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FALL 2012 DINING GUIDE: A Dozen Top Food Trucks

The Blaxican Food Truck (credit: Becky Stein)

The Blaxican Food Truck (credit: Becky Stein)

THE ATLANTA 50: Great Eats On Wheels

By Jon Watson

The food truck movement shows no signs of slowing down, and it seems every day more mobile food vendors roll through metro Atlanta’s byways. Here are our dozen favorites to watch out for (and a map of where they’re regularly seen):

AJC Dining Team member Jon Watson writes about popular eats.
AJC Dining Team member Jon Watson writes about popular eats.

Chay J’s New Orleans Candies

Known for its original Creole pretzels, this mobile New Orleans confectioner serves Cajun twists on candies and treats. Be sure to check out an order of the Banana pecan Creole crunch — popcorn coated in buttery caramel toffee flavored with bananas, banana chips and sweet pecans. Regularly seen for lunch and dinner Saturdays at the Atlanta Food Truck Park (1850 Howell Mill Road, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 5-10 p.m.). 678-439-6652

Good Food Truck

Part of the old guard of the Atlanta food trucks, the Good Food Truck has been around longer than most, and is still one of the best. The dish it is best known for, The Poodle, is a beef hot dog served on a French toast bun with apple-maple slaw, spicy mustard and maple syrup. Regularly seen for lunch on Wednesdays at The Stoveworks in Inman Park in Atlanta (112 Krog St., 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.). 678-481-8182

Grilldabeast

The owners of this relative newcomer to the truck scene got their start catering on movie sets, and then decided to bring their food to the rest of us with their truck, Grilldabeast. Dishes like the smoked-then-fried wings with mango Thai chili glaze or the panko-fried avocado with eel sauce are not to be missed. Regularly seen for dinner Thursdays and lunch Saturdays at the Atlanta Food Truck Park. 404-719-6563

Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen

With a strong focus on local ingredients, this “farm-to-street” truck is a great spot for distinctive sandwiches, salads, and pasta. Powering the kitchen is an on-board Big Green Egg, giving each of their dishes that fresh-from-the-backyard smokiness you can only get on a charcoal grill. Regularly seen at dinner Tuesdays at the Taylor Brawner Park in Smyrna (3180 Atlanta Road, 6-9 p.m.), lunch Thursdays at 12th and Peachtree streets in Midtown (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and lunch Sundays at the Atlanta Food Truck Park. 404-719-3257

Honeysuckle Gelato

Combining his Southern roots with his training at the hands of legendary gelato maker Jon Snyder, Jackson Smith has crafted a dessert truck definitely worth checking out. With more than 100 flavors to date, like ginger molasses or mint julep, the prolific team at Honeysuckle constantly changes up the menu, but many of its staple flavors can also be found at restaurants like La Tavola, Atlanta Fish Market and STG Trattoria. Regularly seen for dinner Thursdays and Fridays at the Atlanta Food Truck Park. 404-228-7825

Ibiza Bites

This truck serves “SoLa” cuisine, a blend of Latin American and Southern food that shines through best with dishes like Lola’s coconut fried chicken, served with a mango chili glaze atop a bed of fresh jicama, pineapple, mango and basil slaw. Regularly seen for dinner Tuesdays at Taylor Brawner Park in Smyrna and Fridays for lunch at Atlantic Station in Midtown (17 1/2 St., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.). 404-857-9308

Mix’D UP

The mobile truck of the Cuzine Chef catering company, Mix’D UP is a rock-‘n’-roll inspired truck that serves up some pretty serious burgers. Go for the Rockin’ Hero, a lamb burger topped with tzatziki sauce, spinach, tomatoes and feta served on a ciabatta bun, or the super-sloppy open-faced Texan, an Angus patty topped with bacon, cheddar, pulled pork and slaw. Regularly seen for dinner on Tuesdays at Taylor Brawner Park in Smyrna, dinner on Wednesdays in Virginia Highlands in Atlanta (841 N. Highland Ave., 6-9 p.m.) and lunch on Thursdays at 12th and Peachtree streets in Midtown. 404-822-6758

Rouxd Food Truck

Part Cajun and part Jamaican, this fusion truck serves a blend of Creole and island cuisine. Try out a Cajun curry chicken or crispy fried pork belly poboy. Any dish goes well with a side of red beans and rice, especially the Cajun rock shrimp ceviche. Regularly seen for lunch and dinner Fridays and Saturdays at the Atlanta Food Truck Park. 678-751-1546

Taco Buggy

This little lunchbox of a trailer cranks out some of the tastiest little tacos in the Atlanta food truck scene. The Peruvian-influenced tacos go for $4 each, and come in styles like the Taco on the Beach, topped with roasted pineapple-mango relish, cilantro and goat cheese. The Stinkin’ Incan — shoestring potatoes and marinated tomato and onions — is a good place to start for beginners. Regularly seen at lunch Thursdays at 12th and Peachtree streets in Midtown.

The Blaxican

Owner Will Turner’s blend of Mexican and Southern soul food is just as memorable as his unique branding. Staples like the collard greens quesadillas or the blackened fish tacos keep the lines at this eye-catching food truck backed up wherever it is parked. Regularly seen during dinner Tuesdays at Taylor Brawner Park in Smyrna, lunch Fridays at Atlantic Station and lunch Saturdays at the Atlanta Food Truck Park. 404-606-3737

The Mobile Marlay

The mobile extension of The Marlay House, an Irish pub in Decatur, the Mobile Marlay dishes out some serious fish and chips. The menu is pretty straight forward, but very well-executed. The cod cakes consistently arrive with just the right amount of light crunch, and the fish and chips are among Atlanta’s best, mobile or otherwise. Regularly seen for dinner Tuesdays at Taylor Brawner Park in Smyrna, dinner Wednesdays in Virginia Highlands and dinner Thursdays at the Atlanta Food Truck Park. 404-270-9950

W.O.W!

For the uninitiated, the slider-sized arepas served up at the W.O.W! food truck are an eye-opener. The buttery griddled corn cakes stuffed with smoky, slow-roasted pulled pork and a dollop of cilantro-jalapeño “kicky” sauce are downright addictive. Swing back for dessert and pick up a couple cinnamon and sugar doughnuts for the drive home. Regularly seen for lunch and dinner Saturdays at the Atlanta Food Truck Park, dinner Tuesdays at Taylor Brawner Park in Smyrna and lunch Thursdays at 12th and Peachtree streets in Midtown. 404-626-0390

Also in our FALL 2012 DINING GUIDE: The Atlanta 50: Beyond Restaurants

A Guide To Great Eats | A Visual Sampler

Where you can regularly find the food trucks

Our most recent previous dining guides:

Spring 2012: THE ATLANTA 50: Where To Eat

• Fall 2011: Distinctive Culinary Voices | Spring 2011: Where To Splurge!

– Jon Watson for the AJC Food and More blog

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kin

September 27th, 2012
2:49 pm

I have only tried two of the trucks. I agree with Rouxd, food is really good. I totally disagree with Ibiza. I have the coconut chicken – while the chicken was good, the slaw was surprisingly bland. The coconut rice was half cooked. very dissapointed. A friend told me that he tossed the food away after one bite.

Kimberly

September 28th, 2012
9:00 pm

Mix’d Up has phenomenal food and are great supporters of Autism Speaks!

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PJ

October 1st, 2012
11:14 am

I’m a huge fan of Yumbii & The Pickle Truck. Even better when they are both in the same place – sesame fries go perfectly with cajun chicken eggrolls.