The Food Truck Challenge

By Lauren Titus / Photography By Stefanie Keeler & Amy Robb | October 17, 2016
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Happy Grilled Cheese Food Truck
Increasingly, food trucks have become a vital part of our regions local food system.

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.

lunch from Jalapeno Truck

Jalapeno Truck: Spicy Chicken Chimichanga $10. With Rice and Beans,topped with Pico de Gallo and Sour Cream

lunch from Big Island Bowls

Big Island Bowls: Shaka Bowl $8.50. Acai and assorted Toppings: Strawberries, Coconut Shavings, Homemade Granola, drizzled with honey

Son of a Butcher lunch

Son of a Butcher: Mayport Shrimp Po Boy S.O.B $8. Grilled Shrimp, Lettuce, Tomato, Tripp Sauce and Cheese

Blazing Azn lunch

Blazin Azn: Dynamite Roll $7. Salmon, Krab and Asparagus, Deep Fried, with Ponzu Sauce Spicy Mayo and Scallions

Happy Grilled Cheese

The Happy Grilled Cheese: Daddy of the Mac $7. Three cheeses, pulled pork, mac & cheese, grilled onions

lunch from Tremendous BBQ

Treemendous BBQ: Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich $9. Served with a side of Mac and Cheese

Zydeco Cajun Grill lunch

Zydeco Cajun Grill: Shrimp Gumbo $10. Bayou-style Stew with Andouille served over Rice

Nalu's tacos

Nalu’s Tropical TakeoutBaja Fish Tacos $9.50. Served with Baja Sauce and a side of Rice and Beans

Berry Good Farms on the Go salad

Berry Good Farms On the GoSignature Salad $8. Goat Cheese, Cucumbers, Tomatoes and Corn served over Mixed Greens with Salmon Cakeand House Ponzu Vinaigrette

A Flying Sausage lunch

A Flying Sausage: Chicken and Waffles $9. Fried buttermilk Chicken Sausage and Maple Waffles with Collards, topped with Sweet Chili Sauce

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