The food truck revolution is well and truly under way with new spots popping up all over the country. With rents soaring in Dublin, some of the nation's most exciting chefs can now be found operating from carparks, outside pubs, in parks, and in food markets like Eatyard and DineTown.

Fast food has certainly come a long way since my college days of greasy pizza at the end of a night out, and there are plenty of great options to choose from, but these are five food trucks that just can't be missed.

Los Chicanos Tacos, Camden Row

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Having worked in some of the world's best restaurants, it was while cooking alongside Mexican chefs in America that chef Scott Holder's passion for Mexican food and Chicano culture was born.

The Dublin native travelled extensively through Mexico spending time with local producers, learning techniques, and visiting some of the country's top chefs. I've not yet been fortunate enough to spend time in Mexico but these are, without a doubt, the best tacos I've had in Ireland.

Located on Camden Row outside Elliot's Cash and Carry Scott offers five tacos, salsas, sides, and a soft-serve ice-cream. The menu includes vegan options and is exceptionally good value with two tacos costing between seven and eight euro.

The homemade chorizo, not as sweet as the Spanish chorizo that Irish taste buds may be used to, served with melted cheese and grilled onions is heaven. As is the lamb with tomatillo mint sauce. Honestly, you just can't go too far wrong with anything on the menu. Los Chicanos Tacos is an absolute must visit.

Bites by Kwanghi, Deansgrange and Decathlon

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You might recognise Kwanghi Chan as the recent winner of RTÉ Player's Battle of the Food Trucks. Born in Hong Kong but raised in Donegal, Kwanghi's culinary journey spans from his family's Chinese restaurant in Buncrana to Michelin starred kitchens.

The chef first came to my attention with his popular restaurant Bowls by Kwanghi and is now a member of the food truck club with Bites by Kwanghi. It's located in Baker's Corner Pub carpark in Deansgrange, Thursday to Sunday, while their mini-bites trailer is in Decathlon carpark in Finglas runs on Mondays and Fridays until the end of September.

Popular dishes include the sticky hoisin pork jasmine rice bowl with kimchi cabbage, miso mayo, black garlic and peanut chilli oil, scallions, coriander and sesame seed. The Korean style Chicken fillet burger is another favourite, served with kimchi, spicy mayo, pickled gherkins and served in a brioche bun.

The dumplings also can't be missed. I had the veggie ones and can confirm they're as good as you've heard.

The Saucy Cow, Eatyard

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After a year in New York, spent sampling various vegan food spots, Roisin Lawlor moved home to Dublin. And while she was happy to see vegan options on menus around the city, much like Beyoncé, she carried hot sauce in her bag.

These weren't any old sauces, however, but her own homemade range that added a little something extra to every meal. Eventually, this led led to her starting The Saucy Cow in 2019, a vegan fast food truck that doesn't skimp on the good stuff. Brownie (vegan, of course) points for the fun branding.

Located in Eatyard, Roisin has recently added a second location in Beach Park, Bray. It's a Southern inspired menu that includes chick* burgers, beyond meat burgers, loaded fries, and of course plenty of sauces - some of which will soon be available for sale so you can get your Saucy Cow fix from the comfort of your own home.

Their 'chick' is made from marinated Chinese mushrooms fried in their own seven spice seasoning. The crowd favourite Hot Papi is southern fried chick*, iceberg lettuce, ranch and buffalo sauce on a toasted sesame bun and is best enjoyed with a side of waffle fries.

The Salty Buoy, Locations vary

Niall Sabongi is the man behind Sustainable Seafood Ireland, the Klaw restaurants and The Saltwater Grocer so he knows a thing or two about great seafood. It's no surprise then that his quirky Citroen H van, The Salty Buoy, is where to go in Dublin for your seafood food truck fix.

Locations currently vary so check their Instagram to see where they're located on the day you want to visit. Regular spots can include Harold's Cross, Clontarf, Decathlon Ireland, and the Digital Hub in Dublin 8.

The menu includes some of Sabongi's signature dishes like freshly shucked oysters and fried fresh fish. Specials vary depending on what's been caught and can include seafood chowder, zingy poke bowls, hake kiev, and one of my favourites, Dublin Bay prawns.

For me though, it's the lobster roll that wins every time. Wrapped in a milk brioche bun, with Irish lobster, yuzu aioli and fresh herbs, the delicacy comes served with their house sour pickles and old bay spiked corn chips.

Janet's, Eatyard

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I first came across Janet's on podcaster and writer Fionnuala Jay's Instagram. I was well and truly #influenced and simply had to try the mouth-watering menu for myself.

Jianan Liu aka Janet is originally from China but has been living in Ireland for 10 years. Before opening her food truck she worked in an accountancy firm but when the opportunity arose she quit the day job and followed her passion for cooking. She has been based out of Eatyard since February 2020.

Janet learnt how to make her most popular dish, handmade gyozas, from her granny. Options include pork, prawn, spinach and peanut, and cabbage and pumpkin, as well as the more unusual cheeseburger variety. Another favourite are her rice bowls which can include Taiwanese style pork, teriyaki chicken, and szechuan spicy aubergine.

I highly recommend the melting pork belly bau served with pickled cabbage, kewpie mayo, peanut and crispy onion. We also shared a mix of the delicious delicate gyozas and, sticking with the theme, had a dessert of hazelnut chocolate gyozas.

For more food truck inspiration, watch Battle of the Food Trucks on RTÉ Player now.