Carnegie Mellon University

Tartan Express

March 17, 2024

Tartan Food Truck Takeover Returns March 18

Jessica Tones

Students at Carnegie Mellon University will have more opportunities to eat locally this spring as the Tartan Food Truck Takeover returns to Legacy Plaza with a new lineup of Pittsburgh-based restaurants.

Launched in the fall of 2023, Michael Maddalon, a senior student at Tepper School of Business, initiated the student-led Tartan Food Truck Takeover program in partnership with CMU Dining and Chartwells Higher Ed. The program features a rotation of local Pittsburgh restaurants serving a new menu weekly. The Tartan Express spring lineup will include the most popular businesses from the fall semester and several new restaurants selected based on student votes.

The Tartan Food Truck is open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and community members. Accepted payments include meal blocks, FLEX, DineXtra, and credit/debit cards. 

Spring Semester Food Truck Lineup


March 18 - 22
Hours of Operation:
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Featuring a delectable menu of crispy loaded fries topped with your choice of lemon-butter lobster, garlic butter crab, BBQ pulled pork, taco beef and chicken, sauteed vegan vegetables, and funnel cakes to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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March 25 - 29
Hours of Operation:
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Well-known Pittsburgh food truck serving up hibachi-style Japanese cuisine.
Find shrimp, strip steak, ahi tuna, and more on their menu!


April 1 - 5
Hours of Operation: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Authentic Puerto Rican eats are the name of the game at Flavor of Puerto Rico, a local restaurant and mobile eatery run by Yvette Rodriguez-Schmidt, wife of Chartwells at CMU Sr. Executive Chef Vic.  


April 15 - 19
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Find bulgogi, chicken, gochujang pork, and tofu at this authentic Korean food truck.


April 22 - 26
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Seafood Specials