Napa Valley’s Fabulous Food Trucks

The food truck. When did it go from being a lunchtime staple for construction workers to an ultra-hip social event? No matter. Food trucks seem to be here to stay, and they’re a great way to grab some excellent food without the time, hassle, or expense of a sit-down restaurant. As a world-renowned capital of food and wine, the Napa Valley has its share of these rolling eateries – some of which can be found at regular locations throughout the week, others that make appearances at outdoor concerts and other live events. Here are some of our favorites…

  • The Clif Family Winery launched its much-awaited Bruschetteria food truck on August 13. It’s parked behind the Velo Vino patio Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm. Executive Chef John McConnell (formerly of Terra Restaurant) serves a seasonal menu of bruschettas, spiedini, roast chicken, and farm-fresh salads. Order a meal to go or linger on the patio with a glass of Clif Family wine. (709 Main Street, St. Helena, 707-968-0625)
  • Cross Road Chicken does “Thursday Night Live” each week at Somerston Estate Vineyard and Winery. The truck features juicy wood-fired chicken, chicken-mozzarella sandwiches, slow-cooked pork sandwiches, Rancho Gordo heirloom BBQ beans, and roasted corn on the cob. (3450 Sage Canyon Road, St Helena, 707-967-8414, or crossroadchix@aol.com)
  • Phat Salads and Wraps offers a healthy alternative to fast food for a quick breakfast or lunch (8:30 am to 2:00 pm) in Napa. The truck serves a wide variety of salads and wraps with grilled chicken or steak, as well as a yummy spicy tortilla soup. On Tuesdays, the truck is located next to the library at Napa Valley College; other weekdays it’s parked on Industrial Way off of California Blvd. (south of Trancas Street). And weekends it can be found at a variety of special events – check the website for details. (707-363-9658)
  • Napa Valley Crust makes a variety of wood-fired pizzas from its converted vintage truck, and offers salads, appetizers, and desserts. On September 7 it will be a participating vendor at Calistoga’s Harvest Table; for other event dates, check out the website, call 707-396-1579, or email laprimapizza@aol.com.

Then there are the taco trucks, where locals claim you can get the best Mexican street food in the valley:

  • Tacos La Esperanza made USA Today’s “Ten Best” list, and for good reason. It’s parked on Soscol Avenue across from the Westin Hotel and Wine Train station every day. (707-246-4908)
  • Tacos Garcia is parked next to Pancha’s dive bar in Yountville (6764 Washington Street) every Monday through Friday from 11 am to 9 pm. (707-980-4896)
  • La Gitana Taco Truck is open 9 am to 6 pm every day but Sunday and can be found at 1102 Tubbs Lane in northern Calistoga (about three miles north of Lincoln avenue on Highway 128/Foothill Blvd.). (707-541-8246)

Kirsten Mickelwait is a St. Helena-based writer who has lived and raised her family in the Napa Valley for nearly 20 years.

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