Food trucks are a fun way to get a quick lunch, try a new dish or skip packing the cooler when visiting the beach. Brimming with variety, specialties and signature items, the peninsula’s food truck scene will take more than a day to explore – and more than one stomach. So grab your friends, build up an appetite and start planning your tour.
Sturgeon Bay: Just across the bridge
Sturgeon Bay – the town tied for first in the food-truck race – has Papa B’s Food Truck, 30 N. 1st Ave., an option that serves both breakfast and lunch. Its menu sports gyros, hot dogs, wraps and its signature pot-roast taco. Also check out the sides, hash browns and more.
Nearby, Goyitto’s Taco Truck, 214 Michigan St., serves Tijuana street food. From Mexican street corn to burritos to tacos, the menu is full of easy-to-grab, fun food. From personal experience, you can’t go wrong with Vampiro’s taco.
In the same space, you can sometimes find Savor BBQ Co., a food truck packed with smoked meats, classic barbecue sliders and a rotating specialty dish that can be anything from loaded barbecue nachos to a three-meat sandwich.
“People should try out brisket,” said owner Corey Brydon. “It’s the best meal you’re gonna get in Door County.”
Baileys Harbor: More choices than a day trip can handle
Savor BBQ, 8048 Hwy 57, has a sister truck in Baileys Harbor, the other town with the most plentiful mobile food.
The immovable restaurant Chives, 8041 Hwy 57, has two food trucks standing guard outside the restaurant that feature its pizza and chefs’ specialties.
Rounding out the town’s trio is Wally’s Weenie Wagon, 8123 Hwy 57, a truck run by a husband-and-wife duo. Offering what they describe as their favorite Chicago foods, they serve nine types of hot dogs, five kinds of fries, and three kebabs and gyros, their most popular item.
“Gyro straight off the spit – it has to be – straight into the pita, no frying or anything like that,” Vartanian said. “I was born in Chicago, so I was raised off this stuff.”
Sister Bay: Bayside barbeque
Great Lakes BBQ Co., 10440 Orchard Dr., offers its award-winning barbecue on the road with sandwiches, burgers, plates of barbecue and more. It also serves parfaits: brisket or pork on top of layered cornbread, baked beans, mac and cheese, and coleslaw, topped with homemade chips. The food truck will also be at a few festivals throughout Door County.
Peninsula State Park: Picnic in the sand
Now in its second year, Backbone Food Truck is feeding Nicolet Beach patrons in Peninsula State Park with schnitzel, Beyond Burgers and fascinating brats. This season, a smoothie shop, Golden Hour, will join the truck on Sundays.
Egg Harbor: Classics and newbies
Jolly Street Pizza will be back up and running this year with the same recipes but a new owner. Still in Egg Harbor, Alex Jolicoeur said he doesn’t have a definitive opening date yet, but he’s working to get the operation open as soon as possible.
The newest kid on the block is Kitty’s Coffee, a coffee trailer owned and operated by Faith Moore at the Stonehedge Golf Course, 4320 Cty E, and the Baileys Harbor farmers market. Moore serves all the classic coffee combos as well as her own creations, such as her favorite, the Cougar Americano.
“[It’s] named after my good friend Adam Peterson’s cat, Cougar,” Moore said. “She is super sweet, but feisty – just like my four-shot, cherry-chocolate Americano.”
Food trucks’ hours and locations are as mobile as their food. The best way to know where and when your favorite vendor will be serving is to check its website or social media for locations and hours.