The next time you need a break, consider adding plenty of sand, sun, water, and fun. The barrier islands of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, including the Cape Hatteras region, have something for everyone for a relaxing vacation any time of year. You’ll find an array of things to see and do, and you’re bound to hear your stomach rumble while you’re out. While there are many brick-and-mortar restaurants ready to serve you, sometimes you need to grab-and-go so the fun doesn’t slow down. You’ll find a variety of food trucks in North Carolina serving delicious eats to satisfy your appetite.

Hoy Lechon

Lechon means “to grill,” and the Rodanthe-based food truck is all about grilling. They dish up grilled pork, chicken, and beef with Asian influences. The Filipino and Chinese owners bring tastes like spring rolls, Filipino BBQ chicken, adobo fried rice, and more to the residents and visitors to Rodanthe. Pick up lunch or dinner, family-style meals, or book them to cater your next event. Find them regularly at the Liberty gas station at the foot of the Jug Handle bridge into Rodanthe.

Taqueria Las Ahumaderas

Head to the area around StingWray’s in Rodanthe for delicious Mexican on the go. Choose from Mexican classics like burritos, enchiladas, gorditas, nachos, quesadillas, tortas. You can also taste seafood with a Mexican flair like fish tacos and shrimp.

Uncle Frank’s Hot Dogs and Barbecue

Make waves in the traditional tastes of hot dogs and barbecue with the Waves-based food truck. The truck serves up creative fixings for hot dogs. Southern-style barbecue with all the fixings is available, too, and you can cap the meal with soft drinks or cold beer. If you’re environmentally conscious about your barbeque, they focus on sustainable, high-quality ingredients for all their dishes. If you want your selection hot and ready to pick up and go, order ahead on their website.

Dizzy’s Ice Cream Truck

A classic ice cream truck, they have dozens of frozen treats to choose from. Choose an ice cream sandwich, or ice cream bars with themes like SpongeBob, Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog, and others. Enjoy a slushie, fudge bar, or push pop. They even have Frosty Paws ice creams for your pup on a hot day.

Stu’s Food Truck

The seasonally available truck is often parked near the foot of the Avon Pier in Avon. They offer breakfast and brunch options to start your day or keep you going through the afternoon. The cash-only establishment writes its menu on a surfboard standing next to the order window. Choose from homemade biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, veggie tacos, breakfast tacos, and more in the morning. For your afternoon fill-up, choose BBQ dishes, hot dogs, or their delicious pulled pork tacos.

Hatteras Bowls

Located in Waves near the water of the Tri-Villages is a truck serving up healthy snacks. The truck camps out there all summer long and provides Acai bowls with a variety of toppings, vegan ice cream, ice-free smoothies, avocado toast, and a selection of coffee and tea. The good vibes are included in the price. The Eco-friendly bowls and spoons are biodegradable. You’ll find outdoor seating close by. Wait 30 minutes and head back into the ocean to “hang 10” with the equipment you’ve scored at nearby Hatteras Island Surf Shop. Bike racks and vehicle parking is available.

Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown

You’ll have to hop over to Nags Head on Bodie Island, but you’ll find several trucks in one spot! The annual event includes trucks from the larger North Carolina and Virginia areas. You’ll find independent trucks as well as catering trucks from popular brick-and-mortar restaurants. Taste flavors from American to Asian fusion and more. The event also features live music to enjoy while you chow down.

Good Eats at Home or On-the-Go in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures of your Cape Hatteras adventure, make sure that booking comfortable and stylish accommodations are a top priority. Book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. We have accommodations as small as 1-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart trip, all the way up to a 6-bedroom single-family home so you and all your loved ones. If there are leftovers, heat them up in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy them in a beautiful dining room. Kick back in a spacious living area or take in the view from an outdoor space.

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