Food trucks are a growing trend in the downtown Chicago area. There is no end to the different flavor combinations that you’ll find- from simple and delicious Mexican tacos to world fusion cuisine. Our BEST WESTERN Chicago Hillside hotel is located only 15 minutes from downtown Chicago, so we asked our staff for their best food truck recommendations.
We narrowed the list down to the 4 best gastronomic experiences for your visit to Chicago (for information on where to find the trucks, simply check their Twitters):
Known for their gourmet Argentine empanadas, 5411 stands out from other Latin food trucks by oven baking instead of deep-frying their empanadas. The traditional slow cooked Beef Empanada is always a hit, but for something different it’s a toss up between the Ham and Cheese and the Caramelized Onion. @5411empanadas
Brown Bag Lunch Truck
If you’ve been craving some amazing barbeque, then consider Brown Bag Lunch Truck (BBLT) your oasis in the desert of tasteless grilled meats. Our downtown Chicago hotel staffers especially love BBLT’s unique sauces. The stand-out was Brisket brined in pineapple juice, mexicoke, Chinese black vinegar and kosher salt. The accompanying Tiger Cry sauce had one staff crying with taste bud joy. @brownbagtruck
The Gastro-Wagon is the only mobile truck in Chicago serving up the “Naan-Wich,” which is traditionally made Indian Naan bread stuffed with savory treats. For something different, the Duck Pastrami with cabbage slaw, remoulade and gouda is amazing. The Braised Lamb with polenta, blue cheese and tomato ginger jam is another staff favorite. @wherezthewagon
And of course, we can’t forget dessert:
Culture, The Yogurt Society
The healthiest and most delicious dessert to ever roll up in a food truck! Culture serves up two flavors and more than a dozen topping options. Choose from refreshing Original or sweet Pomegranate Blueberry and toppings like mochi, Fruity Pebbles, watermelon and of course, rainbow sprinkles! @Culture
When you’ve had your fill of food trucks, come back for a blissful night’s rest at our Chicago hotel. Contact our Chicago Hillside staff to book your stay- and yes, get more food truck recommendations!