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These are 26 of the best food trucks in the Triangle. Consider this a virtual food truck rodeo.

jleonard@newsobserver.com

When I started writing about food trucks in early 2016, the trend was already well underway. With scores of these colorful mobile vendors to choose from, I was like a grownup kid in a candy shop.

But I’ll admit I was a little concerned that at some point I would run out of new trucks to check out.

I needn’t have worried. More food trucks than ever are cruising Triangle roads and highways, and there isn’t a day of the week you can’t find several to choose from if you’re willing to put a few miles on the odometer to track them down. What’s more, since the recent opening of County Fare, a sort of permanent food truck rodeo venue in Durham, you don’t even have to plug in the GPS to find a good selection.

Another telling statistic: Of the 29 mobile vendors I’ve reviewed so far, only three have closed. And one of those (Fetch Hot Dog Co.) closed so that the owner could devote his full attention to a restaurant (Village Diner in Hillsborough, where you can still enjoy his Weeping Radish Butchery dogs). That’s a success rate that brick-and-mortar restaurants would envy.

Now that the food truck trend is firing on all cylinders and food truck rodeo season is in full swing, here’s a look at all of the trucks I’ve reviewed so far. They’re in alphabetical order, and I’ve shared my favorite menu item from each.

Think of it as a virtual rodeo, or your guide to the next food truck rodeo you attend.

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Ron Blancaflor’s chicken adobo is served over rice at Adobo Joe. Or you can get it topped with slaw on a toasted bun. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Adobo Joe

facebook.com/Adobo-Joe-Filipino-Food-Truck-1496999187293585/

Twitter: @AdoboJoe

Specialty: Filipino

Dibs on: pork adobo

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The Cubano sandwich (smoked pork, house-made pickles, Swiss cheese, ham, roasted red peppers and Dijon) with a side of flash-fried Brussels sprouts from American Meltdown, which occupies a spot in the food court at Durham’s Streets at Southpoint mall. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

American Meltdown

americanmeltdown.org

Twitter: @americanmltdwn

Specialty: grilled cheese sandwiches

Dibs on: Scarborough Fare (herb pesto and Gouda on sourdough)

Note: American Meltdown also has a location in the food court of Streets of Southpoint mall in Durham.

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Although Arepa Culture NC’s menu only includes arepas, you’ll not lack for variety with a menu that typically includes nine or ten generously filled variations on the arepa theme. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Arepa Culture NC

arepaculturenc.com

Twitter: @arepaculturenc

Specialty: arepas

Dibs on: La Tica (chicken, peppers, onions and cheese)

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Filipino food truck The Bamboo Cookhouse brings authentic and fusion dishes to the Triangle

The Bamboo Cookhouse

thebamboocookhouse.com

Twitter: @cookhouse_the

Specialty: Filipino

Dibs on: pork sisig

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Korean soy BBQ at Baozi. is a vegan delight that gets a surprisingly gratifying texture not from tofu but from edamame pods. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Baozi

baozifoodtruck.com

Twitter: @BaoziFoodTruck

Specialty: steamed buns

Dibs on: crispy pork belly bao

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Rob Henson’s Blue Cheese Brisket is smoked low and slow for eight hours, before he coats it with blue cheese crumbles and smokes it for four more. Here it is served with ham hock green beans and ÒdoctoredÓ baked beans. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

BBQ Proper

bbqproper.com

Twitter: @bbqproper

Specialty: barbecue

Dibs on: blue cheese brisket

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Belgian Waffle Crafters’ waffles are not the ordinary “Belgian” waffles familiar to most Americans. They’re authentic Liège waffles, named for their city of origin in French-speaking southern Belgium. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Belgian Waffle Crafters

belgianwafflecrafters.com

Twitter: @WaffleCrafters

Specialty: Liège-style Belgian waffles

Dibs on: the Bouc waffle (goat cheese, apples, walnuts, honey and thyme)

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Bulkogi, a Korean BBQ food truck, offers a distinctive menu that’s consistently well-prepared and served in generous portions at affordable prices. Among the offerings is a burrito bowl. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Bulkogi

bulkogikrnbbq.com

Twitter: @NCBulkogi

Specialty: Korean barbecue

Dibs on: spicy pork burrito bowl

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Chirba Chirba Dumpling food truck owner Nate Adams shares favorites from the menu

Chirba Chirba

chirbachirba.com

Twitter: @ChirbaChirba

Specialty: Chinese dumplings

Dibs on: Bayside Chive pork dumplings (fried)

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Food truck CockaDoodleMoo features flavorful sandwiches, addictive smoked meat

CockaDoodleMoo

cockadoodlemootruck.com

Twitter: @CADoodleMoo

Specialty: global barbecue

Dibs on: The Raven (smoked brisket and horseradish-apple slaw on grilled ciabatta)

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Deb Keller of Cousins Maine Lobster food truck talks about her favorite menu items

Cousins Maine Lobster

cousinsmainelobster.com/raleigh

Twitter: @CMLobsterRAL

Specialty: seafood

Dibs on: lobster roll

Note: Cousins will soon have a brick-and-mortar location in the new Morgan Street Food Hall in downtown Raleigh, which is set to open July 23.

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Curry in a Hurry chef/owner Alaksha Surti’s Butter Chicken is a favorite menu item for customers. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Curry in a Hurry

curryinahurrytruck.com

Twitter: @curryinahurrync

Specialty: Indian

Dibs on: lamb curry

Note: Curry in a Hurry will soon have a brick-and-mortar location in the new Morgan Street Food Hall in downtown Raleigh, which will open July 23.

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You can get a plate with exceptionally juicy pulled chicken, a slaw of your choice and two sides at Daddy Bob’s Barbecue. Shown here are the mac and cheese, a rich, creamy blend of rotini and three cheeses, and baked beans which are simmered beneath the pork as it cooks in the barbecue smoker. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Daddy Bob’s Barbeque

daddybobsbarbeque.com

Twitter: @DaddyBobsRDU

Specialty: barbecue

Dibs on: pulled pork plate, jalapeño cheddar hushpuppies

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VIDEO : Tony Hudson talks about running Raleigh flatbread food truck Flattz

Flattz

flattzfoodtruck.com

Twitter: @flattzchef1

Specialty: flatbread sandwiches

Dibs on: Truffle Chicken

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454 Grill

454grillfoodtruck.com

Twitter: @454grill

Specialty: sandwiches

Dibs on: BLT

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The standard pulled pork sandwich at The Humble Pig food truck. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

The Humble Pig

thehumblepig.com

Twitter: @thehumblepig

Specialty: barbecue

Dibs on: Pulp Fiction (brisket confit and pimento cheese on a Kaiser roll)

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Kat Bierbach’s homemade curry sauce — a piquant and slightly sweet blend of tomato, applesauce, balsamic vinegar, honey, onion and curry powder — is on the money. It is one of several menu items on her German food truck, Kat-n-Around. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Kat-n-Around

katnaround.com

Twitter: @KatNAroundFood

Specialty: German

Dibs on: Currywurst

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A medium bowl of tofu, cabbage, carrots, onions and green peppers is served over rice at Mr. Mongolian food truck in Durham. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Mr. Mongolian

mrmongolian.com

Twitter: @MrMongolianNC

Specialty: Mongolian barbecue

Dibs on: beef bowl (Xtra Hot sauce)

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Mr. Puebla Tacos

mrpueblatacos.wixsite.com/mrpueblatacos

Twitter: @mrpueblatacos

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Mr. Puebla Tacos served three tacos to an order, available with your choice of meat (chicken, al pastor pork or carne asada) and served in homemade soft corn tortillas. Traditionally topped with chopped onions and cilantro and a garnishing slice of radish, the tacos come with chips and salsa (red or green) on the side. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Specialty: authentic tacos

Dibs on: carne asada tacos

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A fresh slice of pepperoni pizza is passed to a customer in the Pie Pushers’ truck on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Morrisville. The classic pepperoni is always a popular choice. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Pie Pushers

piepushers.com

Twitter: @piepushers

Specialty: pizza

Dibs on: local country sausage with optional fried egg

Note: Pie Pushers also has a restaurant at 117A W. Main St., Durham, above The Pinhook.

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Co-owners Courtney Caley and Heladio Hernandez bring some unique menu offerings to the food truck scene with Qspresso

Qspresso

qspressocubanos.com

Twitter: @Qspresso

Specialty: Cuban

Dibs on: arroz con pollo or lechon if either is the daily special; otherwise, beef empanadas

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The Mestizo sandwich features Argentinean pork sausage on a grill­pressed Mexican bolillo bun lined with guacamole, kraut and crumbled cotija cheese, the sandwich is served with plantain chips and an addictive Spanish alioli brightened with a parsley­basil­cilantro pesto for dipping. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Route Bistro

routebistro.com

Twitter: @BistroRoute

Specialty: Latin American-inspired street food

Dibs on: green plantain bowl with carnitas

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The Chicken Shawarma from Soomsoom Pita Pockets food truck is made up of 12 spice chicken with grilled onions, fresh vegetables, and tahini. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Soomsoom Pita Pockets

soomsoompitapockets.com

Twitter: @SoomsoomPita

Specialty: pita sandwiches

Dibs on: beef ragu pita pocket

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Pernil is also featured in Spanglish’s take on a Cubano sandwich, where it plays a costarring role along with Antonio Rodriguez’s house-baked Puerto Rican bread. A little softer than the Cuban version, the bread gives the sandwich a subtle Puerto Rican twist. It is served here with Tostones de Pana, fried breadfruit. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Spanglish

eatspanglish.com

Twitter: @eatspanglish

Specialty: Puerto Rican

Dibs on: Puerto Rican-style Cubano sandwich

Note: The truck has been temporarily sidelined because of a fire earlier this spring. Check the truck’s Facebook page at facebook.com/eatspanglish for updates. Meanwhile, you can find some of their specialties at Pressed Sandwich House at 10630 Durant Road, #104, Raleigh.

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VIDEO : Chef David Peraza-Arce opens food truck The 13th Taco

The 13th Taco

the13thtaco.com

Twitter: @The13thTaco

Specialty: tacos

Dibs on: Fish Tales (fresh catch) tacos

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VIDEO : Watch co-owners and friends Anthony Reid and Matt Lundgren talk about starting their food truck which specializes in slow-cooked meats

The Wandering Moose

wanderingmoosenc.com

Twitter: @WanderingMoose1

Specialty: slow-cooked meats

Dibs on: brisket sandwich

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Food Truck rodeos

Food truck rodeo is in peak season. Here are some in the works in the coming months.

Durham Food Truck Rodeo. Durham Central Park, Durham. Sept. 2 and Nov. 4. durhamcentralpark.org.

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. Fayetteville Street, Raleigh. Aug. 5 (3 to 9 p.m.) and Oct. 14 (noon to 6 p.m.) downtownraleighfoodtruckrodeo.com

Cary. The next Downtown Chowdown is Sept. 16 on South Academy Street, between Dry Avenue and Waldo Street, Cary. townofcary.org.

Garner has a weekly Food Truck Friday on Main Street in downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. For details, go to downtowngarner.com/event/food-truck-friday-on-main.

County Fare is at 1920 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, and is open Wednesday through Sunday. Food trucks change every afternoon and evening. For details and a list of trucks, go to countyfaredurham.com.

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