With the passing of new food truck regulations this past January, many worried that our much loved food trucks might fizzle out. The city’s new regs make it a lot more expensive and harder to operate, so it’s more important than ever to support these local vendors to promote and protect this industry. Food trucks bring a positive vibe to our city and help boost the economy and keep our streets safe. Sadly, Spoonfed Grill, one of Birmingham’s first and most beloved food trucks, recently closed. We do love that they handed over the keys to Saw’s BBQ, which is operating as Saw’s Street Kitchen. We decided it was time to check the tire pressure on the food truck scene and let you know what’s cookin’ on the street.
Serving a wide assortment of tacos, nachos and a cuban sandwich, Cantina on Wheels has earned itself a Best of Bham award two years in a row. To see where the truck will be this week find them on Facebook or follow them on twitter at @cantinaonwheels.
What could be better than cupcakes on the roam? Dreamcakes is well known for their culinary confections. Celebrate every day as though it’s your birthday! Find the truck by visiting their Facebook page or follow them on twitter at @dreamcakesbham.
Fresh Off the Bun offers a mix of Vietnamese, French and Cajun influenced fare: delicious Bánh mì (sandwich on a baguette), Spring Rolls, Pho (noodle bowls served in the winter), Vietnamese Tacos and salads, all from the freshest vegetables, herbs and meats. Rumor has it they will be opening a new kitchen in the 1200 block of 2nd Avenue North, an area currently being renovated with plans to become a culinary start up incubator space. To find out where to get this mouth watering gourmet Vietnamese fare visit, them on Facebook or follow them on twitter at @FreshOfftheBun.
Ooey gooey grilled cheese goes gourmet at MELT. Creative concoctions such as the Southern Comfort with cheddar, bacon, caramelized onions, pulled pork and Southern-style bbq sauce served on sourdough or a Capprese sandwich of mozzarella, tomato and basil with a balsamic glaze on a torta roll are what they do best. Keep up with MELT on Facebook or follow them on twitter at @meltbham.
Simple, yet serious eats are served up off of this truck. Expect fresh seafood with crab cake sliders and shrimp or fish tacos on the menu. Find out where the catch of the day is by liking them on Facebook or following them on twitter at @RUHKT..
While we will mourn the loss of Spoonfed Grill and all that owner Jason Parkman did for the Birmingham food truck scene, we welcome this newcomer with open arms, er, mouths. Expect to find pork, smoked chicken, wings and their ever popular pork and greens with grits on the menu here. Find them on Facebook or follow them on twitter at @SawsStKitchen.
Humanely raised beef and chicken and home made organic veggies ensure that the dishes served up here are top-notch in nourishment and taste! Find out where Shindig’s is throwing down by following them on Facebook and on twitter at @ShindigsTrucks.
Located at 215 West Valley Avenue in a Texaco parking lot, locals know this is the place to go for authentic Mexican food. The food truck is owned by brothers Daniel and Jaime Guzman and has been serving tacos, quesadillas and other staples of Mexican cuisine for nearly a decade. Follow them on Facebook for updates (but there aren’t many updates … just go to their address and enjoy a yummy meal!).
The brothers behind Taqueria Guzman, the original “Taco Truck” have expanded with a new shiny mobile truck parked on 1st Avenue North and 14th Street! Like Taqueria Guzman (known by locals simply as the “Taco Truck”), Taqueria Dos Hermanos serves authentic Mexican street food — including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas and tostadas filled with everything from the conventional steak, chicken and pork to the more adventurous chorizo, cow tongue and even cow cheek. Find out what’s cooking with them on Facebook.
This taqueria on wheels is located at 1818 Pinson Valley Parkway in the Marathon station parking lot. Serving diced onions, fresh cilantro and hot sauce atop your choice of beef, chicken, pork or chorizo sausage on a warm tortilla, this is authentic Mexican fare. Menu also includes burritos, ceviche and tortas. The best $2 taco this side of the Mason-Dixon line! For more information see their page on Facebook.
In addition to serving food on weekdays, Saturdays at the Pepper Place Market, and in the food truck lot located on Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard between 2nd and 3rd Avenue North, many food trucks are available for hire for private events so consider that the next time you need a caterer.
What are you waiting for? Put the pedal to the metal and get your vehicular gastronomic cravings satisfied!