6 food trucks and where to find them in Raleigh, NC

Hot Chix

Custom chicken tots from Hot Chix food truck. | Photo by RALtoday

It’s no secret that the City of Oaks has a happenin’ food sceneClever recently listed Raleigh as No. 2 on its list of “Best Cities for Food Trucks in America.” This adds up: the unique selection of rotating food trucks at breweries, beer gardens, and festivals says it all. We rounded up six reader favorites and editor picks + seven spots to find them.

🚚 Food truck hotspots

These local spots have rotating food truck schedules with patio + outdoor seating.

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Birrieria El Patron 323 frequents R&D Brewing. | Photo by R&D Brewing

🥟 Food trucks we love

Your City Editors + our readers love these trucks.

  • Chirba Chirba Dumpling | City Editor Anne’s pick | It’s hard to miss this big yellow truck offering authentic, fresh dumplings. We recommend the Juicy Buns + mini chicken dumplings tossed in chili oil.
  • Hot Chix | City Editor Cat’s pick | Offering a unique twist on Southern cuisine, this truck features items like fried chicken wrapped in pancakes and build-your-own tots + mac and cheese bowls. We recommend the Custom Chicken Mac topped with sweet red chili sauce.
  • Arepa Culture | RALtoday Intern Abigail’s pick | Specializing in authentic arepas (ground maize dough), this award-winning food truck has been serving the Triangle area since 2014. Don’t miss out on the La Capresa with organic greens, pesto, fresh tomato, and mozzarella.
  • The Naked Empanada | Reader Charlotte G.’s recommendation | This establishment has been making handmade empanadas since 2015.
  • Hollywood Taco Shop | Reader Kam H.’s recommendation | You can grab Southern California Mexican comfort food like Mexican street corn (add Hot Cheetos) and shrimp tacos from this truck.
  • Birrieria El Patron 323 | Reader Sherelle L.’s recommendation | Established in 1993, this authentic California red taco spot frequents R&D Brewing.
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