Nashville's Grilled Cheeserie Food Truck
The mobile food movement has made its way to Music City. And
what started as a handful of hopeful chuckwagons has become a fleet
of mobile eateries of all varieties. Those wary of the food truck
movement, or think it just another trend can continue holding their
breath. The rest of us will open our mouths and welcome the
smorgasbord offered by these fine vendors. In the current economy,
food trucks make sense. Perhaps it's the natural response to the
likes of past-their-prime concepts such as upscale pub food,
contemporary Mexican (with $12 guacamole) or nightclub Asian
fusion. Why pay astronomical prices for burgers, tacos or a bowl of
noodles, all of which are simple street foods at heart. From the
standpoint of a food truck, it's a great way to get your cuisine
directly to the customer without having to bother with building
permits, alcohol licenses, large parties of red-hat ladies and
other various profit-killing, headache-inducing aspects of opening
a restaurant. Whatever the reason for their rise, food trucks
continue to pop up all over town. Without further ado, here are
some of Nashville's best food trucks. Click on the restaurant name
for its Twitter handle, or follow our list of Nashville
Street Food: With offerings from around the globe --
Caribbean and Korean influences show up most frequently -- Riffs
won the first annual Battle of the Food Trucks. Riffs' renditions
of jerk chicken and shrimp and grits (which has an impressive depth
of flavor) could stand up to the versions at most restaurants. The
beastly bulgogi burger is impressive as well. Extra points for the
1/2 portions: a great value and still plenty of food.
The Hoss Burgers truck
Gourmet grass-fed burgers stuffed with cheese are the order of the
day. The namesake burger, cooked a perfect medium, is stuffed with
cheddar cheese (which oozes out the edges) and topped with barbecue
sauce, bacon and crispy onions. Decadently delicious. Food truck
fries can sometimes be a bummer, but these thin, crispy
rosemary-parmesan fries retain their texture. Veggie burgers are
available as well.
Grilled Cheeserie: One of the first food trucks to hit
the scene, the Grilled Cheeserie truck often has the longest line
(it moves fast, though). Sure, you could drunkenly throw your own
grilled cheese together at home, but more than likely it wouldn't
be a masterpiece like The Caliente -- chorizo, queso fresco,
avocado, jalapeno and caramelized onions on sourdough.
Delicious: There's no rule stipulating that street
food must be terrible for you. More of a trailer (dubbed The Lady
Bug) than a truck, Terra Delicious focuses on healthy wraps, soups
and sandwiches with locally sourced ingredients. A hearty grilled
chicken wrap with summer squash, peppers and mushrooms is simple,
fresh and filling.
The Terra Delicious Lady Bug
Pizza Buds: The
only pizza-by-the-slice truck in town, Pizza Buds slice somewhat
resembles roller rink pizza (not a bad thing), but what makes it
unique is the brown sugar and parmesan glaze that is brushed onto
the crust for a sweet finish. Bonus points for perhaps the coolest
vehicle in the food truck fleet, a scraggly old RV with "Leisure
Time" written on the cab. Shaggy and Scooby would approve.
O.M.G: OMG! ROFLOL! You'll totally like find some of
literally the city's best (but messy) fish tacos at this truck
serving "Original Mexican Gourmet from Chef B. 'Yayo' Jimenez.
Smokin': An impressive setup with a sizeable smoker
attached to the tailgate, Rollin' and Smokin' (not to be confused
with the 2Pac song of the same name, and a slightly different
meaning) serves up slow smoked brisket, hickory smoked pork butt
and damn fine 3-bean smoked chicken chili. Follow the smoke.
The Competition Ribs from Smoke Et Al
Eating: Happy Eating is relatively easy to spot,
bedecked with bright colors and a giant Anime girl (or boy?) eating
rice dumplings on a skewer. Gyoza, lemongrass chicken bowls,
various sweet treats and deliciously airy pork buns are among the
Al: Smoke et Al specializes in barbecue but serves
everything from pork tacos to chicken and biscuits and hot mulled
cider. Dry rubbed ribs are worth the wait, and the pickled fried
okra is fantastic.
Mas Tacos Por
Favor: Among Nashville's first food trucks, Mas Tacos
has for the most part settled into its new stationary digs on
McFerrin Ave in East Nashville, but they still take the truck out
once in a while. None of the tacos fail to impress -- try the fried
avocado taco when in doubt. The brilliant elote and the
potent chicken tortilla soup are showstoppers as well.
Bulles: Brentwood's contemporary southern fare
stalwart has gone mobile. The nap-inducing, saucy/cheesy Italian
sausage sandwich is a behemoth.
Wagon: Big flavors come from little food carts. The
Sugar Wagon's gourmet ice cream sandwiches are the real deal.
Peanut butter ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip
cookies: bloody brilliant! (Some treats are vegan friendly as
Italian sausage sandwich from Mere Bulles
Izzie's Ice: A
godsend on a scorching hot Nashville summer day, these Italian ice
cups pack plenty of flavor -- go with the honeydew or the
Collection: Currently Nashville's only food bus, the
Cupcake Bus doles out sweet treats from the Cupcake Collection shop
in Germantown. Sink your teeth into the red velvet cake or the
peanut butter mousse on chocolate.