Bite Into Maine

Who:

Sarah and Karl Sutton, jumping early onto the food truck boat with a Maine classic.

What:

Maine can’t have a food truck fleet without lobster rolls! Bite Into Maine serves a few different varieties every day, so you don’t have to choose between the smothered-in-butter style or the light mayo and cole slaw type. Having spent the winter up in Sunday River they’ve also expanded to Lobster Mac-n-Cheese and Lobster Chowder. They also offer some vegetarian options and a variety of sides (can you have lobster without corn on the cob?).

Where:

Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, which allowed food trucks before Portland.

Good Shepherd Food Truck

Who:

Good Shepherd Food Bank

What:

Good Shepherd Food Truck is designed to raise awareness about Maine’s growing hunger problem. This is accomplished through having guest chefs come and cook on the food truck. By donating their time, they are able to raise funds for Maine’s hungry while also creating delicious food for each event! It’s always different, making it a one of a kind truck here.

Where:

The Good Shepherd Food Truck is catering for a cause, working to raise awareness and donations for nutrition and education programs. That being said, you’ll only find them at big events or fundraisers, where they’ll make the most impact! One place was Flea Bites this year, as well as the Clash Bash & BBQ event on Thompson’s Point.

PB&ME

Who:

Brad Stout

What:

PB&ME focuses on bringing the art of the peanut butter sandwich to everyone. The menu includes a take on wings with Thai jelly sauce and a peanut butter base, and any and all kinds of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that you can think of, like the deep friend S’more sandwich with nutella, biscoff, and fluff on fresh Rosemont Bakery scala bread.

Where:

You can find PB&ME hanging out in the Old Port, but if you’ve been to any recent festivals and events (Street Eats and Beats event last May, anyone?) then you’ve probably caught a glimpse of this unique truck, since it’s covered in camo.

Muthah Truckah

Who:

Erica Dionne

What:

The Muthah Truckah specializes in the muffuletta sandwich. Not familiar with them? A muffuletta is a sandwich that originated with Italian immigrants in Louisiana. It’s unique because this is a sandwich that’s topped with a house made olive salad and then cold pressed!

Where:

Muthah Truckah recently opened in October, making it a late season truck! Follow the truck on Facebook, but look for it on Spring & Temple on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as at Rising Tide Brewery on Wednesdays, and Allagash on Thursdays.

Cannoli Joe’s

Who:

Joey Hamilton

What:

It’s the dessert truck that Portland deserves! Cannoli Joe’s serves, you guessed it, cannolis. Not just any cannolis though, these are specialty flavors that you won’t find anywhere else!

Where:

Cannoli Joe’s is very new, with its first run at the Cumberland County Fair. Expect to see the Cannoli truck around Portland very soon!

The Squeeze

Who:

Danielle Salvaggio

What:

Fresh-squeezed lemonade, ice cream sandwiches and other sweet treats.

Where:

Farmer’s Markets, and the occasional festival (she was at Portland Pride in June).

Urban Sugar Cafe

Who:

Kevin and Valeri Sandes, a husband and wife duo who cover each side of the savory and sweet.

What:

Bite sized doughnuts! Made to order doughnuts with a variety of toppings and sauces. Check out the lavender and lemon curd doughnut, or stay simple with a cinnamon sugar. They serve Tandem coffee to go with, and have a weekly special. If you don’t want sweet, check out savory options such as a B.L.T. doughnut with tomato jam and candied bacon.

Where:

Urban Sugar can be seen all around town, usually at either Congress Square Park or the Eastern Prom.

Fishin’ Ships

Who:

Sam Gorelick and Arvid Brown, two food lovers who followed the food truck frenzy from Los Angeles to Maine.

What:

Beer-battered fish of all types! Fishin’ Ships is dedicated to using local fish and local beers to make a delicious variety of fried fish using beers from Allagash, Rising Tide, Bissel Brothers and others. Along with the classic fish and chip combination, they’re experimenting with fish sliders, fish tacos and other seafood sundries.

Where:

Loyal to the breweries, they’re often found at Rising Tide or Allagash, but have begun to be found regularly on the Eastern Prom.

Wicked Good

Who:

Nate Underwood, Adam Alfter and Chris McClay, a variety of talents working to offer a variety of foods.

What:

Wicked Good’s menu is divided into two sides. The “wicked” features some decadent offerings such as Frito Pie, Philly Cheesesteaks and Chicken and Waffles. The “good” side is designed by McClay, an established vegan chef, and center around the idea of being healthy and vegan. Oatmeal, Falafel and Raw Pad Thai head up his side of the menu. They also offer a rotating smoothie menu, making sure there’s something for everyone.

Where:

Wicked Good has a reliable location on Peaks, and can often be found on Back Cove. They also have a late night menu they’ll usually offer on Wharf Street in the Old Port.

Locally Sauced

Who:

Charlie Ely, accountant turned pepper gardener turned hot sauce chef turned restaurateur

What:

Locally Sauced is more of a trailer than a truck, featuring fresh, local ingredients all in the guise of a burrito. They specialize in varieties of homemade/homegrown sauces, from a super spicy Mango Habanero to a milder Blueberry Chipotle.

Where:

You can usually get your burritos next to Bissel Brothers brewing, and it’s probably not worth trying to resist getting a beer with it. Locally Sauced is a dedicated participant in most Portland food truck group events!

Mainely Meatballs

Who:

Jean Krull and Hope Lawler, two food industry experts starting a new, mobile, food adventure.

What:

A variety of spherical treats! Meatballs vary from the classic to a gluten free veggie option, and the obligatory lobster shout out. Add cheese to your balls if you like, and finish it off with a dessert ball, which changes daily.

Where:

The meatball mobile moves around a bit more than the other trucks, though it can generally be found on Spring and Temple or the Eastern Prom. Facebook or Twitter will give you the daily lowdown on where to find them!

CH Shwarma

Who:

Mainers Clayton Norris, an experienced chef, and his partner Jenna Friedman, baking veteran, handle the savory and the sweet, respectively.

What:

The Classics. Lamb Shwarma for the meat-eaters, falafel for the veggies. Try the Kofta for one of the Middle East’s best-kept secrets. Ever changing desserts get more off-the-wall, including cinnamon-sugar pita chips topped with date compote and Lebneh, a traditional lebanese yoghurt.

Where:

Get your falafel fix on the Eastern Prom, usually after 4.

Gustos Food Truck

Who:

Jim Chamoff, Portland entrepreneur, is getting into the food truck business with the unique idea of Italian food served in a delicious friend flatbread cone!

What:

Flatbread, filled with various Italian-inspired goodies, from spinach and mushrooms to prosciutto and eggplant. A shout out to Maine includes a lobster-roll inspired cone, served warm or cool with butter or mayo. They run specials such as chicken bacon ranch, and offer burgers, sandwiches and Italian desserts (cannoli, anyone?).

Where:

Find them on Spring and Temple for weekday lunches, and around the Old Port for late night snacks.

Mainely Burgers and Mainely Treats

Who:

College students Jack Barber and Ben Berman returned home after graduating intent on working with food, a lifelong passion. They started Mainely Burgers in 2012, serving good quality burgers with a focus on local sourcing, and added the Mainely Treats truck to their business in 2013.

What:

While Mainely Burgers is pretty straightforward, Mainely Treats is known for ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats and other (wait for it…) treats. The best things about these trucks have to be the creative menu options, with even more creative names. Grab a “Crafty Burger,” topped with Mac and Cheese and bacon, and follow it up with a “Banana Hammock,” banana ice cream sandwiched between snickerdoodle cookies.

Where:

Mainely Burgers is usually found in the Scarborough Beach area, while Mainely Treats frequents Commercial Street, right by Casco Bay Lines.

Love Kupcakes

Who:

Owner Janna Nichols will be taking over KupCakes, Inc., formerly LoveCupcakes, in the cupcake extravaganza that started Portland’s food truck scene.

What:

The mobile truck has expanded the menu to include savory snacks, most notably a lobster slider. Still, the star of the KupCakes show remains their light and sweet treats. They have perfected classics such as chocolate, vanilla and red velvet, but always pair them with something new and exciting, from vegan offerings to special flavors such as Piña Colada and Banana Peanut Butter. The flavors at each location are posted on Facebook, but whatever you get is sure to make your sweet tooth happy.

Where:

Find these sweet treats at locations inside and outside of Portland’s Public Market House, a stationary stand on Route 1 in Falmouth, and a Love KupCakes Inc. truck usually found outside the Racket and Fitness Center.

Small Axe

Who:

Restaurant veterans Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy (Miyake Diner, Rosemont) brought their commitment to quality ingredients and great flavor into the truck with them

What:

Well known for delicious curry bowls, Small Axe also offers great sandwiches and burgers, from Korean Pork Belly doused in barbecue sauce to a fried polenta sandwich freshened with a delightful tomato jam. If you’re able to look away from the ever-changing list of delicious offerings, a sign next to the menu lists the local farms and companies they partner with.

Where:

If you’ve been to Congress Square anytime this spring and summer, chances are you’ve seen the Small Axe truck, which has been attracting Portland residents to an underval- ued public space since the weather turned.

El Corazon

Who:

Chef Joseph Urtuzuastegui draws on his Mexican roots to offer a wide variety of authentic food and drink, placing emphasis on using fresh, local ingredients.

What:

Fruity agua frescas and a perfectly sweetened horchata serve as fantastic pick-me-ups on a hot day. For the meat-lover, Sonoran hot dogs come wrapped in bacon, smothered in beans, pico de gallo and other sauces. Lighter menu items include a spectacular Baja Fish Taco, Tamale-of-the-day and Taquitos that make the perfect snack.

Where:

Most weekdays you’ll find El Corazon food truck on Spring and Temple in Portland, across the street from a blissfully quiet Styxx. On the weekends the bright red truck often parks outside of the Rising Tide Brewery, pairing wonderfully with a cold glass of local bee

Annapulna’s Thali

Who:

Gloria Pearse

What:

Bringing the easy vegetarian meals of India to Maine! Rice with sides of anything from homemade Paneer (a mild cheese) to wonderfully seasoned Chickpeas (Channa Masala). The cart also offers a variety of drinks, sauces, and the classic indian samosa, or a homemade dessert version, with banana filling and peanut butter sauce.

Where:

Outside Maine Craft Distilling weekdays, usually until 5:30

Pinky D’s Food Truck

Who:

Deborah and Randy Smith

What:

Pinky D’s is diner food, but with a gourmet twist! Picture tater tots that are topped with cheese, bacon, ranch dressing, or melt creations. Don’t be surprised if you go back up for seconds, because they are just that good!

Where:

Lewiston, various events and festivals around Portland