The Food Truck Challenge
While food trucks have quickly gained in popularity in recent years, mobile eateries have been part of the American cultural landscape since the late 17th century when food carts first appeared as push carts in the city we now call Manhattan. Northeast Florida alone is home to well-over 100 licensed mobile food businesses, many of which are occupied by some of the area’s most creative local food makers and chefs. While finding food trucks can sometimes be a chase, trying new trucks is a great way to add adventure to lunchtime routines. Last month, we set about at random to find 10 local lunches under $10, and here’s a small sampling of the fare we found being served by trucks in our region.
Not sure where to begin your Food Truck Challenge? Start by following Jax Truckies on Twitter @JaxTruckies for a daily list of truck locations.
Jalapeno Truck: Spicy Chicken Chimichanga $10. With Rice and Beans,topped with Pico de Gallo and Sour Cream
Big Island Bowls: Shaka Bowl $8.50. Acai and assorted Toppings: Strawberries, Coconut Shavings, Homemade Granola, drizzled with honey
Son of a Butcher: Mayport Shrimp Po Boy S.O.B $8. Grilled Shrimp, Lettuce, Tomato, Tripp Sauce and Cheese
Blazin Azn: Dynamite Roll $7. Salmon, Krab and Asparagus, Deep Fried, with Ponzu Sauce Spicy Mayo and Scallions
The Happy Grilled Cheese: Daddy of the Mac $7. Three cheeses, pulled pork, mac & cheese, grilled onions
Treemendous BBQ: Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich $9. Served with a side of Mac and Cheese
Zydeco Cajun Grill: Shrimp Gumbo $10. Bayou-style Stew with Andouille served over Rice
Nalu’s Tropical Takeout: Baja Fish Tacos $9.50. Served with Baja Sauce and a side of Rice and Beans
Berry Good Farms On the Go: Signature Salad $8. Goat Cheese, Cucumbers, Tomatoes and Corn served over Mixed Greens with Salmon Cakeand House Ponzu Vinaigrette
A Flying Sausage: Chicken and Waffles $9. Fried buttermilk Chicken Sausage and Maple Waffles with Collards, topped with Sweet Chili Sauce