How cute! Follow along on their Facebook page to see where they will be around town.
Roadside Tacos: Roadside Tacos serve everything from flour tacos, to burritos to nachos. They are downtown quite often, but are also one to follow on their Facebook page for their current locations. (Gluten-free and vegetarian options)
Curbin Cuisine: Curbin Cuisine’s motto is “Eat Good Feel Good.” And they must be making people feel good because they were voted top three in the “Best of the Best Food Trucks” in 2017 by the viewers of City View Magazine. They offer everything from steak sandwiches to bacon cheeseburgers to jalapeño poppers. Here is their 2018 schedule. They also have gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Banh ME: This truck is an Asian Fusion truck serving egg rolls, dumplings, Hawaiian BBQ, and cream cheese rangoons. Follow them on their Facebook page to find their locations. (Gluten-free and vegetarian options)
Cornbred BBQ: This truck won the Food Truck Throwdown’s best truck this year, so it has to be good! Their loaded Mac n cheese and brisket is what sold every one. This truck has won over 250 awards! Here is their truck schedule. (Gluten-free and vegetarian options)
The Greek House: The Greek house serves a variety of Greek foods. At the festival, they had everything from Gyros, Souvlakia, Greek Salads, and Kebabs. In 2017, they were at the Valley Junction’s Farmers Market every Thursday (May 4- September 28) but their Facebook page isn’t updated with current hours. Feel free to shoot them a message on Facebook as it shows they are typically very responsive to messages! (Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options)
Wings on Wheelz: This truck was my husband’s favorite and I can see why. They have hand-breaded wings and strips, sides, and freshly squeezed lemonade. They even have their own phone app. Order online and pick up wherever they’re located! Follow along on their Facebook page for their current locations. (Gluten-free options)
Veggie Thumper: This food truck (or bus rather) is still a work in progress, but they did make it to the Food Truck Throwdown! Follow along on their journey here. Not only do they have organic vegetable and fruit dishes, but they also sell organic beauty products! (Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options)
Street Eats DSM: Street Eats DSM has everything from buffalo chicken sliders (delicious!) to BBQ pork sliders to cajun tacos! Find their locations on their Facebook page. (Gluten-free and vegetarian options)
Chamo: Chamo is a Venezuelan kitchen. Their menu includes foods such as La Catira (sauteed shredded chicken with avocado and shredded cheese, Pabellon (shredded steak, black beans, fried plantains, and white cheese, and Jamon y Queso (roasted sliced ham with gouda or cheddar cheese) Is your mouth watering yet?! Follow them on their Facebook page. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and Vegan options)
Top Bun: This food truck won City View’s 2018 “Best Local Food Truck.” Owner Dave Berry purchases everything local which is really awesome. The burgers are the most delicious looking burgers I’ve seen, plus there are several choices including a vegetarian option! Follow them along on their Facebook page here. (Vegetarian options)
Taza Fresh: Taza fresh is a Mediterranean grill serving fresh, healthy, and authentic Middle Eastern food including falafel, chicken, steak, and shawarma. They are often downtown at the Sculpture Park. Follow them here. (Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options)
La Calle: La Calle serves Latin American cuisine. They are based in Cedar Falls but come to Des Moines often for events. They do take cash only. Follow them here. (Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options)