The scene here is bursting with live music and young hipsters crowding wooden picnic benches under sparkly, string lights. The cluster of trucks at this San Juan hotspot has several unique offerings: the cotton-candy topped teas at Dr. Bizarro’s Bubble Tea Shop are as delicious as they are Instagrammable.
But for heartier meals, the artisanal tortillas and super-stuffed tacos at Las Cucharas Comida Mexicana, are a winner! Chef Javier Seañez – the truck’s openly gay, Mexico-born owner – has seen a major influx in clients, too, after cooking his way into the finals of MasterChef Latino.
There’s also The Meatball Company’s cheesesteaks and chorizo sliders, Que Tostón’s creative Caribbean and Puerto Rican eats , and scrumptious bites at Yummy Dumplings.
West coast travelers should make sure to hit up the Aguadilla Food Truck Park – a 45-minute drive north from Rincon — where they’ll find cultural cuisines as varied as Japanese street food, Mediterranean cuisine, and Peruvian dishes. More traditional quick eats like burgers, coffee, and ice cream are in the mix, too. You can also make your own best-of-the-west international buffet here - a great way to refuel after a long day at the beach. If you’re up for a night out, check out the popular gay bar Nova Ley in nearby Mayagüez.
This isn’t a food truck park, per se, but rather an avenue that’s full of them. Sample everything from arepas to tripletas (Puerto Rican version of a meat lover's sandwich) or El Churry’s signature churrasco sandwiches to healthy and tasty açai bowls. Peruse the multiple options in the early evening (most are open nightly) then cross the street for a beachside stroll.
Less than 10 minutes from downtown Ponce is this newly opened food truck park that's quickly gathered up several stellar options: Eatcétera Vagón Gastronómico serves comida criolla alongside a rotating menu of pasta dishes, burgers, and even ribeye steaks; La Mexicana offers tacos al pastor and more; and La Cañita Azul Tropical makes frituras, loaded fries, and nachos supreme. Expect to find even more by the time your trip rolls around, as this lot is continuously recruiting new vendors.
Lote 23 is a great spot for starting a night out in Santurce: LGBTQ clubs Circo and Toxic, which feature DJs and nightly drag shows, are close by on Avenida Condado. But the culinary allure of this sprawling gravel park is its mix of emerging chefs and established foodie superstars. You’ll find gourmet pizza and poke bowls, delectable burgers, and platters of piled-high nachos, and perfectly executed Puerto Rican frituras (fried finger foods.)
Tip for meat lovers: Don’t sleep on the creative pernil (pork) sandwiches at Pernilería Los Próceres.
The lot also doubles as a venue, regularly hosting events like yoga, film screenings, live music, salsa lessons, and more. Check socials to see what’s happening during your trip.