By Pam George and Meg Ryan
During the pandemic, Delawareans developed a fresh appetite for food trucks and food cart fare. The mobile eateries cruised through communities and parked on major streets to offer quick, quality takeout.
Here are some newish kids on the block.
If you pass the Fletcher Plumbing Parking lot in Newport early in the morning, don’t be surprised to see a line. It just means Joe Thuet is slinging sausage, eggs, scrapple and bacon on the griddle. Bring a sticker to add to the food truck’s collection—and cash. Credit cards aren’t accepted.
Mike Stanley started WiLDWiCH in 2014 and quickly made the jump to a brick-and-mortar café. When COVID-19 hit and his truck was totaled, he closed the café, borrowed a truck and started a burgers-to-go concept. He later purchased I Don’t Give a Fork’s retired food truck, which he often parks at 2308 Concord Pike in Wilmington. Even the mayo is made in-house.
When 33 West in Dover closed during COVID-19, owner Brandon Pelton took the show on the road. Items include beef and potato empanadas in a golden crust, cheesesteak eggrolls and fried Brussels sprouts. Cod tacos, scrapple burgers and Nashville hot chicken sandwiches also make an appearance.
Specializing in “camp-fired” Neapolitan-style pie, Bivouac is a cart with a flaming pizza oven that travels between breweries and communities. Selections range from traditional margherita pies to vegan versions to s’mores: Nutella and graham crackers with toasted marshmallows and a peanut butter drizzle.
This food truck, which regularly parks at 307 Ridge Road in Claymont, produces some of the state’s best and most authentic Latin cuisine. Fish, shrimp and birria (only on Tuesdays and Fridays) tacos fly out the windows, along with fresh watermelon and passion fruit–pineapple beverages. Grub Hub will deliver or allow patrons to order ahead.
Sussex County burger buffs keep a keen eye on this food truck’s schedule. Chef Jamie Parsons was previously the chef at Gilligan’s in Milton and at DiFebo’s before launching this concept. The food truck once belonged to Fat Vinny’s and a sausage sandwich pays tribute to the former owner.
If all goes as planned, owner Jonathan Mitchell will have his new truck on the road, and you’ll likely find it at Wilmington Brew Works, where his fried chicken and sides rose to local fame. The recipe came from his grandfather, Lucien Dillingham, who once owned a Chicken George franchise at 30th and Market Streets in Wilmington.
The surf-themed food truck in Sussex County brings a colorful attitude to a perpetual favorite: barbecue. Eric Quigley, a member of a championship barbecue team, started the “beachin’” business to serve brisket, ribs and other smoky favorites. You can’t miss the truck when it’s at Big Chill Surf Cantina in Rehoboth Beach.