Did you know there are over 23,000 food trucks across the US? In fact, IBISWorld reported that the industry outpaced the broader food service sector during the five-year period from 2016-2021. The far northwest corner of North Carolina hasn't missed out on this street food revolution, as visitors can experience the all-American combination of quick bites and multiculturalism right here in Boone. Luckily for you, we've rounded up all the best mobile eateries in the Boone area so you can sample unique local flavors on the go!
Pro Tip: Follow their social media pages to stay updated on their whereabouts, weekly schedules, or any last-minute changes.
The Burger Wagon
The mobile accessory to Boone's beloved brick-and-mortar for top-notch burgers, The Cardinal, this food truck is worth stopping and u-turning if you catch a glimpse of its iconic red and white wrap. Think of it as a pared-down version of the restaurant, with familiar roadside food options featuring cheesy triple stacks and piles of shoestring french fries or beet and veggie burgers for the herbivores.
Booneshine Food Truck
Locally known for their smoked BBQ Saturdays, this food truck is permanently placed in Booneshine Brewing Co.’s beer garden with a completely different menu than in the Tasting Room. And yes, you can order beers from the truck. Score.
Serving up authentic Mexican cuisine featuring hand-made tortillas and fantastic homemade salsa, “The Running Taco” has won Strange Carolina’s Best of NC Food Trucks Award for multiple years in a row. You’ll want to try their twist on the classic Mexican-American dish, Arroz Con Pollo, with one of their signature A.C.P. Wraps.
Carolina Food Monger
One of the newer food trucks to hit the High Country street food scene, Carolina Food Monger got its start near Charlotte before heading up the mountain. Offering fresh lunch and dinner options ranging from gyros to quesadillas with several vegetarian-based, gluten-free, and dairy-free menu items, you can find this food truck at events and farmers' markets throughout the Boone area.
A drink-forward celebration of multiculturalism, BobaBing is bringing the trendy Taiwanese tea-based bubble beverage to Boone. With their new location off Highway 105 near The Cottages, Boba Bing hopes to start offering even more Asian food items like steamed buns and mochi.
Taqueria Doña Chelo
Located just outside the Cornerstone Church close to East Boone, Taqueria Doña Chelo is a woman-run food truck serving authentic cuisine based on recipes passed down through generations. With connections to the popular (and delicious) Taqueria El Paso, among several other family-owned Boone area Mexican restaurants, visitors can count on homemade corn tortillas and a menu built around tradition and authenticity.
Blue Deer Cookie Camper
This vintage camper-turned-dessert-provider is serving up some seriously cool (and delicious) ice cream cookie sandwiches. Choose between five different cookie flavors and five different ice cream flavors.
What started as a popular Venezuelan dessert stand selling almond cake, tres leches cake, and rice puddings at local farmers' markets has now expanded into a food truck with Latin-inspired beverages and empanadas. Depending on the season, visitors can enjoy unique fried pastry creations at the County Market, King Street Market, or Boone's Winter Market.
Everybody's Loaded Biscuits
“Wake Up, Get Loaded” is the tagline of this popular breakfast food truck in Boone, serving scratch-made biscuits filled with local Ashe County cheese, then baked right there on the truck to ensure ultimate freshness. With its location adjacent to App State's School of Business, it isn't unusual to see a line of eager college students spilling onto Howard Street. In 2022, Everybody's expanded into a laid-back brunch spot just down the road - Everybody's Bruncheon Club.
Farm to Flame
Powered by solar panels and biodiesel, Farm to Flame may be one of the most sustainable food trucks in North Carolina. Serving up wood-fired pizza and street fare, you can find this truck parked beside Appalachian Mountain Brewery on most days.