Can you Smell That? Food Trucks are Popping up all Over Grand Rapids!

If you haven’t bought food from a food truck yet, you should definitely put it on your family’s Summer To-Do List!

Nowadays it’s fairly simple to hunt down a local food truck, but don’t worry, I did a little research for y’all and did my best to find the tastiest!  All in the name of research…

To start the summer off right, in May, the Grand Rapids Food Truck Association (GRFTA), hosts an annual Roll’N Out Food Truck Festival on Ionia Avenue in Heartside Park area.

In the past, there has been up to 30 food trucks and trailers that participate, making the event Grand Rapids’ largest food truck rally!

On Friday evenings in the summer, Riverside Park hosts “Food Truck Fridays” from 5:00 – 9:00 PM.

Word to the wise:  get there early. And while picnic tables are provided, bring your own chairs or picnic blanket if you want to sit in the shade.

Since there is a ton of room all around the food trucks for kids to play, soccer balls and bubble machines are highly recommended! (Also, sunscreen and bug spray!)

These guys pop up all over West Michigan so check out our list at the end of this post for the upcoming food truck events near you!

Grand Rapids Food Trucks Schedule

Even Picky Kids can Find Tasty Fare at These Trucks

Sure, adults love a good food truck, but what about kids? What about kids who refuse to eat anything besides toast and fruit snacks?

You can still bring picky eaters to a food truck! I’ve included the kid-friendly options that I found on the various menus. If you have a picky kid like me who only eats chicken nuggets, French fries, and mac & cheese, you will appreciate the following list.

By no means are these all the food trucks in West Michigan, but these are the ones that have great kid-friendly options!

Do you know of other food trucks in Grand Rapids with kid-friendly menus? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

The 10 Hottest Kid-Friendly Food Trucks Around Grand Rapids

1 – PATTY MATTERS

The best burger food truck in town!

Must try items: The Brewster, Senorita Cha Cha, The Wrappin Crab

Kid-friendly items: Simple Slider, Fries

Find it: Website or Facebook

2 – D&D’S GLUTEN-FREE

Your gluten-free superheroes!

Must try items: Frick-en Fries, BBQ Pulled Pork Fries, Rice and Bean Bowl

Kid-friendly items: Chicken Strips, Fries

Find it:  Website or Facebook

3 – THE EVERYDAY CHEF AND WIFE

Local. Organic. Handmade.

Must try items: Banh Mi Sandwich, Chicken Curry Salad Sandwich, G&T Turkey Leg

Kid-friendly items: Turkey Leg, Fries, edible cookie dough

Find it: Website or Facebook

4 – PORKFAT SLIM’S BBQ

What good BBQ is supposed to taste like!

Must try items: Brisket, Pulled Pork, Meat Sampler 

Kid-friendly items: Macaroni & Cheese

Find it: Website or Facebook

5 – DOUGHRUNTS

Makin’ sweet and savory mini doughnuts!

Must try items: Maple Bacon, S’mores, Cinnamon Roll

Kid-friendly items: All the flavors! (And you can watch them be made as well!)

Find it: Website or Facebook

6 – FIRE & RICE PAELLA

A dish that is meant for sharing

Must try items: Chicken & Sausage Paella, Vegan Paella 

Kid-friendly items: Chicken & Sausage Paella, Vegan Paella

Find it: Website or Facebook

7 – PIG OUT ON THE FLY

Creating incredible barbeque for our customers!

Must try items: Pork Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Sausage

Kid-friendly items: Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole, Fresh baked cookies

Find it: Website or Facebook

8 – CREPES BY THE LAKES

It’s French for “pancake”

Must try items: Ham Jam, Cubano, Nutella Strawberry

Kid-friendly items: Dessert crepes

Find it: Website or Facebook

9 – RIVER CITY CUP & CAKE

Coffees, Teas, and Pastries

Must try items: Iced Mocha, Cheese Danish

Kid-friendly items: Cinnamon Roll, Butter Cake Cupcake

Find it: Website or Facebook

10 – ANANDA ICE

Soft shaved ice and hand-rolled ice cream

Must try items: Shaved Ice, Frozen Lemonade

Kid-friendly items: Everything!

Find it: Website or Facebook

Hungry Yet? Here’s Where and When you can Find Food Trucks Around Town

Wednesday July 17, 2019

Date/Time Event
11:00 AM

Food Trucks At Calder
at Calder Plaza, Grand Rapids

Thursday July 18, 2019

Date/Time Event
🆓 12:00 PM

Relax at Rosa
at Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids

🆓 4:00 PM

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival's Picnic in the Park
at Wilcox Park, Grand Rapids

🆓 6:00 PM

GRAM on the Green
at Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids

🆓 7:00 PM

Kentwood Summer Concert Series
at Kentwood City Hall, Kentwood

Friday July 19, 2019

Date/Time Event
5:00 PM

Food Truck Fridays at Riverside Park
at Riverside Park, Grand Rapids

Sunday July 21, 2019

Date/Time Event
11:00 AM

Summer of Brunch Food Truck Rally
at Fulton Street Artisans Market, Grand Rapids

Tuesday July 23, 2019

Date/Time Event
11:00 AM

Food Trucks At Calder
at Calder Plaza, Grand Rapids

🆓 5:00 PM

Fulton Street Farmers Market Summer Nights Series
at Fulton Street Farmers Market, Grand Rapids

Wednesday July 24, 2019

Date/Time Event
11:00 AM

Food Trucks At Calder
at Calder Plaza, Grand Rapids

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