100th Blog Post – Local Food Truck Love and the Food Truck Bazaar

As you may or may not know (where have you been?), I love food trucks!  Since this is my 100th blog post, I’m going to go on and on about some of my favorites, and post lots and lots of pics from my visits to the monthly Food Truck Bazaar (at Fashion Square Mall and Avalon Park).  This is going to be my longest post ever!

Some of the trucks I’m going to talk about are still operational locally, some have moved away, and a few are no longer in business (I miss some of you terribly).  I hope you enjoy!

To begin, I first visited a food truck a few years ago when I heard about a group of trucks gathering at a lot off of Forsyth behind a ‘big box’ food warehouse. I packed my child into the car and set off to find out what the talk was all about. Who knew that I would (and much to my husband’s chagrin) still be following these trucks around, and now have a blog to share my love for them!

My first purchase from a local food truck was a s’mores crepe from The Crepe Company (@thecrepecompany).

crepe co

My love for this food truck continues (Hi, Lisa!) and I have enjoyed every crepe (sweet or savory) that I’ve had the pleasure to try. Here are a couple of pics…

Crepe Co crepecrepe pic 1

Look them up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Crepe-Company/148217348585544 and follow them on Twitter at @TheCrepeCompany to find out where the truck (or cart) will be and try a crepe today!  And they, like most of our local food trucks, are available for catering and parties!

My second purchase was from the Yum Yum Cupcake truck (you can see a pattern of “sweets” love here).

yum yum

I bought a Dough Dough Bird and a Dom Berrignon.

Yum Yum cupcake Dom Berrignon

I became totally obsessed with the ‘Dom’ and soon began tweeting to @yumyumtruck_FL that I was a #domfan. (The dom is seasonal, so stock up when they’re available!)

Yum Yum cupcake Dom Berrignons

I have kinda been “fan girl”-ish about Yum Yum. (Thus my well-earned title from the men of Yum Yum themselves …”#vpofyumyumhashtags.”) That’s right…I am all up in the business of Yum Yum cupcakes on Twitter. Love them, love them, love them.  (I’ll miss you Joey and Alex! Thank you for leaving the cupcakes for us!)

Joey and Alex

(Photo credit via Facebook)

You can find Yum Yum Cupcake Truck on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theyumyumtruck?ref=br_tf.  Their website is http://theyumyumcupcaketruck.com/ and you can find them on Twitter at @yumyumtruck_fl.

One of the next food trucks I tried was The Korean BBQ Taco Truck. (Be aware of imitations. This truck is the original and only Korean BBQ Taco Truck locally. Other yellow trucks serving Korean food are not affiliated.)

I first visited The Korean BBQ Taco Truck when it looked like this…

korean bbq

But after getting a new truck, this is the truck we see today at the Food Truck Bazaars!

korean bbq truck

Korean BBQ was an instant favorite.  They have THE best bulgogi beef taco on the planet (and I don’t even have to taste all of the bulgogi beef tacos on the planet to know this).  I am madly in love with the Korean BBQ Taco Trucks bulgogi beef taco box.  (Thank you David for making the best Korean BBQ in town!)

This meal comes with the tastiest of bulgogi beef in a soft taco shell, a serving of salad with ginger dressing, a (super) spicy chicken wing, a few slices of their famous (at least it is to me) cheese roll (which consists of Korean rice, Korean beef, mozzarella cheese, and topped with spicy mayo) and a fried potato slice topped with teriyaki sauce. (No MSG, no garlic, and no peanuts.)

Korean BBQ taco box

OMG is it good. And SO filling. For the price, this meal is the best value out there (in my opinion) when it comes to food truck fare.

Mmmm cheese rolls!!

Korean BBQ cheese rolls

There are plenty of great options served by the Korean BBQ Taco Truck including their Korean fried chicken, rice and sub boxes.

Korean BBQ menu

You should try any or all of them as soon as possible!

Korean BBQ Taco Box is a regular at The Daily City Food Truck Bazaaars, and they are all over the greater Orlando area, so be sure to check their website and Twitter posts for locations daily! Get some bulgogi beef as soon as possible! You won’t be disappointed.  Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KBBQBox and on Twitter @koreanbbq_2011.

Now, I’m hungry.

Okay, let’s move on to some more of my favorites.

Curbside Chef truck

The Curbside Chef food truck is owned by the amazingly talented Chef Clarito Macalalad and his wife, Bonnie.  Two truly lovely people who have the bragging rights of not only an award winning food truck, but the “first in Florida, maybe the nation, food truck that the Chef is an aquaponic farmer producing, fresh, local (his backyard), organic, & sustainable herbs & produce for his truck.”

Curbside Chef menu 1

Curbside Chef menu 2

Here are just a few of the menu items I’ve had the pleasure to eat.

Bird’s Nest Brioche French Toast…

Curbside birds nest brioche

Red velvet pancakes with quail egg…

Curbside red velvet pancakes and quail egg

Curbside dish w sushi

Here are some dishes I was able to sample at the Eat St. taping (I hope I didn’t end up on the cutting room floor, but if I did, it was still worth it to eat some amazing dishes!).

Curbside fish

Curbside mussels better

Curbside Pho

Curbside Tacos…

Curbside tacos better

and last but not least, a dim sum sampler.

curbside chef dim sum 2

You can’t go wrong with anything you choose from Chef Clarito’s menu.  Check out their website for more information at http://www.curbsidechef.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/curbside.chef.  You can also find them on Twitter at @curbsidechef.

There are lots of trucks in Central Florida that I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to sample their dishes and meet their amazing owners.  I spent a lot of time searching my files of photos for the past three or four years (not an easy undertaking) and managed to find many but definitely not all of my food truck photos.  Here is what I’ve been able to find with some photos of others (photo credit given) added in.  Sit back and enjoy…

Big Wheel Food Truck

Big Wheel Provisions

Big Wheel crab stuffed avocado

You are missed around here, Chef!

Big Wheel selfie

5 Gastronomy

5 gastronomy

Melissa’s Chicken and Waffles

melissas chicken and waffles

Melissas Chicken and Waffles mac and cheese waffle w bacon

The Crooked Spoon

Crooked Spoon

Crooked Spoon burger

The Crooked Spoon went brick and mortar and you can find them in Clermont.  Their website is http://www.thecrookedspn.com/ and you can find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thecrookedspoon.

RIP Chef Steve

C&S Brisket Bus

brisketbus

Brisket nachos!  Yes, please!

Brisket Bus nachos

Next, a truck that has been around a while but that I only recently had the opportunity to visit.  And wow, was I missing out!  Saigon Sizzle serves fresh and delicious authentic Vietnamese Cuisine.

Saigon Sizzle

My first visit I chose a special, the bacon pate chaud.  It was life-changing.

Saigon Sizzle bacon pate chaud

I also enjoyed their shaking steak.

Saigon Sizzle shaking beef

You can find more information about Saigon Sizzle at http://www.saigonsizzle.net/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/saigonsizzletruck.  Follow them on Twitter at @saigonsizzle and try them soon!

OverRice Food Truck

Filipino Favorites and Hawaiian Barbecue.  Fusion at its finest folks!

Over Rice

And just one word sums up my love for them…lumpia!

Over Rice meal w lumpia

You can find more information about Over Rice Food Truck on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/overrice.foodtruck.  Follow them on Twitter at @OverRiceCFL.

Café Rouge Express

Cafe Rouge Express

(Photo credit via Facebook)

You can find more information about Café Rouge Express on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/caferougeexpress.  You can follow them on Twitter at @caférougeexpres

Treehouse Truck

Treehouse Truck

(Photo credit via Facebook)

I loved the Treehouse Truck when Thomas aka “Tree” was it’s owner, and I’ve come to love it’s current owners, Vinnie and Sarah.  Wonderful people who prepare great food.

If you haven’t tried The Luther…

Treehouse Truck doughnut burger

You are missing out.

I’m also a fan of Mama’s PB&J.

Treehouse mamas pbandj

You can find more information about Treehouse Truck at http://www.treehousetruck.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TreehouseTruck. Give them a follow on Twitter at @treehousetruck.

La Empanada

la empanada

la empanada menu

La Empanada ham and cheese outside

La Empanada ham and cheese inside

Twisted Cuban

Twisted Cuban

(Photo Credit via @eatingWDW)

Twisted Cuban cuban sandwich

(Photo Credit via @eatingWDW)

I’m glad Alex Flores and his wife still post on Twitter, but man do I miss the truck!

Sushi & Seoul on the Roll

Sushi and Seoul

(Photo credit via Facebook)

You can find more information about Sushi and Seoul on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sushiAndSeoul?ref=nf and via Twitter at @sushiandseoul.

The Flattery

flattery

And their great veggie flatbread!

flattery flatbread

Bem Bom Food Truck and the awesome Chef Chico

Bem Bom

Bem Bom menu

bem bom

SwedeDISH Fod Truck

SwedeDish

Fork in the Road

Fork in the Road

(Photo Credit via http://roaminghunger.com/fork-in-the-road-orl)

Eclectic Kitchen

Eclectic Kitchen

eclectic kitchen dessert

eclectic kitchen fritters

(Oh how I miss those fritters!!)

Dixieland Diner

Dixieland Diner

(Photo credit via http://www.dixielanddiner.com/)

Love Steve and Tim and LOVE their beignets!

You can find more information on their website at http://www.dixielanddiner.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DixielandDinerMobileFoodTruck.  Be sure to follow them on Twitter at @dixielanddiner.

Sabai Sabia Mobile Thai

Sabai Sabai

(Photo Credit via http://www.sabaisabaimobilethai.com/)

Baja Grill

Baja Grill

Find them on Twitter at @rubiosbajagrill.

K Burgers

K Burgers

(Photo credit via forkful.net)

You can find more information about them at http://kburgers.com/ and follow them on Twitter at @kburgers.

Local Yolk’l

local yolkl

local yolkl menu

You can find more information about them at http://www.localyolkl.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Localyolkl. Follow them on Twitter at @localyolkl.

CaroBama

CaroBama BBQ truck

caro bama sandwich

CaroBama bbq sandwich

CaroBama bbq sandwich 2

Oh the white sauce!

You can find more information about CaroBama at http://caro-bamabbq.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/carobamabbq.  Follow them on Twitter at @CaroBamaBBQ.

Monsta Lobsta

monsta lobsta

monsta lobsta menu

monsta lobsta roll

Wakotaco

Wako Taco

(Photo Credit via http://www.spotafoodtruck.com/company/wako-taco/)

Mayan Grill

Mayan Grill

Mayan Grill menu

Mayan Grill papusa 2

Mayan Grill papusa 1

You can find more information about Mayan Grill at http://www.mayangrillorlando.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mayangrillorlando.  Follow them on Twitter at @mayangrill1221

Fantastic Hummus

Fantastic Hummus

(Photo Credit via Facebook)

Owner Bassam Alkhaldi posts frequently on Facebook, so check out his page at https://www.facebook.com/fantastichummus?fref=ts.

Mama’s Fixins

Mamas Fixins

She introduced me to and made me fall in love with fried green tomatoes!  A fantastic soul and comfort food truck who treats their customers like family.  Their faith and friendship is invaluable to the food truck community.

You can find more information at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mamas-Fixins-Soulfood-BBQ-more-mobile-catering-food-service/230509373631995 and on Twitter at @MamasFixins.

Café Cocoa Moa

Cafe Cocoa Mo

The Mangia Mobile

the mangia mobile

The Batter Bowl

the batter bowl

the batter bowl menu

Tastebuds

tastebuds

tastebuds menu

The Big Cheese Truck

The Big Cheese

The Big Cheese menu

Cactus Azul

Cactus Azul menu 2

Cactus Azul menu

Up in Smoke BBQ

Up in smoke

Philly’s Best

Phillys Best

Philly's Best menu

El Cubanito’s Subs

el cubanito subs

Voodoo Kitchen

VooDoo Kitchen

900 Degreez

900 degreez

SMAC

SMAC

SMAC menu

Charlie’s Bakery

Charlies Bakery

charlies bakery menu

Ice Cream Social Club

the scoop ice cream social truck

the scoop menu

Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun ice cream

Magic 4UR Palate

RCOChef

Magic 4UR Palate menu

Shred-a-bowls

shred a bowls

Kona Dog

kona dog

Hook’em-n-Cook’em

hook em n cook em

Honey Dripper

honey dripper

Gourmet Mutt Truck

gourmet mutt truck

Catering by Edna

catering by edna

Bollywood BBQ

bollywood bbq

 

Tuk Tuk Thai

Tuk Tuk

Greek To Me

All Greek to me

All Greek to me menu

Au Natural

au natural

There are MANY more trucks, some I have visited and some that I have not, and I’m sure my pics are somewhere on a computer hard-drive, but this post is exceedingly long and I must move on.

I can’t mention food trucks without mentioning The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar and it’s fabulous organizer Mark Baratelli. (@TheDailyCity, @FoodTruckBazaar, @MarkBaratelli)  http://www.thedailycity.com/p/orlando-food-trucks.html

The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar has grown from just a few trucks at their events, to events hosting 25 food trucks and more!  The Bazaar has added tables and chairs to their events too…

FTBazaar

FTBazaar chairs

FTBazaar scene

and travels to the Fashion Square Mall in Orlando, Avalon Park, Casselberry, Sanford, Mt. Dora, Orange City, and other locations including the East Coast.

The Daily City sandwich board

They even recently have introduced “Big Pink”, the official Food Truck Bazaar truck!

FTBazaar truck

Several pop-up retailers have also made appearances at the Bazaars.

Dechoes tent at FTBazaar

And a DJ has recently been performing at the Fashion Square event.  The last Fashion Square Bazaar even had bagpipes!!  Thank you Mark for all you do for Central Florida Food Truck Community!

Everyone has their favorite food trucks, and as you can see, I have many.  I’ve visited a lot of food trucks locally (and on vacation/road trip adventures) and I look forward to trying many more.  I will always give love to my favorites, and enjoy finding new favorites too.  If I didn’t list a truck, feel free to make a suggestion and I’ll check them out!  (I’m sure I’ll acquire new favorites before my 200th post!)

Keep Calm and Food Truck On

#foodtrucks #local #love

 

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