Burritos the Size of a Toddler: The Top 10 Houston Food Truck Menu Items

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Photo By Joshua Justice
It's always so hard to choose
The food truck scene in Houston is in flux, to be sure. New trucks have entered the scene as recently as the past month while long-term players have seemingly vanished off the face of the earth. Driving southbound on Montrose, you can even spot this phenomenon in action for yourself. An active truck is almost always out front at Inversion Coffeehouse while further south of Westheimer, the Bang Mi truck sits in a back lot, seemingly abandoned. Just one block south at Montrose and Richmond sits the Eatsie Boys truck, often unused as its owners work on expanding to their upcoming café just across the street in the former Kraftsmen space.

Tackling the ten best food truck items is no easy task. Not only do you have to track the trucks and their ever morphing menus down, but trying to judge and measure a burger against kimchi fries against a cupcake borders on insanity. That's not to mention the obscene calorie count accrued compiling this list.

And when all is said and done, you've gone and made a whole bunch of ardent food truck fans mad when their favorite mobile food slingers don't make the list. So instead of letting someone with a healthy sense of self-preservation or remaining shred of dignity take the challenge, I stepped up.

Honorable Mention: The Cheerleader at Bernie's Burger Bus

Really, any of the outstanding burgers from the fleet of Bernie's Burger Buses could have made this spot -- but I'm a sucker for jalapeños, so The Cheerleader got the nod. Besides, who doesn't want to eat a cheerleader? Bernie's dominated this year's Burger Bracket back in March and the success clearly hasn't hampered their quality. I tackled their monstrous Detention with it's ridiculous bacon grilled cheese sandwich buns last week and am happy to report they've still got it.

Find out which burger ousted Bernie's for a spot in the Top 10 below...

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Do you know what they put on french fries in Houston instead of ketchup?
10. Mayo Fries at Flip 'n Patties

Not just another burger truck, Flip 'n Patties specializes in Filipino street food as well. Their Jeepney burger featuring longaniza sausage and an egg on top is killer. My favorite here, though, were the fries. By themselves, the not-too-thick handcut fries can stand with any food truck in Houston bar none. Topped with cilantro, mayo and sesame seeds, they are among the city's best. At just $3 when you order them with a burger ($4 regularly), and plenty large enough to share, they are also a cheapskate's dream.

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See if you can spot local taco truck overlord Jay "Guns and Tacos" Rascoe.
9. Fajita Taconmadre Burrito at Taconmadre

This big green school bus in Denver Harbor is tough to miss, especially with bright painted signs up and down its exterior advertising everything from breakfast tacos and burritos to more interior Mexican favorites like piratas and gringas tacos, meaty charro beans and burgers. That's right; burgers. In addition to being a neighborhood staple, people from all over Houston have been trekking out to Taconmadre for years to seek refuge in its mega-sized burritos (which are nearly as large as a toddler).

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Believe it or not...Rascoe is in this photo as well.
8. The Chicago Dog at Good Dog Hot Dog

Don't mess with a classic, or if you do make sure you're damn good at it. Chicago-style purists might knock the brightly pickled toppings or the fancy homemade condiments, but we all know purists are idiots. Almost everything on a Good Dog is house-made with the exception of the awesome Slow Dough pretzel roll, and the care and quality shows on every dog these guys crank out.


Location Info

Inversion

1953 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bernie's Burger Bus

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Flip 'n Patties

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Good Dog Hot Dogs

Mobile, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Phamily Bites

(Mobile), Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tacos Tierra Caliente

1919 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Wicked Whisk

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rice Box Truck

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Eatsie Boys

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

H-Town StrEATS

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pi Pizza Truck

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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13 comments
erichenao
erichenao topcommenter

Good list to get one started on exploring them new fangled "food trucks"…

Mary Walker
Mary Walker

The drunken peach from Monster Pi is also really good. I'm torn between that and the 420.

Mon Ica
Mon Ica

The spam burger from wicked whish is also good. The food truck at little woodrows heights has a tasty avocado bacon dog too!!

theskamikaze
theskamikaze

The kimchi fries with pork from Chi'lantro are amazing. Possibly my favorite item from a food truck.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

I will take a moment and let everyone know that I will never order from the Wicked Whisk.  I had my 40th last February at the Marquis and asked if it would be possible to have a food truck there, as I was bringing about 50 folks.  The Shitty Whisk was the one that came.  I told the Marquis we would be arriving around 8-ish, but something got messed up and they told the Wretched Whisk to get there at 6.  Not only did the Dickhead whisk leave around 8:30, they bothered to whine to the owner of Marquis about it.  Who the fuck leaves a party at 8:30?!?  Sorry, Wretched Whisk, but I hope you and that vastly overpaid for food truck dies a Wicked death.

HTownChowDown
HTownChowDown

@Alexander_Bites I hope it does. Time will tell.

Alexander_Bites
Alexander_Bites

Thank you for having all of this on one page. Hope it's the new trend.

TA

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

The ol' zapata at good dog is also divine. 

epikwhite
epikwhite

I thought the udon at Wicked Whisk was incredible.

J.A.Justice
J.A.Justice

@FattyFatBastard That sounds horrible.  I'm not sure how you carried on after that simple misunderstanding.  You sir, are a brave man to struggle on in the face of such daunting adversity.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@jajustice 

Call it a first world problem all you'd like.  I had no problem with them leaving, although staying around from 6-8 is ludicrous.  I had a problem with them going to the owner and whining about how he shouldn't have called them, which led him to whining to me.  I brought 50 folks out, and they would have given them business.  Their lack of professionalism need to be pointed out, and I do wish them and the completely over the top truck that their parents paid for a quick death.

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