Forget fancy gourmet restaurants with table service and, well, tables. With the rise of food truck culture, the dining experience of the moment trades real estate for mobility. Yet don’t let that fool you into thinking good design is no longer a requisite of the foodie experience. On the contrary, in challenging the conventions of typical restaurant design, food trucks have utilized creativity and functionality in abundance. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.
Container homes are nothing new, but a container food truck? Set inside a 20 foot transatlantic shipping container, Del Popolo exudes industrial vibes. It’s an ideal fit for the group’s rustic stone-baked pizzeria offerings.
Inside features a traditional Italian-made wood-fired oven, housed in a glass-covered exhibition kitchen. The effect brings customers as close as possible to the action, making this design a crucial part of the Del Popolo experience.
No prizes for guessing what Seattle food truck Maximus/Minimus specializes in. This design is hardly subtle, yet when the food offering is that good, of course you’re going to want to be instantly recognizable.
The pulled pork BBQ establishment makes waves with its pig-shaped metal skin. Complete with oversize sunglasses, this food truck toes the line between tongue-in-cheek humor and macho masculinity.
This food truck may be small, but its petite size adds to the overall cute and twee aesthetic. There’s a rustic backyard feel to Caravan Made, which is perfectly in keeping with its seasonal menu of fresh, locally-grown produce.
Ett Litet Crêperie
Truck Surf Hotel
Though not strictly a food truck, the mobile Truck Surf Hotel makes the list for its unique concept and sleek yet practical design.
Fashioned from an old Mercedes Benz truck, this hotel-on-wheels can accommodate up to ten guests. The design features an expandable upper floor and plenty of windows. In other words, it feels much bigger than it actually is. It’s also designed with energy conservation in mind. The truck hopes to travel from destination to destination on the smallest carbon footprint possible.