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Morrena Villanueva

Street food on the Eastside used to be limited, but as the mobile food movement has continued to grow, things have heated up. With every genre of food now being served on four wheels, here is a guide to the best food trucks east of Lake Washington.

 

Bellevue

Panhandle Barbeque

If you’ve spotted what appears to be a log cabin on wheels in downtown Bellevue, it was likely just Panhandle BBQ’s kitchen. This authentic Texas-style barbecue truck has attracted foodies from all over the greater Seattle area with their delicious barbecue sandwiches and special sauce. Their menu ranges from pulled pork sandwiches to firehouse chili and potato salad. Currently, Panhandle BBQ is located at 620 106th Ave NE. For more information and to see their location calendar, visit facebook.com/pages/Panhandle-Barbeque

Tokyo Dog

Have you ever wanted to try the most expensive hot dog in the world? Head to Tokyo Dog. They hold the world record for the most expensive hot dog with their special order Juuni Ban dog, costing a whopping $169! But don’t worry: their regular menu items cost around $5. Tokyo Dog is at Sunset North in Bellevue by the Eastgate Park and Ride the first Monday of each month and changes location throughout the week. For more information and to see their location calendar, visit tokyodog.com

Napkin Friend

Napkin Friends puts a new spin on the panini sandwich with their gluten-free Latke Press Sandwich truck. Their Jewish cuisine menu features a variety of sandwiches, including a homemade pastrami, matzo ball soup and side of pickles. The truck can often be found at the Crossroads Bellevue Farmers Market and all over Seattle. For more information and to see their location calendar, visit napkinfriends.com

Redmond

Ezell’s Express

Ezell’s Famous Chicken is now on wheels, serving their famous chicken strips and wing combos. Tender Tuesdays have quickly become a favorite in Redmond, where the truck often parks outside the Microsoft building at 15220 NE 40th Street. For more information and to see their location calendar, visit ezellschicken.com.

Kirkland

Falafel Salam

Falafel Salam uses only the best ingredients to prepare their distinct Middle Eastern food by baking their pita bread fresh daily and only using organic grass-fed meats from 100 percent humanely raised animals. Their menu features organic grass-fed lamb kebobs, baklava and garlic fries. You can find their truck at the Kirkland Wednesday Market. For more information and to see their location calendar, visit falafelsalam.com.

Issaquah

The Ultimate Melt

If you’ve been looking for a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, look no further. The Eastside-based food truck The Ultimate Melt has taken many delicious unique and traditional approaches to the grilled cheese sandwich. And they even serve ideal sides like homemade tomato bisque and tater tots. The truck is frequently at the Costco Sammamish Campus and Skyline Tower. For more information and to see their location calendar, visit theultimatemelt.com

Mercer Island

Tuscan Stone Wood Fired Pizza

It’s hard not to be tempted by Tuscan-style pies, especially once you learn Seattle’s favorite athlete Russell Wilson is a fan. They prepare their dough every morning with fresh local ingredients, and it only takes 90 seconds for their pizzas to cook, so there is little to no wait time. Tuscan Wood Fire Pizza has locations in Mercer Island, Bellevue and Issaquah. For more information and to see their location calendar, visit tuscanstone.ordersnapp.com.  

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