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New food trucks rolling into town

Credit: Banged Up and Mashed

Credit: Banged Up and Mashed

Now that the weather is once again tolerable, we are entering the season of the food truck. The food truck lineup has swelled since last year, with at least three new trucks being added in the last month or so.

Banged Up and Mashed

Back in January, the rolling British pub-grub truck Banged Up and Mashed launched, giving fans of Yorkshire pudding and fish and chips a new source for the oft-derided UK cuisine. Regulars at Churchill’s Pub in Buckhead will find the truck parked out front every Friday and Saturday night slinging bangers and mash (pork sausage, mashed potatoes, and gravy) and Chicken Tikka Masala (yes, it is an Indian dish, but wildly popular in Britain). You can follow them on Facebook, or their homepage to keep up with locations and specials.

Rouxd Food Truck

Originally slated to start rolling out on March 22nd, the Rouxd Food Truck’s opening got pushed out to this Thursday 4/12 for their inaugural run. The part Jamaican, part Cajun food truck plans to fill your gullet with fried meat pies with the occasional side of rice and beans. Though there aren’t any real updates on there yet, you can keep up with them on Facebook or Twitter to find out where the Rouxd Krewe will be next.

The Dessert Pusher

Once you are done stuffing your face with tacos, or meat pies, or fish and chips, hopefully you saved some room for dessert. The Dessert Pusher is selling all sweets, all the time. Pastry chef Aisha Cheeks debuted the rolling confectionery this week, with a menu full of treats like fig and mascarpone bread pudding, salted caramel brownies, and homemade whoopee pies. Cheeks also welcomes patron suggestions for the menu, so check out her homepage, Facebook, or Twitter account for updates and to voice your opinion on what your sweet tooth craves.

- By Jon Watson, Food and More blog

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F&B Guy

April 11th, 2012
1:07 am

Don’t forget the new NECTAR food truck. It just started rolling around Decatur and more….

Foodie wish

April 11th, 2012
7:36 am

what about the new food park off of Howell Mill…give us some scoop on that

Jenny Turknett

April 11th, 2012
7:54 am

Foodie wish, you’ll get your wish because I happen to have a post going up this afternoon about that.

Guy I.

April 11th, 2012
9:52 am

I heard yesterday that those guys tricked the Howell Mill Food Park guys so they can get opened first…. Pretty dirty if you ask me.

Realist

April 11th, 2012
11:36 am

Food truck park is another example of Atlanta being a cargo cult town that doesn’t understand why things work in other cities. Food trucks are about going TO the people. It’s about filling that nitch where a full size restaurant wouldn’t quite have enough business. It’s about going to events to provide food for those attending. Atlanta sees food trucks as a novelty and something we must have because Portland and NYC has them. There is no understanding here of why food trucks came to be in those cities.

What have we done in Atlanta? We’ve created a parking lot to put the food trucks in so that everyone can get in their cars and drive to the food trucks. It might as well be the food court at the mall.

Josh T

April 11th, 2012
12:36 pm

Sorry Guys I am in the restaurant industry and I am highly against the food truck movement. It takes away business for sit down restaurants cause people want to be lazy!

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Debbie

April 11th, 2012
2:43 pm

Right on, Realist! I don’t understand having to drive TO a food truck!

Ali

April 11th, 2012
4:14 pm

I LOVE the food trucks! And, they actually travel around the city…they’re not just in a Food Park. If you follow the trucks on social media, then you can find out their locations throughout the day (they go to midtown and Buckhead quite frequently for lunch)…I’m glad ATL has brought them here. They’re fun! And in other cities, food trucks also congregate just like in Howell Mill Food Park (Ie Venice Beach)…and it’s actually fun and gives people something to do on a relaxing evening…I loved it last year!

Bunny

April 11th, 2012
4:24 pm

Realist: You must have not tried to open a food truck, the laws in GA for it are ridiculous, you have to get a food license for every county (city?) you want to vend in (not to mention some require a brick and mortar building in that county/city as well. Doing what you suggest would require every food truck to rent a building in every city that meets health food codes.), UNLESS its a “special event”- thus why vending at a park is ideal, its a special event that the trucks don’t have to apply for a special license for.

Dawn Hall

April 12th, 2012
11:37 am

Check out another GREAT new food truck, Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen! We offer all natural, wholesome, seasonal items with a variety of menu items daily.
Food trucks are a great alternative to sit down restaurants. People are so busy these days and do not have the time to sit down for an hour lunch which then forces them to choose unhealthy food options. This is why we started Happy Belly- to offer Healthy, natural foods + convenience = Happy people. Check out our at Happy Belly Truck on facebook!

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Edward

April 12th, 2012
1:59 pm

Food trucks fill a niche that for too long was absent in Atlanta. I love it when they are convenient to me, but I’m not so sold on the idea of “driving to the food truck”. Seems to defeat the purpose. And as for competition to traditional restaurants, I say, “Bring it on!”. Competition is good. If you’re getting beaten by a food truck, then the truck isn’t really your problem.

Steve

April 12th, 2012
2:29 pm

Cry me a river, Josh.

Stan

April 13th, 2012
7:35 am

I love food trucks whether it’s walking down the street or driving
to an area where there are several to choose from.
I do wish the political- bureaucracy would lighten up on the
regulations. As long as they meet the FDA and other food preparation
and other health regulations let them feed the masses and MAKE
A LIVING!!!!

Philly in Atl

April 13th, 2012
7:56 am

I’m with Realist on this one. Drive to a food truck? That’s a ridiculous perversion of the food truck concept. Folks might as well just drive to the sponsoring restaurants (seems so many of them have one). I get it if food trucks park near universities and business centers so they provide alternatives to getting in cars and present a more diverse selection to areas underserved by restaurants or lacking diverse food choices. Food trucks were critical to inner city colleges when I was in school, but drive to one? I find that bizarre (and more than a bit elitist).

Tale of Woe

April 13th, 2012
12:11 pm

Are there food trucks in Buckhead for lunch?

Steven Solomon

April 14th, 2012
1:49 pm

I believe the reason there are so many successful food pods in Austin and Portland is because of progressive and entrepreneurial spirit found in these cities. When you have a permanent location, the need for a motorized vehicle is circumvented and the cost of entering the food service business is greatly reduced. That is why these pods are populated almost exclusively by food trailers. I realized this and formulated a business model for my company, Chow Trailers, to focus on the many people who have a passion for cooking and want to own their own business, but lack the capital to buy a food truck.

Pat

April 15th, 2012
6:31 pm

Josh, It’s not about people being lazy but about limited time and wanting choices.

Lugnut

April 15th, 2012
6:59 pm

The food trucks will not be allowed to do what they can do because the politicians and resteraunts and in bed with each other. The politicians can always hide behind public safety while denying the voters choice and liberty. Vote them out. Take names and vote them out. All of them. Eventually, we will get a bunch in there that finally realizes who works for whom.

Tina

April 15th, 2012
7:41 pm

@Josh T…I am a native New Yorker. People who patronize food trucks are not lazy. It’s a great way to get your food to a boat load of people who might not every wrap their lips around it. Sounds to me like a lil jelousy on ur part. Bring “your” brand up to speed and you wont have anything to worry about. People in Atl like to eat and they like to have choices.

Nuevo Soul Food

April 15th, 2012
8:10 pm

Be on the lookout for the Blaxican. It will fuse Soul Food with Mexican Food. Nothing like it anywhere!!