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Foodie Friday: 4 food trucks you need to try before the end of summer

By Asim B. and Kiersten Vuorimaki on August 11, 2017


We asked our contributors for their favourite food trucks and their answers did not disappoint! Read on for four food trucks you need to try before the end of summer, and let us know in the comments which ones to add to the list!

La Ha Tacos (1400 Youville Drive)

Right in the heart of Orleans lies a gem of epic taco proportions. Located at 1400 Youville Drive and surrounded by car dealerships, one could easily miss this gem. It’s only been open since May and is owned and operated by “J”, a man of few words who lets his food do all the talking for him. He offers his customers the option of chicken, steak, pork, fish or veggie tacos to accompany the locally sourced toppings. If you’re thirsty, try the horchata drink: prepared from homemade rice and almond milk. All orders are served on 3 yummy tacos. If you’ve got room, get a box of freshly fried tortillas, sprinkled with real crushed salt and with a side of homemade salsa.


Spring rolls from Crispy Spring Roll via their website.


Crispy Spring Roll (1624 Maxime Street)

Crispy Spring Roll is a little taste of Chinatown in the east end of Ottawa. Located across from Home Depot, at 1624 Maxime Street, this little yellow truck serves up authentic dishes like scrumptious thin slices of barbecued chicken, beef, or pork with steamed rice. I usually add spring rolls as an appetizer and if I’m every there with a picky eater (aka, my daughter), they have a wide variety of options like french fries, onion rings, poutine, pogos, hot dogs, sausages, and beef and or chicken burgers. The perfect option on your way home, as you decide what to make for dinner.

Nachos from Nacho Cartel. Photo by Kiersten Vuorimaki.

Nacho Cartel lives up to its name with a platter of fresh made nachos. Photo by Kiersten Vuorimaki.

Nacho Cartel (200 Wilbrod Street)

Nestled into leafy Sandy Hill with its own shady patio hides a truck dishing up some of Ottawa’s best mexican food. With a small menu focussed on nachos, tacos and milkshakes, Nacho Cartel has nailed it. The nachos are fresh, fully loaded, and sublime. Tacos are colourful, flavourful, and authentic. Choose between chicken, beef, shrimp or veggie, you cannot lose. Sauces and salsas are fresh and made in house (in truck?). Open Monday-Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 2-6pm. Sharing a platter of nachos with a taco and a milkshake is the perfect lunch with a study buddy. Or dinner. Or snack. Nachos start at $10.49, tacos start at $3.99. Thirsty? Half litre milkshakes are $4.99. They take debit or cash.

Photo by Kiersten Vuorimaki.

The Blended Berry is a fresh addition to the food truck scene. Photo by Kiersten Vuorimaki.

The Blended Berry (298 Preston Street)

Serving smoothies and energy bowls in Little Italy, The Blended Berry is a fresh addition to the food truck scene. All menu items are deliciously dairy free and vegan, with the option for gluten free granola. Smoothies are $4.95 to $7.95 and come in two sizes. The energy bowls are mostly acai based and range from $6.95 to $10.95 for a fresh snack, or a real big fresh snack! Open 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, and 10am-3pm on Sunday. The perfect option for a healthy walking break wandering Commissioner’s Park and the Arboretum. If you can’t go without your caffeine kick, try the Morning Brew smoothie, made with cold brew coffee, banana and cocoa nibs. Cash, debit, and credit are accepted.

What did we miss? Share your favourites in the comments!