Curbside Primer: New food trucks to try this summer

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Meet the newest food trucks to hit the streets this season-a lineup of new flavors, from breakfast to dinner.


A 30-year restaurant industry veteran, chef Tony Layne has taken his love for pork (pig tattoo and all) and opened a mobile homage to swine. "I love pork because it tastes different all over the animal," he says, referencing various cuts of meat from one pig. Layne's signature is (what else?) the Porchetta sandwich with pork-belly- wrapped slow-roasted pork loin and salsa verde on Matija bread. Daily specials show off his undying passion for the pig, while pork avoiders can order the other white meat: a rotisserie chicken sandwich.

Early Bird

Longtime baker Libby Glover marries a food truck setup with her pastry training at Early Bird, emerging from a short hiatus after launching in November. To early risers, she serves hot-out-the-fryer beignets from powdered-sugar-covered dough to filled options, including custard, Nutella and seasonal fruit specials such as mimosa cream and strawberry basil. With a permanent location in Old North (2141 Indianola Ave.), there's no need to chase this trailer down. Stop by Monday through Saturday mornings for One Line coffee and an expanding menu (hand pies!) this summer.

Native Eats

Owner Alyssa Block can't remember a time when she wasn't interested in food. "My passion for cooking started very young, watching the Food Network instead of cartoons, which annoyed my friends," Block says, laughing. Her food cart focuses on classic American fare mixed with a taste of the Southwest-and all made with locally sourced vegetables and grass-fed meats. Dishes like sweet potato black bean hash and a smoked pork Cuban sandwich live harmoniously alongside vegan and gluten-free options.

Bacon the Food Cart

After running the Columbus Food Truck Festival for five years, Mike Gallicchio wanted to join the community. He felt bacon was a missing necessity on the scene. Apple-wood smoked bacon is the cornerstone of this cart's menu, topping dishes like grilled cheese on Texas toast, a cheeseburger and a turkey sandwich with goat cheese. Bacon is even served solo on a stick. Gallicchio says they are out to prove everything truly is better with bacon.

Alphabetical Soups & Salads

A home cook with panache for soups, Jordan Lamatrice sticks to his strong suit with the launch of Alphabetical. He offers a rotating lineup of scratch-made stews, including vegan black bean soup and Beer Gut Chili, alongside a build-your-own salad bar featuring Mama Lam's Truck Vinaigrette-a recipe straight from mom. Half a grilled cheese can be added to any order for $1. And any soup or salad can be topped with Bets–seasoned, deep-fried alphabet noodles.

Photos: Tim Johnson

Rolling Favorites

Junior's Tacos Celebrating six years this summer, Junior's serves consistently authentic, fresh Mexican fare including tender carnitas served in tacos, burritos, tortas and quesadillas.

Ajumama Unexpected Korean and American mashups are the focus of this three-year-old truck, with dishes like Bulgogi Cheesesteak and a BLT inspired by Korean pork.

PaddyWagon Started in 2010, PaddyWagon is a Commons Food Truck Food Court and Pearl Alley Market staple for its grilled cheese and brisket.

Challah! Celebrating two years, this Jew-"ish" truck features a 14-hour brined crispy chicken sandwich, schmaltz fried potatoes and a smoked salmon club with house lamb bacon.