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Is There a Food Truck in Your Neighborhood?

Posted on 22, June 2011 by csadmin

According to my research, the answer to that question is: probably.  The food truck trend in Atlanta has officially turned into a craze ever since the first mobile truck permit was granted in August of 2010.  Now, we're legit enough to be the site of filming for Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race.  They're a tasty neighborhood function to attend if you're out exploring new surroundings, or if you're just plain hungry at the right place and time.   People are really asking, 'Why didn't we do this sooner?'

So how can you find out where to sample these meals on wheels?  A great place to start is the website of the Atlanta Street Food Coalition.  This is the main advocacy group for Atlanta street food vendors, and 23 popular trucks belong to it.  There's really every kind of food you could imagine represented here, from extravagant hot dogs to quirky cupcakes and popsicles to organic, locally sourced salads.  Explore the vendor list, find some you like, and then sign up for their Facebook and Twitter alerts.  Some regular food truck locations include  Midtown, the Howell Mill Food Park, Atlantic Station, Inman Park, Buckhead, Virginia Highland, in addition to local festivals.  The trend is even spreading to the suburbs, as vendors can also be found in Smyrna and Marietta.

The mobile food movement is exciting for a couple of reasons.  First, it adds energy, culinary variety, and PEOPLE to our streets, which are all things Atlanta needs. You can really feel people getting excited about it, sometimes to the point of obsession.  Another interesting thing about food trucking is the way in which the vendors create a sense of urgency for their product.  Customers can learn about the next location of their favorite trucks through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  This way, you can get it before it's gone!  And of course, the food is just plain titillating.  Try the "Fry Guy" and see if that word isn't fitting.

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