Food trucks have been around since chuckwagons were made to feed the cowboys moving west after the civil war. The military used mobile canteens in World War II to feed the troops. Food trucks could be found next to construction sights and the ice cream truck has been around since the 1920’s. You can’t walk anywhere in Manhattan without finding a hot dog wagon or a pretzel stand on every corner.
Fast forward to now…….food trucks are now hip and cool- they no longer carry your basic burgers and hot dogs- food trucks are oriented towards a specific type of gourmet cuisine. Korean BBQ, seafood, crepes, cupcakes, gourmet ice pops, organic Greek, vegan…the list goes on and on.
Now, with the popularity of TV shows such as “The Great Food Truck Race” on the Food Network and “Eat Street” on the Cooking Channel, it seems that cities everywhere are jumping on the bandwagon (er…food wagon) . Food trucks are everywhere it seems.
Chad and I were driving around Winter Park, FL when we stumbled across a “park” for food trucks. There were about 20 trucks and people lined up outside of them. We had to stop to see what all the hype was about.
One of the first things I noticed was the fact that all the trucks had running water and sinks inside the trucks- unlike the pretzel vendors you see on street corners selling pretzels out of cardboard boxes. At least these guys could wash their hands.
First truck we came upon was the Kona Dog Truck.
First thing I noticed was the veggie dog made out of soy protein. After you pick your choice of dog you can get various toppings- but not just the traditional toppings- we are talking Hawaiian style toppings. The vendor talked me into a spicy Pina Colada dog.
I had a veggie soy dog with coconut fruit sauce and pineapple mustard. This was the best hot dog I have ever had.
Chad found dinner from the Swede Dish truck (get it?) They had a few vegetarian options- Chad chose a salmon burger special and he really liked it.
Most of the trucks had some type of vegetarian option but some had nothing but meat- especially the BBQ trucks. All the trucks have small menus but are very cheap and have items you wouldn’t expect to see on a food truck.
Our last stop was the Fork in the Road truck where we ordered the Zeppole Ricotta which was described as “Italian Ricotta Fritters.” They weren’t too bad- but next time we’d get the soufflé cheesecake or the oversized peanut butter cup instead.
Next time we go I am also going to try the Lobsta roll from Mobsta Lobsta too and maybe the mac and cheese pops from Fork in the Road. The Winter Park Food Truck stop is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week though their website claims that there won’t always be trucks there 24 hours a day. Another neat thing is the trucks themselves vary from time to time so you may get to see a new truck you have never had the opportunity to try before. The area also had tables, chairs and picnic tables set up so you can sit down and enjoy your delicacies.
Here is the website with more information about the food trucks in Orlando and where you can find them-
And if you aren’t in the Orlando area here are some links to find food trucks in your area-
Happy Mobile Chowing!!