• Hanifah Jones

West Philly Food Truck Crawl

You and your family take a trip to the city of Philadelphia, after hours of sightseeing, you notice your stomach growling. Between your jam-packed schedule and the hectic traffic of the city, you don’t have time to sit down at a restaurant. Thankfully, Philly is home to an abundance of hidden gems: food trucks.

These “eateries on wheels” are the perfect way to enjoy the amazing food the city has to offer without sacrificing time. These food trucks are some of the best that the city has to offer. From Asian fusion to soul food, there is an endless variety of cuisines available.

WokWorks (15th & JFK blvd)

Located outside of the train stop at 15th & Market, WokWorks is very hard to miss. Its black and white exterior makes it stand out against the dull steel buildings of City Center. Far from your average Asian food truck, WokWorks has a lot to offer. One of the most unique aspects of this truck is its rotating menu, which offers modern twists on traditional dishes from all over Asia. ”One cart might have a tikka masala, one cart might have a Burmese thoke.” said Brian Buscham, the truck’s manager.

The pungent aromas of spicy chilli peppers and cumin draw in customers from all over the city. According to Buscham, the truck’s drunken noodles are a customer favorite and often sells out by the end of lunch. You can find WokWorks at various locations in the city, including Spring Garden and Temple Hospital. You can also enjoy the flavorful meals of this truck at your next event, with catering requests available on its website.

Los Compadres (33rd & Market)

The bright red exterior and festive string lights make it impossible to look pass the Los Compadres food truck on 33rd & Market. Offering the best breakfast burritos on Drexel University’s campus, this truck is essential for those who want to venture away from chains like as Chipotle, and crave authentic Mexican food.

From chicken mole tacos to carnitas quesadillas, the menu offers an authentic flavor palette that has earned it a four-and-a-half-star rating on Facebook. With affordable prices ranging from $5-10, this taco truck has earned its rave reviews.

Boba & Co (33rd & Market)

Boba & Co serves a combination of sweet bubble tea and savory Cambodian street food. The mouthwatering smell of Banh Mi on the grill draws in customers. Its authentic menu, including dishes like papaya salad and Nam Khao, has deemed it a local favorite. Located right next to Los Compadres, Boba & Co shares the same red exterior and sports its colorful logo on the side. Named after the “boba” tapioca balls found in bubble tea, the truck offers various drink options including bubble tea and smoothies.

With over fifty combinations for customers to try. Boba & Co offers various specialty drinks including its famous, “Cambo Fire Bomb”. This drink combines the smooth sweetness of mango with the fiery kick of sweet chilli powder.

Another crowd favorite is its Thai iced tea, which offers a subtle sweetness paired with the aromas of traditional Thai teas. With over 3,000 followers on Instagram (@boba_and_company), there is no denying that this truck is one of the best the city has to offer.

Gigi & Big R’s (38th and Spruce)

Located on 38th & Spruce, Gigi & Big R’s truck will transport your taste buds to the Caribbean islands. This truck is known for its large platters, with its Instagram account (@gigi_bigr) claiming to have the biggest platters in the city. This truck combines traditional Jamaican cuisine with Southern soul food. Options range from oxtails and curry, to fried chicken and candied yams.

One of the most popular orders is the jerk chicken platter with a side of baked macaroni and collard greens. The sweet spice of the jerk wings complements the savory cheddar blend of the baked mac.

Gigi & Big Rs is a neighborhood favorite. “Their food is amazing, I eat there a lot.” said Iyanna Conix, a young woman who lives nearby. This soulful food truck also has two other locations at 59th & Haverford and 68th & Ogontz.

The Burger Bank

The Burger Bank is much more than your average burger joint. From turkey burgers served on brioche, to salmon grilled cheese sandwiches, the options are endless. Whether you prefer pizza burgers or the crowd-pleasing burger burrito, there is something for everyone. Halal certified, this truck also offers vegetarian and vegan options. With a five-star rating on Yelp, these burgers are top notch.

Located on 38th & Spruce, the truck is open for lunch from 11am to 5pm. These delicious burgers are also available to order on GrubHub and UberEats. For more information and tempting customer photos, you can check out their Instagram (@theburgerbank)