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5 US cities with fleets of street food vendors

About 500-600 food carts congregate in lots throughout downtown Portland, Oregon.
About 500-600 food carts congregate in lots throughout downtown Portland, Oregon. (FOODCARTSPORTLAND.COM)

For information on top street-food vendors, visit www.roaminghunger.com. The site lists and tracks top vendors in more than 30 cities across the country.

1

NEW YORK

A hot dog Stand on Santa Monica Pier.
A hot dog Stand on Santa Monica Pier.

Some 3,000 year-round street vendors and another 1,000 seasonal vendors (April-October) offer an array of international meals on wheels. The biweekly Food Truck Rally in Prospect Park draws 16 food trucks. Roaming Hunger’s favorites include Red Hook Lobster Pound, Bian Dang, and Fun Buns.

2

PORTLAND, ORE.

Some 500 to 600 food carts congregate in lots throughout this vibrant foodie town (pictured), including a downtown city block with nearly 60 vendors. Eat Mobile festival in April attracts 40 to 50 vendors.

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LOS ANGELES

More than 200 mobile eateries serve street-side gourmet food, quick, cheap and flavorful. Roaming Hunger’s top choices include The Grilled Cheese Truck, Urban Oven, and Hungry Nomad.

4.

SAN FRANCISCO

About 140 street-side trucks offer diverse open-air fare, and the San Francisco Street Food Fest and Eat Real events draw crowds. Most popular street-side trucks include Naked Chorizo, Sanguchon, and Seoul on Wheels.

5.

ATLANTA

Mild, year-round temperatures, outdoor parks, and a host of popular street-food events make this Southern city a top choice for street food lovers. There are more than 75 vendors, including Roaming Hunger’s favorites: Boner’s BBQ, Tex’s Tacos, and Grillabeast.

DIANE BAIR AND PAMELA WRIGHT