Food trucks and comfort food—all butter-laden and deep-fried—seem to go hand-in-hand. It seems the most common street food in the U.S., Seattle included, are items like French fries, burgers, and enormous, messy sandwiches. There’s nothing really wrong with this (and some of Seattle’s best food trucks serve this type of cuisine), but where can you go when you’re looking for something a bit less calorie intense?
The options for healthy food trucks are few, but they do exist. Here are some of our favorites.
More of a food cart than a full-on truck, I love my GFF runs three roving restaurants throughout the city, with each one making a different stop every day of the week. With a tagline of “healthy food with street smarts,” this operation is serving meals with organic vegetables, organic and free-range chicken, and signature sauces, all of which is completely gluten-free and healthy. There are even options for vegans and vegetarians.
The mobile counterpart to the upscale vegan restaurant Plum Bistro, the Plum food truck serves similar food, dressed down a bit for street eating. The ingredients are local, sustainable, and organic, concentrating on a rotating list of options like burgers, sandwiches, and salads. When the truck is running, you can call or text your order for pick up.
Newcomer Outside the Box trucks its Paleo-focused meals around the city. Most of what you’ll find here is made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients, and meats are high-quality and pasture-raised. The menu is made up of dishes that include vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts. Outside the Box excludes grains, legumes, dairy, and refined sugar. While they concentrate mostly on catering, you can find them at events around the city; check their online calendar for the latest.
So it’s not technically a food truck, but it runs in the same vein of temporary, roving meal providers. The grill is ubiquitous at farmers markets around the city, hitting 15 in the peak season, including the ones in Ballard and on Capitol Hill. They’re famous for their excellent vegetarian quesadillas stuffed with farm-fresh produce, like chard, onions, squash, and more. You can also opt for meat-filled or vegetarian tamales, and there are great choices for kids too.