I’ve recently been having a crisis: I had once thought my pre-med-dom dead, and with it a Yale career of numbers and scientific terminologies.

Recently, however, I have been forced to reconsider my south-of-Grove-Street fluff. Walking back from my first science class in four years (we all need a Group IV at some point) I discovered an upside to the daily treks up Science Hill. At about 11:30 every weekday, a herd of moveable feasts settles at the corner of Sachem and Prospect streets — gracious rewards for those who endure hours of lab and waking up before 10:30 a.m. on a regular basis. For all of you who rarely venture past Linsly-Chittenden’s walls, meet the beautiful creation that is the food cart.

Now everyone knows about the Roomba burrito cart, the tireless distributor of delicious burritos that melt in your mouth and sit like lead in your stomach for a solid six hours. But the lone vendor on Broadway only gives you a glimpse of what a box on wheels can produce. At lunchtime, a large variety of these cheap, filling, quick eats appear all over New Haven’s streets. Here’s a guide to other portable delights by location and a sampling of their respective menus.

Church Street and Grove



1 Item $3.50, 2 Items $4.50, 3 Items $5.50

Pad Thai, Drunken Noodle, Pineapple Fried Rice, Mango Vegetable Curry, Cashew Chicken

La Piazza II


California Style Burrito ($4), Supreme Vegetarian Burrito with Mozzarella ($4), Quesadillas ($4-$5), Tacos Trios ($5), Bandura Enchiladas ($5)

Prospect and Sachem Street

By the School of Management

Chef Paul


Philly Cheese Wrap ($4), California Wrap ($5), Breakfast Burrito ($4), Chicken Caesar Wrap ($5), Cheese Fries ($2.50), BLT ($3.50), Hot Dog ($2), Steamed Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers ($2.75, $3.50)

Halal Moghuli Foods

Indian and Pakistani

All dishes served over rice, Chicken Biryani ($5), Chicken Curry ($5), Chicken Tikka Masala ($5), Spinach ($4), Chana Masala ($4), Aloo Bargan ($4), Kebab Roll ($4), Samosa ($0.75)

House of Thai


Pineapple Fried Rice, Massaman Curry, Pad Thai, Drunken Noodle, Vegetable Curry


Thai and Vietnamese

1 Item ($3), 2 Items ($4), 3 Items ($5)

Beef Pho ($4), Drunken Noodle, Pad Thai, Cashew Chicken


Middle Eastern

Falafel Sandwich, Hummus, Baba Ghannouj, Shish Kebab,

Taste of Thai

Thai (take a wild guess)

Thai Taste


1 Item ($3), 2 Items ($3.75), 3 Items ($4), 3 Items with Garlic Chicken ($4.50)

Pad Thai, Drunken Noodle, Garlic Chicken

La Carreta


Chicken, Steak, and Veggie Burritos ($4.50)

La Piazza


California Style Burrito ($4), Supreme Vegetarian Burrito with Mozzarella ($4), Quesadillas ($4-$5), Tacos Trios ($5), Bandura Enchiladas ($5)



$5 for any three items

Spicy Lentils, Yellow Split Peas, Green Beans, Collard Greens, Green Lentils, Spicy Chickpea, Spinach with Potatoes



$5 for a burrito (beef, chicken, pulled pork, or portabella mushroom), Taco Salad, Quesadillas, Nachos

Food Cart All-Stars:

Chef Paul — Monsieur Paul has a large menu including unique items such as the California Wrap: a mix of crab salad, celery, cucumber and lettuce that hits the spot if you are looking for lighter fare. All dishes are prepared fresh, and as the Chef emphasizes, the breakfast burrito (eggs and cheese with your choice of ham or bacon) is served all day, or at least until 2 p.m.

La Piazza — If you are especially hungry, La Piazza gives you the most bang for your buck. All dishes are all served with beans and rice, blizzards of shredded cheese and a final layer of crisp lettuce. The Bandera Enchiladas are especially delicious and allow you to mix and match among beef, pork and chicken and your choice of either mole, verdes, or rojas sauce.

Roomba — It’s the original for a reason. If you have yet to get your Roomba on, strap on your dancing shoes (or any comfortable footwear) and shake it down to man with the red pants. The elusive pulled pork is worth a try.

Halal Moghuli Foods — Not only does Halal Moghuli foods spice up the food cart circuit with its curry flair, it is also one of the only establishments to offer a sweet end to their meal in the form of their Kheer rice pudding and mango juice. Also, the kebab wrap is “good to go” and oh-so-good.

Insider Hints:

With Thai carts more money only means more variety, not larger quantities.

The early bird gets the worm (and by “worm” I mean fresher food) and sometimes lower prices.