Mobile Kitchen Styles: Food Truck, Food Trailer And Food Cart

Every chef dreams of owning a restaurant, but investing in a brick-and-mortar store can cost a fortune. There's also the fact that a lot of them end up going out of business. That's why aspiring restaurateurs are now jumping on the mobile food business bandwagon. Serving food from the comfort of your own vehicle has proven to be an affordable and accessible way to become a culinary business owner. Now the question is, which tool will you choose to start your restaurant business? To help you choose among the most common popular mobile food carts, below we'll give you a detailed breakdown and list the differences between them.

movable kitchen

One of the most well-known mobile restaurants, a food truck is a large vehicle with a kitchen inside. You prepare food in the kitchen and serve customers through the side windows. With this type of restaurant, you have the opportunity to travel to different places and earn money selling various foods along the way.

food truckMost of the meals available are eaten on the go, such as tacos or sandwiches. Customers tend to like them because they can enjoy fresh food in public places. Food trucks are also considered cleaner than most mobile restaurants. We can set up a dining area with tables and seating, or a counter in the truck for customers to dine.


Mobility: What the largest specialty food trucks offer is their ability to easily move to different locations. Unlike food trailers, you don't have to haul your equipment with another vehicle. You just get in the driver's seat and go wherever your retail business is allowed.

Spacious: The food truck has plenty of room to hold a lot of equipment, so you can serve more food to your customers. In addition, a certain number of waiters can be accommodated to serve customers.

Free Ad Space: The body of your truck is a great area for your ads, and people are drawn to your ads wherever your truck goes.

Easy to clean: Fewer kitchen appliances need to be cleaned than a brick-and-mortar restaurant kitchen.

Stylish: They are the most popular type of mobile restaurant.

food trailer

A food trailer is also a mobile kitchen, and unlike a food truck, this food trailer cannot be moved alone, you can hang it on the vehicle and drag it from one location to another. Kitchen trailers vary widely in size, ranging from 8-53 feet long to 7-8 1/2 feet wide. These ready-to-customize vehicles are designed to cater to large crowds at multi-hour or even multi-day events such as weddings and state fairs.

food trailerAdvantages:

Convenience: The kitchen can be towed with the vehicle, and there is no need to stop for maintenance. Since the kitchen trailer is not connected to the transport vehicle, the trailer can be put down during the event, and the vehicle can be used for errands during the event. It can be used as an auxiliary kitchen to expand the existing building. space, or use as the main kitchen during renovations/disaster relief, mileage is not recorded on the trailer, so you can continuously go from one location to another without worrying about depreciation due to increased mileage

Low cost: Typically less expensive than food trucks, can be up to 1 1/2 feet wider for more space, large size allows food businesses to cater to larger venues

Customization: Different sizes allow you to find a food trailer on your budget and customize it to your needs and specifications

food cart

Food carts are small kitchen carts with wheels that can be pushed by hand or other equipment, or towed by a vehicle. Bicycle-driven carts can be pushed over longer distances, while towed food carts can travel longer distances. There is a very limited area of ​​push with these types of carts. You'll often see food carts during the lunch rush at parks, busy sidewalks, and public events.

food cartFood carts are not full-size kitchens. As such, they are limited to serving a meal or two and some prepackaged snacks or drinks. Depending on the food served, they are equipped with one or two heating elements, such as steamers, boilers, fryers and heaters. Space is very limited.


Portability: Their small size is perfect for navigating through crowds and city streets. You can get to more places that food trucks can't, like inside a mall. You can go almost anywhere and easily move to another location with the right license.

Less management: only one person is required to operate. You don't have to worry about overpaying your employees.

Affordable: This is the cheapest option to get you into the mobile catering business.

Build customer relationships: can build easy contact with customers and provide friendly service.

Finally, you can alternatively opt for a food bike, commonly known as a vending bike or cargo bike. However, unlike traditional vending bikes, food bikes come with the right tools to help you sell your food. Food bikes can be equipped with freezers, refrigerators and sinks, similar to some food carts, to give you a proper mini kitchen setup. However, the difference between a food cart and a food bike is that the vending machine is connected to an appropriate mode of transportation - mostly bicycles!

food bikeCustom Service

The above are the common styles of mobile restaurants, if you have any special needs, we can also provide customized services for you. Mobile food vehicles continue to dominate food service trends year after year, and we expect their popularity to continue to rise as customers reduce their dining options in restaurants due to the covid.