Food trucks in Miami
By: Carissa Chesanek & Jennifer Agress
Check out some of the best food trucks in Miami.
Gaining huge followings in major cities across the nation, the food truck sensation is changing the way the world does food and Miami is certainly no exception.
A more modern spin on authentic street food culture, these “meals on wheels” whip up everything from simple burgers and French fries, to dim sum, nitrogen-infused ice cream, prime-beef burgers topped with haute cheeses and cured meats, and some of the most traditional Cuban or Latin dishes.
A precursor to the pop-up restaurant craze, these food trucks are a gourmet alternative to what has long been viewed as classic fast food. Here are just a handful of the places and events where you can find Miami’s favorite food trucks.
Wynwood’s Second Saturday Art Walk
Likely Miami’s most popular monthly food truck event, Wynwood’s Second Saturday Art Walk is a monthly, late-night celebration where art, food and drink collide. While local galleries bring in DJs and keep their doors open until the early hours of the morning, attendees can wind their way through the ever-changing graffiti on Wynwood Walls, and grab an inventive grilled cheese sandwich at the popular Ms. Cheezious, fro-yo however they want it at JOJI Yogurt, or even a mouthwatering mini sandwich at Bocaditos – all food trucks. 2520 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127. Galleries and art displays open from 7 p.m. until late night.
Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival at Magic City Casino
Put together by Burger Beast, the Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival occurs every 3rd Saturday of the month at the Magic City Casino. In addition to having beer on tap and concert ticket giveaways, its filled with top food trucks like Taco Fresh, King Racks of BBQ, Potato Corner, The Lobsta Guy and the raved-about Purple People Eatery, the last of which is known for its weird, delicious street food – like burgers topped with goat cheese, truffle and fried eggs. 450 NW 37th Avenue, Miami, FL 33125. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Food Truck Invasion at Tropical Park
Taking place the 4th Friday of every month, Food Truck Invasion invites families to kick-off their weekend with a night of food and fun at Tropical Park. With every kind of food truck – from Da Burger Shack and Extreme Risotto Fusion, to Original Greek and Pizzazilla – this event promises to curb whatever it is you’re craving. 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free.
Food Truck Invasion at Palmetto Bay Village Center
On the first Friday of every month, Magic City residents can head to the Palmetto Bay Village Center for live music, vast picnic areas, and line after line of some of the city’s most popular food trucks. 18001 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Food Trucks All Over Miami
Some food trucks have become so popular that they’ve even earned the rights to their own permanent outpost. Originally Miami’s most popular food trucks, Ms. Cheezious now has two food trucks, as well as a brick-and-mortar location in MiMo. You can find one of the trucks serving up hot Grilled Blue & Bacon sandwiches every weekend at Gramps, in Wynwood. Another truck-turned-restaurant, MexZican Gourmet Taqueria and Restaurant, now serves up authentic guacamole, “toztadas” and burritos from its restaurant in South Miami.
Additionally, with the growing popularity of the food truck craze, some of Miami’s classic restaurants have opened their own food trucks as a more accessible way to reach people. Big names like Cold Stone Creamery, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ and the always-packed Sakaya Kitchen can now be seen driving their popular dishes to food truck rallies all over Miami.
How Food Trucks Got Their Start in Miami
Street food has been an international phenomenon for many years, offering patrons quick, cheap eats that are authentic to the country it’s being served in.
Today, you don’t necessarily need to find street food on a corner and you definitely don’t need to travel to a different country to get the exotic traditional cuisine you crave. Instead, you can check out one of Miami’s many food trucks that line the streets waiting to fill the bellies of its hungry patrons.
Back when food trucks weren’t a thing in Miami (roughly 30 years ago), there was AC of AC’s Icees, selling frozen lemonade (similar to an old school ice cream truck) at Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove. While you can still find the truck parked in the same place selling the familiar refreshing treat, there’s a lot of competition that don’t sell one specialty item, but actual restaurant-style menus.
Miami’s Top Wheels That Led to the Local Food Truck Frenzy
The two stand outs that really kicked off the food truck mania in Miami include Chef Jeremiah’s GastroPod and Food Network Chef Ingrid Hoffman’s Latin Burger.
GastroPod, a 1960’s Airstream Trailer, serves quality haute food truck fare with signatures like the Dirty Chips (kettle chips cooked in pork fat, spicy mayo, and slaw bits) and the Mo’ Better Burger (6-oz patty made of short rib, brisket and sirloin, topped with poached egg, slaw & gPod sauce).
The Latin Burger and Taco truck decked out in black with pink flames sticks to hearty Latin eats like the Latin Macho burger made with chorizo, chuck and sirloin then topped with Oaxaca cheese, caramelized onions and jalapeños. In addition, there’s the choice of two must-try sauces including Ingrid’s special “avocado-licious” and red pepper mayo for some extra spice.
Latin Burger and GastroPod started a contagion. Soon there were food trucks spotted all over Miami including at parties, cultural gatherings, outside of clubs and more recently, the city’s famed food truck rallies.
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