The food truck scene in Buffalo has grown exponentially since its birth in 2011.
More than 55 mobile eateries — ranging from barbecue to tacos to french fries to a plethora of desserts — stop regularly throughout the area, many in rotation at Larkin Square's Food Truck Tuesdays, Food Truck Thursdays in Niagara Square, Food Truck Fridays at the Marriott and the monthly F…
Niagara Café Pastelillos and More
Cuisine: Puerto Rican fare.
Owner: Raul Hernandez
Price range: $2-$12
Dishes to try: Beef and cheese pastelillos (savory, stuffed turnovers made with flaky dough), $3; roast pork (served with rice and beans), $10.
Brick and mortar location: 525 Niagara St.
Social media: Facebook, Twitter
Cuisine: Loaded French fries, dipping sauces and fried finger food favorites.
Owner: Chris Covelli
Price range: $4-$11
Dishes to try: The 716 (fries topped with shredded chicken, Buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese dressing), $6.50; Truffle Love (fries topped with truffle oil, Parmesan and cilantro), $6.50.
Chef's Restaurant on the Go
Cuisine: Old-fashioned Italian-American menu built on a foundation of slightly sweet red sauce. A Buffalo classic.
Owner: Lou Billittier and Mary Beth Billittier-Darling
Price range: $3.50-$9
Dishes to try: Spaghetti Parmesan (lightly sauced pasta served under a thick layer of browned melted mozzarella), $9; meatba…
Cuisine: Nostalgia-inducing, prepackaged ice cream novelties—just like the ones you loved as a kid.
Owner: Bill Pavone
Price range: $1-$3.50
Dishes to try: Perry's Chocolate Sundae Crunch Bar (vanilla ice cream with chocolate center and cake crunch coating, on a stick), $1.50; Choco Taco (sugar cone "taco shell" filled with fud…
Order Here by Pi Craft Pizza
Cuisine: Hand-crafted pizzas with traditional and gourmet toppings.
Owner: Pi Craft Pizza
Price range: $3.75-$6
Dishes to try: Rotating selection of specialty pizzas; side of meatballs; dessert pizza (cinnamon, sugar and Nutella); prices vary according to event.
Brick and mortar location: 1750 Niagara Falls Blv…
Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Cuisine: Authentic hickory-smoked, Texas-style pit barbecue.
Owner: Abban Westby
Price range: $10-$15
Dishes to try: Frito pie (corn chips smothered in pulled beef brisket, pinto beans, cheese and onions, sprinkled with rib rub), $9.75; brisket mac stack (pulled beef brisket over creamy macaroni and cheese), $9.75.
Cuisine: Sweet and savory French-inspired crêpes made with organic ingredients.
Owner: Edward Gath
Price range: $6-$9
Dishes to try: Lemon berry crêpe (tart lemon curd folded in a light, sweetened crêpe, topped with berries and whipped cream), $6.50; breakfast crêpe (eggs, cheese and bacon or Black Forest ham folded in a savor…
Cuisine: New American tacos, burritos and snacks made with antibiotic- and hormone-free beef, pork and chicken, and organic beans.
Owner: Pete Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo
Price range: $4-$10
Dishes to try: Tricked-out nachos (corn chips, queso, roja sauce, crema, jalapeños, pickled red onions, topped with your choice of protein), $7.…
Thai Me Up
Cuisine: Thai fusion cuisine, curries, noodles and stir-fry.
Owner: Kim Suphankomut
Price range: $4-$15
Dishes to try: Pad Thai chicken (rice noodles, beansprouts, green onion, stir-fried egg and crushed peanuts), $10; sesame chicken (lightly breaded chicken chunks with sweet sesame ginger sauce, jasmine rice and steamed broccoli),…
Cuisine: Middle Eastern and Mediterranean choices made daily in-house from fresh ingredients.
Owner: Oded Rauvenpoor
Price range: $3-$9
Dishes to try: Shawarma wrap (seasoned shaved chicken with hummus, lettuce, tomato and tahini), $9; falafel wrap (fried chickpea fritters with tahini, hummus, lettuce and tomato), $9; three sister…
House of Munch
Cuisine: Timeless carnival snack favorites.
Owner: Michael Albarella
Price range: $2-$9
Dishes to try: Fried dough (golden brown, fresh-made dough served with powdered sugar or cinnamon-sugar), $6; old-fashioned birch beer (dispensed from an oak barrel), $3; taco fries (topped with seasoned taco meat and gooey cheese sauce), $5…
Cuisine: From-scratch baked goods and desserts made with fresh and premium ingredients by a retired pastry chef.
Owners: Ken and Lisa Hall
Price range: $2-$7
Dishes to try: Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, $7; banana cake filled with cream, $7; French macarons, $2.
Social media: Facebook, Twitter
The Louisiana Cookery
Cuisine: Classic Cajun and Creole dishes like you would find in New Orleans.
Owner: Amy and Mark Powlenko
Price range: $6-$13
Dishes to try: Shrimp jambalaya (andouille sausage, vegetables and rice simmered with Creole seasoning, served with four large shrimp), $9.95; loaded grits (with cheese, bacon and scallions), $5.9…
The Flaming Fish
Cuisine: Grilled and fried seafood served as platters, sandwiches and tacos.
Owner: Deanna Johnson
Price range: $1-$16
Dishes to try: Shrimp po'boy (seasoned fried shrimp, lettuce, tomato, shredded cheeses, special sauce on a toasted roll), $12; fish hoagie (seasoned, cornmeal-dusted fried haddock, sautéed peppers and onion, …