Los Angeles was the epicenter of the modern food truck movement in 2008, with Roy Choi's Kogi BBQ single-handedly redefining street food in America. It makes sense, then, that when The Daily Meal set out to rank America's 101 best food trucks, Los Angeles trucks dominated, with Kogi BBQ coming in an unsurprising first place.
But even though Houston's food truck scene may have been a bit slower coming out of the gate, H-Town still boasts three trucks that earned spots on the national list.
Coming in at No. 22 is Bernie's Burger Bus — technically buses, as chef/owner Justin Turner presides over a mini-empire of three repurposed school buses. Bernie's is a permanent contender for the best burger in Houston, a title that doesn't come easy. (If Houston has the best burgers in the country and Bernie's has the best burgers in Houston, does that mean a Bernie's burger is the best in the world? Please discuss.)
Bernie's is a permanent contender for the best burger in Houston, a title that doesn't come easy.
Oh My Gogi! BBQ might owe a debt of inspiration to Choi's concept, but owner Eric Nguyen's version of Korean BBQ tacos and kimchi quesadillas have inspired a rabid late night following in Rice Village (and a less enjoyable following from HPD as well), and are good enough to get the Houston truck on the list at No. 58.
Another Korean-fusion truck on the list that Houstonians might recognize is Coreanos, which came in at No. 35, although the Daily Meal only mentions the Austin version of this two-city truck.
Local fave Eatsie Boys are the final Houston entry on the food trucks list, representing at No. 68. As Daily Meal notes, chef Matt Marcus is a CIA-trained chef who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants and now sells completely addictive comfort food like pork snuggies, Frank the Pretzel and an array of unexpected ice creams.
What other Houston trucks deserved a spot on the list? Pick your faves in the comments.