It’s lunchtime in the city, and you want to run out for a quick bite between meetings. As your co-workers head to their favorite food trucks, you politely tell them you aren’t that hungry and you’ll just grab a salad - as your stomach rumbles unforgivingly. As awkward as this scenario can be, the growing number of Philly food trucks accommodating gluten-free customers are helping to broaden the lunchtime options.
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Lil Dan's, which frequents Love Park and other Center City stops, usually has Maglio sausage or another gluten-free item on the menu. Local 215 and vegetarian-friendly Magic Carpet Foods – a food-truck veteran that’s been serving Middle Eastern food in University City for 30 years – are no strangers to serving customers with food sensitivities.
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For just desserts, try Cookie Confidential on Temple’s campus at 12th and Norris. Owner Melissa Torre, who eats gluten free herself, occasionally serves gluten-free options. The mobile version of Little Baby’s Ice Cream is another reliable place if you have to satisfy a sweet tooth – most flavors are gluten free, and all flavors and toppings have their own designated utensils.
The trucks' websites, Twitter feeds and Facebook pages provide the latest location updates. The ChowSpotter and Food Truck Philly websites also track locations.