Over the last five years, San Antonio has gone from culinary afterthought to veritable dining destination, with a progressive food truck scene serving as pace car.

“At first, people would read ‘Pakistani,’ make a face, and walk away,” says Sameer Siddiqui, who admits to handing out a lot of free samples when he started his halal food truck, Rickshaw Stop, in 2011. That was back when San Antonio didn’t have much of a food truck scene outside of smoked meats trailers.

Along with Keith Hill from KHILL BBQ Company, Siddiqui formed the San Antonio Food Truck Association, which now boasts more than 40 members. “I’ve rediscovered my own city and different neighborhoods through the food truck,” he adds. “I like to think we’ve opened people’s minds to ethnic food and helped remove the ‘roach coach’ stigma.” Siddiqui can take pride in that even as Rickshaw Stop closes after five years in business.

San Antonio’s Food Trucks to Sample:

The Fridge

Crowd-pleasing pressed and toasted sandwiches, especially “The Hottie” with hot Cheeto–crusted fried chicken.

Slider Provider

Aptly named with scaled-down versions of both classic and out-there sandwiches, like the PB&J with bacon and cheddar.

Teka Molino Mobile

Hand-milled corn is made into classic Tex-Mex and new favorites, such as puffy tacos, guacamole cups, and bean rolls.

Chef Bully

Winner of Spike TV’s Frankenfood, thanks to dishes like Rasta Pasta with Jamaican grilled chicken or shrimp.

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