Just a Hamilton foodie, eating her way through one food truck at a time

By Jennifer Shin

With the nice weather here, it must mean that food truck season is near! With Sew Hungry event (Ottawa street’s restaurant and food truck rally on May 5th), I was inspired to share some of my favourites from Hamilton and beyond.

JONNY BLONDE

A true Hamiltonian, Jonny has been serving up some of the best sandwiches from his food truck since 2013. He makes everything from scratch, even going so far as to bake all of his own bread. Jonny recently opened up a brick and mortar shop on Concession Street, where he is thinking ‘outside the bun’ and showing Hamilton what he is really capable of. Try any of his sandwiches and you will not be disappointed!

MEATVENTURE’S MEATWAGON

Hey you, meat lovers! Look out for this Hamilton based food truck! Their Torcino sliders, “Bacon fatty” and candied bacon creme brulee will definitely satisfy your bacon cravings. Don’t worry if you are not a fan of meaty things, their Parm Fries are to die for! Crispy waffle fries coated with Gochujang butter and topped with a load of parmesan. I’m drooling just thinking about it. I hear that there will be a new surprise item or two as well so put this food truck on your check list.

BUSTER’S SEA COVE

This is the mobile version of the famous Buster’s in Toronto’s St. Lawrence market. If you are craving seafood then this is the place for you. From lobster roll to octopus tacos, this truck will feature all of your favourites from under the sea. This is one of the places where you can see and also taste the lobster in the lobster roll. If you are lucky, maybe you will get a big beautiful chunk of claw meat for the Gram.

CHOCOCHURROS

This food truck started in New York, but found its way to Toronto to provide the GTA with their super delicious churros. I am a huge fan of their traditional-style churros, with a crunchy golden outside and fluffy inside. For those with a sweet tooth – ask for the filled churros or have them drizzled with dulce de leche or chocolate sauce. Did I mention they are very affordable? I know I will be walking around with a bag of them at Sew Hungry.

FESTIVAL FOOD FUN

Is a festival really a festival without funnel cake?  The answer is simple, absolutely not. This truck specializes in all things deep-fried. There are no gimmicks to be found here. From pickles to cheesecake, if you can think of it these guys have probably battered and fried it. I’m a sucker for funnel cake, I know I won’t be leaving the festival without a classic funnel cake with ice cream and strawberries.

PANWICH

Photo courtesy of PANWICH

I haven’t tried this truck yet but I am planning to this year. According to their website Panwich is a delicious invention created using gourmet fillings, battered and then deep fried’. They’ve got cheeseburger, KD mac n cheese, and more. I can’t decide which one to try. If you’re feeling dangerous how about their Hot Diggity Dog? A hot dog wrapped in american cheese, battered, wrapped in bacon and then deep fried… Let’s call this event our #CheatDay.