Best Food Trucks in Asheville, NC

a photo of a blue food truck with a burger sign above it. There are four fire department men in front of the truck. in the background is a Shell gasoline sign.

Asheville has no shortage of amazing places to eat and drink including a solid number of delicious food trucks. That said, we don’t currently have a food truck park in Asheville so you may have to do a little research (below) to see where your favorite one is located. Keep reading to see our top picks for best food trucks in Asheville, NC.

Bear’s Smokehouse | 135 Coxe Avenue

If you’ve got BBQ on the brain, head on over to South Slope and pay a visit to Bear’s Smokehouse. This food truck is permanently parked just up the hill from Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium. Roll the windows down and let your nose guide you towards the good stuff. They’ve got specials during the weekday and you can make regular sized sandwiches extra large by going Bear Sized.

Double D’s Coffee and Desserts | 41 Biltmore Avenue

a red double-decker bus is behind a black wrought iron fence. The front of the bus reads Trafalgar Square and the windows have two flowers painted on them. There is a tree with green leaves at the top of the photo and a yellow fire hydrant at the bottom in the foreground.

Technically this isn’t a food truck, but it is a double-decker bus and that has to count for something, right? We’ve never seen anything quite like it! When you’re in downtown Asheville, stop in for a unique experience and grab a delicious coffee, smoothie, milkshake, or a warm brownie or scoop of ice cream.

El Kimchi | Location Varies

A line of people wait to order at the door of the white food truck named El Kimchi. It is parked in the sun at New Belgium Brewing in Asheville. There is a blue and red umbrella at the front of the truck for shade.
No conversation about the best food trucks in Asheville is complete if ya don’t mention El Kimchi.

This Asian-owned business is one of our favorite food trucks in Asheville. Why? Because the owners are super nice and the food is delicious. It’s self-described as Korean Barbecue and Mexican Goodness and it’s true. It’s both of those things. I almost always order the Bibimbap but the rice bowl is delicious, too. You can also get a side of kimchi to go. El Kimchi is often at the Brew Pump in West Asheville, New Belgium Brewing, and the Wedge. You can see their weekly schedule on their Facebook page.

Foothills Local Meats | 2 Huntsman Place

Burgers and beer … if that sounds like you, head on over to Foothills Local Meats. This Asheville food truck is permanently parked at Hi – Wire Brewing in the Biltmore Village and serves up tasty food seven days a week. The meat is all pasture-raised. We like going on Mondays because you can get a double cheeseburger and a side of tallow fries, plus a token for a $2 pint of beer.

Melt Your Heart | Location Varies

Gourmet grilled cheese anyone? This Asheville food truck is parked at various locations around town so check out their Facebook page to see where they’re located so you can get your hands on some of the cheesiest, gooey-est in town.

Root Down Food Truck | Location Varies

Southern Living named Root Down as one of the top food trucks in the south, so if you’re in Asheville and this is one place you’re not going to want to miss. They’re often at New Belgium Brewing and sometimes can be found at the Salvage Station when there’s a show. Their location and times are posted on their calendar. You’ll find Creole and southern soul food eats like Boudin Balls, corn puddin’, shrimp salad sliders, and even baby back ribs.

Smashville | Location Varies

Four firefighters look at the menu and order from a blue food truck with a logo above it that says Smashville. The logo is a cheeseburger with the mountains and the words Smashville in place of a burger. A string of Christmas lights hangs from the truck. In the background is a Shell gasoline sign.
Burgers, hand-cut fries, and a vegan option…what more could you ask for from this Asheville food truck, Smashville?

You can’t have enough good burgers in a town, that’s a fact. And the ones being served up by the folks in the blue food truck known as Smashville are delicious! They’re, as you may have guessed, smashburgers, and are sourced from Shipley Farms in Vilas, NC (about two hours north of Asheville, near Boone, NC). And while the burgers are stars of the show, Smashville also offers up Vegan burgers. Find out where one of the best food trucks in Asheville is parked by visiting their calendar.

Trashy Vegan | Location Varies

a grey food truck is parked on a snowy parking lot in front of Fleetwoods in West Asheville. The logo on the side is a rat and it says "The Trashy Vegan"
Skip the meat and go vegan, if only for a day, with the food at The Trashy Vegan!

UPDATE: The Trashy Vegan is now a brick and mortar located in West Asheville. Check out our post about the Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants for more info. A 100% vegan food truck? Yep! This cute truck is parked at various spots around town including Cascade Lounge and Gingers Revenge. We often see it in front of Fleetwoods in West Asheville. If Impossible Burgers, Chick*n sandwiches, and Chili “cheese” fries are your thing, this is one Asheville food truck you won’t want to miss. Find out where they are by visiting their Instagram, the info is in their bio.

Zia Taqueria Food Truck | 240 Depot Street

Locals and tourists both know that Zia Taqueria in West Asheville makes some mighty fine food. They recently expanded their offerings in the River Arts District with their permanently parked food truck at Olde London Road. Zia’s food truck menu isn’t as extensive as their restaurant but you can still find their crowd favorites. You can expect quesadillas, burritos, tacos, and hatch green chile cheeseburgers to be on the menu as well as some specials.

Best Food Trucks in Asheville, NC Recap

The food trucks in Asheville are some of the best in the country. Though Asheville doesn’t have a food truck park like in Austin or an entire block of them like in Portland, we do have a great selection to choose from. The next time you’re craving a meal in Asheville, find out where one of these trucks are located and pay ’em a visit!

Published by Erin McGrady

Erin McGrady is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer exploring Asheville and beyond. My work focuses on sharing about LGBTQ safe spaces, camper van life, and the outdoors.

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