Madison’s ranking as one of USA Today's “Ten Best Cities for Food Trucks” is no surprise to locals, who can find street eats on the UW-Madison campus, the Capitol Square and in local neighborhoods on a regular basis.
The area’s food carts take the region’s fresh ingredients and create dishes that often reflect the owner’s own heritage. If you’re new to the experience, pick a cart like Melted, an urban grilled cheese shop and home to variety of inventive sandwiches. With fun add-on’s like a “shot” of tomato soup for dipping and garlic-cilantro fries, this is a sure bet.
FIB’s Fine Italian Beef and Sausage is another local favorite. This food cart serves up "da taste of Chicago" but also pays homage to the classic Laverne and Shirley television show—a Milwaukee dog smothered with kraut, onions and mustard.
For a healthy wrap or salad, venture to the Good Food cart, focusing on fresh ingredients, vegetarian and vegan options.
Adventurous souls should start with SoHo Gourmet, a delicious spin on traditional Asian. Their Mac N' Cheese dumplings include two different cheeses with a cheese sauce, and the Hot Chick is stuffed with spicy chicken, carrots, celery, jalapeños and a cucumber ranch sauce.
Bubbles’ Doubles serves Trinidadian food, which is similar to Indian, but with a hint of the Caribbean, and the Saigon Sandwich cart has an amazing Bahn Mi, a Vietnamese-French fusion sub.
Banzo is another stand-out and is known for its classic falafel, pita sandwiches and babaganush.
Save room for a snack from Curt’s Gourmet Popcorn, recently rated the top food cart among local volunteer tasters. Madison-made flavors include peanut butter and jelly, and caramel with chocolate drizzle.