• Charlie Leonard

Mobile Meals— Gaston County food trucks and where to find them

Food trucks are a unique type of cult classic. Before the COVID-19 pandemic made takeout the go-to mode for ordering food, food trucks served as the bridge between a drive-thru’s speed and a sit-down restaurant’s quality. You could always count on food trucks for experimental food that was literally on the move to breweries, parks, and your work parking lot. Grouped alongside each other, food trucks served as a mini-mall food court with much better options.

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Today, Gaston County’s growing towns are an unofficial breeding ground for food trucks thanks to a diversifying population, wider-ranging tastes, and more entertainment options. It’s an unexpected innovation that the general public and any adjacent business owners can benefit from.


If you’re out and about in the county, you’re bound to be within range of an excellent food truck feast. Here are the essential food trucks you need to try:


Bolton’s Curbside Cookery

Photo Courtesy of Bolton's Curbside Cookery

111 S. Main St., Stanley

Days and times vary


The friendly town of Stanley is seeing many new businesses move downtown. One of the newest ones is the Bolton's Curbside Cookery food trailer. Situated in a parking lot next to 105 Main Florist and Home Decor, Bolton’s is already making an impression.


Quirky cheeseburgers like “The Brekkie Burger” — topped with a fried egg — and “The Herdsman” bring plenty of flavor alongside the fun. Other fan favorites are The Sweet Caroline with chili and slaw, chicken dumpling soup, and fresh fries.


Stop by for a lunchtime treat, and if you’re competitive — or you’re really hungry —, try their brand-new burger challenge.


Carolina Food Monger

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124 N. Main St., Belmont

Days and times vary


The Carolina Food Monger is regularly in the lineup at The Summit Beer Shop in downtown Mount Holly. Serving as a Greek and Mexican food fusion, you’ll find a nice variety of fan favorites to choose from. If you’re leaning towards Mexican food, try their BBQ quesadilla that’s got pulled pork barbecue, coleslaw, and a mango sauce alongside your cheese. Great Greek selections include a chicken gyro and their falafel nuggets with tzatziki or lemon tahini dressing.


Catch the Carolina Food Monger in Mount Holly or outside Belmont at District 8 Brewery in South Fork Village.


Jive Turkey Legs

7005 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont

Days and times vary


Not many types of food beat the turkey leg. That’s especially true when it’s from Jive Turkey Legs out of Belmont. Jive Turkey Legs is the place to go for festival foods. Think funnel cakes, brats, nachos, and brisket. They’ve also got other eye-popping dishes like their Chicken Chi-Chi, a Triple Threat Quesadilla, and even a potato tower.


Jive Turkey Legs regularly travels around Gaston County and the nearby areas in North and South Carolina.


Mabry’s Que House

Locations vary

Dates and times vary


There’s no shortage of great barbecue in North Carolina. It’s even better when it comes to you. Mabry’s Que House is all about serving classic Carolina-style barbecue from their mobile barbecue pit. Find delicious pulled pork alongside pulled chicken and chopped brisket served with your choice of sides. Want everything all in one? Order the Trash Pile. It starts with a cornbread base topped with pulled pork, a layer of BBQ baked beans, their smoked mac and cheese, and a healthy drizzle of BBQ sauce.


You’ll regularly find Mabry’s Que House at The Thirsty Dog in Belmont, as well as regular appearances in Dallas and Bessemer City.


Mamacitas

Photo Courtesy of Mamacitas

1504 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


Out of all the food trucks, one of the most iconic is the taco truck. Iconic is an excellent descriptor for the Mamacitas food truck. Parked off of Franklin Boulevard near Eastridge Mall in Gastonia, Mamacitas serves tasty tacos with the meat of your choice. That includes Mexican staples like carne asada steak, chicken, al pastor pork, and beef tongue. Each taco is served on a corn tortilla with raw onions, grilled onions, and fresh cilantro.


Treat your tastebuds to a taco or try another one of their staples — like their burritos or tamales.


Old Stone Streetside

23 S. Main St., Belmont

Days and hours vary


Gaston County has plenty of great steak spots. One of those steak restaurants is Old Stone Steakhouse in downtown Belmont. Old Stone is known for serving classic cuts of steak, traditional steakhouse sides, and ribs smothered in Cheerwine BBQ sauce. Now, the Belmont favorite is getting into the food truck game with Old Stone Streetside.


The focus of their food truck concept is quality food in a fast-casual setting. You’ll find staples like their Cheerwine ribs and bacon-wrapped scallops, but you’ll also be treated to more accessible types of grub. Featured on the menu are a chicken, bacon, and ranch croissant, pulled pork salt, and vinegar chips, and flash-fried New York cheesecake bites with a berry drizzle.


You can find Old Stone Streetside outside their main restaurant in downtown Belmont and at The Thirsty Dog in Belmont.


Pho Feel’n Asian Cuisine

141 W. Main Ave., Gastonia

Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 5 p.m.-9 p.m.


If you’ve never had the chance to try pho, now’s the time to do it. Pho Feel’n Asian Cuisine is one of Gaston County’s go-to places for that special Vietnamese bone broth soup. Choose a protein — like chicken, beef, brisket, or oxtail — to pair with rice noodles, fresh herbs, onions, and cilantro.


Want something other than pho? Pork Ban Mi is another Vietnamese staple you need to try. Enjoy the marinated pork sandwich that features a medley of vegetables in between two French baguettes. Or you could try another classic Asian dish like Pad Thai, Pork Ban Mi, Drunken Noodles, and Korean short ribs.


Look for the roving red Pho Feel’n trailer at the Summit Bottle Shop, District 8 Brewery, Ole Dallas Brewery, The Thirsty Dog Brewery, and all across the Gaston County area.


Pita Wheel

Photo Courtesy of Pita Wheel

110 S. York St., Gastonia

Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.


1108 E. Main St., Dallas

Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


The Pita Wheel is one of the great food truck success stories. They started as a food truck serving creative pitas around Gaston County and the Charlotte area. Slowly but surely, they gained a cult-like following that inspired them to go bigger.


In late October of 2020, the Pita Wheel opened their first of two brick-and-mortar locations in a former gas station in the heart of Gastonia. Shortly afterward, in 2021, Pita Wheel’s second location opened near downtown Dallas. If you go to their