Pensacola has always had great food, but the explosion of the city’s food truck scene over the last five years has brought delicious new flavors to our historic beach town. When you come to visit, whether you spend your day lounging on the white sands of Pensacola Beach or exploring the city’s rich history, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Dinner at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants is definitely recommended, but for a quick bite on the go Pensacola’s food trucks are a favorite option for locals and visitors alike. From adobo pork tacos to decadent acai bowls, there’s a food truck somewhere in the city ready to satisfy every craving. The hard part is choosing which to try first! With tons of great options, it was hard to narrow down a list, but here are our picks for the 10 best food trucks in and around Pensacola.
One of Pensacola’s first food trucks remains one of its best. Nomadic Eats helped launch Pensacola’s food truck revolution in 2015 as the downtown lunch crowd quickly feel in love with owner Randy Russell’s signature Hot Chicken Taco. The food truck recently found a permanent home at 9 E. Gregory St alongside an indoor dining space that offers respite from the summer sun. Definitely a tried-and-true favorite.
Two Birds Street Food
Out on the town after hours and looking for a bite? Look for Two Birds. Chef Eric Pommerening has turned heads with what he’s able to turn out of the back of his little black food truck. We like the Pork Belly Flatbread, but you can’t go wrong. You can find Two Birds outside of Perfect Plain Brewing Co. on Garden Street most nights, but check their social media @twobirdsstreetfood for their up-to-the-minute location and latest creations
City Bowls South
As a new addition to Pensacola’s food truck landscape, City Bowls South has quickly gained a following among the city’s health-conscious crowd for their picture-perfect acai bowls that taste as good as they look. Whether you’re looking for something on the lighter side or a sweet treat on a hot day, these bowls are the ticket. This bright purple truck stays on the move though, so check their socials @citybowlssouth to get your fix.
When only a fresh, authentic taco and perfectly salted tortilla chips will do, Tacos Mexicanos on 12th Avenue can’t be beaten. The go-to option here is the Awesome Tacos that come with your choice of one of five types of meat, avocado, queso fresco, red onion and cilantro. Careful picking out your salsa because these folks aren’t kidding when they say hot! No need to worry about missing them, Tacos Mexicanos is a permanent installation at 3000 N. 12th Ave.
Hip Pocket Deli
Hip Pocket Deli was a Pensacola staple, frequented by locals and sailors from Naval Air Station Pensacola for decades before a road-widening project forced it to close in 2014. Fortunately, the restaurant was reborn as a food truck and has been serving up the same authentic gyros and flatbreads that made the little blue restaurant famous. The owners recently acquired an indoor space on Barrancas Street where customers can relax out of the sun, but the food truck is still on-site if you’re in a hurry. Hip Pocket is a great choice on your way out to the National Naval Aviation Museum.
For a taste of the islands, Joe’s Caribe might just be the best there is anywhere in Pensacola, food truck or not. Their signature yellow rice and fried plantains make the perfect sides to some of the best jerk chicken we’ve tried. After four years in business, Joe’s recently opened a permanent location in northeast Pensacola at the intersection of 9th and Langley avenues. The food truck stays on the move, so check them out on Facebook @JoesCaribe for times and locations.
The Deep Blue Seafood Truck
Fish tacos. Need we say anymore? In an area famous for its fresh seafood, The Deep Blue Seafood Truck holds its own for turning out some of the best tacos and po'boys using only freshly caught shrimp, fish, and oysters straight from the Gulf of Mexico. Catch-of-the-day specials make this a great place for authentic Gulf seafood on the go. Deep Blue is especially convenient for visitors to Perdido Key, as the truck is permanently located on the island at 13595 Perdido Key Drive.
We’d call Wrighteous Eats bar food, but there’s not a bar in town that can hold a candle to the classics and creative twists that owner Jeff Wright and his staff cook up every day. Wrighteaous eats specializes in familiar favorites like burgers and fries, nachos and wings, but it’s the quality with which they’re prepared that his made this food truck a favorite among hungry Pensacolians. We recommend the BBQ pork nachos. Another truck that keeps its wheels rolling, find them on Facebook @WrighteousEats for their latest location.
One of the newest trucks on this list is quickly gaining followers for its creative Latin cuisine. Arepas focuses on doing one thing well: they take authentic recipes from across South America like mojo chicken and chorizo and present them in sandwich form between two arepas (unleavened corn bread) for today’s on-the-go eaters. Chef Joshua Spiess has an extensive culinary background and his skill is on display with every order. All arepas come with a side of fries and highly addictive mango ketchup.
Pensacola is well-known for many things, but mild summer temperatures are not one of them. Locals know to beat the heat of a hot afternoon with a cold treat. That’s why Frostyworld has been a welcome addition to the city’s fleet of food trucks in the last year. Frostyworld’s gelato and sorbet are made with fresh, local ingredients and come in flavors ranging from decadent caramel cookie crunch to summery key lime. Find them online @FrostyworldUSA.