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Where to Eat Now 2012: the 10 top food trucks in the GTA

Flavour of the Year 2012: A Movable Feast

This year, a fleet of new trucks raised street food standards in the GTA. Trouble is, they’re always on the move. Here, the top 10 and their Twitter handles (so you’ll never miss another taco, burger or brownie).

BLUE DONKEY STREATERY
@bluedonkeytruck
Greek junk food, straight up: calamari pitas ($6), chicken gyros doused with ouzo-jacked mayo ($6) and feta poutine ($4.50).
BONFIRE CATERING
BONFIRE CATERING
@bonfirecatering
A wood-burning oven on wheels turns out thin-crust pizzas—soft, chewy, charred—with toppings like bacon jam and fior di latte ($12).
THUNDERING THELMA
THUNDERING THELMA
@caplanskytruck
Zane Caplansky’s smoked meat sandwiches ($7), plus other greasy glories, like barbecue brisket sliders ($7 for two) and bacon-maple doughnuts ($3 for three).
CUPCAKE DINER
@cupcakediner
Thirty-odd kinds of freshly baked cupcakes piled high with ruffled frosting. Our favourites: the caramel apple pie and the banana peanut butter cup ($2.75).

EL GASTRONOMO VAGABUNDO
EL GASTRONOMO VAGABUNDO
@elgastronomo
Gourmet tacos in a variety of styles, like the Moroccan version with lamb tajine and harissa, or the Thai special with coconut curried pork ($8 for two).
FOOD CABBIE
FOOD CABBIE
@foodcabbie
American street food at its trashy best: hand-formed sirloin burgers ($5), bean and chorizo burritos ($6) and cheddar-smothered Philly cheesesteaks ($6).
GORILLA CHEESE
GORILLA CHEESE
@gorilla_cheese
Grilled cheese made to order in fancy combinations like aged cheddar with bacon, green apple and maple syrup on multi-grain ($7.50).
SMOKES’S POUTINERIE
SMOKES’S POUTINERIE
@poutinerie
A dozen or so variations on our favourite artery clogger, including one with bacon, sausage and pulled pork for the truly committed oinkivore ($10).

TOASTED TANGERINE
TOASTED TANGERINE
@toastedtangerin
Artisanal sandwiches like a strawberry-glazed pork shoulder with mango-jalapeño coleslaw on a soft ciabatta bun ($8).
SWEETNESS BAKERY
SWEETNESS BAKERY
@bakerysweetness
All manner of sugar rushes: brownie-based cupcakes ($3), lemon meringue tarts ($3.50) and dulce de leche shortbread squares ($2.75).

(Images: Raina and Wilson)

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  • M

    The images don’t match up with the copy.

  • Toronto Life Staff

    Thanks M. We’ve fixed it.

  • sd

    A great spread of the existing trucks. Thank you Raina and Wilson

    We use the #foodtruckeats hashtag on twitter to announce when the trucks will be in Toronto, for small to large-scale events.

    Additionally, the authoritative place for food truck whereabouts is the Ontario Food Trucks Facebook page;
    https://www.facebook.com/ontariofoodtrucks

    If you want to know when the Trucks will be in Toronto,or info on any of the events we organize, that’s the place.

    s

  • Parker

    What a shame that both the sweet trucks are based in Hamilton. Come to Toronto!

  • SF

    Although both sweet trucks are Hamilton based, both have their Toronto licenses and serve at Toronto events throughout the year.

    SF

  • Rob

    are these the “Top 10″ food trucks or the “Only 10″ food trucks in Toronto? Besides the old school chip trucks I have never seen any other trucks in the city besides the above. It is like listing the top restauarant in the city that contain the words “Swiss” & “Chalet”!

  • May

    RIP Toasted Tangerine

  • Hilary

    What about THE FOOD DUDES TRUCK??
    They are the best looking and have the best food?
    Fish Tacos…..Come on!

    I’ve never heard of Toasted Tangerine? or Gorilla Cheese?

 

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