Sometimes the best meals come from the most surprising places. From smoky barbecue to spicy soul, taste your way through inventive twists on Southern food, as imagined by local food truck owners. Just walk up to the window and order something delicious.
Southern-Style Food Truck Feasts
For street food classics that draw inspiration from the South—and around the world—meander to this food truck at The Charleston Pour House on James Island where the ever-changing menu could feature tamarind-chili glazed chicken wings or smoked pork tacos with pickles and sriracha aioli.
HenDough Chicken & Donuts
Crispy fried chicken, artisanal donuts and fluffy biscuits come together for an ingenious mash-up of sweet and savory flavors at Greenville’s Gather GVL, an al fresco collection of food truck-style eateries housed in repurposed shipping containers.
A Peace of Soul
Plant-based plates are the name of the game at this vegan food truck in Columbia, where the changing menu features animal-free alternatives to indulgent dishes, such as hot chicken sandwiches, chili cheese hot dogs and barbecue rib sandwiches.
Blackenese Soul Food Hibachi
In Charleston, Creole flavors are ignited with the high-heat char of a Japanese hibachi-style grill. Order the blackened shrimp, chicken or ribeye, each served with collards, green beans, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and Southern perlo rice.
D’z Pit BBQ
Before you even spot this food truck just off the Old Marion Highway near Florence, you’ll probably catch a glimpse and a whiff of billowing smoke—a telltale preview of what awaits: slow-cooked pulled pork, fall-off-the-bone ribs, ultra-tender brisket and all the fixin’s.
Fleur de’ Licious
A fixture at popular events like Soda City Market in downtown Columbia, fill your belly with Bayou-style dishes at this food truck dishing out powdered sugar-drenched beignets, po-boys piled with crispy shrimp, and overnight-simmered red beans and rice topped with smoked sausage.
Freckles and Giggles
Cool off with a scoop of premium ice cream served from this food truck in Mullins, where rotating flavors include fan favorites like banana puddin’, salty caramel, key lime pie and cake batter.
Henry’s Hog Hauler
Step up to the window of this mobile version of the brick-and-mortar smokehouse in Greenville to satisfy your carnivorous cravings. Choose from hickory-smoked pork and chicken, plus sides of Brunswick stew, mac ‘n’ cheese, sweet potato casserole and peach cobbler.