When you’ve spent a day on the beach you don’t always feel like sitting down in a restaurant and packing your family and friends into a booth. Food trucks are a great way to fill up in a fast, fun environment.
Learn more about these food trucks.
Blink and you might miss this one. Taqueria Cordova sits in a front yard just off Onancock’s main street. Park right in the driveway and hop out for some delicious, traditional Mexican food. If you’re looking for a more authentic take on familiar dishes try a burrito stuffed with flavorful chicken and lightly toasted on the outside or tacos made with fresh tortillas, grilled steak, onions and cilantro.
If you want something that isn’t as easy to find try a sope, a disc of fried corn meal dough topped with everything from chicken to lengua, beef tongue. If tongue isn’t quite your thing, try the tacos el pastor, fresh tortillas are filled with chunks of grilled pork and fresh pineapple with onions and cilantro on top. Plates at Taqueria Cordova come garnished with lime wedges and a fresh salad of lettuce and cucumbers with a spicy, creamy dressing on the side.
Taqueria El Ranchito
Taqueria El Ranchito sits next to a Mexican grocery store by the same name, so this spot is a one stop shop for all kinds of delicious goodies. Inside you’ll find pan dulce, sodas, snacks, popsicles and candy. Outside at the food truck, you’ll find spicy chicken tacos in corn tortillas topped with queso fresco, lettuce, tomato and a lime wedge on the side for squeezing over the whole thing. There are also beef tacos in corn tortillas with onions and cilantro and fresh lime. If you’re lucky you might catch a special like fresh tamales or ribs in a red sauce. The truck also serves classics like tostadas, tortas and gorditas filled with the meat of your choosing.
Bettye’s Big Bad Burgers
Bettye’s takes the build-your-own burger to a whole new level. They have all the basic toppings like ketchup, mustard, lettuce, pickles and tomatoes, but you can also kick your burger up a notch with pork barbecue, a fried egg, onion straws, braised pineapple or baked beans. They aren’t skimping on the burgers themselves either. Burgers range from a 1/4 pound to a full pound. Hot dogs and fries are given the same build-your-own treatment. You can wash it all down with a lemonade or a fruit smoothie.
Build Your Own Cookie
Just about the only thing that could improve warm cookies or ice cream is putting them together. That’s just what they do at Build Your Own Cookie. Pick a cookie, an ice cream flavor or two and toppings and they’ll assemble it all for you. There are classic combos like a chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge or you can get creative, say a peanut butter cookie with banana pudding ice cream and peanut butter sauce. They’re open long after dinner for all your late-night cravings.
Whether you want something bold and out of the ordinary or you’re craving classic tacos, Pico Taqueria has something for you. They have favorites like a blackened chicken with black beans, corn, avocado cream and cheese. Then there’s a taco stuffed with cornmeal fried oysters, pickled veggies and Thai basil. There’s even a taco for vegetarians. It’s stuffed with crispy cauliflower, caper pico de gallo, crispy shallots, Parmesan and garlic aioli.
On the side, Pico Taqueria offers beans, cilantro lime rice and chips with salsa or guac. They even have something to satisfy your sweet tooth. For their dessert nachos tortilla chips are tossed with cinnamon sugar and topped with berries, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
Right Up Your Alley
Chincoteague is home to a diverse food scene. You can find authentic Vietnamese cuisine, sushi and even Brazillian food. Right Up Your Alley serves a variety of Mexican and Brazillian dishes. For a taste of Brazillian cuisine, try a pastel, a filled fried pastry. At Right Up Your Alley, they come stuffed with fillings like ground beef or chicken with parsley, green onions, tomatoes and olives or even pepperoni and cheese. There’s a sweet pastel stuffed with bananas, brown sugar and cinnamon. Other Brazillian dishes include fried yucca, Brazillian flan and cream of yucca soup. The truck also serves tacos, burritos and sides like chips and salsa or rice and beans.
Sandy Pony Donuts
Few things in life are better than hot, fresh donuts. At Sandy Pony, the donuts are always hot and fresh. Each batch of cake donuts is made to order. They offer classics like a powdered sugar donut, a naked donut and a cinnamon sugar donut, but they think outside the box too.
If you like salty sweet try the Porky Pony, a honey glazed donut topped with cinnamon sugar and bacon. If you love Thin Mints give the mint glazed donut topped with crushed Oreos a try. Kids are sure to love the Pony Party, a strawberry glazed donut topped with rainbow sprinkles. You can even get a warm donut topped with locally made ice cream.
Shore Beef and Barbecue
Wallops Island, VA
The smell of the smoke pouring out of Shore Beef and Barbecue’s smoker is enough to make your mouth water and the barbecue itself is downright crave-able. Don’t let the simple set up of this roadside truck fool you, the barbecue they’re turning out is top-notch. The pulled pork is a classic choice, get it with coleslaw on top like southerners do and you won’t regret it.
There are a variety of sauces to choose from, whether you like it sweet and mild or with a little kick. Ribs, pit beef, beef brisket and pulled chicken are slow smoked as well and sides like mac and cheese, potato salad, smoked red potatoes and baked beans round out the menu.
Smokey’s BBQ & Grill
With fresh squeezed lemonade, grilled burgers and smoked barbecue on the menu and games and a bounce house to enjoy, visiting Smokey’s feels like attending a backyard barbecue. They have barbecue staples like pit beef, pulled pork, ribs, brisket and burgers, but what makes them stand out are dishes like the seaside brisket burger, a burger topped with smoked brisket and crab dip. If you’re really feeling ambitions give the all or nothing burger a try. A cheeseburger is topped with brisket, pulled pork, onion rings and barbecue sauce.
That’s just the tip of the over the top iceberg. Sides include fried pickles, fries topped with pulled pork and cheese and mac and cheese bites. Wash it all down with a fresh squeezed lemonade infused with fruits like strawberry and blueberry.
Tiny Barn Bistro
Oak Hall, VA
Tucked just off the road at a busy intersection on Route 13 sits Tiny Barn Bistro. This pint-sized building might look more like a garden shed than a kitchen, but that doesn’t stop them from putting out gourmet to go.
The bulk of their menu centers around build-your-own skewers, but they also serve subs and soup. You choose from proteins like chicken, steak, crab balls or shrimp then select a seasoning to top it with, a sauce and a side. All of their skewers are served over a bed of jasmine rice. Their subs include classics like an Italian and a cheesesteak.
Woody’s Beach Barbecue
The vibe at Woody’s is beachy snack shack meets backyard barbecue. It’s the perfect eclectic vibe for a beach town barbecue stand. There are lawn games to keep busy kids happy or hammocks and Adirondack chairs if you just want to relax.
There’s even a giant game of tic-tac-toe. The barbecue ranges from traditional pulled pork, smoked chicken and ribs to pulled pork sandwiches topped with fries and slaw or onion rings. Hand-cut fries, cole slaw, baked beans and applesauce round out the menu. Wash it all down with a peach lemonade or sweet tea to quench your thirst after a day on the beach.
Gordo’s Tacos and More
Cape Charles, VA
In Cape Charles, you don’t have to pack up the kids and your beach gear to grab a bite to eat, just take a few steps off the sand and order from one of the food trucks that dot the beach front. Gordo’s serves tacos, fruit cups and other authentic Mexican cuisine out of a converted Ford bus. Familiar flavors like chicken tacos can be found alongside traditional dishes like carnitas, slow braised shredded pork, and chicken slathered in achiote, a traditional spice blend. They have a huge selection of ice-cold Mexican sodas to wash it all down.
Cape Charles, VA
Whether you want to enjoy a peaceful morning on the beach with a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich or you’re trying to keep your family from getting hangry during a beach day, Shore Bites has you covered. For an over the top Eastern Shore experience at breakfast order the soft shell crab breakfast sandwich. A ciabatta roll is topped with two fried eggs, bacon, cheese and a fried soft shell crab. At lunch, they have favorites like cheeseburgers, chicken tenders and quesadillas alongside shrimp tacos, a soft shell crab sandwich and a teriyaki chicken sandwich. Shore Bites makes dining on the beach easy. You don’t even have to leave your beach chair to order. You can call the truck, place your order and pick it up when it’s ready, because waiting in line is for suckers.
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