Of all of the cities in the Triangle area, Durham most definitely has been dominating the food truck scene for the longest. Since food truck operators do not need to obtain a special permit and there are few regulations on where they can operate, Durham is an easy place to get up and running. Several Durham-based food trucks were so successful in their operations that they expanded into permanent physical locations in the Bull City.

Check out our list of some of the very based local Durham-based mobile food vendors and trucks that you will want to visit:

Kokyu BBQ

Kokyu BBQ is one of the most popular and beloved food trucks in Durham! It serves up Asian-inspired BBQ fare such as Pork Belly Tacos, but they are most known for its delicious Duck Fat Tots! Kokyu BBQ has been featured in the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. It also expanded into a brick-and-mortar restaurant called KoKyu Na’Mean.

Pie Pushers

Pie Pushers uses locally sourced products in all of its tasty pizzas! You can find this truck roving around Durham, but they also have a permanent location on W. Main Street.

American Meltdown

Is there anything more comforting and delicious than a grilled cheese sandwich? American Meltdown is another food truck that is beloved throughout the Triangle. It serves up unique grilled cheese sandwiches such as Pigs & Figs, which is goat cheese, figs, and speck served on sourdough. American Meltdown also has a permanent location in Southpoint Mall.

Bulkogi Truck

Bulkogi Truck serves up delicious Korean BBQ throughout the Triangle. It’s also been featured in Southern Living Magazine!

Sympathy for the Deli

In addition to having a great name, the Sympathy for the Deli Food Truck serves up fresh sandwiches made with locally sourced meats that are hand-cured, roasted, and smoked in Durham.

Soomsoom Pita Pockets

Soomsoom Pita Pockets combines the best of American and Mediterranean cuisine! Popular menu items include the Roasted Cauliflower and the Chicken Schwarma.

Caffe Bellezza

Caffe Bellezza is an Italian coffee shop on wheels! It serves up seasonal beverages along with classic favorites. It also makes all of its syrups with locally sourced products, such as Videri Chocolate and Vintage Bee.

Chirba Chirba

Chirba Chirba serves up the best dumplings in all of Durham. It is lauded by locals and was even named as Best Food Truck in 2015 by Indy Week!


OnlyBurger prides itself on creating the perfect burger. It opened its food truck back in 2008 and has since garnered many devoted followers. OnlyBurger has since opened up two brick-and-mortar locations – one in the American Tobacco District and the other on Shannon Road.

Bull City Street Food

Bull City Street Food serves up tasty street food from all over the world. The menu has a lot of options, so it’s a great truck to stumble upon when you aren’t sure what you want to eat. Popular menu items include the Italian Quesadilla and the Asian Chicken Kabobs.

Other local notable food trucks in the Bull City include Ty’s All Natural and Kochina, which serves South American street food. The best way to experience and sample all of Durham’s food trucks to go to one of its legendary food truck rodeos that is a can’t miss event. These food truck rodeo events take place in Durham Central Park and also include plenty of local beer vendors, along with music and other fun entertainment for the entire family.

So what are some of your favorite food trucks in Durham? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Durham Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN