Here at Penn, we’re fortunate to have access to all the food necessities – Chipotle, Bobby’s
Burger Palace, McDonald’s – you name it, we’ve got it. However, one thing that makes Penn’s
cuisine special is the magical food truck.
Food trucks are a college student’s dream come true. Cheap (most meals are $7 or less),
convenient (many trucks are lined up right outside of the dorm areas), and tasty (as I’ll elaborate on), it is certainly a great bang for your buck. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Tyson Bees. Serving delicious Korean inspired dishes, their rainbow-colored food truck
will be sure to catch your attention. The food - such as their Kimchi Lemongrass BBQ Burrito - will keep you coming back. It’s a staple of my diet and my favorite Friday go to after a long week. They drizzle the perfect amount of spicy mayo on top of the sticky rice and tender beef, and it’s just the right combination of sweet and spicy.
2. Billy’s Food Truck. Billy is the man. He is Penn Athletics’ #1 fan and a great person to talk sports with! He’s been behind the grill at his food truck in front of Penn’s Math and Physics building since before I was born. He knows my name and also my order without me even having to say a word – meatball parmesan hoagie if I’m in a rush, Philly Cheesesteak if I have some time. Many people rank Pat’s King of Steaks or Geno’s as their favorite place for a cheesesteak, but Billy’s should certainly be a part of the discussion!
3. MexiCali. Delicious burritos (bowl options are available as well). Their chicken burrito with a touch of guacamole is absolutely scrumptious. Their sweet potato burrito is a fan favorite for vegetarians. They have a unique yogurt sauce that many MexiCali frequenters will use in lieu of the more traditional mild, medium, or hot salsa. MexiCali also throws in a free water bottle with every purchase!
4. Kim’s. Each time I go I intend to branch out and try something new, but my efforts are usually to no avail because I don’t want to give up the sesame chicken! The menu is absolutely massive, including both Chinese and Vietnamese food, and has every type of chicken, beef, vegetable, rice, or noodle dish you could possibly ask for. The truck is also conveniently located right next to Pottruck (our gym/fitness center) so it’s a great place to go for a post-workout meal.
-Nathan S, C'19