Smoke & Go food truck

Marvin Young is the owner of the Smoke & Go food truck at the Cashion’s Quik Stop at the West Catawba Avenue/N.C. 73 intersection. 

Food trucks have become a main ingredient in a continuing culinary evolution. And in the Lake Norman region – at special events, community festivals, well-traveled intersections and neighborhood stores – mobile vendors are now part of the landscape.

They offer traditional and sometimes adventurous fare and, of course, they move around. Most of the trucks maintain a Facebook page for schedule and location updates, but here are some that call this region home and where, most often, you can find them.


What the lake’s food truck scene has to offer

La Nortenita is parked every weekday in front of the La Pasadita convenience store, 500 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville. The truck is a popular lunchtime destination for construction crews, and there are picnic tables available. The food truck offers daily specials and features a menu highlighting Mexican-style favorites like tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Call 980-980-8258 or the neighboring store, 704-875-3413, for information.


Home base for the Lake Norman Grill is a roadside spot on the picnic table-filled outdoor patio at Primal Brewing, 16432 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville. The food truck specializes in custom-topped burgers along with hotdogs and sausages. Call 704-305-9549.


Abierto is a new food truck most often parked on South Main Street in Huntersville. The mobile kitchen provides an assortment of Mexican favorites like burritos and gorditas and offers a variety of specialty entrees. For information, call the La Paloma store next door, 116 S. Main St., at 704-875-9544.

Abierto food truck Huntersville

Abierto is most often parked on South Main Street in Huntersville.


Smoke & Go provides meals and smoked meats (chicken, pork and beef brisket) by the pound. Ribs, chopped pork and hamburgers are also specialties. On Saturdays and every other Wednesday, the truck is located at the Cashion’s Quik Stop at the intersection of N.C. 73 and Catawba Avenue. Visit or call 704-819-7606.


The La Poloma food truck makes regular appearances in Huntersville. On Saturday’s the parking lot at Beaty’s Barber Shop, 12900 Statesville Road, is likely La Poloma’s location. The truck specializes in Mexican-style foods.


McDermott’s Irish Pub, owned by Kevin McDermott, serves all things Irish, and the recipes date back to the pre-World War II era. McDermott’s grandparents had an Irish restaurant they ran out of their house in Brooklyn, N.Y., which inspired McDermott to keep things cooking. The bangers and mash let customers get a taste of Irish fare. One of its next stops is the Lincolnton Food, Wine & Brew Fest on April 28 in downtown Lincolnton. 


No matter how you slice it, Carolina Smash Truck serves some super savory grilled cheeses. The Carolina Mac Melt is made with mac n’ cheese, pimiento cheese, Monterrey jack, muenster and white American cheeses. Carolina Smash Truck is often at Cabarrus and Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company in Concord. Call 716-946-5631 or check its Facebook page to see where this Denver-based truck will be parked next. 


Looking for something sweet? Try Lincolnton-based made-to-order doughnut truck The Donut Hut. Email for information about where it’ll be next. 


The Big Woodie Food Truck hails from Sherrills Ford, and the mobile eatery offers a little something for everyone, all inspired by Key West. From breakfast burritos to brisket, there’s plenty to try from North Carolina’s biggest food truck. Find them at 4491 Slanting Bridge Road most days, or call 828-478-2817 for a schedule of events. 


Midwest comfort food is what’s on the menu at Ole Buddy’s Oinker Express. It is known for its fresh, hand-breaded tenderloin sandwich, hand-cut fries, loaded tots, barbecue nacho, brats and more. The food truck owners also offer catering. Go to the Facebook page to see which events they’ll be located at for the week or email


Craving seafood? Try Lobster Dogs. The seafood speciality food truck offers crab, grilled shrimp and lobster, of course. The lobster sandwich and lobster dog is a menu favorite, as well as the stuffed lobster avocado. However, if the red and white, bulldog-and-lobster duo is spotted, make sure to order those items first, as they tend to run out fast. To keep track of where Lobster Dogs will be, follow the eatery on wheels at on Instagram @Lobsterdogsfoodtruck or Facebook,


Today, Smokey J’s BBQ sits at 215 S. Broad St. in Mooresville. But before last December, owner James Lowe traveled in his bright-orange mobile unit from place to place to serve his father-in-law’s “top of the line” barbecue recipes. Still, the barbecue food truck makes an appearance at events around Mooresville and private functions. If spotted, Lowe recommends the following signature sides: mac and cheese and coleslaw.


Smokey J’s BBQ

James Lowe turned Smokey J’s BBQ into a restaurant in December 2017. However, the bright-orange food truck can be found throughout Mooresville at events and private parties. 

In the mood for Mediterranean? Ady’s Pita travels to Davidson, Mooresville and Charlotte. Some of the customers’ favorites are grilled chicken and the grilled lamb kabob. For information about where Ady’s will be next, call 980-777-3799. 


Taqueria Sultepec specializes in authentic Mexican food. With staples like tortas, burritos and tacos, Taqueria Sultepec fills the void. Some favorite menu items consist of the chicken burrito, chicken quesadilla and pork tacos. To find out where Taqueria Sultepec will be, check out its Facebook page. 


Food Truck Rallies

Food trucks have become daily providers of meals and break-time treats, and also the pivotal player in the creation of the cultural celebration known as the food truck rally. In big cities and small towns, the organized gatherings of food trucks, designed to give customers the opportunity to sample assortments of mobile kitchen concoctions all in one place, have become popular.

Food truck rallies have earned a spot in the regular rotation of events in Lake Norman. 

Tawba Walk will have several on April 14. And Mooresville’s Festival of Food Trucks also kicks off April 14 and runs monthly through October. The Cornelius Food Truck Invitational is scheduled for June 18.

For those not wanting to wait that long, the Spring Food Truck Rally at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, is set for 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 6. Trucks expected to participate, and just a summary of their featured fare if they haven’t already been mentioned, include:

Anna’s Sweet Treat, sugary treats and desserts; Old Buddy’s Oinker Express; Nana’s Porch, Southern cuisine and desserts; Two Chicks and a Truck, gourmet sandwiches; Two Scoops, ice cream; Sugar Daddy’s, slider sandwiches; Lobster Dogs; Emergensweets, desserts ranging from peach cobbler to red velvet oreo cheesecake; Spice Wagon 2, kabobs and various international entrees; Repicci’s Italian, icy treats and gelato; Herban Legend, American and international street food; Strudelteigh, sweets treats and meat dishes; Jive Turkey Legs, turkey treats and carnival favorites; Zaicoon, Far East-influenced cuisine; Kona Ice, flavored ice treats; Bebo’s, American classics included gourmet mac-and-cheese; and Jamaican Jerk, entrees emphasizing Caribbean flavors.

Brianna Crane and Carrie C. Causey also contributed to this report.


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