Like rosé wine, farm-to-table menus and oysters, food truck fare has become a thing out East. The gourmet restaurants on wheels aren’t serving your run-of-the-mill hot dogs and tacos. Lobster rolls, s’more crepes and veggie vegan sandwiches are filling up North Fork food truck menus and hungry East End visitors by the hundreds. Take a break from your wine tasting and farm visiting, track one down and treat yourself to fare as laid-back and first-rate as your surroundings.
Chef Noah Schwartz moved back to Long Island from Cali to start his first restaurant in 2010, and he had us at the first bite of crab-stuffed deviled eggs. He’s since taken his show on the road; another welcome development in LI’s love affair with the culinary hit. Offerings like the Crescent Farm duck BBQ with smoked cheddar polenta and pomegranate glazed baby back ribs with curried three cabbage slaw make for perfect “halftime” grub during your wine tasting excursions. You can find the truck at popular vineyards like Martha Clara throughout the summer.
The North Fork Food Truck
For those who roll deep and plan ahead, make a lunch date with North Fork Food Truck. The mobile version of The North Fork Table & Inn serves boxed lunches with some of the restaurant’s most popular options like the wild caught lobster roll and chicken sandwich with avocado and arugula. Round up the crew because the lunches are available to groups of eight or more. Orders should be placed 24 hours in advance. Rolling in Dough Pizza
Do: make a beeline for Rolling in Dough Pizza’s 1943 K-6 International Harvester Truck whenever you see it out and about. Don’t: look at the food truck’s Instagram page when you’re hangry. Owner Matt Michael and his team restored the truck, which may have served in the Second World War, and turned it into a glossy red wood-fired pizza unit. They now introduce East End visitors to genius pizza topping combos like mashed potatoes and crispy bacon. Seriously, stay away from that Instagram feed when you’re craving lunch.
Whole Le Crepe
Nothing gets a Long Island couch potato out of bed like brunch. Morning people and lazy Sunday enthusiasts can agree that Whole Le Crepe’s s’more crepe, which combines marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs and Nutella, is a gooey treat that demands seconds. Satisfy savory cravings with grilled cheese with bacon or sliced ham and cheese crepes made by Tina Paola, who became an overnight success when she launched the truck in 2013.
Grill Boys Food Truck
Whoever said comfort food should be reserved for cold winter nights was just, well, wrong. Grill Boys Food Truck serves juicy specialty burgers, hand-cut fries and grilled cheese sandwiches that stick to the ribs in all the right ways. Catch the truck at the wineries, North Fork Beer Fest on August 13 and the Potato Festival in Calverton on August 14.