10 Dayton food trucks you should know

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Dayton food truck, T's Heavenly Taste, serves gourmet sandwiches and fresh cut fries

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Food trucks dish up more than great food in Dayton.

The stories behind the wheels reveal personal dreams, a passion to cook or a desire to leave the corporate world.

Even the vehicles have past lives as linen trucks, mini school buses and mobile mammogram vehicles.

The pandemic has cancelled most festivals this year, taking a chunk out of the revenue for many food truck businesses.

Consider a food truck for a takeout option or a fun addition to a neighborhood gathering or catered office lunch.

Dayton.com and the Dayton Daily News have been profiling area food trucks this year, here are 10 you should get to know.

T’s Heavenly Taste

Terri Gates started her food truck, T's Heavenly Taste, in 2018. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Credit: LISA POWELL / STAFF

Credit: LISA POWELL / STAFF

Terri Gates’s mother inspired her to start her own food truck

“She would always tell me to go for your dreams. The name originated because it made me think of how she always says, ‘it tastes like heaven in your mouth’ when something tastes really good.”

Terri and her husband, Dennis Spinks, created a menu that includes a pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich loaded with onion rings and platters of loaded fries, sliced daily and topped with pulled pork, steak and shrimp or grilled hot buffalo chicken.

Follow T’s Heavenly Taste on Facebook and Instagram for upcoming events.

ExploreT’s HEAVENLY TASTE: Fresh-cut fries and gourmet sandwiches are ‘heaven in your mouth’

The Pizza Bandit

The Pizza Bandit is a New York style pizza truck that can found at the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton. The signature dish is an 18-inch pepperoni pizza. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The owners of the Pizza Bandit food truck believe “pizza is the original ‘family style’ meal.”

With that in mind, the New York style pizza truck makes and sells 18-inch cheese or pepperoni pies cut into six gigantic slices and served with a choice of dips.

Each week they also come up with a creative pizza. Past concoctions have included a crab cake pizza, taco pizza and a special Father’s Day Pizza made with pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw and barbecue sauce.

The Pizza Bandit can be found at the Yellow Cab Food Hub, 700 E. Fourth St. in Dayton.

Website: iampizzabandit.com ; email: iamthepizzabandit.com ; Phone: (937) 476-1895 Facebook: @iamthepizzabandit/ Instagram: @iamthepizzabandit

ExploreTHE PIZZA BANDIT: Stealing the hearts of late-night diners one slice at a time

Billie Gold Bubble Tea

Billie Gold Bubble Tea was founded by Nicole Cornett in 2018. The popular Miami Valley food truck is known for its numerous flavors of fruit tea or milk tea base specialty dessert drinks. LISA POWELL / STAFF

This food truck is all about fun and refreshing flavors.

Nicole Cornett serves up bubble tea, a drink made with a fruit or milk tea base that comes in a variety of flavors.

At the bottom of each colorful glass are boba — tapioca pearls or flavored jellies that burst with extra flavor when sucked through an extra-wide straw.

Among her popular drinks are the Gold Coast, a strawberry black tea with popping passion fruit boba and Gold Star, a pineapple coconut yum-yum drink with mango jellies.

Follow Billie Gold Bubble Tea on Facebook and Instagram.

ExploreBILLIE GOLD BUBBLE TEA: Refreshing flavors, vibrant colors and popping boba make this food truck a Dayton favorite

Dayton Urban BBQ

Three Amigos Tacos, made with smoked chicken breast or pulled pork, are a popular item on the Dayton Urban BBQ food truck menu. LISA POWELL / STAFF

“Make food not war” is the attitude Scott Green takes when he starts up the Dayton Urban BBQ food truck.

Green, who served in the United States Marine Corp from 2001-2005, is known for smoked ribs, pulled pork and wraps you can barely get your hands around.

A popular dish is “The Boss,” a pulled pork sandwich loaded with their own recipe for coleslaw.

Dayton Urban BBQ is often at the Dayton Street Eats parking lot, 5993 Bigger Road in Kettering.

Follow them on the Dayton Urban BBQ Facebook page. People can call 937-405-8892 or Dayton Street Eats at 937-522-0730.

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Family Bean Coffee Truck

The Family Bean Coffee Truck was founded by Rhonda Hart and her daughters Courtney Smiddy (left) and Tara Heid (right). The gourmet coffee truck is known for specialty coffees, cold brews, smoothies, frappes and more. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Rhonda Hart, Tara Heid and Courtney Smiddy — a pair of sisters and their mom — run the Family Bean gourmet coffee truck.

The trio whips up coffee drink concoctions with caramel, chocolate and hazelnut, cold brews, frappes, smoothies and more.

They have nine signature drinks that offer a variety of flavors for coffee lovers including caramel, chocolate and lavender.

Smoothies, frappes, chai tea, matcha, iced raspberry tea also make the list and coming soon for the fall will be pumpkin pie and campfire mocha lattes.

Follow The Family Bean Coffee Truck on Facebook or Instagram.

ExploreTHE FAMILY BEAN: Gourmet coffee truck is a family affair

Momma’z Boyz

The Nacho Salad from Mamma'z Boyz food trailer is made with tortilla chips topped with slaw mix, shredded cheddar cheese, onions, tomatoes and the the Mamma's Boyz trailer made avacado cream sausce. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

Josh Chavez and Matt Black dreamed of starting their own business.

That dream turned into the Momma’z Boyz food truck with “a menu that blends a love of family cooking with a twist on classic food truck fare.”

Nachos and tacos are among the Mamma’z Boyz “Phat Boy Specials” but they also make sweet and savory crepes including The Elvis, made with peanut butter, banana and honey and The Ole Hammy, made with pan-seared ham, cheddar cheese, fried eggs and lime cream sauce.

“Every dish that we serve is created with the flavor profile in mind,” the duo said. “Each one is meticulously put together to ensure flavor explosion.”

Follow them on Facebook at Momma’z Boyz or their website, mommazboyzft.com.

ExploreMomma’z Boyz: A dream turns into creating ‘food with passion’

Underdogs Mobile

Hillbilly Tots at Underdogs Mobile are topped with smoked pulled pork and BBQ sauce. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than hotdogs and tater tots. Scott Whitfield, the owner of Underdogs Mobile, excels at both.

The mobile food trailer has a menu of all-beef specialty hot dogs including the Chicago Dog AKA the Clark & Addison. It is served with a dill pickle spear, tomato, relish, onion, mustard, poppy seeds, celery salt and sport pepper.

Tater tots can be ordered plain or loaded with a variety of concoctions.

The food truck can be found on social media at @UnderdogsMobile and they have a page on the Dayton Food Truck Association webpage.

ExploreUnderdogs Mobile: Proving why Chicago dogs are the best and ‘TOTS RULE!’

El Meson

Marie Castro (left) and her daughter, Tatiana Lamley, run the El Meson food trucks. The restaurant, founded by Marie's parents, Herman and Gloria Castro, has six food trucks in its fleet. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

El Meson, the popular West Carrollton restaurant, has served up dishes from countries in Central and South America and beyond for three generations.

But they also have a fleet of food trucks packed with food also inspired by those countries.

The six trucks are managed by Marie Castro who can customize menus for individual events.

The signature dish is their Cuban sandwich, a version of a typical south Florida and Cuban sandwich.

They also serve, burrito bowls, quesadillas, nachos, empanadas and more.

For more information there is a link on the El Meson website and to book a food truck.

ExploreEl Meson: A fleet of trucks takes delectable dishes on the road

Soca Food Truck

Ricardo Modeste (left) and his brother, Shafton Greene were born in Trinidad and Tobago and have incorporated their heritage into their business, Soca food trucK. LISA POWELL / STAFF

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Credit: Lisa Powell / Staff

Soca Food Truck dishes up Caribbean comfort food at its best.

Shafton Greene and his brother, Ricardo Modeste, were born in Trinidad and Tobago and have incorporated their heritage into the food.

On the menu is Roti, a Trinidad version of flatbread filled with curried potatoes and chickpeas and choice of curried chicken, beef or goat.

Don’t miss out on Doubles, discs of flatbread made with turmeric, fried and top with curried chickpeas with shaved cucumber and shadobeni sauce (made with cilantro) tamarind sauce and Scotch Bonnet pepper sauce on the side.

“Our passion is cooking for others to taste our culture,” said Greene.

Soca Food Truck can be found on Instagram, Facebook or by phone, Shafton (937-838-1902) or Ricardo (937-239-6713).

ExploreSoca food truck: Caribbean comfort food blends spices with culture

Purely Sweet Bakery

Gluten-free and vegan oatmeal cream pies from Purely Sweet Bakery. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Credit: LISA POWELL / STAFF

Credit: LISA POWELL / STAFF

Let’s not forget dessert.

Purely Sweet Bakery is dedicated to making scrumptious gluten free baked goods and many of the products are also vegan, paleo or keto.

Dawn Vaflor started her specialty baking business in 2013 and put her “treat truck” on the road two years ago.

It’s packed with cakes, cupcakes, peanut butter cookies, blueberry muffins and much more.

If you think gluten free can’t be delicious, Vaflor will prove you wrong.

Purely Sweet Bakery can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Products can be found in Dorothy Lane Markets, Jungle Jim’s, and local coffee houses including the Coffee Hub in Beavercreek and Xenia.

If you are a Dayton area food truck and would like to be considered for a profile, please email Lisa Powell at lisa.powell@coxinc.com.

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