Maine Food Trucks and Other Eateries on Wheels
Food truck fans can now add Maine to their bucket list of destinations with fun, fresh mobile cuisine. New food trucks can be found in well traveled Portland neighborhoods like the Old Port and Congress Street, while others are serving breakfast, lunch or dinner at the beach, beside a lake or steps from an iconic lighthouse.
Here's a sampling of Maine's new food truck choices, and other mobile eateries around the state.
For a Taste of Mexico
|El Corazon food truck is a new eatery serving traditional Mexican food and beverages in Portland, Maine. Credit: Maine Office of Tourism.|
El Corazon, Portland: The most budget-friendly truck menu (all items under $6) in the Portland fleet features traditional Mexican fare. Try the El Corazon chicken burrito with refried beans, rice, cheese, sour cream, guacamole and salsa; an order of potato and cheese taquitos; or the tamale of the day. Wash it down with horchata - a cinnamon flavored rice milk.
For Burger Fans
Mainely Burgers, Portland and Scarborough Beach: This truck offers four to five gourmet burgers at a time with new choices rotating in every couple of weeks. Eat like a native and try The Mainah with cheddar, bacon, green apple slices, sautéed onions and maple mayo. All burgers are available in beef, chicken or veggie options. Hot dogs and hand cut fries, too. Check Facebook for daily locations.
For the Sweet Tooth
Love Cupcakes, Falmouth: That pale green and pink 1960s travel trailer on Route 1 in Falmouth beside Foreside Antiques isn't for sale, but it is stocked with fresh baked cupcakes with handmade butter cream or cream cheese frosting. Owner Anna Turcotte offers four regular and mini-sized varieties like The Classic with vanilla cake and chocolate frosting, and Love Chocolate with chocolate cake and chocolate frosting. Seasonal specials include Strawberry Shortcake with vanilla cake filled with local strawberries and topped with strawberry frosting, and the Mimosa - a vanilla champagne cake with orange frosting.
For a Lakeside Picnic
|Two Greg Wonder roast beef melts are ready for customers at Wrap N' Roll on Route 27 in Belgrade, Maine. Credit: Joe French.|
Wrap N' Roll, Belgrade: Belgrade native Avery Richter started up her Wrap N' Roll take-out trailer before graduating from college. She shares her love for fresh food and baking from a lot on Route 27 just south of the Belgrade Lakes village center. Try the Greg Wonder roast beef melt with Swiss cheese, tomato, bacon and horseradish sauce on toasted multigrain bread. Or, the healthy Andrea wrap with hummus, avocado, shredded carrots, cucumbers, mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette on one of four different wraps. Breakfast is served all day. Open at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday into September.
The Bus, Peru: Eight years ago, Christine and Randy Oldham retrofitted a full-size yellow school bus for take-out service and parked it beside Worthley Pond in Peru. Since then, the Oldham Bus Ham Hoagie has gained legendary status along with many other choices from the grill. Try the deep fried bacon-wrapped hot dog or their own beer battered onion rings. Eat at picnic tables with pond views. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. six days a week on Greenwoods Road off Route 108.
For a Southern Fried Experience
Wicked Good Truck, Portland: Visit this lime green truck during its late night hours for chicken and waffles - herb and buttermilk-brined chicken breasts coated with corn flakes and deep fried served with buttermilk Belgian waffles and Maine maple syrup. The truck is also open for breakfast and lunch with choices like gluten-free buckwheat crepes with truck-made blueberry cream cheese filling, and the B.A.T sandwich with Wicked Good's own cured bacon, arugula and tomato, truck-made vinaigrette and aioli served on locally-baked samoon bread. The truck will sometimes park on Peaks Island at the ferry terminal. Check Facebook for daily locations.
For Lobster Lovers
Bite Into Maine, Cape Elizabeth: Visitors to Fort Williams Park can now gaze at Portland Head Light while eating a lobster roll. Husband and wife Karl and Sarah Sutton offer six styles of rolls from their Bite Into Maine food cart. Try the Maine Style with light mayo and fresh chives, the Picnic Style with coleslaw, hot butter and celery salt, or the Wasabi Roll with lobster meat mixed with wasabi powder, mayo and rice vinegar. Add a side of corn, cucumber and wild blueberry salad, and a can of Moxie - Maine's official soft drink.
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