Unlike most stationary restaurants and cafes, many of Ottawa’s best food trucks close for the cold season, and we have to survive without them during winter. However, spring is on the horizon in the capital city, which means it’s time to start planning your summer food bucket list. From tasty tacos to perfect poutine, the scrumptious snacks from these local trucks should definitely be on your to-eat list.
While Ottawa is known for the delicious BeaverTails and life-changing shawarmas, the local food truck scene is definitely underestimated.
In fact, there is such a huge number of incredible mobile businesses in the city, it’s hard to know where to start when you're hungry.
Even though the capital is jam-packed with quirky restaurants that are perfect for when you're hungry and broke, the trucks bring a little taste of summer that is much-needed at this time of year.
From burritos and falafel, to pizzaz and seafood, these mini-restaurants have a little bit of everything to spruce up your next date night.
While it’s still a little early for the food truck season to be in full swing, now is the perfect time to start getting prepared.
With so many mouth watering locations on this list, you need to get out there ASAP!
Rico Peru Food Truck
Address: 180 Kent St, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you've been daydreaming about some spicy, Peruvian cuisine, look no further. The menu has authentic local recipes and delicious homemade slushies - Yum!
The truck will reopen for the season in April.
Meryenda Food Truck
Address: 1448 Prince of Wales Dr, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can take just $15 here and have a total feast. With main meals starting at just $9, your local date night just got a whole lot cheaper.
Address: 1217 Walkley Rd, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This truck is open throughout the year, so it's never to early to tuck into some flavorsome and authentic Mexican cuisine.
Address: 25 Hamilton Ave N, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Serving burritos, tacos and nachos, this is the perfect one-stop-shop for all things street-food inspired.
Yakko Takko will be reopening for the season in March.
Ad Mare Seafood Truck
Address: 150 Slater St, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This hut has some truly awesome fish and chips combos. With everything from lobster rolls and fish tacos, to lobster mac 'n' cheese and poutine, you'll never want to leave this tasty truck.
You can keep up to date with their opening hours here.
The Caribbean Cruiser
Address: 136 O'Connor St, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you're stuck in Ottawa but have been dreaming of the Carribbean, this truck has got your back. With both meat and vegetarian options, there's something for everybody here.
It will reopen in March.
Falafel On Wheels
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Address: 1649 Montreal Rd, Gloucester, ON
Why You Need To Go: Reopening for the season in April, this veggie-friendly spot is the perfect place for a plant-based night out in Ottawa.
Angry Dragonz Food Truck
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Address: Various Locations (see website)
Why You Need To Go: With noodles, rice, tofu, skewers and egg rolls on the menu, your mouth will be watering just thinking about this truck!
The Merry Dairy
Cuisine: Ice Cream
Address: Various Locations (see website)
Why You Need To Go: While this ice cream paradise does have a physical store, their adorable truck is always on the move around Ottawa. With vegan-friendly treats and a huge selection of flavours, you'll be visiting this spot way before ice cream season hits!
Address: 5527 Manotick Main St, Manotick, ON
Why You Need To Go: This tiny restaurant has a weekly rotating menu of more than 20 pizzas, so you're almost guaranteed to find your favourite flavour and toppings here.
Lou Fast Food
Address: 275 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This truck has been around since 1987, and it's open throughout the cold season. If you're looking for some of the best poutine around, here it is!
All research done in this article is by the author. Restaurants never pay to be featured on Narcity's "Best Of" lists; furthermore, this list represents a showcase of great spots, and is not a numbered ranking.