Irish summer calls for weekends out in the park, grabbing food from one of the many food trucks in Dublin serving delicious, authentic street food from a range of countries, and basically having one large picnic. Whether it’s a falafel sandwich, an enormous cookie, or some slow-cooked BBQ meats, here are some of the best food trucks in Dublin.
Bites by Kwanghi
Before Bites by Kwanghi opened their stores, they began as a food truck, and they were so great that they ended up winning RTÉ’s Battle of The Food Trucks in 2021! Headed by chef Kwanghi Chan, you can now find them permanently at Capital Dock and on Camden Street, but they still operate their food truck at some festivals, and in the Picnic Park in Malahide from Wednesdays to Sundays. At Bites by Kwanghi you’ll find modern takes on Asian street food, like spice bag bao buns, chicken katsu curry rice bowls, Korean fried chicken wings and crispy fried dumplings – delicious.
A food truck with some incredible seafood, by a seafood expert – what could be better? Niall Sabongi, the man behind Klaw and The Seafood Café, also has a food truck to bring you his tasty creations on the go! Think lobster rolls, shucked oysters, poké bowls and classic fish and chips – the perfect summer dishes! You’ll find The Salty Buoy food truck can be found at St James Hospital on Thursday lunchtimes and Harold’s Cross on Sundays, and most recently they have anchored at the Skerries Sailing Club on Wednesday evenings and all day on the weekends!
Falafel sandwiches are very much a street food staple, and the wraps served at Suha’s Falafel are full of golden, crispy falafel, creamy hummus, and all the fresh, crunchy salads. The epitome of Palestinian street food, you can find Suha’s Falafel on Saturdays in Marley Park and on Sundays at the People’s Park Market in Dun Laoghaire – their bright blue sign is hard to miss!
You always have to finish off a day at a market with something sweet, and what better than a gigantic New York-style cookie? The Drunken Cookie have a selection of flavors you’ll find at markets across Dublin, ranging from cinnamon roll-inspired cookies, to white coconut chocolate with lemon curd, to double chocolate stuffed with Biscoff & baked in cinnamon sugar… mouths are watering, wallets are opening. Find them at Mespil Road on Thursdays, Bushy Park on Saturdays and People’s Park on Sundays.
The Salt Project
Local Irish street food at its finest – The Salt Project It’s all about sustainability with a focus on a zero waste target, plus their food is absolutely delicious! The Salt Project is sadly not in just one place at any given time – they travel coast to coast around Ireland, bringing their unique dishes across the country, so keep an eye on their social media to find out when they’re next near you. You’ll find The Salt Project at most festivals, so whichever one you’re attending next, give them a visit and try their Potato Croquettes a try – they’re unbeatable.
Kanafeh is a traditional Palestinian dessert, and Kanafeh Kingz have done their research to make sure they’re serving the most authentic version of this decadent dish. Sweet, melty cheese, topped with either ground semolina or kataifi (similar to shredded phyllo dough), and drenched in orange blossom-infused syrup. You can choose between the classic, pistachio or Nabulsi Kanafeh, and no matter what you choose, you’ll undoubtedly be impressed. You can also try some of their delectable baklawa, and pair it with a traditional Turkish coffee. Their base location is in Tallaght, Thursday-Sunday, but you will often find them at the UCD Thursday market and at the Clonskeagh Mosque on special occasions.
The Big Blue Bus
Pizza lovers know about The Big Blue Bus – tasty wood-fired pizzas with all the inviting toppings, nothing sounds better! You’ll find them at a range of festivals (summer is festival season after all!), but their main spot is at the Avon in Blessington, open 7 days a week (you must pre-order). Keep an eye on their socials each week, as they give away free pizzas to anyone with their weekly chosen names!
Coconut and MooMoo
Japanese soufflé cake meets burnt Basque cheesecake – that’s the aim of the game at Coconut and MooMoo. They serve decadent cheesecakes available in a range of flavors, including ube, matcha and salted caramel! You’ll find them at a range of stockists across Dublin, as well as a range of festivals, and at the Dun Laoghaire Market on Sundays and the Kilruddery Farm Market on Saturdays.
Found at the Bernard Shaw in Drumcondra, you’ll be impressed with Janet’s fresh dumplings, authentic bao buns and flavorful rice bowls. No wonder they won RTÉ’s Takeaway Titans last year! One thing you must try is their lemonade in a bag (really, it’s more of a sealable pouch) – it’s a unique way to sip on this refreshing drink, plus its homemade, and pairs perfectly with all their dishes.
Cluck Chicken Truck
If you’re a fan of an indulgent, over-the-top chicken burger, you have to try the Cluck Chicken Truck. Based in Walkinstown, you can head over for their monster chicken burgers, saucy tenders or wings, but you can’t leave without giving their loaded fries a whirl. Serving monthly specials in collaboration with some of your favorite food bloggers, you’ll get everything from a satay chicken burger to a loaded chicken fillet roll – these are not for the faint hearted, but they’re worth every bite!
Everyone loves a good drive-thru on occasion (how very American!), and if you’re heading to Castleknock, make sure you pass by the Strawberry Hall to give the Goat’s gruff a visit. Coffee and homemade treats, killer wood-fired sandwiches and pizzas, and a very popular garlic dip – you’ll find it all here. If this is a little bit out of your way, we can guarantee that the drive is worth it!
Man Street Kitchen
With influences ranging from Asian, Middle Eastern and American dishes, combined with slow-cooked, smoky BBQ flavors – you get the deliciousness that is Man Street Kitchen. You’ll find dishes ranging from Japanese Karaage chicken, to smoked pulled pork sausage rolls, to harissa spiced lamb shoulder tacos – meat lovers, this is certainly the one for you! Find them on Friday evenings at SuttoniansRFC, and Saturdays at St Anne’s Park!
If you’re on the hunt for authentic flavors of South India, look no further than Dosa dosa. Similar to a crispy, savory crêpe, dosas are made from a fermented batter usually consisting of lentils and rice. You’ll also find a number of other south Indian street food classics, like Parotta, Kathi Roll and Vada. Finish off with a refreshing Mango Lassi and you’ll be happy as Larry. Find Dosa Dosa on Grand Canal Street Lower from Tuesdays to Sundays – thank us later.
I’m a Palestinian who grew up in Cyprus and moved to Dublin in 2013, so I’ve had a mishmash of different cultures and cuisines surrounding me my whole life. I’m an avid foodie, and after realizing that life as a lawyer was not for me, I studied media and became a radio host for Dublin City FM. I’m now writing for TheTaste full time, but I also have my own food blog where you can find a mixture of restaurant reviews and the occasional recipe. I talk a lot about being Palestinian; to be honest, I talk a lot in general. That’s why I did radio!
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