From fries to fajitas: The best of Lanark County food trucks

Food trucks are about more than just fries – today’s food trucks have elevated the traditional street food experience with high quality ingredients and one-of-a-kind recipes.  Delicious food truck cuisine is found throughout Lanark County, serving customers everything from traditional fries, hamburgers and hot dogs, to authentic Cuban cuisine and a smoked barbecue that will have you coming back for more (and more and more)!

There’s no better time to enjoy a meal outdoors than in the early days of summer, when the sun is warm and the days are long. While you’re out and about in Lanark County, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore historic landmarks and the hundreds of lakes, rivers and creeks found here.

Take the day and paddle, explore and eat your way across Lanark County. You can tour the Top 10 Food Trucks in Lanark County according to TripAdvisor:

  1. The Cheeky Chippy, Almonte
  2. Fitz’s Fries, Lanark
  3. The Crispy Spud, Beckwith
  4. Scoops Ice Cream, Pakenham
  5. Law & Orders, (now called “Hamburger Hut”),  Drummond/North Elmsley
  6. Retro Fries, Perth
  7. Cuban Mix, Almonte
  8. The Greene Mill, Almonte
  9. Wildfire BBQ and Smokehouse, Perth (just opened in a new location as a full service restaurant – congratulations!)
  10. Tater Time, Tay Valley

Or, for intrepid food truck lovers, check out this list of delicious food trucks found in the County, and where to find them:


Sometimes the side roads are the best places to find hidden food truck gems! The Crispy Spud (7620 Highway 15 near Carleton Place) serves a fantastic smoked meat sandwich, and the prices are reasonable. Everything is made to order here, so plan for a roughly 20-minute wait to receive your order, but don’t worry, it will be worth it.

Carleton Place

A visit to Carleton Place is a historic architectural experience, and this small town located only 20 minutes from the City of Ottawa, is home to a number of heritage landmarks. Don’t miss Town Hall at 175 Bridge St., a Romanesque-style building built between 1895 and 1897, or the Federal Building, 79-81 Bridge St., a historic Romanesque Rival architectural style built in 1892-97 by architect Thomas Fuller, the architect who designed the parliament buildings in Ottawa. This year is Carleton Place’s 200th anniversary, making these historic sites even more noteworthy!

For outdoor activity, visit Riverside Park, home of the Carleton Place Canoe Club, the oldest continually operating canoe club in Canada (celebrating 125 years in 2018). Bordered by the Mississippi River, Riverside Park is the perfect location to set off on a paddle by canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.

To cap off your day with some delicious food truck fare, visit Bud’s Spuds (124 Moore St.), and try their bacon-wrapped hot dog!

Other Popular Locations:

Jolly Hog Food Truck: 299 Lake Ave. E.

The Potato King: 145-161 Townline Road West


Drummond/North Elmsley

On Highway 7, near Innisville, between Carleton Place and Perth), the Hamburger Hut Special Burger Unit will fill your belly and then some. This business started out as a food truck, but is now a permanent building (13694 Highway 7) and shouldn’t be missed. If you’re feeling ambitious, take the Rhippo Challenge that includes two, one-pound Rhippo burgers and a full pound of poutine. Eat it all in 20 minutes or less and get your meal for free!

Located in beautiful Rideau Ferry, Jimmy’s Snack Shack offers a Greek twist! A local favourite on this menu is the fish and chips, served with a fantastic salad. Not only is the food amazing, but the setting sun makes this place a popular summer attraction. Take a short walk to the public docks and watch as the boats pass by on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or use Rideau Ferry as your launchpad for your own paddling exploration of the Rideau Waterway.

Lanark Highlands

Don’t leave Lanark County without visiting the Purdon Conservation Area, one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County, and located in beautiful Lanark Highlands. Here, you’ll find lakes, rivers and streams just waiting to explored by boat, including the majestic Mississippi River. Rapids are a common occurrence on the portion of the Mississippi River found in Lanark Highlands, for a memorable paddling experience.

In Lanark Village, Fitz’s Fresh Cut Fries and Take-Out serves up a delicious variety of chip truck dishes, including yummy fries, poutine, hot dogs, zucchini sticks and more. Gourmet Grub (97 South St.) is known for its poutine and pulled pork, and is another food truck with a stellar waterfront view. Ask for their sweet potato fries and try something new in the food truck fry world.

Pick up your order from either location and take the short walk to the Clyde River and eat at a scenic waterfront location, complete with a playground for young people to explore. If you’re looking for dessert, the well-known chocolatier, Village Treats, is only a short walk into downtown Lanark Village.

Mississippi Mills

The urban centres in Mississippi Mills include Almonte and Pakenham, and while you’ll find a number of food trucks scattered along the countryside, two excellent locations are Cuban Mix in Almonte and 5-Span Spuds in Pakenham. Don’t miss the chance to explore both communities’ historic landmarks, including the Old Post Office in Almonte, a National Historic Site, or St. Peter Celestine Church in Pakenham, one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County. Paddlers will enjoy paddling between down the Mississippi River between the two communities, past rural farmlands and grazing cattle.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Almonte’s Cuban Mix (27 Mill St.) is the perfect place to experiment with authentic (and with some gluten-free) cuisine. Located right in the heart of downtown Almonte and next to the scenic Mississippi River and falls, Cuban Mix will satisfy your appetite and quest for some exotic foods.

In Pakenham, 5-Span Spuds (2488 County Rd. 29) is situated right next to Pakenham’s five-arch stone bridge, the only one of its kind in North America. Enjoy 100 per cent local beef in the burgers served there, while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Mississippi River and rapids.

Other popular locations:

Fabulous Fries: 380 Almonte St., Almonte

The Greene Mill: 352 Ottawa St., Almonte

Willy’s Wagon: 23 Martin St. North, Almonte

The Cheeky Chippy, 453 Ottawa St., Almonte

Scoops Ice Cream:  111 Waba Road, Pakenham



The idea behind the food at T’s Chips and More (115 William St. West, near Smiths Falls) is simple: It has to be fresh, locally sourced and made from scratch. This food truck has been running for 25 years, and its longevity is a testament to its commitment to quality.

You’ll find something for everyone at T’s Chips, including gluten-free menu items, Half Pint burgers and cheese bowls for the kiddies. Try their ice cream float, made with Chapman’s vanilla ice cream and your favourite pop, perfect for date nights!


Perth is known for its heritage! Some notable historic landmarks include the Mammoth Cheese at the Crystal Palace in downtown Perth, and Big Ben, a life-sized bronze statue of the famous equestrian duo, Ian Millar and Big Ben, located near Stewart Park. Running through Stewart Park is the beautiful Tay River, another river worth exploring by boat. Put in at the Tay Basin in downtown Perth and head down the Tay River for a relaxing – and beautiful – paddle.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, try Wildfire BBQ & Smokehouse (65 Craig St.), a permanent food truck just on the outskirts of the downtown core. Here, you can enjoy true smokehouse flavours with a rub of over 20 hand-picked herbs and spices, smoked low and slow over cherry wood for a delicious smokey-barbecue flavour. 

Other Popular Locations;

Chipmunk Chippery: 37 Foster St.

Chip’s Diner: 34 Wilson St. W.

Retro Fries: 240 Gore St E.


Tay Valley

Tay Valley is named after the beautiful Tay River that winds through the region, and is a must-see for canoeists and kayakers looking for a new paddling experience. There is a put-in at the park just before the bridge in the heart of Glen Tay, and plenty of wildlife along the riverfront.

If you are a French fry aficionado you need to visit Tater Time (17716 Highway 7, near Glen Tay), where the fries are perfectly fried, every time. Try their deconstructed hamburger, topped with avocado for a delicious twist, or their delicious poutine served with lots of fresh curds and rich gravy. It’s fun for the whole family at Tater Time!

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