Orlando's Tastiest Food on Wheels
Julius Mayo Jr. of Droolius.com
Orlando's culinary scene has exploded in recent years, morphing from theme park venues and ubiquitous chain restaurants, to innovative, locally-owned eateries. With this movement has come an inevitable surge of food trucks. Thankfully, Orlando's chefs have brought their creativity with them on the road. Loosen your belts as you get ready to explore Orlando's tastiest food trucks.
Melissa's Chicken and Waffles
Julius Mayo Jr. of Droolius.com
You might belly up to Melissa's Chicken and Waffles with little expectation beyond filling up on the food truck's decadent grub. The bonus, then, is that scrawled across the exterior of Melissa's truck you'll find a fun lesson in waffle history. Who knew the first take on a waffle came to pass in the Iron Age? The latest chapter in the world of waffles began in 2011 when Melissa Cicero opened her Central Florida food truck. Today Melissa dishes up more than 20 different chicken and waffle combos, including a classic: juicy chunks of seasoned buttermilk fried chicken, topped with sausage gravy and syrup, and wrapped in a gigantic waffle.
Wear your loosest fitting pants before diving into a meal from the Treehouse Truck. The menu at Central Florida's most talked about food truck won't do your cholesterol levels any favors, but will set your heart aflutter with its divine eats. Start off strong with the GC Luther, a bacon cheeseburger wedged between 2 grilled cheese sandwiches. The catch? Instead of bread, those sammies are made with Krispy Kreme donuts. Other favorites include Mama's PBJ, a deep-fried concoction of peanut butter, jelly, banana, and Nutella. Keep up the fried-food fest with a deep-fried Oreo for dessert.
Few food trucks reinvent the street food wheel, typically serving burger and sandwich variations. But when Swede Dish entered the Orlando scene in 2011 it broke the mold. Owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team, Viveca and Håkan Averstedt, who both hail from Sweden, the truck plays on Swedish food concepts. Make like a Viking and order the Swedish meatballs topped with gravy and served with mashed potatoes, lingonberry relish, and a pickled cucumber and dill salad. Still hungry? Dig into the "Thor," a Swedish-style bread wrap stuffed with a hotdog, mashed potatoes and homemade crab salad.
A food truck that pays homage to Portuguese cuisine may seem less unusual in South Florida, where international cultures play center stage across much of the food scene. But in Orlando, it feels a little like a revelation. Bem Bom is the brainchild of Francisco “Chico” Mendonça, a chef who grew up in the Azores, and whose culinary influences also include French, New American, and even Tex-Mex. Today, that eclectic background can be experienced through BemBom's menu, which includes items such as a chicken sandwich made with a traditional piri-piri marinade, and the Nata, a Portuguese-influenced egg custard tart first made by monks in the 18th century.
Sushi and Seoul on a Roll
Sushi from a food truck? We'll take it -- and then some! Since 2011, Sushi and Seoul on a Roll has been created raw fish delicacies and serving Asian-inspired cuisine with panache. Owner Al Ruiz has access to Central Florida's freshest and finest seafood, including live oysters and scallops, geoduck, and bluefin tuna. Must-eats include the signature Holy Goat roll, a blissful combination of seared yellowfin tuna, tiger shrimp and goat cheese, served with a honey-wasabi aioli. Other favorites include the Truck Ramen, a blend of Shoyu broth with vegetables, seafood and slow-roasted pork belly; as well as the Toro Uni, a plate of Bluefin Chutoro lightly torched and topped with West Coast uni and tobiko (flying fish roe).
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