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These are the 26 best St. Louis food trucks

Despite some local closures last year, mobile eateries are on a roll.
Credit: Balkan Treat Box

ST. LOUIS — Two local barbecue joints debuted food trucks this week – Pappy's, with the Pappy's Rollin' Smoke truck, and Sugarfire, with the Brisket 1 truck in Indianapolis.

The openings indicate food trucks aren't going anywhere. Despite some local closures last year, St. Louis' mobile eateries are on a roll. The website Roaming Hunger lists 107 St. Louis area food trucks on its website, up from 94 this time last year. Local mainstays like Guerrilla Street Food, Balkan Treat Box and Seoul Taco continue to dominate popular consciousness.

Click here to see our food truck ranking.

Yet as more food trucks hit the streets, many are also parking their business behind storefronts. Balkan Treat Box opened its first permanent location in February, and Guerrilla Street Food has grown to five brick-and-mortar establishments. Ten of the 26 food truck's on this year's Best Food Trucks List have brick-and-mortar locations.

There's a new food truck hitting the road - but in Indianapolis. Sugarfire Smoke House founders Mike Johnson and Charlie Downs, alongside owners of the Indianapolis location, have introduced Brisket 1, the brand's new food truck.

Food trucks were ranked by a score calculated based on each truck's online ratings and recent honors and awards. First, a weighted average of the truck’s Yelp and Facebook ratings was calculated to form a base score (trucks had to have at least 20 total online ratings to qualify). Then points were added to the weighted average based on any awards and recognitions the truck received in 2018 and 2019. More points were added for more prestigious awards.

One of St. Louis' most famous and popular barbecue joints is expanding - on wheels.