Street food is booming in Bristol. Food blogger Alex Ryder nominates the best places to go for in the English city to get a quick and tasty hit of world cuisine
Bristol has a thriving street food scene that rivals those in bigger cities like London and Birmingham. There are several well-established food markets to choose from and the number of traders is growing all the time.
You can find cuisines from every corner of the world being cooked on everything from portable smokers, gas rings and charcoal, in pizza ovens attached to bikes, under gazebos and from vintage trucks.
The staggering number of choices can be overwhelming. Here are my top picks for a quick, tasty bite.
Hmm. tasty (Alex Ryder)
You can’t miss these guys either in their super cute orange truck. Jump straight in with the ‘Al Pastor’ pork tacos complete with authentic Belizean refried beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and chargrilled pineapple.
Don’t forget a pile of napkins, it’s definitely going to get messy.
Tibetan dumplings at Momo Bar (Alex Ryder)
Freshly made steamed Tibetan dumplings are available with a range of fillings and come with spicy homemade chilli sauce and pickled salads.
A shoyu egg from Eatchu (Alex Ryder)
With a constant flow of handmade Japanese gyoza sizzling away, the smell from Eatchu’s stall is enough to ensure there’s always a queue.
They recently took a permanent pitch in St Nicholas Market and even have an inside room to sit and eat in when the weather is chilly, which is perfect for lunch times.
If they have them, be sure to try a homemade shoyu egg. They're seriously good alongside those tasty gyoza dumplings.
Ceviche, Bristol-style (Alex Ryder)
Gone are the days when street food was dominated by pulled pork and burgers. I love that your tastebuds can now travel as far as Peru without leaving the harbourside.
Sour dough pizza (Alex Ryder)
The Pizza Bike claims it’s the ‘world’s smallest pizzeria’ and it very possibly is. It's a bike with two little pizza ovens on the back.
The stall is fun too, with road signs for menus. They serve wood fired sourdough pizzas with organic, locally sourced ingredients and can often be found at the various street food markets around both Bristol and Bath.
A curry from Gopal's (Alex Ryder)
Their delicious indian food is all vegetarian and vegan, and their curries are so packed full of flavour that even the most hardened meat eaters won’t bat an eyelid. If they have them, stock up on the sweet potato and spinach pakoras. You won’t be disappointed.
What do you get if you mix a double decker bus in a place known as the 'bear pit' and Mexican food? Bearritos, of course.
The bear pit is a large sunken roundabout between Broadmead and Stokes Croft, popular with skaters and home to a Wednesday street food market.
Bearritos, in their bright green bus, are a permanent fixture and well worth a visit. Stop in for lunch and sit upstairs in the cute, brightly decorated space. Go for the chicken burrito with hot sauce and it’ll fill you up until dinnertime and beyond.
Main image: A bike making pizza (thepizzabike.co.uk)