Favorite Knoxville Food Trucks


Now more than ever, the food truck scene in Knoxville is booming. There are more than 100 food trucks open for business on any day of the week. Whether you’re a foodie or a family just looking for a fun new dinner spot, you’ve come to the right place. Knoxville Moms asked family, friends and contributors for their favorite food trucks. We’ve put together this list of their favs ranging from burgers and barbecue to tacos and sushi and everything in between. If you like having options, check out a local food truck park or one of The Chef’s Workshop food truck rallies. You can have appetizers, dinner and dessert all from different food trucks.

Favorite Knoxville Food TrucksThere’s no doubt food trucks are here to stay in East Tennessee. We hope you find your family’s favorite new food truck right here!

Food Trucks

Abridged Burger Company
Instagram: @abridgedburgercompany

This burger truck bills itself as the “abridged” version of the popular Abridged Beer Company. You’ll find smash style burgers made of a beef brisket blend that’s ground in-house and served up on potato rolls. Abridged Burger serves up some of the same burgers people have grown to love at Abridged Beer plus some new thing as well. You can find the truck all day on Saturdays & Sundays at Xul Beer Company.

B’s Bites
Facebook: B’s Bites 
Instagram: @bsbites19
(803) 466-0018
Email: [email protected]

B’s Bites is new on the Knoxville food truck scene but its already gained quite a following. The truck prides itself on serving homemade eats with a twist. The menu includes wings, tacos and more. B’s Bites can be found in Knoxville and the surrounding counties. You can keep track of B’s Bites next stop on this handy calendar.

Blackie Chan’s
Facebook: BlackieChan’s
Instagram: @blackiechans
(865) 279-1723
Email: [email protected]

Fusion sushi and Asian cuisine with southern and Polynesian inspiration makes for Blackie Chan’s unique sushi. Blackie Chan’s called the former 35 North in Farragut home, but now this truck is hitting the road to communities in and around Knoxville. You can keep track of Blackie Chan’s next stop on its Facebook page.

Facebook: ChickNSack
Instagram: @chicknsack
Email: [email protected]

Chick-N-Sack is home to great southern-style deep fried chicken seasoned with the popular K-Town Krack wing dust. This food truck covers a lot of ground. It travels to LaFollette and Lenoir City and everything in between! The truck updates its calendar on the Chick-N-Sack Facebook page.

CJ’s Tacos
Facebook: CJ’s Tacos
Instagram: @cjtacosfoodtruck
(865) 951-8217
Email: [email protected]

CJ’s Tacos was voted the best food truck by Knoxville’s Cityview Magazine. Fans agree with that honor as well as the truck’s motto “Tacos will never be the same!” Chef Chris Jones says the difference is his pan-fry taco shells and fresh ingredients. CJ’s Tacos has not one, but two food trucks and now a sit-down restaurant on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. You can keep track of it all on the CJ’s Tacos website.

Taqueria La Herradura
Facebook: LaHerraduraFoodTruck
(865) 951-1170
Permanent Parking Spot in gas station parking lot located next to Rooms To Go at 8315 Kingston Pike.

This family-owned business prides itself on serving some of the most authentic Mexican food in our area. It’s so popular La Herradura has a brick-and-mortar location at 2625 North Broadway in Knoxville.

Forks on the Road
Facebook: ForksOnTheRoadKnox
Instagram: @forksontheroad_knox
Twitter: @ForksOnTheRoad_
(865) 406-1590
Email: [email protected]

The sliders and fresh cut fries from Forks on the Road go down easy and for good reason — it’s delicious! This food truck travels far and wide. The best bet to catch Forks on the Road is to check its Twitter page.

Kona Ice
Facebook: KonaIceofKnoxCounty
Instagram: @konaiceknoxco
(865) 401-9838
Email: [email protected]

Kona Ice trucks are rolling across the country and right here in Knox County. This food truck brags about having the best shaved ice in town. There are TONS of flavors and seasonal ones to choose from as well.

Oakwood BBQ
Facebook: Oakwood BBQ – Knoxville
Instagram: @oakwoodbbqknox

Oakwood offers Tennessee barbecue with a southwestern flair. All the meat served smokes for 14-hours. This food truck keeps it in park at South Side Garage from Tuesday through Sunday, so you never have to wonder where to find amazing barbecue.

Penne for Your Thoughts
Facebook: pennetruck
Instagram: @penntruck
(865) 766-5817
Email: [email protected]

Penne for Your Thoughts dishes up Italian American fusion food you would find in a white tablecloth kind of restaurant. There are more options than ever to enjoy this fresh, hand-crafted, made-to-order pasta. Penne has a restaurant on Northshore Drive and now has a presence at Marble City Market in downtown Knoxville.

REO Cheesewagon
Facebook: REOCheesewagon
Instagram: @reocheesewagon
(865) 995-8462
Email: [email protected]

Gourmet grilled cheese made to order all around East Tennessee. The REO Cheesewagon menu features some old favorites and some unexpected sandwiches like too.  It’s got quite a following. It’s been named “Favorite Food Truck” in the Maryville Daily Times Readers’ Choice Awards four years in a row.

Ramen Bones
Facebook: RameBonesFoodTruck
Instagram: @ramen_bones
Email: [email protected]

Authentic Japanese ramen is what keeps people coming back to this Knoxville food truck. The owner and head chef went to Japan to receive formal training and tou can taste the incredible results! Be sure to slurp the broth for the full ramen experience! You can usually find Ramen Bones at Central Filling Station. For the latest calendar, visit the Ramen Bones Facebook or Instagram pages.

Refill Coffee Cart
Facebook: refillcoffeecart
Instagram: @refillcoffeecart

Refill Coffee Cart may be tiny, but it serves up fun, powerful drinks. Whether you prefer a classic cup of Joe or an iced coffee bordering on dessert, you’ll find your caffeine fix with Refill Coffee Cart. This food cart travels all over East Tennessee and if you live within 20-mile radius of downtown, Knoxville Refill Coffee will arrange a coffee delivery!

Smiley Swirl
Facebook: SmileySwirlIcecream
Instagram: @smileyswirlicecream
(865) 777-3999

This big pink food truck is famous for its creamy and rich soft serve on a cone or in a decadent sundae or milkshake. You won’t find this truck driving through neighborhoods like old school ice cream trucks. Smiley Swirl can be found at local food truck parks and events. For the latest locations, go to the Smiley Swirl Facebook page.

Southern Sips
Facebook: TNSouthernSips
Instagram: @tnsouthernsips
Email: [email protected]

Sugar Queen Doughnutry
Facebook: TheSugarQueenDoughnutry
Instagram: @thesugarqueendoughnutry
Email: [email protected]

The Sugar Queen offers original, scratch-made doughnuts to diners in greater Knoxville.  The doughnuts are practically the size of your head, but we promise you won’t want to share with anyone! There are classic flavors like brown butter glazed and specialty doughnuts that will leave you salivating. You can check out the menu here and the Sugar Queen’s calendar here.

Facebook: SWATaco
Instagram: @SWATaco
Email: [email protected]

Mouthwatering Tex Mex is on the move in Knoxville! SWATaco offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more. Each entree promises to have the signature SWATaco southwestern flair. You can keep up with the truck’s latest happenings on its Facebook page.

Food Truck Parks

Central Filling Station
900 North Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917
Facebook: knoxfoodpark
Instagram: @knoxfoodpark
Email: [email protected]
Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:00pm-9:00pm, Fridays & Saturdays 11:00pm-10:00pm & Sundays 11:00pm-9:00pm

Central Filling Station has bragging rights at Tennessee’s first full-service food truck park. It offers a family-friendly and dog-friendly hangout spot featuring a daily rotation of the city’s best food trucks and craft beverages.

The Cave at Hey Bear Cafe
9036 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923
Facebook: heybearcafe
Instagram: heybearcafe
(865) 985-0326
Monday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00pm-9:30pm & Sunday 11:00am-9:00pm

Hey Bear Cafe started out as a spot for boba tea and snacks. Since its opening, it’s expanded to include the “Cave” food truck park, arts & crafts market and community hangout. There is a playground, sandbox and walking trail, too. Hey Bear hosts food truck daily. You can find the calendar here. Hey Bear also hosts special events and festivals with even more food trucks on site. Follow Hey Bear on Facebook for the latest.

The Chef’s Workshop
Multiple Locations
Facebook: thechefsworkshop
Instagram: thechefsworkshop
(865) 693-5066
Email: [email protected]

The Chef’s Workshop coordinates and hosts food truck rallies in East Tennessee. It’s recently expanded its event locations to include towns surrounding Knoxville including Lenoir City, LaFollette and Clinton. Expect rotating food trucks and lots of fun at these community events! For food truck rallies near you, be sure to check out The Chef’s Workshop Facebook page and website for the latest events.

Creekside Knox
6729 Malone Creek Drive, Knoxville, TN 37931
(865) 722-7559
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: creeksideknox
Instagram: @creeksideknox
Lunch Daily 11:30am-3:30pm, Dinner Daily 4:30pm-10:00pm

This new food truck park offers casual bites, cold beer and promises “good times for all.” Creekside can host up to 10 food trucks at a time. There’s also a dedicated bar serving up an array of bottled beer and more. Creekside also hosts live music and special events, too.

4Way Food Park
8541 Asheville Highway, Knoxville, TN
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: 4WayFoodPark

This food truck park is the passion project for the owner behind Chef Aaron’s Creations food truck. The goal is to create a family-friendly environment for the community to gather and enjoy delicious food. The food park hit some construction setbacks; in the meantime, you can go there to eat at Chef Aaron’s Creations food truck.

Powell Food Truck Depot
1516 W. Emory Road, Powell, TN
(865) 416-0365
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: powellfoodtruckdepot
Instagram: powell_food_truck_depot
Wednesdays-Sundays 7:00am-10:00am & 11:00am-9:00pm

This new food truck in Powell is quickly gathering a following! You can always find an assortment of trucks offering dinner, drinks and desserts. You can get the latest on the weekly lineup on the Powell Food Truck Depot Facebook or Instagram pages.

SouthSide Garage
1014 Sevier Avenue
Knoxville, TN
(865) 951-2790
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: southsidegarageknox
Instagram: southsidegarageknox
Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-11:00pm, Friday 4:00pm-12:00am, Saturday 12:00pm-12:00am & Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm

SouthSide Garage is a new food truck park and bar in the South Landing area of South Knoxville. There is a large selection of local craft beers, a rotation of food trucks and a family-friendly space complete with large patios and patio games. In addition to the rotating food trucks, there is a resident food truck. Oakwood BBQ serves Tennessee barbecue with Southwestern flair, serving prime beef-centric BBQ. Oakwood’s hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday 5:00pm-10:00pm and Saturday-Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm.

What are your favorite food trucks in East Tennessee?
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I’m a former TV news producer turned stay-at-home mom to my daughter Madeline and toddler Bennett. While I may stay at home, Madeline, Bennett and I are always on the go exploring Knoxville and making new friends. I'm a coffee addict, book lover, fashion-phile, occasional cook and bargain hunter. My guilty pleasures include Pinterest and bad reality TV. I believe a sense of humor is an essential survival skill. And--lucky me--my funny husband Andy always keeps me laughing. Follow me on Knoxville Moms as I chronicle this challenging and rewarding adventure we call motherhood!


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