25 Fantastic Michigan Food Trucks
Here’s some great news: the best food trucks in Michigan are closer than you think.
Michigan’s food trucks are a great way to enjoy excellent high-quality food and taste some local flavor while you travel. Michigan is home to several fantastic food trucks scattered across the state, too. No matter if you are in northern Michigan or in downtown Detroit, chances are good that a tasty food truck is right around the corner.
Maybe you already have a favorite food truck or just want to sample some local food? Michigan’s mobile kitchens have every type of food you could want: from pulled pork and lobster rolls to street food like hot dogs and tacos.
Whether you are looking for a quick bite or a fun new way to cater an up-and-coming event or private party, Michigan food trucks are the way to go.
Read on to find a food truck near you in our list of Michigan’s 16 must-visit food trucks!
Fantastic Food Trucks in Northern Michigan
Happy’s Taco Shop
425 Michigan St, Petoskey, MI 49770
Just off the slopes at Boyne Mountain or enjoying the towns of Petoskey and Traverse City? Stop by Happy’s Taco Shop for mouth-watering tacos, burritos, and margaritas. Happy’s knows all the ways to do tacos, and they’re all good.
Our favorite? The crispy shrimp taco with grilled corn slaw and jalapeño jam; it’s simply inspired. Try their cheeseburger or smoked potato tacos, too, for a twist on a classic meal. Be sure to grab a Happy’s Taco Shop t-shirt, hat, or sticker on your way out!
Ketch 22 Kafe
Ketch 22 Kafe is located along Michigan’s iconic M22 highway, that darts in and around the beautiful lakes of northeast Michigan. You’ll find this nautical-themed food trailer just north of the Arcadia Marsh trailhead on M22 in Arcadia, a pretty spot to relax and enjoy your food.
Known for their gourmet fish sandwiches and burgers, you’ll also find some tasty vegan offerings like Mushroom Pot Stickers and Pickled Garden Vegetables. There are lots of kid-friendly options, too.
You’ll find plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the views of the Arcadia Marsh and Nature Preserve, and if you’re lucky, some local live music!
Archies Food Truck
221 Garland St STE 1 Traverse City, MI 49684
Everyone needs an Archies in their life. A Traverse City hot spot for both locals and tourists is pretty rare, but the delicious food served up here unites everyone.
Their sliders, Smoked Gouda Mac, and crispy Natural Cut Fries will be your new craving obsession. The friendly faces, and a menu-to-die for make Archies a must on your list of restaurants to stop by.
Taqueria Las Lagunas
1375 S W Bay Shore Dr, Suttons Bay, MI 49682
This rolling Mexican restaurant is no mere taco truck: you’ll find some amazingly fresh food here on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay. Family-owned and operated, Taqueria Las Lagunas has a wide menu including chimichangas, nachos, quesadillas, and tacos, most featuring their signature marinated meats.
Follow their Facebook page for hours of operation. Here’s a tip: if you decide to go, get there early. Taqueria Las Lagunas has developed quite of following with people regularly driving to Suttons Bay from Traverse City and surrounding towns just to try their popular fish tacos and more.
448 E Front St. Traverse City, MI 49686
This open-air bar with food trucks in downtown Traverse City features a wide variety of food including American traditional, pizza, barbecue and more. The food is fabulous, but what’s even better is that you can bring your pup with you on the patio: it’s dog-friendly!
It’s a laid-back and friendly ambiance, and the variety of food choices make it easy to satisfy even the pickiest members of your party.
West Michigan Food Trucks
Crepes by the Lake
Chinook Pier, 301 North Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, MI, 49417
How about a Nutella Fruit Crepe with a side of Lake Michigan? This Grand Rapids and Grand Haven-based food truck serves up some amazing crepes, most usually from a prime location on Chinook Pier in Grand Haven.
You’ll find a unique mix of both weet and savory crepes made fresh; don’t miss the Cubana Crepe featuring slow-roasted pulled pork; ham, Swiss cheese and Dill pickles. Yes, please.
Lazy Man Bar-B-Que
6406 W W Ave, Schoolcraft, MI 49087
One of my favorite stops in west Michigan is this food truck serving up delicious wood-smoked barbeque, and I’m not alone. Lazy Man Barbque in southwest Michigan has developed a huge following of fans who crave this slow-smoked barbecue.
Their pulled pork nachos and smoked chicken mac and cheese are crazy-good. You’ll find them at events in Bronson Park in Kalamazoo MI, as well as in their regular spot (US-131 and U Ave. South of Portage and north of Schoolcraft).
They’re easy to spot in their fun log cabin trailer!
Scotts Pig Roast
92030 27 1/2 St Marcellus, MI 49067
Here’s a tip: if you’re in west or southwest Michigan, keep your eyes peeled Scott’s signature yellow food truck.
You’ll find Memphis Style BBQ, lightly smoked and seasoned, at this roaming restaurant in southwest Michigan. Scotts Pig Roast has a massive menu with everything from prime rib and beef brisket to lasagna and meatballs. Scotts also offers homemade desserts like brownies and banana pudding.
Upper Peninsula Food Trucks
ROAMING, Marquette, MI 49855
An old school bus converted into a roaming restaurant, you’ll find the Burger Bus in Marquette, MI. Youll find fresh, juicy hamburgers and my favorite, a chicken breast sandwhich with garlic aioli and pickled red onion.
The Burger Bus can be found at several popular locations in Marquette, including local breweries like Ore Dock Brewing Company and Black Rocks Brewing. If you decide to go, get there early: they are very popular!
Cap’n Rons Fish and Chips
1336 Commercial St, Munising, MI 49862
If you haven’t tried fish fresh from the Great Lakes, you don’t know what you’re missing. If you want to try some of the best, head north to Munising, where you’ll find Cap’n Rons.
Set on the shores of Lake Superior near Picture Rocks National Lakeshore. Cap’n Rons Fish and Chips is part of Matsons Fisheries, an Upper Peninsula fish market that has been operating for more then 100 years. Not only will you find some of the best fish and chips in the state, you’ll also find favorites like the smoked fish dip, served with pita chips.
Cap’n Rons is a true Michigan gem: don’t miss it.
Big Ten College Town Favorites: East Lansing and Ann Arbor Food Trucks
Catching the big game and need a place to eat beforehand? Here are some must-try food trucks in East Lansing for Spartan fans and Ann Arbor for the Wolverines.
Brown Bag It & Cocktails
507 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Brown Bag It & Cocktails is the perfect mix of on-the-go gourmet pub-style food and classic cocktails. It’s the ideal stop for a quick bite and a few drinks before heading out to experience Ann Arbor’s lively nightlife.
They’re currently adding an on-site distillery: watch their website for more informartion on opening day.
2511 E Michigan Ave Suite 2, Lansing, MI 48912
Are you looking for authentic Mexican cuisine? Look no further than this food truck in downtown Lansing, just minutes from the Michigan State campus.
Known for its fabulous Mexican flavors, El Oasis has developed a huge fan base, thanks to their great food and affordable prices. You’ll find a wide menu here, too, including vegetarian options.
From juicy Birria tacos to delicious enchiladas, there is no single menu item that does not scream authenticity. El Oasis offers not only take-out but also delivery and catering.
600 S. Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Moon-Sky’s is home to the best cheesesteak hoagie in the Ann Arbor area: thinly sliced steak and house made Cheese Whiz on a Hoagie Roll. With a cheesesteak like this one, it’s no wonder Ann Arbor locals make it a daily lunch and dinner stop during the workweek.
We recommend pairing your cheesesteak with Moon-Sky’s delicious cheese fries or beer-battered onion rings.
Shove It Pizza Truck
Shove It Pizza Truck moves all around the greater East Lansing area, providing its customers with phenomenal pizza and even better service. Each pie is made with homemade dough, and there are many toppings to choose from.
You can create your own pizza at Shove It or choose between their several signature pizzas. If you are feeling fancy, try one of their new dessert pizzas. Our top favorites are their Margherita, Buffalo Chicken, The Bee Sting pizzas, and the Campfire or Cinnamon Roll dessert pizzas.
Food Trucks in Metro Detroit and the City of Detroit: Motown Musts
Cousins Main Lobster
Events Throughout Metro Detroit
You might have seen them on the TV show Shark Tank, when they wowed judges as they served up their vision for a new kind of food truck: bringing premium, wild-caught, sustainably harvested lobster from Maine to spost across the U.S.
Lucky for us, their authentic Maine lobster will be served from their truck at locations throughout Metro Detroit this summer, incuing some popular Michigan summer festivals like the Plymouth Art Fair in July and Eats and Beats in Royal Oak. Their lobster roll is hands down the best I’ve tried; be sure and try it of you can.
Detroit 75 Kitchen
4800 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209
This Motown must is a critically acclaimed restaurant with features in many news publications as a standout dining destination. It has even been included in the 100 Best Restaurants in America.
When you look at the menu, it’s a no-brainer as to why it’s so popular. With the never-ending appetizers, sides, and sandwiches, you will spend hours deciding what to order.
D. Motown Deli & Food Truck
3750 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
Enjoy tasty sandwiches, burgers, and wraps at D.Motown Deli & Food Truck. It’s a great way to enjoy a Detroit-style meal before or after a Lions, Red Wings, Pistons, or Tigers game right in the heart of the city.
The truck is usually set up in a prime spot between the stadium’s or downtown, wherever there is live music. They bring plenty of outdoor seating with them so you can relax while eating their delicious food and listening to the sounds of the city.
PRO-TIP: Pick up your food and head to beautiful Belle Isle and watch the water from a grassy spot or picnic table.
Fork In Nigeria
19228 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221
Fork In Nigeria brings spectacular, authentic African cuisine to the D: food from more than 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria. While at Fork in Nigeria, you can enjoy several of the country’s most popular and favorite foods with vegan options, including Oxtails on Rice and a fabulous Fufu Meal (Pounded yams with your choie of greens and meat).
This fantastic Michigan food truck will allow you to experience a new kind of food with deep cultural roots from the Nigerian people. Don’t miss the opportunity to try Zobo juice, a hibiscus tea with pineapple, ginger and cloves.
Junk Food and Friends
Next time you’re in Dertoit, watch fo the colorful Junk Food and Friends, one of top ice cream trucks in Michigan. Serving up a variety of treats including slushies, sundaes and more. Watch their Facebook page for location updates!
More Must-Visit Michigan Food Trucks
Here are some other notable Michigan food trucks that are still amazing but did not quite make it to the top of the list.
- Saucy Joe’s Italian Food Truck & Catering
Throughout the Southeastern Michigan area
- Hero or Villain Food Truck & Catering
44026 Deep Hollow Cir, Northville, MI 48168
- Rollin’ Smoke Barbeque
106 Lynn St, Munising, MI 49862
- Shimmy Shack Food Truck
Metor Detroit area
- Lobster Food Truck
15200 8 Mile Rd, Oak Park, Michigan, USA, 48167
Locations throughout Bay City
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Emily Lance is a Content Creator for mymichiganbeach.com. She grew up in the small town of Dexter, Michigan, just outside of Ann Arbor, and is currently attending Michigan State University. She majors in Journalism with a focus in Sports journalism and Media Relations and a minor in Media Photography. Emily loves writing and taking photographs/videos of her surroundings and travels. Emily likes to explore new places, kayak, ski, and go boating in her free time.