Student Life

The Best College Town Food Trucks

Check out some of the yummiest food trucks that visit college campuses. We’re topping this list off with scholarships and internships that all student foodies will love.

Shawna Newman

April 13, 2021

The Best College Town Food Trucks
Try something new and eat al fresco!
City food trucks are often seen at festivals and parks. However, they’re making appearances at United States college campuses too—and students love the menu options they provide. These mobile dining experiences have set off a movement of their own. So much so, there’s even a National Food Truck Day. According to Roaming Hunger, June 25, 2021, is the next foodie holiday. As if students need a celebratory day to eat, this special day was created to support the more than 18,000 food trucks across America and Canada. The mobile world of food has even crept into the homes of viewers via competition shows like Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race. Currently in its fourteenth season, and hosted by Tyler Florence, viewers get to see entrepreneur chefs challenge similar food truck chefs with special tasks and food assignments. Serving popular food from BBQ and grilled cheese to ice cream and crepes, students enjoy the menu options they have when visiting food trucks. The flexibility of food trucks also provides vendors the ability to specialize in the menu item and cuisines they do best. Trivago Magazine adds, “The fact that these trucks can provide quality food at much lower prices makes them more appealing to budget-conscious consumers.”
Most college students are on a tight budget, so the possibility of trying new and unique foods that won’t break the weekly college-student budget makes food-truck dining a great option for students. Food truck companies are showcasing their unique fusion food via social media platforms like Instagram. Truck chefs are also hosting daily specials or menu changes via Facebook or Twitter too. For the foodie students, this is a fun way to give your taste buds some culture. With the help of Mobile Cuisine, we’ve gathered the top-five, best college food trucks in the nation (fingers crossed that your college made the list):

  1. Gorilla Gourmet
  2. Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College students get to enjoy eclectic meals like Breakfast Mac N Cheese to unique items from the grill like Killer Tacos.
  3. Like No Udder

  4. This food truck often visits students on the Brown Campus in Providence, Rhode Island and offers vegan sweet treats. From Vegan candy bars and soft serve cream to their limited-quantity chocolate cake donut, students are in for a sustainable treat with this roaming food truck.
  5. Wafels & Dinges

  6. This food truck is all about the Belgian waffles, and Columbia University students love the butter they use to flavor the fluffy waffles. According to Mobile Cuisine, the butter used is so addictively yummy, some students call it “crack butter.”
  7. Ozark Mountain Biscuit and Bar

  8. University of Missouri students flock to this truck of comfort food for a quick bite to eat. From fried chicken smothered in gravy to a traditional hot ham and cheese biscuit with homemade pepper jelly, you’re sure to leave full. If you’re craving something sweet, try one of their fried pecan pies.
  9. Cupbop

  10. Salt Lake City, Utah students love the portability of this Korean BBQ food truck. From tangy fried chicken with rice to their delicious veggie bowls, students leave feeling full and ready to try next week’s special.
Many food trucks run on a set schedule; the setup and operate at the same time each day. This fall, the socially distanced, outdoor dining options are sure to be a hit on many college and university campuses throughout America. This al fresco option provides students a safe way to interact with one another in between classes.

Foodie Scholarships and Internships

If you’re a high school or college student that enjoys food, why not apply for scholarships with a food theme? Check out and apply for these foodie scholarships below:

Mrs. Prindables, Future Educator Scholarship

Deadline: 8/19/21
Award Amount: $1,000 The Future Educator Scholarship is available to incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students. You must be pursuing a degree in education to be eligible for this award.

Sugar Spun Scholarship

Deadline: 8/1/21
Award Amount: $500 The Sugar Spun Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students. You must submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words on one of the food related topics provided on the sponsor's website in order to be considered for this award.

Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Award Amount: Varies The Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship is available to students majoring in foodservice fields. You must live in or originate from the greater San Francisco Bay Area to be eligible for this award. Look at these fun food internships too:

Hello Fresh, Food and Prop Styling Intern

Deadline: Varies
The Food and Prop Styling Intern is available to current culinary students. You must have strong aesthetic judgement and knowledge of food properties and preparation related to styling, be able to cook and select/style props as needed, and strong interpersonal and collaboration skills to considered for this position. As an intern, you will collaborate on recipe preparation, plating, and overall culinary presentation.

Hormel Foods, Culinary Development Internship

Deadline: Varies
The Food and Prop Styling Intern is available to current culinary students. You must have strong aesthetic The Culinary Development Internship is available to Culinology, Food Science, Culinary Arts or related field who have at least a junior status. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, demonstrate leadership skills and US Citizen to be considered for this position. As an intern, you will work closely with product development scientists/chefs on a wide variety of value-added food projects (may require travel to other production facilities). You can find more scholarships and internships like these by creating your own Fastweb profile. By creating your FREE profile, you’ll be matched to scholarships that fit you and your interests.

What’s Your Favorite Food Truck?

There are thousands of food trucks visiting college campuses, and we expect foot traffic will pick back up again this fall. Tell us what your favorite food truck is and what types of food they serve by commenting on this article.

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