Food trucks have become a big trend in Orlando; not too expensive, creative, and convenient, they are a great way to have a good meal and try some new cuisine. What’s great about the trucks is that all the food is made fresh-to-order and the cost per item is from about $2 to $12. And you don’t need reservations or have to dress up like you would when going to a fancy restaurant – perfect for travellers! It’s also great if you are on vacation with a family, as kids will enjoy the festive mood of eating outdoors from a truck and you don’t have to worry about finding a child-friendly restaurant.
The trucks are not the typical hotdogs and ice-cream trucks you might expect, they are often run by talented gourmet chefs who use the trucks as an inexpensive way to introduce their culinary creations. You’ll find trucks with organic food, homemade fries, Cuban food, Korean food, cupcakes and more. There’s even a truck with gator tail skewers.
Compare flights and hotels deals in the right hand side of this article and start planning your trip to Orlando. Alternatively, if you are tarveling from abroad, check some affordable flights with Thomson in this link.
How to Find Food Trucks:
Since the trucks are mobile the locations change all the time, so you have to know how to find them or take advantage when you spot one by accident. Luckily the food trucks are on social media, look them up on Twitter, find their Facebook pages and websites, and you can figure out how to track the truck you after. It’s like a treasure hunt, with the end result being some delicious food!
Since Orlando does not allow food trucks on public streets they must set up on private property. Good spots to find them include parking lots of shopping centers and bars, or by farmers markets.
Another way to try out the food trucks is to attend an Orlando Food Truck Bazaar organized by DailyCity.com, which take place monthly and feature as many as 20 trucks in one location - such as a mall parking lot - giving you plenty of options.
Food Truck Choices to Try:
Want to try something uniquely Floridian, how about some alligator? The Gator Country BBQ Truck offers grilled gator skewers, gator burgers, gator tacos, gator empanadas, gator fritters, and more.
If you would like something more ordinary try the delicious Angus beef burger with chipotle aioli from the Crooked Spoon Truck.
A popular treat in Florida are empanadas, which are a Latin American specialty pastry of assorted fillings wrapped in thick dough and fried. At the Empanada Truck you’ll find empanadas with many creative fillings including truffle mac and cheese, and dessert empanadas with nutella & banana, guava & cheese, and others. More traditional choices are spinach and cheese or arroz con pollo.
Of course when in Florida you must try the Cuban food because this is where you will find the best outside of Cuba itself. The Twisted Cuban Truck has many Cuban specialities such as classic Cuban pork roast sandwiches or hamburgers made of ground beef, chorizo and pork.
For dessert you’ll want to visit the Yum Yum truck which has cupcakes available in a multitude of flavours including classics like vanilla or chocolate, new flavours that change every month, and their best seller, the Peanut Butter Choco-Rama
Tips for Eating at Food Trucks:
Since the trucks are set up in parking lots you will need to eat standing up or provide your own seating. Bring some folding chairs to be more comfortable or do like many locals do and set out a picnic blanket in the parking lot.
Although some trucks take credit cards, most are cash only so be sure to have cash on hand.
Enjoy your trip to Orlando, Florida!