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5 Local Food Trucks We Love

Food truck culture has been exploding across California, expanding our notion of what “fast food” looks like and bringing vibrancy and culture to many cities. In big cities and small, food trucks add to the food culture of an area by providing quick service and delicious, on-the-go eats that are also convenient and match the local flavor. Here in SLO county, many food trucks are available for rent and cart their meals around town to wineries, special events, concerts, and more. Here are some of our favorite food trucks that are staples of the Central Coast community, hopefully some of which you will see around town soon!

Haute Skillet Truck

The Haute Skillet truck gets rave reviews from people who love the classic, yet expertly prepared, food truck itinerary: sandwiches and tacos. The pulled pork sandwiches, pork belly tacos, and beef, chicken, and beet wraps are phenomenal; Chef Anna Andriese’s formal training at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa ensures that you’ll find a new flavor in these old favorites. Look for the Haute Skillet truck at local wineries, or rent them for your own event.

Photo: (c) Californist

Gusto on the Go Bistro

Gusto on the Go prepares a variety of burgers and sandwiches that you will love. Check out their online calendar to see where they’ll be at any given time. Focusing on creating fresh, fast food that also tastes amazing, Gusto’s has a range of options on their food truck menu, from a light Caprese sandwich to the savory and filling tri-tip sandwich. Learn more about them on their website.

Photo: (c) Roaming Hunger

Grilled Cheese Incident

Doesn’t everyone love a good grilled cheese? The owner of the Grilled Cheese Incident food truck in SLO is tapping into that desire by consistently providing delicious, savory, and unique grilled creations for the Central Coast. Basically any kind of cheese and bread combo can be made, including sharp cheddar, Monterey jack, smoked applewood bacon, and 5 cheese mac & cheese on Brian’s sliced French bread, and more, meaning that you can get whatever you want out of this classic comfort food. Learn about Grilled Cheese Incident’s whereabouts on their Facebook page.

Photo: (c) The Tribune

The Pairing Knife

The Pairing Knife (TPK) describes itself as vineyard to table, and brings the best food and wine choices to places around the Central Coast. Chef Rivas prepares delicious sandwiches, hamburgers, tacos, and more. The Bianci Burger is delicious, a slider served on a brioche bun with brie cheese topped with pear, fig, red wine compote, caramelized onions, and romaine, with a balsamic reduction that pairs beautifully. TPK can be rented out for an event, or can be found around town based on their calendar.

Photo: (c) The Pairing Knife


As the name suggests, Santa Maria’s Cubanissimo food truck serves authentic Cuban food that is much loved throughout the community! They have delicious sandwiches and sides including the Cubano, a medianoche sandwich, and yuca fries, all of which are paired with their delicious garlic dipping sauce. Visit their flagship restaurant in Santa Maria, or check their Facebook page for food truck locations!

Photo: (c) Santa Maria Sun

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