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TIP ONE: Research
Every food truck worth its weight in french fries will have a Facebook page AND a Twitter handle. Since they're mobile and are always on the go, they want you to know where they are every second of the operating business day. When a food truck rally is planned, a complete list of trucks and their links will be listed. Check out each site, decide which truck(s) you want to hit up and make a list, real or imagined.
TIP TWO: Menu planning
Decide what food items you're going to get and make alternate choices, lest the truck is out of a particular item. It happens. People get hungry, trucks get busy and the sandwich that got your mouth watering online is sold out. Most of the time, the truck will have a whiteboard with sold out or no longer available items. To see what happens when a popular items runs out and people don't get the memo click HERE
TIP THREE: Make a budget
Unless you're Daddy Warbucks and money is no object, buying all of the food you want can add up pretty quickly. Be sure to make a budget and stick to it. If you don't plan ahead, have only $10 and the line is 90 minutes long, is that really worth your time?
TIP FOUR: Conquer and divide
Go to the food truck rally with at least one other person. AND BRING CASH ONLY. Divide up that list you just made and divide yourselves amongst the crowd to get the most bang for your buck. Plan to get multiple food items from multiple trucks so that time spent standing in line isn't wasted.
TIP FIVE: Relax
The first thing to do when you get to the parking lot, sidewalk or space where the food trucks are parked, find a place to park your butt. Bring some lawn chairs, camping chairs, blankets and chill. Stake your claim to an area so that you have a Base Camp to come back to to devour all of the delicious food you just got.
This post highlights a few of the many trucks out there and is NOT an exhaustive list of the best places to get your eats from the streets. For a list of the latest and greatest food trucks in our area, check out the newly formed Central Carolina Food Truck Alliance.
Taqueria El Azteca (Greensboro) This long-standing truck is a permanent fixture on Spring Garden Street. Doling out food reminiscent of their Friendly Avenue restaurant location, the tortas and the fresh tacos are what bring people back time and time again. You'll be headed down el camino to tell your friends about El Azteca in no time. Easy on the pocketbook and hard to resist, be sure to hit up the truck on Taco Tuesdays (every Tuesday) and take your own lawn chair to make your wait in line easy.
King Creole (Burlington) Can you hear the Zydeco band yet? Jambalaya and a crawfish pie, oh me, oh my-oh! Bourbon Street has nothing on B-town! Get the taste of the bayou right here in the Triad. Don't know where to start? Don't worry because the owner of the truck was born and raised in Nola and will send you in the right direction. I suggest you try the gumbo and get ready to laissez le bon temps rouler (let the good times roll) with this truck. Be sure to check out King's exclusive Yelp Deal to get $10 worth of food for only $5!
Camel City Grill (Winston-Salem) The newest truck in town offers big tasty burgers for reasonable prices. The array of interesting fare such as the popular PBB&J burger slathered with peanut butter, stacked
|The only time its acceptable to eat off the sidewalk|
vegetarian friends, don't pass up the Chipotle Grilled Cheese--Spice and everything nice on fresh, sourdough bread. I bet these guys stick around because everything that comes from this truck is delicious. Fresh Angus beef + fresh toppings + bread from Camino Bakery = the tastiest truck in town.
Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ (Greensboro) Around these parts, barbecue is a noun, not a verb. The only verb you’ll be doing is eating because this all-turkey Eastern style barbecue is original and out of this world. Load up on turkey wings, turkey hot dogs, chopped plates, cole slaw and hush puppies here. Smack dab in the middle of the barbecue belt of the South, this restaurant’s mobile truck can be found at the latest food truck festival near you.
The photos above are courtesy of Tacqueria Azteca and Camel City Grill Facebook pages