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Experiencing Cape Cod's Growing Food Truck Scene
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 24, 2020

Street food is becoming incredibly popular throughout the United States because it's convenient and allows you to sample outstanding food at a reasonable price. Since the vendor doesn't have to pay for an expensive storefront, the cost of a meal comes down and helps the consumer.

Food trucks have a little more overhead than a traditional street vendor, but the idea is similar because the owners don't have to maintain an entire restaurant and can pass some of the savings on to their customers. Food trucks also have the ability to cook items to order because they have kitchens, making them more dynamic than other options.

As you might expect, Cape Cod has a rapidly expanding food truck scene with various cuisine types available throughout many of its towns.

Here's a look at some of the Cape's most popular food trucks, all of which are worth checking out during your vacation.

Off the Grid

One of the best-known food trucks in Sandwich is Off the Grid, which enjoys a permanent location outside the Hillport Gallery. The truck is easy to reach since it's about a block from where Tupper Road and the Old King's Highway meet, and the venue features an outdoor dining area with picnic tables.

Other outstanding features presented by Off the Grid include their on-site bar, occasional live music offerings, and handcrafted desserts.

As for the food, you'll find a diverse menu here with salads, hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers, and barbecue favorites like ribs, brisket, and pulled pork. There's also a menu for kids and some of the Cape's best fries.

If you find yourself in Sandwich during your vacation, take a wander to Off the Grid; you won't be disappointed by your choice.

Wicked N' Wood

There's a slightly different story at Wicked N' Wood food truck, as this mobile restaurant in East Falmouth doesn't have the same fancy setup as Off the Grid. Instead, all you'll find at this vendor is a truck in a dirt parking lot, but the food is excellent and brings locals back day after day to sample the offerings.

The menu has a decent variety, as there are burgers, tacos, and sandwiches featuring brisket, pulled pork, and chicken. You can also get a cheese quesadilla or mac n' cheese if you aren't into all that meat.

As you'd expect at a barbecue joint, Wicked N' Wood also has ribs, coleslaw, and cornbread, all of which are made to perfection each and every day.

Cape Cod Cannolis

It's a far smaller operation at Cape Cod Cannolis, as they don't have a permanent location and instead tend to move around the Cape throughout the summer. As a result, you'll want to keep an eye on the truck's Facebook page to ensure you know where to find them during your vacation.

If you visit during the offseason, you'll likely find the truck at the Mashpee Rotary, where Route 28 and Route 151 meet.

The food at Cape Cod Cannolis is terrific, and, as you'd expect, they make some of the Cape's best cannolis. This business is small and family-run and doesn't spend much on advertising, focusing on creating cannolis for people to enjoy instead.

You can choose between multiple sizes and types of cannolis upon arrival, and you're sure to be happy with the quality once you give them a try.

La Tacodilla

The people behind La Tacodilla have a ton of experience in the food industry, having operated the Clean Slate Eatery in West Dennis for several years. The Clean Slate Eatery started as a food truck before progressing to offer an in-house, upscale, multi-course dining experience.

The owners are now focusing much of their attention on La Tacodilla food truck, which serves Mexican cuisine like tacos, mulita, Camarones asados, and quesabruselas from the parking lot of the Clean Slate.

Many locals agree that La Tacodilla has perhaps the best Mexican food on the entire Cape, with the catch being that they're only open for a few hours at lunch between Tuesday and Saturday. If you're into Mexican cuisine, you won't want to miss the outstanding options they have at this food truck at 702 Main Street in West Dennis.

Dancing Spoons A GoGo Food Truck

Much like La Tacodilla, Dancing Spoons A GoGo Food Truck is only open for a few hours per day between Tuesday and Saturday, so you'll have to put in some effort if you want to sample their fare. 

It's well worth the effort, though, as Lisa Whelan, the owner of Dancing Spoons A GoGo Food Truck, goes out of her way to source local, organic ingredients, ensuring that every menu item she creates is fresh and healthy.

There's a little bit of everything on this food truck's menu, as you'll find crab cakes, pulled pork sandwiches, lobster rolls, hot dogs, clam chowder, and salads. The diverse offerings mean there's something for everyone at this venue, and its location in the heart of downtown Orleans makes it easily accessible.

If you're looking for lunch after spending the morning in Orleans, Brewster, or Eastham, stop by Dancing Spoons A GoGo Food Truck for one of the best lunches you'll find on Cape Cod.

Food Trucks Everywhere

This list only touches on the Cape's food trucks, as new ones are popping up everywhere every summer, and most towns now have trucks that are fixtures in their communities.

As people continue to want something a little different from their dining experiences, we are sure to see even more food trucks calling Cape Cod home, which will give you even more dining options on your vacation.

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