A guide to East Texas food trucks

Treat yourself to one of the best tacos in town at Taqueria Leon. This food truck is a local favorite among Lufkinites, and I can easily see why. All of their tacos are wrapped in two fresh corn tortillas, topped with onions and cilantro and garnished with fresh radishes. The owner says the most popular taco is the pastor. They also have quesadillas, burritos, gorditas, tortas and more. Just do yourself a favor and order one of everything.

The food truck revolution is spreading like wildfire all over the U.S. Lucky for our neck of the woods, the East Texas food truck scene is on the rise. Food trucks with creative and interesting foods are popping up all over Lufkin and surrounding cities. Many entrepreneurs are going the food truck route because it allows them flexibility and creativity to breathe new life into old food concepts. These food trucks are all about enthusiasm and adventure, traveling the roads to bring us the best food around. So, whether you are in the mood for a Cuban sandwich, chorizo tacos or fried Oreos, the moveable eateries of East Texas are sure to make your belly happy. Plus, there is something that is just plain fun about ordering from a truck.

1. JUNK FOOD JUNKIES

This husband-and-wife duo travels all over East Texas to bring you the most delicious junk food around. Indulge in a world-famous Royers Cutie Pie with fresh-squeezed lemonade. Their fried Oreos and funnel cakes are sure to put you in a happy sugar coma. And it’s all served from a renovated retro-style Airstream that is as cute as a button. Linda and Lynn will steal your hearts with their kind spirits and friendly service. They are located at The Nacogdoches Trade Days every month and will be at Vintage Market Days June 17-19. They are also now booking weddings!

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2. TAQUERIA LEON

Treat yourself to one of the best tacos in town at Taqueria Leon. This food truck is a local favorite among Lufkinites, and I can easily see why. All of their tacos are wrapped in two fresh corn tortillas, topped with onions and cilantro and garnished with fresh radishes. The owner says the most popular taco is the pastor. They also have quesadillas, burritos, gorditas, tortas and more. Just do yourself a favor and order one of everything.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Favorite spot: 600 Finley Ave., Lufkin (next to Sherwin Williams on Timberland Drive)

Facebook: Taqueria Leon

3. TAQUERIA VIEJO

Taco Tuesday, anyone? Be greeted with a smile as you try one of Lufkin’s most tasty taquerias. Try a mouth-watering fajita taco, a chile rojo con huevo gordita or chicken quesadillas. The menu is loaded with flavorful options that your whole family will love. Taqueria Viejo also participates in food truck Sunday at Lufkin First Assembly.

Favorite spot: 802 N. Raguet St., Lufkin

Facebook: Taqueria Viejo

4. SOMETHING DIFFERENT

 ISLAND CUISINE

Experience something different at this incredible island cuisine food truck. Taste the sweet and spicy flavors of the island as you bite into a crab rangoon or an island short rib sandwich. Try a chicken empanada with a side of cucumber salad, or a bowl of pancit with a lumpia. Don’t forget to try their sun-kissed wings. I was blown away by the food and friendly service. Sit under a shade tree and enjoy a fried pie with a flavored water. Each dish is uniquely inspired by the owner’s home country of Guam and fused with its island flavors. There is truly something for everyone.

Hours: Open Monday through Saturday. Breakfast, 8-10 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner, 5-9 p.m. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.

Favorite spot: 600 Finley Ave., Lufkin (next to Sherwin Williams on Timberland Drive)

Facebook: Something Different Island Cuisine

5. SALS AND SAMS

Sals and Sams was one of the first food trucks to hit the streets of Lufkin. For years, Jeff Rike has captured our appetites with his gourmet Mediterranean-style street food made with fresh ingredients. This food truck quickly became a local favorite with items like gyros, hand-cut fries and old-school Philly cheesesteak. We are happy to announce that Jeff will be starting a new journey in the culinary world. He is opening a full-service deli in his very own brick and mortar store. Jeff has pioneered the way for so many. We are so excited for him and what he will bring to our community.

Facebook: SalsandSams

Hours and address to be announced.

6. OLD SOULS

If you want to experience a little bit of heaven, try Old Souls. Owners Tom and Ethan take old-time favorites to a new level and bring East Texas fresh and fun food ideas, from applejack grilled cheese sandwiches, Cuban sandwiches, to brisket tacos. Try a sirloin steak sandwich with a side of bacon bombs and don’t forget to try their special sauce. Grab a beer next door at the Big Thicket Brewery. Chow down on some delicious food, listen to live music and have a great time with some great folks in the friendly atmosphere of downtown Lufkin.

Hours:Thursday thru Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.. Saturday 3-10 p.m.

Favorite spot: West Shepard Avenue, Lufkin Texas

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Social media plays a big part in the success of the food truck boom. With the help of Twitter, Facebook and other media outlets, folks can find their favorite food trucks in just a few clicks. Be sure to like and follow their pages to keep up with their whereabouts.

The next time you need your food truck fix, head on over to one of these amazing restaurants on wheels and support some of your local artisans. Their passion and love for people and good food will inspire you.

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