Here in the Hub (and especially here at BostInno), we love our food trucks. As it turns out, a few of them are garnering national recognition. Foodie website The Daily Meal has ranked the country’s food truck cuisine, releasing a list of the “101 Best Food Trucks in America,” four of which are right here in Boston:
- #91 Momogoose (Boston)
- #39 Clover Food Truck (Boston)
- #34 Staff Meal (Boston)
- #8 Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese (Boston)
The ranking system is pretty intense. First, Daily Meal wants to be clear on their definition of a “food truck.” They write,
If it was a trailer, or a cart, if it needed something to pull, drag, push, or carry it, if it wasn’t on at least four wheels and didn’t have the ability to move on its own power from parking ticket to parking spot, it was omitted.
For that reason, Portland, Oregon’s food carts , although tasty, were left off of the list. Additionally, Daily Meal attempted to keep the list to strictly trucks serving food – not desserts or beverages. Although a few dessert trucks were included on the list, they are the exceptions. That left about 270 food trucks to be ranked across 30 cities in the country.
These were then judged on popularity, critical review, social score and originality. The Daily Meal scanned review sites, calculated the number of Twitter and Facebook followers and analyzed menu innovation to finally determine the 101 best food trucks in America.
The four food trucks from Boston were definitely a good place to start. I may be biased, but I’d say more than those four deserved to be on the list. What about the delicious tofu rice bowls at Bon Me? Or Mei Mei Street Kitchen’s ever-changing Chinese food menu? And can we get a shoutout for the mac and cheese at Lobsta Love? There’s always next year.