Finding a food truck around is getting easier thanks to Twitter and now a handful of iPhone and iPad apps are available to help you locate food trucks with ease. Whether you’re looking for kogi tacos, cupcakes, crepes, sliders, sweets, savory, deep fried cooking or specialty sandwiches, these iPhone apps will point you the right direction. Today we’re going to review the top iPhone apps for finding food shacks, carts and trucks in major US cities. These apps mostly all do the same thing, but in slightly different formats, so there’s something for everyone.
TruxMap Lite is a free iPhone app that lists the food trucks now open in your vicinity. The app also shows a list of trucks scheduled to be open later today, as well as help you locate your food trucks for tomorrow, so you can plan your lunch ahead of time. Truck pages include operation hours, address, photos, and menus. A map is provided for your reference. You can’t search for trucks by keyword but you can submit tips and photos for any truck. TruxMap covers 21 cities in the United States including Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, Miami, New York City and Boston. The TruxMap app is free to download and has a small ad inside.
Probably the biggest name to have created an iPhone app for food trucks thus far is the Food Network with their app EAT ST. having the same name as the TV show. Eat Street has a professional user interface and clean graphics. On the main page tap the Find Carts button and find the local trucks based on your GPS location. The app also recommends food trucks based on your location. Profile pages for trucks include Twitter updates, menus, and hours, although a lot of the menu information is yet to be filled in. You can give a “thumb up” to any food truck you like and view its location on a map with directions. Results can be viewed in a list or map, and you filter by popularity or distance. Pick from all cuisines, or narrow your search by choosing one of many cuisine types in the app. You can add a new food cart to the app by filling in its info and submitting the provided form. No truck or food photos are provided in this app.
The Roaming Hunger iPhone app helps you find carts and trucks in 10 U.S. cities including Seattle, San Francisco, and Atlanta. Filter the results on a map by Near Me, Recently Tweeted, Most Liked, Savory, Sweet, and Vegetarian. Results can also be limited to for food carts Open Now, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Late Night. You can search for food trucks by keyword or browse a gallery style list of local trucks in your area in this app as well. We noticed a slight bit of sluggishness performance while using the app.
Road Stoves GPS is a great iPhone app for finding food trucks in Los Angles. The app has done a great job of creating a clean, uncluttered and easy to use app with native iPhone style menus and navigation which makes the app very easy and enjoyable to use. Road Stoves uses your iPhone GPS location to automatically pick your city and show you food trucks in your area right now. There are a series of filtering options to help you get more or less results. You can limit the results to trucks within 5, 20, or 50 miles, or see all locations. Results can be shown in a list, on a map or a full alphabetical list of all trucks in the Road Stoves app. Food truck pages have its current address, menu itmes, driving directions and twitter feed updates. You can share truck on Faceboo, Twitter or by email. The menu list in Road Stoves lists prices and actually built into the app, and does’t just link you to the food truck website like other apps. Although not all trucks have a menu, and there are not photos. Cities other than LA are not supported.
Food Trucker is a 99c iPhone app the covers 9 U.S. cities including Austin, Boston, Cincinnati, LA, SF, NYC, Portland, Seattle, and DC. This app is doesn’t really have much else besides a stream of twitter updates from food truck accounts for your city. There is no map, menu, photos, or anything else provided, which gives the user very little added value, not to mention the app is not free.
Taco Loco was one of the very first iPhone apps to help you find taco trucks and other street vendors in your area. The developer has temporarily removed the Taco Loco from the App Store while thee work on updates. If you have the app it still works and works very well. Not much to go into since the app is designed to be super simple. Just an interactive Google map with a GPS location button and a search field on top. Tap to get more info about the truck’s location and rate or view its star rating. You can even add a new truck by tapping the + button and typing in its name and phone number, plus a rating. Let’s hope the developers bring this app back soon.