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July 2, 2013

Philadelphia Food Truck Finder: A Day-By-Day Guide To Where And When To Find Food Trucks In Philadelphia

Food trucks are great, but sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of where they congregate on what days of the week. Uwishunu is here to help with that. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)

Philadelphia’s ever-expanding food truck scene is clearly having a moment.

Not only are more awesome trucks rolling in every week, but new food truck gathering spots seem to be popping up just as quickly — see the City Hall Courtyard, Eakins Oval and the Navy Yard for three recent examples.

So, just as we wanted to help you stay current on some of the best food trucks in Philadelphia with our guide post last month, now we want to help you know when and where to find food trucks across the city.

To that end, we’ve compiled the major recurring food truck gathering spots and organized them by day of the week.

We’ve included spots at which food trucks gather at various times of the day — during lunch breaks, snack breaks, dinnertime and even late-night — and specify that time-of-day info in each listing.

But since food trucks are mobile by nature, always be sure to check your favorite food truck’s Twitter and Facebook pages before visiting in the case of cancellations (i.e. holidays or rain).

Read on for our full day-by-day food truck finder.

Note: While this guide shows you where to find food trucks, if your next question is what food trucks to seek out — whether you’re looking for fancy macarons (salted caramel, anyone?), fried cheese curds, amazing tacos, vegetarian fare or a wood fired pizza — consult our guide to individual food trucks in Philadelphia.

Monday

 
Love Park: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every weekday, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation provides lunchtime eats for Center City. LOVE Park hosts the trucks each day and the lineup consists of citywide favorites. June saw Pitruco Pizza, Vernalicious, Sweet Box Cupcakes, Dapper Dog and Guerrilla Ultima, just to name a few. Monday-Friday, Lunch

The Navy Yard: 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Food Truck Thursdays at the Navy Yard have been so popular that starting on July 1, 2013, the Navy Yard is now hosting food trucks every day of the week. And now for breakfast and lunch(!). You don’t have to work at the Navy Yard to enjoy the delicious food truck offerings at this beautiful and burgeoning corporate campus. In fact, the food trucks make for a great reason to make an excursion and visit the Navy Yard. Follow The Navy Yard on Facebook for the daily truck lineup. Look out for treats from Reuben on Rye, Rival Bros Coffee and Delicias. Monday’s food trucks are located in Crescent Park. Monday-Friday, Breakfast and Lunch

33rd and Arch Streets/Drexel: University City is a haven for a solid food truck lineup and 33rd and Arch streets and the area surrounding is the mecca. Rival Bros, Mac Mart Truck, The Spot and Street Food largely call the few block radius home. Be sure to check the truck’s social media pages to make sure they are in the area, since trucks are known to move. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

University of Pennsylvania: All along Walnut Street, Chestnut Street and Spruce Street from 36th to 37th to 38th streets and more, UPenn is an oasis for mobile eateries. Every weekday, walk the blocks and come across eats from all corners of the world. Highlights include Tacos Don Memo, Yue Kee, Kung Fu Hoagies and Sugar Philly (for macarons galore!). 38th and Spruce Streets is always a solid spot for some tasty fare. Check out our roundup of University City’s great food truck scene. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

Temple University: All along Temple’s North Philadelphia campus, sworn-by eats fill the streets every week day. Highlights include permanent vendors like the Sexy Green Truck, Cookie Confidential and The Creperie, and also visiting food trucks like Vernalicious and a variety of cupcake trucks. While the campus is full of great food truck offerings, 13th and Norris Streets and Montgomery Avenue from Broad to 12th Streets are the meccas. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

City Hall: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The City Hall Courtyard is home to a variety of food trucks every weekday. No matter your fancy, one of the food trucks on-site is bound to please. Monday-Friday, Lunch

From festivals to weekly events, food trucks can be found all over the city at any time of the day and night. (Photo by D. Tavani for GPTMC)

Tuesday

 
16th and JFK Boulevard: This year’s Vendy Winner (think Academy Awards for food trucks), King of Falafel, deserves a special shout out. Indulge in its affordable falafels every weekday on the corner of 16th street and JFK Boulevard. Monday-Friday, Lunch

Eakins Oval: The soon-to-be-open Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, welcomes pedestrians with lots of fun and games and a daily roundup of food trucks. From July 17 to August 18 enjoy street-food eats from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. Food truck highlights include Mac Mart, Sum Pig, Reuben on Rye, Local 214 and Lil’ Pop Shop. Tuesday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner

Love Park: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. LOVE Park hosts drool-worthy food trucks as part of the Monday through Friday rotating food truck line up. Monday-Friday, Lunch

The Navy Yard: 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For the first time ever, The Navy Yard welcomes breakfast and lunchtime food trucks to its South Philly campus. Follow them on Facebook for the daily lineup. Look out for treats from Pitruco Pizza and Mucho Bueno. Tuesday’s food trucks are located at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk Avenue. Monday-Friday, Breakfast and Lunch

33rd and Arch Streets/Drexel: University City is a haven for a solid food truck lineup and 33rd and Arch streets and the area surrounding is the mecca. Rival Bros, Mac Mart Truck, The Spot and Street Food largely call the few block radius home. Be sure to check the truck’s social media pages to make sure they are in the area, since trucks are known to move. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

University of Pennsylvania: All along Walnut Street, Chestnut Street, Spruce Street from 36th to 37th to 38th streets and more, UPenn is an oasis for mobile eateries. Every weekday, walk the blocks and come across eats from all corners of the world. Highlights include Tacos Don Memo, Yue Kee, Kung Fu Hoagies and Sugar Philly. Check out our roundup of University City’s great food truck scene. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

Temple University: All along Temple’s North Philadelphia campus, sworn-by eats fill the streets every week day. Highlights include permanent vendors like the Sexy Green Truck, Cookie Confidential and The Creperie, and also visiting food trucks like Vernalicious and a variety of cupcake trucks. While the campus is full of great food truck offerings, 13th and Norris Streets and Montgomery Avenue from Broad to 12th Streets are the meccas. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

City Hall: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The City Hall Courtyard is home to a variety of food trucks every weekday. No matter your fancy, one of the food trucks on-site is bound to please. Monday-Friday, Lunch

Wednesday

 
City Hall: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. City Hall’s lunchtime food truck offerings extend through 7 p.m. on Wednesdays to provide City Hall Presents goers with food truck fare. City Hall Presents is a recurring series of live performances every Wednesday (weather permitting) through August 28. Lunch and Dinner

The Porch at 30th Street hosts food trucks on Wednesdays and Fridays this summer. (Photo courtesy The Porch at 30th Street Station)

The Porch at 30th Street Station: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Every summer Wednesday, food trucks park at University City’s Porch at 30th Street Station to provide all with fine fare. On Wednesday’s in July enjoy bites from Sunflower Truck Stop, Say Cheese, Lucky Old Souls and Lil Dan’s. On Wednesday’s in August indulge in eats from Spot Burger, Vernalicious, Dapper Dog and Sweet Box Cupcakes. On Wednesday’s in September enjoy food from Just Jackie’s, The Cow and The Curd, Farm Truck and Cupcake Carnivale. Wednesday and Friday, Lunch

Little Baby’s Ice Cream at Rittenhouse Row: 3:30-7:30 p.m. Shoppers can enjoy a frozen treat from Little Baby’s Ice Cream as they stroll down Walnut Street. Every Wednesday in July (fingers crossed it extends through August!) enjoy the famed ice cream in front of the Dr. Martens storefront at 1710 Walnut Street.

Love Park: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy LOVE Park’s fine food truck fare every Thursday as part of the Monday through Friday rotating food truck line up. Monday-Friday, Lunch

The Navy Yard: 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For the first time ever, The Navy Yard welcomes breakfast and lunchtime food trucks to its South Philly campus. Follow them on Facebook for the daily lineup. Look out for treats from Farm Truck, HubBub Coffee and Sammy Chon’s. Wednesday’s food trucks are located in Crescent Park. Monday-Friday, Breakfast and Lunch

33rd and Arch Streets/Drexel: University City is a haven for a solid food truck lineup and 33rd and Arch streets and the area surrounding is the mecca. Rival Bros, Mac Mart Truck, The Spot and Street Food largely call the few block radius home. Be sure to check the truck’s social media pages to make sure they are in the area, since trucks are known to move. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

University of Pennsylvania: All along Walnut Street, Chestnut Street, Spruce Street from 36th to 37th to 38th streets and more, UPenn is an oasis for mobile eateries. Every weekday, walk the blocks and come across eats from all corners of the world. Highlights include Tacos Don Memo, Yue Kee, Kung Fu Hoagies and Sugar Philly. Check out our roundup of University City’s great food truck scene. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

Temple University: All along Temple’s North Philadelphia campus, sworn-by eats fill the streets every week day. Highlights include permanent vendors like the Sexy Green Truck, Cookie Confidential and The Creperie, and also visiting food trucks like Vernalicious and a variety of cupcake trucks. While the campus is full of great food truck offerings, 13th and Norris Streets and Montgomery Avenue from Broad to 12th Streets are the meccas. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

Eakins Oval: The soon-to-be-open Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, boasts lots of fun and games and a daily roundup of food trucks. From July 17 to August 18 enjoy street food eats from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. Food truck highlights include Mac Mart, Sum Pig, Reuben on Rye, Local 214 and Lil’ Pop Shop. Tuesday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner

Thursday

 
Palumbo Playground: 5-8 p.m. Just in time for dinner, Pitruco Pizza rolls up to Palumbo Playground at 10th and Fitzwater Streets with Little Baby’s Ice Cream cart in tow. On Thursday evenings, diners can look forward to two of the best things; pizza and ice cream. Insiders tip: come early, Pitruco Pizza often sells out of ‘za. Dinner

Read on for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Fairmount Farmers’ Market: 3-7 p.m. The Fairmount Farmers’ Market not only offers shoppers local produce and other food, but also offers options from Lil’ Pop Shop and Farm Truck. Dinner

Garden Variety in Northern Liberties is a food truck hub on the weekends, look for tasty meals and desserts on your evening outings. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Love Park: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Every week day, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation provides lunch break eats for Center City. LOVE Park hosts the trucks each day and the lineup consists of citywide favorites. June saw Pitruco Pizza, Vernalicious, Sweet Box Cupcakes, Dapper Dog and Guerrilla Ultima, just to name a few. Monday-Friday, Lunch

The Navy Yard: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. On Thursdays, The Navy Yard welcomes lunchtime food trucks to the Marine Parade Grounds. Follow them on Facebook for the daily lineup. Monday-Friday, Lunch

33rd and Arch Streets/Drexel: University City is a haven for a solid food truck lineup and 33rd and Arch streets and the area surrounding is the mecca. Rival Bros, Mac Mart Truck, The Spot and Street Food largely call the few block radius home. Be sure to check the truck’s social media pages to make sure they are in the area, since trucks are known to move. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

University of Pennsylvania: All along Walnut Street, Chestnut Street, Spruce Street from 36th to 37th to 38th streets and more, UPenn is an oasis for mobile eateries. Every weekday, walk the blocks and come across eats from all corners of the world. Highlights include Tacos Don Memo, Yue Kee, Kung Fu Hoagies and Sugar Philly. Check out our roundup of University City’s great food truck scene. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

Temple University: All along Temple’s North Philadelphia campus, sworn-by eats fill the streets every week day. Highlights include permanent vendors like the Sexy Green Truck, Cookie Confidential and The Creperie, and also visiting food trucks like Vernalicious and a variety of cupcake trucks. While the campus is full of great food truck offerings, 13th and Norris Streets and Montgomery Avenue from Broad to 12th Streets are the meccas. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

City Hall: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The City Hall Courtyard is home to a variety of food trucks every weekday. No matter your fancy, one of the food trucks on-site is bound to please. Monday-Friday, Lunch

Eakins Oval: The soon-to-be-open Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, boasts lots of fun and games and a daily roundup of food trucks. From July 17 to August 18 enjoy street food eats from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. Food truck highlights include Mac Mart, Sum Pig, Reuben on Rye, Local 214 and Lil’ Pop Shop. Tuesday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner

Friday

 
The Porch at 30th Street Station: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Every summer Friday, the Porch at 30th Street Station provides University City with its lunch break eats with a lofty food truck line up. On Friday’s in July enjoy Pitruco Pizza, Ka-Chi, MacMart and Zsa’s Gourmet Ice Cream. On Friday’s in August indulge in food from Local 215 Street Food Philly Pitruco’s Pizza and Jimmies Cupcakes. On Friday’s in September Foo Truck, Gigi & Big R, Foolish Waffles and Sweetbox Cupcakes serve up delicious eats. Wednesday and Friday, Lunch

Aviator Park: 7-10 p.m. Located across the street from Logan Square’s Moore College of Art and Design, Aviator Park hosts food trucks and film on select Friday evenings throughout the summer at Moore’s Film al Fresco events. Food trucks will be on-site from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy eats from Street Food Philly, Lil’ Pop Shop, Spot Burger and more. The full lineup of food, films and upcoming dates is available here. Dinner

Brooklyn Flea Philly, which comes to the Piazza every Sunday, boasts a solid line up of food trucks from near and afar. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)

Dining Under the Stars in Mt. Airy: Every Friday through August 16, Lovett Library Park in Mt. Airy provides the masses with food truck fare from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mt. Airy’s Dining Under the Stars and Moonlight Movie events. Each week, a variety of sweet and savory eats set up shop at the park. Highlights include Little Baby’s Ice Cream, The Mini Trini and Zea May’s. The full lineup is available here. Be sure to stay after to catch the flick, too! Dinner

The Trestle Inn: 5-9 p.m. Every Friday night this summer, The Trestle Inn hosts blowout summer BBQ’s complete with flowing libations, drink specials, live music and a lofty lineup of food trucks. Enjoy eats from Sum Pig, Yumtown and more. The full lineup is available here. Dinner

Garden Variety: Head to Garden Variety at 2nd and Poplar for dinner from Dapper Dog Hot Dog Cart (from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.) and dessert from Little Baby’s Ice Cream (from 3 to 11 p.m.). Hello late-night eats! Friday-Sunday

Love Park: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. End your week with a delicious lunch from one of the trucks present at LOVE Park’s food truck lineup ever day of the work week. Monday-Friday, Lunch

The Navy Yard: 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For the first time ever, The Navy Yard welcomes breakfast and lunchtime food trucks to its South Philly campus. Follow them on Facebook for the daily lineup. Look out for treats from Foo Truck and Sum Pig. Friday’s food trucks are located at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk Avenue. Monday-Friday, Breakfast and Lunch

33rd and Arch Streets/Drexel: University City is a haven for a solid food truck lineup and 33rd and Arch streets and the area surrounding is the mecca. Rival Bros, Mac Mart Truck, The Spot and Street Food largely call the few block radius home. Be sure to check the truck’s social media pages to make sure they are in the area, since trucks are known to move. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

University of Pennsylvania: All along Walnut Street, Chestnut Street, Spruce Street from 36th to 37th to 38th streets and more, UPenn is an oasis for mobile eateries. Every weekday, walk the blocks and come across eats from all corners of the world. Highlights include Tacos Don Memo, Yue Kee, Kung Fu Hoagies and Sugar Philly. Check out our roundup of University City’s great food truck scene. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

The Headhouse Farmers' Market under the historic Headhouse Shambles off of South Street not only boasts fresh food from local farmers, but high-quality eats from a rotation of food trucks. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Temple University: All along Temple’s North Philadelphia campus, sworn-by eats fill the streets every week day. Highlights include permanent vendors like the Sexy Green Truck, Cookie Confidential and The Creperie, and also visiting food trucks like Vernalicious and a variety of cupcake trucks. While the campus is full of great food truck offerings, 13th and Norris Streets and Montgomery Avenue from Broad to 12th Streets are the meccas. Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner

City Hall: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The City Hall Courtyard is home to a variety of food trucks every weekday. No matter your fancy, one of the food trucks on-site is bound to please. Monday-Friday, Lunch

Eakins Oval: The soon-to-be-open Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, boasts lots of fun and games and a daily roundup of food trucks. From July 17 to August 18 enjoy street food eats from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. Food truck highlights include Mac Mart, Sum Pig, Reuben on Rye, Local 214 and Lil’ Pop Shop. Tuesday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner

Saturday

 
PHAIR: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The open-air market located at 23rd and Arch Streets boasts its fair share of food trucks in addition to goods from a variety of vendors. Each week, various food trucks serve hungry shoppers fresh food of all sorts. The lineup varies by week, but good food is guaranteed each Saturday. Look for favorites like Local 215, Foo Truck, The Cow and The Curd, Poi Dog Snack Shop and The Tot Cart. Stay up to date with the weekly food truck schedule, here. PHAIR remains open through Saturday, November 23. Lunch

Every day of the work week, The Navy Yard hosts a variety of food trucks at its spacious South Philly campus. (Photo by J. Zale for GPTMC)

Clark Park Farmers’ Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Start your weekend right with fresh farmers’ market eats and mobile food fare. Every week at the Clark Park Farmers’ Market, enjoy food from Yumtown Truck, Lil’ Pop Shop (first, third and fifth Saturdays of the month) and Little Baby’s Ice Cream. Lunch

Garden Variety: Also on Saturday evenings, Dapper Dog Hot Dog Cart serves up inventive hot dogs from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Little Baby’s Ice Cream provides afternoon and late-night ice cream from 1 to 11 p.m. (longer Saturday hours!) at Garden Variety at 2nd and Poplar Streets. Friday-Sunday

Eakins Oval: The soon-to-be-open Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, boasts lots of fun and games and a daily roundup of food trucks. From July 17 to August 18 enjoy street food eats from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. Food truck highlights include Mac Mart, Sum Pig, Reuben on Rye, Local 214 and Lil’ Pop Shop. Tuesday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner

Sunday

 
Brooklyn Flea Philly: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Philadelphia’s latest exciting addition, Brooklyn Flea Philly at the Piazza, hosts unique vendors and food trucks every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to local food purveyors like Lil’ Pop Shop, Nomad Pizza and Wursthaus Schmitz, two of Brooklyn Flea’s food vendor staples, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ and Red Hook Lobster Pound serve up tasty bites for Philadelphians. Check out Brooklyn Flea Philly’s Facebook page for weekly food vendor updates. Bonus: June saw Brown Betty Cupcake’s all-new delivery tricycle stock full of cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches and other sweets. Lunch

Garden Variety: 1-9 p.m. Just down the street from Brooklyn Flea Philly, Little Baby’s Ice Cream provides frozen treats for Northern Liberties from 1 to 9 p.m. at Garden Variety. Friday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner

Headhouse Farmers’ Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market at 2nd and Lombard Streets welcomes Lucky Old Souls burger truck, Made in the Shade, Zsa’s Gourmet Ice Cream and Los Taquitos de Puebla to feed hungry shoppers at the weekly farmers’ market. Stop by for your weekly grocery shopping and for some afternoon grub. Lunch

Eakins Oval: The soon-to-be-open Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, boasts lots of fun and games and a daily roundup of food trucks. From July 17 to August 18 enjoy street food eats from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. Food truck highlights include Mac Mart, Sum Pig, Reuben on Rye, Local 214 and Lil’ Pop Shop. Tuesday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner

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