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Waterfront food trucks: Add a splash to your summer vacation plans

Waterfront food trucks: Add a splash to your summer vacation plans

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Weenies on the Water from Portland, Oregon. Courtesy of Weenies on the Water
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Nom Nom truck owners Misa and Jen from Los Angeles. Courtesy of The Nom Nom Truck
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Bahn Mi from The Nom Nom Truck in Los Angeles. Courtesy of The Nom Nom Truck
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Food trucks and trailers of all menu persuasions, shapes and sizes will be setting up their businesses on the water this summer. I called friend and colleague Janet K. Tandy of Circle the Wagons for advice on the nations best waterfront food trucks and trailers.

“Do you want food trailers on the water, or in the water?” was her first question. And it’s true; some food carts actually float.

Below are some of the top recommended wet and wild trailers you might consider including in your summer travel plans.

Portland, Oregon: Weenies on the Water

Weenies on the water is providing hungry boaters on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers with non-boring hot dogs, burgers and ice cream. Pull your boat up close to the floating weenie-mobile and order something like the Screamin’ Weenie, which is a German style gourmet sausage served with Jack Daniels BBQ sauce and sautéed onions on a grilled French roll. 

Honolulu, Hawaii: The Soul Patrol

Self-taught Island chef Sean Priester brings his restaurant, Pacific Soul Hawaii, to the curb with the Soul Patrol food truck. The Soul Patrol is a truly mobile food truck that attends many of the farmers markets and special events, but can be found just off the water close to downtown Honolulu for lunches 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. We’re talking down home Southern style cooking on the island: buttermilk fried chicken and chili, shrimp and cheesy grits, jambalaya and banana pudding. 

Los Angeles, California: Nom Nom Truck

Lady Gaga has her little monsters, Nom Nom truck owners Misa and Jen have their little nomsters. Serving fresh Vietnamese sandwiches to West L.A. and San Francisco, these ladies bring their truck to Long Beach, Manhattan Beach and other spots close enough to dine and dive. You’ll have to check their weekly schedule for updated locations.

Other hot spots for waterfront food trucks around the U.S. include Miami, Seattle, Vancouver, and Tampa.

For more information on food trucks, check out Circle the Wagons for yourself.