Video: We visit Last Exit Dubai
The drive between Dubai and Abu Dhabi just got more delicious with the opening of this drive-thru food-truck pit-stop…
Fancy some actually delicious road trip food? Well you’re in luck: Last Exit is a 1950s-influenced food truck park located just off the E11, and it harks back to the rock’n’roll heyday of the US of A.
And guess what? It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
With its shiny pastel Cadillacs, neatly arranged Airstreams, and the smell of frying burgers and onions in the air, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled on to Route 66…
The new 1,500-square-metre attraction is home to 12 trucks, all serving up mobile dishes from a range of already established local eateries. It’s the first of its kind in the UAE, offering those travelling between the emirates a much-needed pit stop for refueling on something other than gas station fare.
Ooh, and don’t fancy driving halfway to Abu Dhabi? Well there’s a new food truck spot in Al Quoz too – read all about it here.
Located conveniently close to Jebel Ali, Last Exit can be accessed via Sheikh Zayed Road:
Also onsite you’ll find an All Day Minimart, a kids’ play area, charging stations, an ATM, bathrooms, plenty of parking spaces, prayer rooms, and a truck stop-inspired communal area if you’d rather not eat from the driver’s seat.
The whole spot has a retro feel, with old automotive parts having been rehashed to serve as decoration, including road signs, engines, car rims and more:
The place never shuts so the next time you’re trekking back from that Abu Dhabi conference or heading to a late-night concert, pull over and get a taste of pure Americana. The only downside is trying to narrow down which truck to choose…
Wondering which outlets you can find there? Here’s the list…
Californian-style Mexican (the taco bowls are legendary).
Big Smoke Burger
We rate this Canadian hand-crafted burger chain – the patties are made fresh daily, the toppings are all-natural, and the French fries are hand cut (definitely try the poutine).
Another burger spot, but this one’s all about classic American fare and is inspired by the ’50s. When we visited this was the only outlet with a long line of cars waiting for food – word is, a prominent royal visited it and started a bit of a craze.
Clinton St. Bakery
The Downtown branch of this New York eatery is known for its wonderful scones and fried chicken waffles.
Il Café de Roma
You’ll have seen this Italian coffee chain around before.
This one serves up not just falafel, but also hummus, fattoush, shwarma and more.
Solid Peruvian and Latin American soul food (there’s already one in JBR).
You’ve probably heard of this one already, however have you ever seen a Starbucks in an airstream?
A Dubai-based East-meets-West food truck, serving up fresh and light contemporary fare (and probably coffee too if the CityWalk and JBR branches are anything to go by).
The Hot Dog Stand
Gourmet hot dogs. Need we say more? This is a bit of What’s On favourite. The Mexican is basically like nachos piled on top of a hot dog. Yum.
Expect seafood buckets and mixed platters containing lobster, mussels, shrimp, calamari and more. Pictured is their becoming-famous lobster roll.
All Day Minimart
A convenience store that can be found throughout Dubai.
Last Exit, Sheikh Zayed Road, just after interchange 11 in the Dubai direction. Tel: (04) 317 3999. lastexit.ae.