Food brings people together. And yes, I’m even talking ITP (Inside the I-285-Perimeter) and OTP (Outside the I-285-Perimeter) folks! Whether you hop in a car or hop on MARTA, an adventure to explore our spectacular city and hunt down your next meal, awaits. But warning: you may become a food truck “fan-girl”, or maybe even a “roadie”. Why? Because you can track and follow these trucks, or hire them to cater your next event. So treasure this list of who to look for, when, and where, and prepare your belly for deliciousness. From a truck.
Call Me a Fan-Girl
As a Georgia Tech student, I am constantly around the food truck scene. Several trucks gather at the heart of campus, daily. These are some of my personal favorites…
Bento Bus: One of the best teriyaki rice bowls I’ve ever tasted. Truly. Order a rice bowl with your choice of protein, and it’ll come drizzled with a heavenly sauce and filled with lettuce and tempura bites for the perfect touch of freshness and crunch. Wanting to step out of the box (or bowl)? Try a surrito—a sushi burrito—or Japanese-inspired nachos. From what I hear, you won’t be disappointed.
Ibiza Bites: I’m a southern girl. And whenever I hear the word “grits”, I salivate. Just callin’ it like it is. And let me tell you, this truck has a Venezuelan slow-roasted brisket with cheddar grits that is mouth-watering. Other popular plates and sides include the coconut fried chicken over mango basil slaw, grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce and mango coconut rice, and fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and chipotle aioli.
Mac the Cheese: Calling all Mac & Cheese lovers who love their mac super cheesy! Welcome. Try the BBQ Mac & Cheese with Pimento Cheese and fresh pickles. It’s popular for a reason. Sandwiches, here, are also a hit! Order a Meatloaf Melt for a momma-just-made-this feeling, or the Country Cuban for a Latin fiesta that’ll make your taste buds go wild.
Nectar: Sweet, sweet nectar. Come here for a quintessential, delectable panini! My favorite panini is stuffed with grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, tomato, and pesto. Order a side of Voodoo chips, though, for a true win. These chips taste like a mix of BBQ and Salt and Vinegar, and will make your taste buds sing. Two more perks: avocado junkies can add avocado to any panini for only a small upcharge and health gurus can order a sweet, detoxing juice or smoothie.
I’m not a newbie to the food truck frenzy. In fact, I’ve been trying different food trucks since my 2013 move to Atlanta. Even still, there are literally hundreds I have yet to try. Here are the ones on my radar…
WHEN & WHERE?
Mondays 5-8pm (weekly)
137 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, Georgia 30068
Mondays 5:30-8:30pm (weekly)
2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
Tuesdays 5-9pm (weekly)
3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Georgia 30080
You have to track them down today!
Thursdays 5-8pm (weekly)
Brook Run Park, 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338
Thursdays 5-9pm (weekly)
37 Old Roswell St, Alpharetta, Georgia
Fridays 6-9pm (weekly)
3167 Main St, Duluth, Georgia
Saturdays 12-9pm (weekly)
(Check FB for special openings/changing hours)
1850 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, Georgia
Day of (Belly) Rest
Wishing you a fun-filled summer & a happy tummy!
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