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).
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…
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).
I bought a Dough Dough Bird and a 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!)
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!)
(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…
But after getting a new truck, this is the truck we see today at the Food Truck Bazaars!
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.)
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!!
There are plenty of great options served by the Korean BBQ Taco Truck including their Korean fried chicken, rice and sub boxes.
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.
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.”
Here are just a few of the menu items I’ve had the pleasure to eat.
Bird’s Nest Brioche French Toast…
Red velvet pancakes with quail egg…
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!).
and last but not least, a dim sum sampler.
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
You are missed around here, Chef!
Melissa’s Chicken and Waffles
The Crooked Spoon
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
Brisket nachos! Yes, please!
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.
My first visit I chose a special, the bacon pate chaud. It was life-changing.
I also enjoyed their shaking steak.
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!
And just one word sums up my love for them…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
(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
(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…
You are missing out.
I’m also a fan of Mama’s PB&J.
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.
(Photo Credit via @eatingWDW)
(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
(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.
And their great veggie flatbread!
Bem Bom Food Truck and the awesome Chef Chico
SwedeDISH Fod Truck
Fork in the Road
(Photo Credit via http://roaminghunger.com/fork-in-the-road-orl)
(Oh how I miss those fritters!!)
(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
(Photo Credit via http://www.sabaisabaimobilethai.com/)
Find them on Twitter at @rubiosbajagrill.
(Photo credit via forkful.net)
You can find more information about them at http://kburgers.com/ and follow them on Twitter at @kburgers.
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.
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.
(Photo Credit via http://www.spotafoodtruck.com/company/wako-taco/)
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
(Photo Credit via Facebook)
Owner Bassam Alkhaldi posts frequently on Facebook, so check out his page at https://www.facebook.com/fantastichummus?fref=ts.
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
The Mangia Mobile
The Batter Bowl
The Big Cheese Truck
Up in Smoke BBQ
El Cubanito’s Subs
Ice Cream Social Club
Magic 4UR Palate
Gourmet Mutt Truck
Catering by Edna
Tuk Tuk Thai
Greek To Me
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…
and travels to the Fashion Square Mall in Orlando, Avalon Park, Casselberry, Sanford, Mt. Dora, Orange City, and other locations including the East Coast.
They even recently have introduced “Big Pink”, the official Food Truck Bazaar truck!
Several pop-up retailers have also made appearances at the Bazaars.
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!)
#foodtrucks #local #love