Pictured: Street tacos from Cesar's Tacos
As they adapt and re-invent, food trucks are still very much a thing, and they offer a great way to grab a gourmet (and socially-distanced) bite when you’re out and about.
Some may think the terms “food truck” and “gourmet” don’t go together, but as many food truck chefs continually work to perfect their recipes and their menus, we're more than comfortable with—and actually pretty excited by—the association.
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is home to quite a few mobile cafes that serve many varieties of cuisine. Not all trucks are in our area every day, but most post their schedules on their Facebook pages. Follow your favorites to plan an outing around their schedule, or try something new and tasty when you see a different truck while exploring our beautiful, outdoorsy destination.
Here are a few trucks to get your started; check out our Food Trucks page for more.
Meet “Dr. Ribology”: Big Geroy’s BBQ offers amazing barbecue (check out the reviews on their Facebook page!), sides, and sweet tea, and is also available for catering. Serves across the county, from Englewood to Punta Gorda, and they're good about posting where they'll be and when.
Tickle your senses! Bold and Tasty serves traditional Filipino BBQ skewers and other favorites; as they say, "the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and sticky food." Periodically serves at Peace River Beer Company in Punta Gorda.
Seasoned to perfection: Cesar’s Tacos offers seriously authentic and justifiably popular Mexican street tacos and more. Your first bite will make you a fan, promise. Typically serves at the Lucky Marathon gas station in Port Charlotte.
Cool note: Cesar's Taco's and Danny's Food Truck (Cesar's son's truck!) are featured in a great article—and on the cover—of Harbor Style magazine. Read more about this amazing family right here.
Hungry? Curb Your Appetite! This upscale food trailer puts out some amazing barbecue, crafted by two great chefs who love what they do and have over 30 years combined experience! They source all local ingredients, and serve at various locations in and around Englewood.
Truly terrific tacos: Danny’s Food Truck serves authentic Mexican food people can’t stop raving about (especially the tacos, but seriously try the rice and beans as well. Trust). Regularly scheduled at the Lucky Marathon gas station in Port Charlotte. Check out the Harbor Style article about Danny and his father, Cesar, of Cesar's Tacos.
Feelin'...The Groovy Grill: From lobster rolls and great grilled cheese to meatball sandwiches, chicken BBQ tacos, and truly amazing street corn, this upscale comfort food truck is a destination in itself! Often at Shipwreck Saloon, Pelican's SnoBalls, and other locations in Port Charlotte.
Come. Sit. Enjoy. Because It’s a Hot Dog Day. The Hot Dog Lady of Punta Gorda joyfully serves delicious hot dogs, Italian and Polish sausages, and specialty dogs including Chicago dogs 'dragged through the garden,' Conies, Krauts, and New Yorkers with red onion sauce. She's also your exclusive source of Gibbles Potato Chips. Serves at Gilchrist and Ponce de Leon parks in Punta Gorda.
Eagles on the move: J&K’s Mobile Café is the traveling arm of J&K’s Cafe at the Eagles Lodge. This food truck offers up café-style comfort food, including burgers and fries (including green bean fries!), fried pickles, salads, and much more. Often at Pelican’s SnoBalls in Port Charlotte and at the Punta Gorda Airport.
Lobstah? Yah! Mobstah Lobstah is your local mobile seafood hookup, featuring crab cakes, fish and chips, and of course, Maine lobster in scrumptious mac and cheese, tacos, and more. Often sets up at D’vines Wine and Gift Emporium in Port Charlotte.
A taste of the island: Puerto Rican Spice features different specials each day, including oxtail, amazing empanadas, stellar roasted pork, and other Puerto Rican specialities. Often serves at Light Ideas Inc. in Port Charlotte as well as at the Punta Gorda Airport.
It’s like Philly is right here: Ralph’s Original Cheesesteaks & Hoagies offers a variety of truly tasty hot Philly cheese steaks—including cheese chicken, Italian chicken, and pizza steak—and cold hoagies from their semi-permanent location across from Roadrunner Express Lube in Port Charlotte.
Crave-able cuisine: Red Roc Cravings: Chef Hector offers gourmet traditional Mexican cuisine like burritos and street tacos, and salsa so tasty they sell it in tubs due to popular demand. They also offer vegetarian options, like the Mia Veggie Burrito, named after Hector's vegetarian daughter, who was the toughest critic as he perfected the dish! Often at Punta Gorda Airport and in Babcock Ranch.
Primo pulled pork: Wally’s BBQ on the Go offers hand-crafted barbecue using fresh pork, beef, and chicken, slow cooked to perfection—some are cooked for 24 hours! Choose your favorite barbeque, or try their BBQ Sundae: mac and cheese topped with BBQ beans, pulled pork, and Cole Slaw. Often at Kane’s Furniture in Port Charlotte and the Punta Gorda Airport.
Chicago is here, too! Uncle Frank’s Hot Dogs serves Chicago-style hot dogs with the fries plopped right on top. Often at Edgewater Church parking lot in Port Charlotte.
Service with a smile + tasty dogs: Z Dogs offers amazing “real deal” hot dogs, chili cheese dogs, Italian sausages, walkin’ tacos, chips and drinks, and a truly special breakfast burrito. Often at Biker Life in Port Charlotte.
We hope you’ll give some of our local mobile chefs a try, and let us know which are your favorites!