Food trucks in Vegas

Our rundown of the food trucks you should run down

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© Michael Kwan

Who says food trucks have run their course in Las Vegas? Head to Tommy Rocker's on Saturday night for the Back of the House brawl, a regular forum for local street food vendors, and you'll find a gathering of the most renegade culinary masters in the city battling it out for a trophy. It's a prime opportunity for spectators to gorge on the finest dishes that food trucks have to offer. Most trucks are geared toward the budget-conscious, with items generally clocking in at under $10—low enough that you'll never feel like your wallet took a hit. If you can't make it on Saturdays, chase these trucks wherever they may be. (To keep track of their locations, follow them on Twitter or Facebook, or check out their website.)


The five best food trucks in Las Vegas

Fuku Burger

  • Rated as: 5/5

If your luck at the slots is running low, come here for a guaranteed mood-lift. For an American classic with a Japanese twist, nab yourself a Fuku Burger (also known as the Lucky Burger): an all-beef patty with American cheese topped with lettuce, tomato, onions and wasabi mayo, and drizzled with Fuku sauce. For an extra dose of protein, try the Tamago burger, which comes with a fried egg.

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Sausagefest

  • Rated as: 4/5

The menu at Sausagefest is certainly eclectic. Some dishes play on American classics, such as the Smokey Robinson (hot beef link, bacon, cheese, grilled onions, BBQ sauce); others come with an exotic spin—try the Longanisa Banh Mi (a banh mi baguette with a kind of Filipino sausage that’s traditionally eaten for breakfast). Not your average sausagefest, then.

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Wa Da Pho

  • Rated as: 5/5

An entire subcontinent’s worth of flavors in one food truck? So they claim at Wa Da Pho, which draws inspiration from mostly Southeast Asian cuisines to bring you such favorites as banh mi, poke and bao. So what if pho sandwiches tend to disintegrate at the slightest touch? That’s what napkins are pho. And if you’re more of the finger-food persuasion, you can always opt for the Lobsta Ballz: a lightly fried take on—you guessed it—lobster balls, spiced with all kinds of unspecified seasonings.

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Sin City Dogs

  • Rated as: 4/5

No food is easier to eat standing up than hot dogs—a cardinal rule of street food that Sin City Dogs understands. All-beef quarter-pound hot dogs with inventive toppings (think carrots, peanuts, cilantro), combined with such delectable hot sauces as garlic habanero, make this the top dog in our book.

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Rika Arepa Express

  • Rated as: 5/5

If you’re not familiar with Venezuelan food, this is a good introduction. An arepa is a traditional Venezuelan round flatbread made of cornmeal, water and salt. After being cooked on a griddle and split open, it’s stuffed with such ingredients as shredded beef, sweet plantains, avocado and mozzarella cheese. It’s enough to make you want to cry “Arepa! Arepa!”.

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