Tallahassee's Food Truck Fad

By Steven T. Brown on May 26, 2012

While driving the streets of Tallahassee food trucks randomly scattered about may initiate a double take, especially when there is a line of people waiting to be served. The streets of Tallahassee are home to numerous food trucks of varying types, all providing their own twists and flairs on different foods that we all know and love. The best part about them other than their menu items is that they are mobile and many have awesome hours of operation, meaning late at night when you may be randomly craving food.

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Speaking of cravings, one of the most popular food trucks in Tallahassee is the Cravings Truck. One popular place that this truck can be spotted is on West Tennessee Street in the parking lot of CVS and Coliseum. One of the menu items on this truck is chicken and waffles. However, they do not have just plain waffles. They give their customers the choice of red velvet, buttermilk, Nutella or their special flavor at the time. Hungry yet?

Directly across the street on West Tennessee Street in the Seminole Bowl parking lot is the ever-present Knawty-Hawg. This Tallahassee food truck serves of tons of barbeque to customers Monday through Saturday with a menu that includes pulled pork, barbeque chicken, burgers and mac and cheese, just to name a few. Certainly, if you are in the mood for a smokey fix, Knawty-Hawg may be the truck for you.

Food trucks have made quite a place for themselves within the Tallahassee culture, so much so that there is actually a “Food Truck Thursday” put on by the Tallahassee Food Truck Association. The Visit Tallahassee Blog explains this weekly event:

“Every Thursday, Cuzzy’s Key West Seafood Shack, Mobi’s, Mardi Gras Snowballs, Street Chefs, Lucy and Leo’s Cupcakery, and others congregate on W. Tharpe St. next to the Burger King just north of the Lake Ella Publix shopping center. This mixed bag of Tallahassee cuisine has something for everybody, so even the pickiest of eaters won’t go home hungry.”

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An event such as this is great for someone who wants to experience multiple food trucks’ food in one place, rather than possibly having to track them down or happen upon them while driving around Tallahassee. This congregation of different trucks displays the diversity of food that can be seen throughout town on any given day. But, in the case of Food Truck Thursday, it puts it all in one convenient location for everyone’s enjoyment.

When driving the streets of Tallahassee, keep your eyes peeled. You never know when you may come across one of the many food trucks that call this city their home. I encourage you to get out of your shell (and your car) and hop in line at one of these food trucks to try something different outside the usual Chipotle, Jimmy John’s or Moe’s. More than likely you will discover food that is truly enjoyable as well as unique, and it will have you going back for more.

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