Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 11/6/17
Gourmet hot dogs, vegan goodies, boardwalk snacks and custom ice cream sandwiches — the vast diversity of food trucks that can be seen parked all over the Garden State is one of the many reasons why the casual, inexpensive food concept has exploded in popularity.
If you’re a foodie used to sitting down at a white table-clothed table, don’t turn up your nose just yet at the thought of grabbing a freshly-made slider from the back of a truck — food trucks are worth checking out the next time you see one hiding in the corner of a fair or festival.
And if you happen to spot one of these cool-concept food trucks at one of those said events, don’t let their long lines fool you — these are some of the most interesting four wheels you will see cruising Central Jersey.
CheezeN in New Brunswick
Who would have thought the food you eat when you’re feeling tired, hungover or just plain lazy — grilled cheese — could ever be called gourmet?
However, CheezeN, which offers grilled cheese sandwiches such as their prosciutto Caprese grilled cheese, bourbon bacon jammed grilled cheese, Monterey chicken grilled cheese and more, has managed to do just that.
CheezeN is based at the Olde Queens Tavern at 108 Easton Ave. in New Brunswick and you can also learn more information or book for a private event by calling 732-757-9261 or visiting cheezen.net.
Lombardi Pizza Company in Martinsville
New Jersey may be chock-full of pizza shops, but Lombardi Pizza Company brings the pizza to you via truck — with the love and care that only Chef and Owner Peter Lombardi can offer following his studies of the art of Neapolitan pizza-making in his birthplace of Naples, Italy.
From the truck, customers can get favorites such as the D.T. pizza with fresh mozzarella, Fontina, spicy sausage, garlic, basil and Parmesan, chorizo pizza with tomato sauce, imported Bufala mozzarella, spicy sausage, basil and Parmesan and the mushroom pizza with mushrooms, caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella, Gruyere cheese, garlic and Parmesan.
Lombardi Pizza Company can be found at their home base at 1958 Washington Valley Road in Martinsville and they can be reached at 732-667-5290 or lombardipizzaco.comfor booking of private events.
Fired Up Flatbread of Pittstown
Frequent diners see items such as chorizo, quail eggs and squash blossoms as ingredients only to be found behind restaurant doors, but thanks to Fired Up Flatbread, this certainly isn’t the case — the truck is known for their upscale and gourmet flatbread pizzas, sandwiches and fresh baked treats.
Some of their favorite flatbreads include the roasted butternut squash and sage, apple crumb, barbecue pulled pork, breakfast with seasonal vegetables, Monterey cheddar blend, quail eggs, micro greens and scallions and many more.
Fired Up Flatbread trucks over to the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market every Sunday at 111 Mine St. in Flemington (market ends after Nov. 19 for the season). You can also reach them at 908-905-0070 or firedupflatbread.com and book for private events.
House of Cupcakes in Princeton and East Brunswick
House of Cupcakes, with Central Jersey locations in Princeton and East Brunswick, is is a sweet success — the founders were winners of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and since then, they have garnered lines out the door and far beyond the truck window.
Here, you can find more than 35 flavors of cupcakes including caramel apple, maple walnut, pumpkin spice, worms in dirt, strawberry daiquiri, red velvet, peanut butter cookie dough, lemon burst and much more.
Visit House of Cupcakes at its home base at 32 Witherspoon St. in Princeton or 593 Route 18 S. in East Brunswick or contact them at 609-924-0085 or houseofcupcakes.com to find out where their truck will be next.
Lala’s Puerto Rican Kitchen of Old Bridge
Lala’s Puerto Rican Kitchen’s cuisine may no longer be set in a grandmother’s home kitchen, but that doesn’t make it any less authentic — the food truck is known for its true taste of Puerto Rico and signature sauces and flavors.
From inside this truck you can find fan-favorite dishes such as pernil, which is slow roasted pork with crispy skin, served over arroz con gandules, which is yellow rice with pigeon peas, as well as the pollo a la brasa, which is rotisserie chicken with homemade sofrito and lime and garlic mojo.
Lala’s Puerto Rican Kitchen is parked in the lot at 3310 Route 9 South, Old Bridge and can be reached at 201-223-5252 or lalasprkitchen.com. It is available for catering and private events as well.