The Emerson Fry Bread food truck doesn’t just sell fry bread – it sells some of the best fry bread tacos in the state. And those hot, pillowy discs of fried dough are artfully hewed to hold a delicious array of toppings, including intensely seasoned carne asada, green chile chicken, and the simple yet enormously satisfying combo that is fresh pinto beans slicked with melted cheese.
Since owners Lorenzo Emerson and Roxanne Wilson launched the truck in 2011, Emerson Fry Bread has earned a devoted following for its unique spin on the beloved Arizona staple. The truck is known for its scratch-made sauces and beans, and frequent use of organic produce.
The most popular order is probably The Jazzy, a taco that brings together Emerson’s Mojave, Quechan, and Mexican-American roots and packs them into an irresistible culinary package. The Jazzy features intensely seasoned carne asada and pinto beans, topped with fresh herbs and field greens that look as if they’ve been plucked off the farmer’s market truck at the peak of freshness.
What really makes this taco singular, though, is the fry bread itself, which is cleanly fried and delightfully chewy. Wash it all down with some of the truck’s sweet-tangy prickly pear lemonade, or the truck’s other signature drink: the Sonoran Sunset, a blend of prickly pear lemonade, orange juice, and grenadine.
Is Emerson Fry Bread the best food truck in metro Phoenix? You’ll have to be the judge of that. But it’s been named the top food truck in Arizona by a handful of national food blogs over the years. And there’s no doubt that the folks at Emerson Fry Bread are helping usher in a new era of fry bread in metro Phoenix – one where fresh, locally sourced ingredients are front and center on the menu.
If you haven’t had a chance to try one of Emerson’s tacos yet, it helps to know that the truck makes frequent appearances at Valley food truck festivals, including Gilbert’s Friday night “Feastival.” You can also track the truck’s location on the Emerson Fry Bread Facebook page.
Emerson Fry Bread, location and hours vary, 602-516-8228.