Putting together this short list was no easy task. The food truck scene in Columbus has grown at an extraordinary rate ... and keeps getting bigger and better. There is very little nowadays that you can't find at a nearby truck: crepes, ribs, pizza, dumplings, cupcakes ... there's a truck for all of these, and more.
And there lies the problem in creating a Top Five list. Many deserving businesses missed out simply because I couldn't list them all. There are just too many great trucks to choose from! The five that made the list were chosen to highlight the diversity of the food truck scene in Ohio's capital. For more detailed information and a list of trucks, check out Street Eats Columbus or, better yet, take a Food Truck tour hosted by the author of the Street Eats blog. Also, set a reminder for the 3rd Annual Columbus Food Truck Festival August 16-17th at the Columbus Commons.
1. Ray Ray's Hog Pit
Parked around the back of the Ace of Cups bar in the Clintonville area, Ray Ray's serves up smoky barbecue eats such as ribs, brisket and pulled pork sandwiches -- and everything is made from scratch. They have recently added a Wing Shack to their operations; check out their Facebook page for current specials.
2619 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43202
Open: Friday - Sunday, 12pm – 8pm
2. Tokyo GoGo
Tokyo GoGo is run by a husband-wife team, one half of which is from Japan and the other is the co-owner of Brothers Drake Meadery. Their truck is parked outside the Brothers Drake bar in the Short North, Wednesdays through Saturdays, and offers small dishes that include gyoza, deep fried tofu in a mushroom broth and crispy chicken strips. The best part is that they will bring your order to your table and add it to your bar tab.
26 E. 5th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201
Open: Wednesday - Thursday, 5pm - 12am; Friday - Saturday, 5pm - 2am
3. La Yerba Buena
La Yerba Buena food truck is an offshoot of El Arepazo Latin Grill on Pearl Alley in downtown Columbus, and its sister restaurant Arepazo Tapas in Gahanna. The truck sells items from its restaurant menu, including Venezuelan dishes such as arepas (corn patties) and patacones (fried plantains covered with meat, vegetables, cheese and salsa), fish tacos and fresh juices.
4490 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, OH 43214
Open: Wednesday - Saturday, 3:30pm - 8:30pm
Ajumama (Korean for Ma'am) serves up Korean street food at various locations around Columbus. To make sure you don't miss them when they are nearby, stay connected via their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Ajumama's menu changes every day, but some of the best dishes I have tried here are their pajeon (savory pancakes) and the hodduk (hotcakes).
5. Blu Olive
Again, you will have to check out their social media to keep track of this father-daughter team that specializes in Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Food truck locations for the upcoming week are posted to their Twitter and Facebook pages. The menu changes often at Blu Olive, but you will usually find a few pasta options, including my favorite beet and ricotta ravioli, meatballs and focaccia sandwiches. Make sure you leave room for their floats made with homemade ice cream.
What are your favorite food trucks around Ohio?