As food truck mania has swept the nation over the past few years, the gourmet mobile dining scene in Phoenix has also come into its own. Following your favorite trucks on Facebook and Twitter is usually the easiest way of finding where they’ll be on any given day, but there are a few consistent locations in Central Phoenix where the trucks are parked on a weekly basis.
- The Civic Space Lunchtime Concert Series at Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave in Downtown Phoenix, features live music and food trucks on Wednesdays, 11:45 am to 1 pm (does not take place during summer months).
- The Wednesday Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market features half a dozen food trucks, 4-8 pm, at 14 East Pierce Street in Downtown Phoenix.
- Food Truck Fridays at the Phoenix Public Market, 14 East Pierce Street in Downtown Phoenix, every Friday from 11 am to 1:30 pm. This is one of the largest regular gatherings and features shaded seating with misters to keep things cool(er) in the summer.
- On Fridays you can also find a gathering of food trucks at the Phoenix New Times’ parking lot, 11 am to 2 pm, at 12th Street and Jefferson Street in Downtown Phoenix.
- Short Leash Hot Dogs is definitely one of the most popular trucks in town, and their Sit…Stay event takes place at 12 W Camelback Road - behind Frances, Stinkweeds and Smeeks - every Friday night from 6-8 pm. Have a hot dog and do a little shopping at local boutiques while you unwind from the work week.
- The Saturday Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market features half a dozen food trucks, 8 am to Noon, at 14 East Pierce Street in Downtown Phoenix.
- You can also find 3-4 food trucks at the Central Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, 8 am to Noon, at the corner of Northern Avenue and Central Avenue.
- The District Food Truck Court at 411 S 2nd Street in Downtown Phoenix features a few food trucks during the lunch hour, 11 am to 2 pm, on weekdays.
- Urban Cookies at 4711 N 7th Street partners with a couple of the food trucks on different days of the week to serve lunch in their parking lot. Bonus: cupcakes for dessert.
While you can usually find a food truck pretty much any day of the week, Sundays and Mondays generally seem to be their days of rest.
The Phoenix Street Food Coalition and Streat Fleat Regime are two organizations that aggregate information about food truck locations. There are also a variety of food truck apps for mobile devices, including TruxMap and the Cooking Channel’s Eat St.