Look out, burrito cart. Atlanta is teaming with food truck options that put a gourmet spin on grabbing a quick, delicious bite.
By Mike Fleming
The closest most of us got to a food truck until recent years was probably at Atlanta Pride festival. If you’re lucky, maybe there was a tamale or sweet potato pie lady at the office. Now the Food Truck sensation is full blown, and Atlanta is all over it.
As city laws catch up to the phenomenon, diehards can follow favorites on social media to scout their next location. But even better, there are some sure-bet places to hit for a new experience almost every time you go.
But what is it exactly about food trucks that’s so appealing? We may actually be responding to our all-American DNA. The first vendor pushcarts in New York City date all the way back to1691, and horse-drawn chuckwagons in the 1800s delivered grub to hungry cowboys.
Taking shape as the hot-and-ready deliciousness we know and love, a Los Angeles vendor is credited with the first taco truck in 1974, and sandwich trucks on campuses were big in the ‘80s. Full-tilt zeitgeist came in 2004, when New York launched the Vendy Awards, and in 2006, Wikipedia added a Food Truck entry.
Of course, when Atlanta is all about a trend, its gays are leading the pack. We scoured our downtown businessmen, Midtown gadabouts and in-town foodies to find your best bet for awesome food truck dining.
Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market
One of the city’s must-try experiences, this off-the-highway gathering place is a one-stop shop for some of the city’s best food trucks. Upwards of 50 vendors peddle their wares here, with about a quarter of that parking and raising their awnings each weekend. There’s even live music Thursday through Sunday nights.
Food Truck Days
The convergence of business, arts and accommodations at the corner of 14th and Peachtree Streets made it the perfect spot for Colony Square. In turn, Colony Square became the perfect spot for Food Truck Wednesday, a weekly gathering of popular trucks. A block away is Woodruff Friday, with food trucks at High Museum of Art.
Colony Square Wednesdays
1197 Peachtree Street NE
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1280 Peachtree Street NE
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sean’s Harvest Market
For a food truck feel with a more permanent locale, step up to the window at this Amsterdam Walk eatery. The picnic tables fill up fast with gays and gals on weekends, plus everything from smoothies to sandwiches is house made and locally grown. Amber’s Sausage Biscuit is going to melt in your mouth.
500 Amsterdam Ave. NE
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
On the Move
The city’s best food trucks are, of course, mobile. Here are just a few suggestions to follow to their next mouth-watering spot, or jump at if you see them parked.
King of Pops: kingofpops.com
Sweet Auburn BBQ: sweetauburnbbq.com
Five Finger Philly: fivefingerphilly.com
Bollywood Zing: bollywoodzingtruck.com
Urban Taali: urbantaali.com
Nana G’s Chicken & Waffles: nanagchik-n-waffles.com
The Fry Guy: fryguyatlanta.com
The Blaxican: blaxicanfood.com