The Coolest Food Trucks in Johannesburg


The cool thing about Johannesburg is that, often, the food comes to you. Yup. Here’s a list of our favourite food trucks.

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Balkan Burgers

There is nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a big, fat juicy burger. We’d go as far as to say that there is nothing closer to nirvana than a good burger… But we can take it one step further and say that there is absolutely nothing comparable to that first bite of a sexy burger from Balkan Burgers. Are you sold? Well, you should be. The Balkan Burgers food truck has fed plenty a hipster and plenty a festival goer. Balkan Burgers is so cool that they’ve been recommended by travel and food legend, Anthony Bourdain.

Visit: http://balkanburger.co.za/

Cajun Joe’s Food Co.

The best thing about walking out of Bassline in Newtown is when you see Cajun Joe’s truck in front of you. All we can say is that the baby corn salad is off the hook, and so are the paninis and wraps and pretty much everything else being prepared in their kitchen. From music festivals to expos to random party nights in town, Cajun Joe’s Food Co. is your friendly neighbourhood chow hook-up.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/Cajunjoesfoodco/

Vetkoek Cafe

Seriously, who’s going to say no to devouring a gourmet vetkoek? Vetkoek Cafe serves artisinal, lekker and local vetkoeks – think curry mince, chicken mayo, biltong smothered in crème fraîche, or roasted veg with basil pesto and feta. Just do yourself a favour and check them out…

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/Vetkoek-Cafe-377751545738941/

Bearded Fella

Pizza on wheels. Yeah, we’ll give you a moment to take that in… Done? Good. The Bearded Fella has been spotted selling wood-burning oven pizza at festivals such as Oppikoppi and the likes. It’s quick, it’s filling and the only problem is to figure out if we want pineapple or avo on our custom order. Either way, make sure to check these buddies out. A good pizza is determined by the base and the Bearded Fella must have some Italian blood in him because these pizza bases are booming.

Visit: http://www.beardedfella.co.za/

Martha’s Mojo

Double trouble with this one, as Martha’s Mojo runs the Amexicano and 5 Star Street Chef. Both food trucks are well known across Jozi and plenty of people have stampeded their way to get their hands on the good and spicy served from these griddles. Flame grilled to perfection, Amexicano serves nachos and tacos so decadent that you need to take a holiday to get the goodness off your mind, while 5 Star Street Chef serves up Vietnamese Banh mi pork burgers and pickled veg.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/5-Star-Street-Chef-232383766918286/

Tutto Food Co

Tutto believe that good food makes life whole and that every meal is an opportunity to savour the moment. Our advice is to “savour the moment” with a plate of their celebrated paella; choose from seafood, mushroom and chicken and chourizo.

Visit: http://www.tutto.co.za/

The Filthy Moustache

If New York-inspired food – we’re talking hot dogs and burgers with all the authentic trimmings – is your thing, then get in line. The food is honest, juicy and delicious, plus they cater for weddings, birthdays and corporate functions.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/Thefilthymoustache/

Maison Belge

Everyone needs (and we mean needs) to visit this little piece of Belgium in Joburg for their amazingly delicious waffles, chocolate, frites and beer. You can thank us later.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/maisonbelgeSA/

The Knickerbocker Ice Cream Company

With handmade ice creams, soft serves, frozen yoghurts, dom pedros, artisanal lollies, gelato and sorbet, The Knickerbocker Ice Cream Company is South Africa’s first true pop-up gourmet ice cream parlour. It doesn’t get any better than this…

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/knickerbockericecream/

The Brohemian

Fresh homemade dough. Check. Organic tomato base. Check. Free-range toppings. Check. Absolutely delicious. Check. These are enough reasons for us to devour The Brohemian’s wood-fired pizza. In fact, we’ll order a second to go…

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/BrohemianPizza/

ChilliChef

The brainchild of chef Dalmain Samuel, who has worked in Europe, America and across South Africa, ChilliChef is known for its innovative use of chilli. Try the handmade lamb burgers, the mutton bunny soaked in gravy or the cheesy bacon breakfast buns.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/ChilliChefGourmetFoodTruck/

By Shawn Greyling

Have you tried any of these awesome food trucks? Let us know in the comments below. Be a doll and show this to a friend.

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3 thoughts on “The Coolest Food Trucks in Johannesburg

  1. I had the opportunity to try out most of the above mentioned trucks and they all good but please can you add Horn Ok Please
    This truck has earned its place amongst the best due to the outstanding food excellent customer service and great pricing
    Over and above it’s great fusion food not your run of the mill lamb burger that you can make at home it’s food that’s different culinary fusion different a truely delightful experience
    And there is so much fun at the truck with the turban pics ect
    Horn ok Please should be on your top 10 list

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  2. Thank you for an interesting article.

    I have thus far only enjoyed the food of Balkan Burger and Chilli-Chef and must say, they were both of a very high standard and quality.

    This is a topic close to my heart as we are making good progress with the conversion of a 1974 Bedford Bus into a Food Truck of our own. It is going to be something to behold and we cannot wait for it to be ready for going on the road, probably by the end of August 2017.

    We are in the meantime busy compiling a list of places where we can go and sell our wares and this is proving more difficult than we had anticipated.

    Will it be at all possible in a future publication to publish what the local by-laws are here in Johannesburg regarding the selling of food in and around Jozi?

    We are even thinking of co-ordinating the activities and movement of a few upmarket food trucks and in so doing giving the Jozi Public a good food offering at a reasonable cost. This is working exceptionally well in New York through the use of Social Media.

    We will send you a photograph of “The Chairman” in a few months time.

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  3. Some awesome food out there on the roads – pity the business, councils , management councils, landlords of larger business directs object to the concept of food trucks That’s why u don’t see them on the streets much , unless it is at an organized event

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