More than Fries: 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 hand-cut fries, fresh-made burgers and gourmet hot dogs 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 (based on TripAdvisor reviews):

  1. The Cheeky Chippy, Almonte
  2. Gourmet Grub, Lanark
  3. Law & Orders, Algonquin College Perth Campus
  4. Scoops Ice Cream, Pakenham
  5. Fitz’s Fries, Lanark
  6. Tater Time, Tay Valley
  7. Hank’s Chips, Smiths Falls
  8. Retro Fries, Perth
  9. Pitmaster, Carleton Place
  10. Chipmunk Chippery, Perth

Or, for intrepid food truck lovers, check out this complete list of delicious food trucks in the County, and where to find them (listed here by location):

Beckwith

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. While in the area, learn about the Hamlets of Beckwith Township, Lanark County or the Historic Cemeteries of Beckwith Township, Lanark County as a self-guided exploration of Beckwith’s agricultural settlement history through architecture.

 

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.

For outdoor activity, visit Riverside Park, home of the Carleton Place Canoe Club, the oldest continually operating canoe club in Canada. Bordered by the Mississippi River, Riverside Park is the perfect location to set off on a paddle by canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. Weather-permitting (if its not too hot) try a bite from The Potato King at 145-161 Townline Road West or Valley Fries  the cool new truck on the scene at 355 Franktown Rd in Carleton Place. If you’re a meat lover, Pitmaster on Highway 7 is a must, serving southern chicken and barbecue food-truck style. 

 

Drummond/North Elmsley

In the beautiful waterfront cottage community of Rideau Ferry, Jimmy’s Snack Shack brings a Greek twist to food on the go. 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. (Photo: John Kessel)

 

Lanark Highlands

Right at the crossroads 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 public beaches to swim and explore. If you’re looking for dessert, the well-known chocolatier, Village Treats, is only a short walk into downtown Lanark Village.

Don’t Miss: 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.

 

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. In Pakenham, Five Span Spuds has a prime location on the shores of the Mississippi River, and is the perfect spot for an picnic lunch. When you’re done snacking, visit Scoops Ice Cream for a sweet ice cream treat.  When in Almonte you’ll want to visit the number one food truck (according to TripAdvisor) – the Cheeky Chippy, for some old fashioned fish and chips with a British kick. Other popular food trucks in Almonte include Fabulous Fries (137 John St.) and The Greene Mill (352 Ottawa St.), Almonte.

Don’t Miss: While in Mississippi Mills, you can 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 The idea behind the food at T’s Chips and More (near the Garden Market, in Smiths Falls) is simple: It has to be fresh, locally sourced and made from scratch. You’ll find something for everyone at T’s Chips, including gluten-free menu items, or mac n’ cheese. 

 

 

Perth

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the Law & Orders Special Burger Unit will fill your belly and then some. Or try an old-fashioned chip truck experience at the Chipmunk Chippery in downtown Perth. They’re open year-round and have a full menu that has the locals lining up.

Don’t Miss: Perth is known for its heritage! Some notable historic landmarks include the Mammoth Cheese at the Tay Basin 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 town is the beautiful Tay River, another water channel worth exploring. 

 

Tay Valley

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 an extra twist, or their delicious poutine served with lots of fresh curds and rich gravy. It’s fun for the whole family at Tater Time!

New in 202o, Panchos Tacos has opened in Balderson! All your Mexican favourites are served up on their outdoor patio Fridays and Saturdays.

Don’t Miss: 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. Easy access to water is gained through Tay Valley’s largest attractions; Murphys Point and Silver Lake Provincial Parks.

 

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