The Coolest Food Trucks Ever

A look at the most innovative food trucks out thereWith food truck fever continuing to sweep the nation there are now trendy mobile eateries that serve everything from cupcakes to sushi to on-the-go consumers. Yet for every run-of-the-mill Korean taco truck and sandwich stand there are a handful of mobile food ventures that are pushing the envelope with new and innovative dining concepts.

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Throngs of restaurants do their best to serve locally sourced ingredients and support local food artisans, but Lulu's Local Eatery takes the concept a step further by using herbs and fruits harvested on the roof of their food truck. And the Roving Mammoth in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. is constructed on top of a Snowcat so that it can offer slope-side burritos to skiers even under the harshest conditions.

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Ever imagine ordering a brick-oven pizza from a truck? The pizzaiolos behind Del Popolo in San Francisco created one of the first mobile pizza ovens in the country, and designed stunning floor-to-ceiling windows so customers can watch their food being prepared. And for the country's smallest food truck venture to Austin, where Verts is serving up Berlin-inspired döner kebap from a smart car food truck.

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From a fully-electric food truck to one with an iPad ordering system, these mobile culinary ventures are expanding the limits of innovation in the world's dining scene.

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Credit: Facebook/Recess Recess - San Diego, Calif.
Who says adults don't deserve a mid-day recess? This San Diego food truck is dedicated to offering customers a bit of whimsical fun with their lunch - in the form of rocking tunes and a Kinect built into the truck for diners to play with. The food is prepared using all-natural, humanely-raised meat and locally sourced produce.

Credit: Facebook/ZZ Truck ZZ Truck Powered by Sizzler - Culver City, Calif.
This food truck, backed by the southern California restaurant chain, Sizzler, offers a menu that's only available on the truck and strives to offer a more high-end dining experience. Guests can order items like tri-tip or pulled pork sliders or umami fries using their high-tech iPad ordering system.

Credit: Facebook/Mammoth Mountain Ski ResortRoving Mammoth - Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
The Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. offers a variety of dining options for visitors, including a café at the peak of the mountain and barbecue shack. But perhaps the most intriguing dining option available at the resort is the Roving Mammoth, a food truck crafted atop a snowcat that can tackle the icy terrain of the mountain. The truck/machine offers breakfast and lunch burritos.

Credit: Facebook/GuactruckGuactruck, Manila, Philippines
The sleek exterior of the truck, complete with "wooden" panels, to the floor-to-ceiling window that allows customers to choose the ingredients of their meal and watch it being prepared, Guactruck is at the forefront of food truck innovation. The beautifully decorated interior is lit with energy-saving lights and the food is served in sustainably crafted packaging that customers can return in exchange for a free meal.

Credit: Flickr/Gary SoupLe Truc - San Francisco
Located in a renovated school bus, Le Truc offers locally sourced high-end gastro pub fare to hungry San Franciscans. However, for the few with reservations, the bus has room to accommodate 12 diners at a time. Imagine a mobile sit-down dining experience.

Credit: Facebook/Bridgeport PastyBridgeport Pasty - Chicago
This fully electric "GEM Car" food truck is made by Chrysler and can run for about 30 miles on a full charge. The green food truck offers pasties, which are British savory pies, available in half a dozen flavors ranging from chicken potpie to veggie.

Credit: Facebook/Del Popolo Del Popolo - San Francisco
Apart from being visually stunning, this food truck from the former pizzaiolo of the acclaimed Flour + Water in San Francisco is one of the first to offer a wood-burning mobile pizza oven. The truck is crafted out of a twenty-food transatlantic shipping container that's been fitted with glass windows and doors on one side so that diners can watch their pizza being made.

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- Molly Aronica, The Daily Meal