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Denver's 15 Essential Food Trucks

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Here's where to find the best meals on wheels this summer.

STEUBEN'S

One the original food trucks in Denver, Pearl is Steuben's on wheels. Don't miss the pulled-pork sandwich, green-chile cheeseburger, and the addictive Steubie bites.

QUIERO AREPAS

Wherever you will find this truck, there will likely be a line because the Venezuelan cornbread pockets offered are irresistible. Don't miss the shredded-beef pabellon Pabellon, a shredded beef arepa, or the original, made with avocado, black beans, and plantain. Find locations online here.

BIKER JIM'S

Before food trucks were a thing, Jim Pittenger was slinging exotic brats at the Cherry Creek Farmers Market. Now his carts complement the two brick-and-mortar locations and can be found on the 16th Street Mall, Auraria Campus, and markets like the Pearl Street Farmers Market. More info is available here.

DENVER BISCUIT COMPANY

Fabulous biscuit-centric sandwiches is what this old timer truck brings to the metro area from Broomfield to the Cherry Creek Farmers Market. Don't miss the Franklin, a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, complemented by Tender Belly bacon, and cheddar cheese smothered in sausage. To locate the bus, check out its Facebook page.

BASIC KNEADS

Pizza on wheels is a treat with this simple silver truck that offers topping combinations like Thai chili chicken (sweet Thai chili sauce, cheese, chicken, cilantro, and green onion) or the Wise Guy (olive oil, cheese, onion, sausage, and rosemary). You can get these in 10" or 16" and there is a gluten free option available. Visit the website for locations.

BIG COUNTRY BAR B QUE

Denver's barbecue scene got better when this truck rolled onto the streets. There is a new brick and mortar location but the truck is still serving at locations like Denver Beer Company and downtown at 17th & Sherman.

YATAi FOOD CART

This small cart makes a big impression. Dolled up in hues of blue and stationed mostly Downtown at 17th and California, Yatai serves Japanese-inspired sushi hand-rolls that are filled with salmon or crab or tuna. For more info, visit the Yatai website.

COMIDA

Tina the truck is how Comida, which now has two brick and mortar locations, got its start. The pink truck serves tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and gorditas - all made from scratch inside the truck with fresh local ingredients. Visit the Comida truck site for more info.

SWEET COW

The Moo Mobile is the ultimate version of the ice cream truck. Find it in various locations through the metro area and enjoy flavors like the ozo coffee, chocolate cookie dough, and seasonal sorbets. More information is available on the Moo Mobile website.

MANNA FROM HEAVEN

Vietnamese-inspired cuisine is created by this popular eatery set in a big blue truck. Find it on the Food Truck row on Santa Fe, among other locations, and whatever you do, don't miss the banh mi. More info is available on the truck's Facebook page.

HEY PB&J

What is there not to love about the classic pb&j combo. This eatery on wheels puts a spin on the childhood classic with combinations like The King (peanut butter, applewood smoked bacon, sliced bananas, clover honey) and the Mother Clucker (mo' pecan-peanut butter, fried chicken, homemade green tomato jam, goat cheese, spicy hot honey). Visit its website to find out its whereabouts.

CROCK SPOT

Crock Spot

Slow cooked gourmet cuisine is what this popular food truck is all about. You build your bowl on healthy grains with your protein of choice and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options for non-meat eaters. Find the truck at Civic Center Eats on Thursdays and other locations announced on its social media.

BABA'S FALAFEL

This food truck brings fun falafel creations like the falafel cones and falafeldillas. You will find it at Denver Civic Center Eats on Tuesday, Highland Square Market on Sundays, and various other locations that are revealed on the truck's Facebook page.

WAFFLE UP

Two words: Belgian waffles. A passion for the delightful gaufres de Liege is what sparked the existence of this business. Find the sweet or savory waffles at the Pearl Street Farmers Market on Sundays, Downtown at 16th & Wazee occasionally, and in other locations listed on the eatery's social media.

PIEROGIES FACTORY

This Polish-inspired dumpling truck has a cult-like following. With a recent brick-and-mortar location, the Pierogies truck is still dishing out its goods at places like Civic Center Eats on Thursdays. Find more information online.

An honorable mention goes out to the irresistible Pinche Tacos. The mobile version of the Mexican eatery that has two brick and mortar locations is taking the summer off the streets and focusing only on private events.

Next read: Eater.com's The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Street Food in America.

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