Best Food Trucks in Orlando
The Crooked Spoon looks more like a mobile dessert catering service upon first inspection. The white truck carriage with its name written in what appears to be chocolate sauce dripping from its namesake utensil may have had people pass it by looking for a more viable lunch option, IF it were not for the crowd out front diving into Mac'n'Cheese. The scent of juicy angus beef wafting through the air is the other give-away.
The Crooked Spoon takes patrons away from a city lined with theme parked styled eateries and delivers comfort food at its best. However, don't take the term "comfort", and the fact that the food is served from a truck, to infer anything about the quality of the menu. Executive Chef/Owner - Steve Saelg - is gourmet all the way, but without a hint of the pretention that can often accompany the adjective. Instead, Steve offers items such as fine dining catch - sword fish - to create the wonderfully buttery signature dish - Sword Fish & Cheesy Grits - which magically disappears any hint of seafood taste that may traditionally scare away those averse to such an order. Our favorite item is the 420 Burger, which packs in angus beef, bacon, an onion ring, swiss cheese, and a sauce concoction (honey mustard, brown sugar, and secret spices) that gets sandwiched between a glossy exteriored brioche bun. The 420 is sweet, salty, with a perfect hint of sour (the good kind). While we named the 420 as our "favorite", the essential order of the day, any day, is Crooked Spoon's Mac'n'Cheese, which combines 6 varieties of cheese! We'll let your taste bud's imagination run away with that one, but if you intend on nabbing this dish, arrive early or go home disappointed. The Crooked Spoon sells out of the Mac'n'Cheese each and every day.
Take an hour away from your time in Orlando to hunt down this gem of a food truck, its about as magical as any other "attraction" in the city.
For current location, call 407.927.1587 OR Follow @TheCrookedSpn on Twitter.
The Treehouse Truck is a sharpie graffitied food truck that serves up the street food you know and love - burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches. But don't confuse the small itemized list to mean that there is anything standard about their menu. They've taken the hand held classics and converted them into something that's nothing short of spectacular to the taste buds.
Their staple Chimoo - Churrasco Marinated Steak and Chicken with sweet potato fries, coleslaw and mango BBQ sauce on a Puerto Rican sweet bread - is amazing. The mango BBQ sauce adds a really unique sweet kick that dares description. Blue Cheese isn't for everyone BUT it will be if they could only sample the Blue Horsehoe - Angus Burger topped with Grated Horseradish, Crumbled Blue Cheese and Pickled Red Onions. Depending on if it's on the menu that day, you'll want to indulge with the the Treetrunk WowWow - a deep fried hot dog (which should be enough to seal the deal) with sauerkraut, onions, and chili thrown in to boot. Blatant use of the deep fryer concept really kicks in when you get to the goodies at the end of the menu, where you absolutely have to order up the Deep Fried Oreos (our salivating recommendation) or the Deep Fried Twinkies!
For current location, call 407.921.1696 OR Follow @TreehouseTruck on Twitter.
Melissa's Chicken & Waffles
The fried chicken & waffles concept made famous by the likes of Roscoe's House in Los Angeles and Gladys Knight & Ron Winans restaurant in Atlanta has made its way to Orlando and made it mobile. We're a picky bunch when it comes to anyone attempting to take on one of our favorite comfort foods but Melissa has worked some magic in that bright Florida orange toned truck of hers.
If a waffle was compared to pizza, you would most often find the fried chicken accompaniment of the New York thin crust variety. But Melissa's makes hers more akin to Chicago deep dish style - big and fluffy - which sets her apart from the rest. While we may be wary of this fact, as fluffy textures sometimes remove taste from the equation, Melissa's injection of buttermilk into the waffle and creamy gravy topping take the meal to a new level of flavor that will make fans of those previously averse to the fried chicken & waffle concept. This food truck also serves up waffles sandwhiches and of course some delectable desserts.
Melissa's Chicken & Waffle Truck can be found on the corner of Colonial and Primrose in Orlando but for complete up to date location information call 407.371.2887 OR Follow Melissa @melissaswaffles on Twitter.
Big Wheel Provisions Truck
As a catering company, mobility is simply a part of daily operations, so it only makes sense to transition into the food truck business. Big Wheel Provisions Truck with Head Chef Tony Adams at the helm has rolled out a true gourmet menu in a landscape where many make the claim of "gourmet" but fall short nine times out of ten, at least. The key to Chef Adams success is his interpretation of the Charcuterie process - taking whole cuts of meat and making it into sausages, pates, terrines, rillettes, and other delicious goods that translate well into food that patrons can order and eat on the go. Their menu changes daily, but it's not uncommon to find items such as duck or soft shell crab sandwhiches on the menu in addition to more common southern bites (but still with a gourmet twist) like tatertots and grits. One "must try" is BWP's Johnny Five w/Brown Sugar Fries.
Big Wheel Provisions can be found on the corner of Orange and Washington in Orlando but for complete up to date location information (and menu changes) call 407.494.4297 OR Follow BWP @BigWheelTruck on Twitter.
Korean BBQ Taco Box
It's not all that surprising to see a blend of Korean BBQ and Mexican these days in the food truck business. From Florida to the Pacific Northwest we have witnessed this fusion of ethnic foods to the benefit of palates cruising the vicinities these trucks are parked in. Korean BBQ Taco Box seems to be thriving off of this new concept and thus their bright yellow truck often found under the tropical cover of central Florida palms attracts a slew of regulars and passerbyers.
As the name states, its all about box meals at this food truck and there are a selection of 5 meat varieties (Galbi - boneless short rib marinated, Beef, Spicy Pork, Chicken, and Chicken Teriyaki) to order w/rice and all orders are accompanied by a house salad and Korean side dishes: 1 spicy chicken wing, 2 pcs fried cheese roll, fried tofu with teriyaki sauce, and 1 pc of egg omelette roll. Our recommendation is to opt for the special Fried Cheese Roll - Korean rice, korean beef, with mozzarella cheese, topped with special sauce.
For current location, call 407.844.3990 OR Follow Korean BBQ Taco Box @koreanbbq_2011 on Twitter.
This Orlando food truck's paint job gives the appearance that its white exterior may have been ripped open by the likes of Godzilla. This is entirely possible because the main focus on Gastro Truck's menu is CHEESE, which has been known to drag all sorts of hungry creatures out of the bottom of the ocean, caves, and Central Florida condos in search of gooey goodness.
All sorts of burgers, sandwiches, sliders, and of course, macaroni, serve as the canvas for the main ingredient which culinary artisans Lori Bragg (owner) and Catarina Triacca (chef) designed the menu around. They manage to paint a cheesy grin on the faces of anyone that orders from their food truck, especially with their "Create Your Own Grilled Cheese" concept where you dare to bare your soul in creating the ingredients you wish to see in one of America's most popular hand held comfort foods. We will RARELY state that pretty much everything on the menu at any eatery is a "hit", but honestly, if you enjoy cheese and sandwiches, the Gastro Truck is on target everytime with each item on its menu, leaving it up to the customer to decide which is their favorite. Our picks (difficult choices) include; Ham & Cheese Pleeeease - sliced ham, tomato, muenster, chipotle gouda & cheddar cheeses, homemade pickles, and Mojo Mayo on Cuban bread - which is so rich, flavorful, and salty (but not overwhelmingly) that its damn near stupid (in a great way); and the Apple Bacon Harvest Grilled Cheese - thin sliced apples, sharp cheddar, clover honey, and bacon, on multi grain bread - which concocts a flavor that combines the aforementioned with an appealing vague sour taste the makes it unique. The menu can change from time to time but there always seems to be some sort of coconut based dessert (cookie, squares, etc...) on the menu and you can't go wrong with ordering which ever appears in neon chalk on the given day you arrive at the Gastro Truck.
For current location, call 407.688.6534 OR Follow the Gastro Truck @GastroTrina on Twitter
CK Jerk Shack
CK Jerk Shack brings island flavor - Jamaican - to Orlando with a mobile expansion of their popular community catering business. If you happen to come across this mysterious (they don't update their social media accounts) yet very festive food truck you can expect to see a menu that includes the Jamaican classics such as Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, Coconut Rice & Beans, Jamaican Callaloo Greens, Jamaican Beef Patties, Jamaican Ginger Beer, and weekly specials that play on the same concept. They offer the spiciest cuisine in Orlando's food truck network so if you get the opportunity, order a plate from CK and let them know to stay on top of their communications so you can find them again. You'll want to.
For current location, call 407.301.1363 OR Follow CK Jerk Shack @CKJerkShack on their RARELY updated Twitter (kind of pointless but perhaps they will begin updating when they see more followers).