Exploring Yellowknife Food

Yellowknife Street Food – The Who, What & Where

The Yellowknife Street Food scene has grown up since the 2000s when all Yellowknife had was the Chip Truck and an hot-dog stand. Over the last 4 years, food vendors have gotten bigger, better and more diverse offering cuisine from around the world right on the streets

In an effort to keep up with all the different Yellowknife food trucks, food trailers and food carts, I thought it helpful to put together one post with a list of all the available food vendors to Yellowknifers. For a while, I was profiling each one, but as new ones open and old ones close I want to make sure the most up-to-date information is posted here.

The street food season varies as each vendor has a different circumstance but during June, July and August you are pretty much guaranteed to find a vendor open and you will likely find at least one vendor open Monday through Friday.

Browse available street food option below. If you see incorrect information or hear of a new street food vendor contact me.

One of a Thai

Type of Food: Thai Cuisine
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am – 2pm – Occasionally Weekends
Locations: Visual Effects – 48th Street or Franklin Avenue
Other Possible Locations: Wal-Mart or Downtown on the weekends.

One of a Thai is now one of Yellowknife longest running mobile food vendors. In 2015, they upgraded from food trailer to full-on food truck. Follow them on Facebook for daily updates on the menu and location.

One of a Thai
One of a Thai Combo 1

Saffron Food Trailer

Type of Food: Indian Cuisine
Hours: Over lunch during the week
Location: Franklin Ave (50th Ave) southbound in front of the Post Office

You might recognize the name from the Yellowknife Farmers Market. This husband and wife team serve up authentic Indian food weekly at the market and have expanded to a food trailer. The trailer itself was purchased in 2014 and the couple began operating in July 2015.

Saffron Indian Food

Chingon Tacos

Type of Food: Mexican Taco
Hours: As and when
Location: Announced when they open

Back in the food truck/street food scene is Robin Wasicuna with Chingon Tacos. The Mexican word “chingon” is used as a multipurpose phrase for great or good, so consider his truck “great tacos”.

Chingon Tacos Food Truck

Fish on the Bay

Type of Food: *local* Fish and Chips
Hours: Wednesday-Friday / Saturday-Sunday
Location: Franklin Ave (50th Ave) in front of the Greenstone Building / Government Dock (Sat-Sun)

You might recognize the vendor from such locations as the Yellowknife Farmers Market, outside the Snowcastle, or outside of Canadian Tire. New to the food truck scene, but not new to the fish scene. Fish on the Bay started and still is a commercial fishing operation netting and selling local fish from Great Slave Lake.

Fish on the Bay!

Booster Juice Trailer

Type of Food: Smoothies and such
Hours: Over lunch during the week
Location: Franklin Ave (50th Ave) northbound in front of our office.

After the opening of Booster Juice, the store on Old Airport road beside MacDonald’s the owners have brought in a mobile smoothie truck to serve up delicious smoothies for the downtown crowd over the summer.

Gastown Grill

Type of Food: Canadian – Burgers, Pulled Pork, Home-cut Fries, etc.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 3 pm*
Location: Gastown Gas Station parking lot on Old Airport Road

Moving out of the downtown core we have the Gastown Grill, perfectly situated on the busy Old Airport Road. Not everyone works downtown, you know. The Gastown Grill reminds me of a good burger joint. Hand cut fries, burger, pulled pork and poutine. Also one of the few places to be open on the weekends consistently.

*Hours will probably change so don’t take our word for it.

Gastown Grill
Gastown Grill Poutine

Starvin Marvin Bistro

Type of Food: Russian Cuisine
Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00am to 1:30pm
Location114 Taltheilei Drive in Kam Lake (Click the link- It’s a map) – In front of the car wash

Starvin Marvin is a little secret that most people who work in the Kam Lake area probably don’t want anyone to know about. Cooking up home-cooked meals for lunch, Starvin Marvin adds a bit of Russian cuisine to our community. Definitely worth that worth a trek over to see Elena Rauch and her amazing setup once in a while.

Starvin Marvin Bistro Yellowknife

Of course, there are other food items you can buy on the streets of Yellowknife. Barry Buckley and the Fish Truck are often parked around the YK Centre in the late afternoons and evenings, during the week. Over in the Wal-Mart parking lot, during early summer, Dennis the Seafood Guy sells seafood brought up from the West Coast, and the BC Fresh Fruit truck comes up for a short time and sets up their stand.

From a personal perspective, I’ve tried all of the vendors mentioned above and have enjoyed them all. They all do things a little different and there is enough variety to keep things interesting. Let me know what you enjoy the most with a comment below.

Closed Until Further Notice

Murray's Curbside Treats'N Eats

Murray’s Curbside Treats’N Eats

Type of Food: Straight up lunch food/Comfort Food Hours: Monday – Friday 11:30ish – 1:30ish Locations: Franklin Ave. Other Possible Locations: Fred Henne Campground near the beach entrance on weekends. Murray is a swell fellow who serves up foods you might have on a hot Sunday while doing yard work. Chicken wraps and Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwiches, with fresh lemonade. Oh and bannock balls. Let’s not forget the Bannock balls on Thursdays. Or Fish Taco Fridays! Murrys Curbside Treats N' Eats Murrays-Montreal-Smoked-Meat-Sandwich

Wiseguy Food Trailer

Wiseguy Food Trailer – Closed

Type of Food: Really Good Comfort Food Hours: – Location: – Chef Robin, Wise Guy, knows food and knows how to make you come back for more. From the double crispy Jerry Lee chicken burger to the peanut butter and bacon Numnuts Burger. Throw in some tots and you’ll be in heaven. Follow his updates for menu items and hours on Twitter and Facebook Wiseguy Foods Wiseguy Foods Numnuts

The Fresh Squeeze

The Fresh Squeeze – Closed

Type of Food: Healthy Drinks/Smoothies and Healthy Wraps Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm Common Location: On Franklin Ave in front of the Greenstone Building The Fresh Squeeze serves up freshly made delicious smoothies that are always healthy for you. Filled with veggies and fruit, they’ll give you the energy you need to get through the day. They also do a select amount of wraps, which I hear are pretty awesome. Watch for this small yellow food trailer around town. The Fresh Squeeze The Fresh Squeeze Service The Fresh Squeeze Smoothie

If I missed something, got something wrong, or need to add a new place make sure to send me a message.

Happy Eating


About the author

Kyle Thomas

Kyle grew up in Yellowknife and is a local entrepreneur, writer, baker, and Yellowknife Advocate who is addicted to learning as much as he can about the community and sharing it with anyone who'll listen. In 2009 he developed YkOnline.ca. A website all about living, working and thriving in Yellowknife for residents, newcomers, and visitors.

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