Food trucks have become a pillar of the Miami/Fort Lauderdale food scene. With over 240 in the area, you’re going to need a little inside help sniffing out the ones you just can’t miss.
These aren’t jalopies hawking cheap eats. The Miami-Dade region boasts over 200 food trucks, some of which are the most inventive mobile kitchens you’ll find in the nation. Think a Chinese take on tacos or the kind of high-brow eats a “Chopped” and “Cutthroat Kitchen” winner would cook up. Here, we detail the ones you just can’t miss when in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.
The burgers served up from the window of this Chef Ron Kerr–run truck are like nothing you have ever tasted. Starring Creekstone Farms premium ground beef patties, the six different sandwich concoctions – which boast names like BAMF, Buddha, and Cowboy – have won Fort Lauderdale’s Burger Battle several years in a row and have even made Eater.com’s “Top 100 Burgers in America” list. That’s because they keep the flavor combinations classic just enhanced with high-quality ingredients like truffle oil, smoked sea salt, onion jam, and more. Follow them on Facebook to see where in Fort Lauderdale they’ll be next.
Box of Chacos
You’ve heard of shrimp tempura. And you’ve heard of shrimp tacos. But have you ever heard of shrimp tempura tacos topped with spicy cucumber and special sauce? That’s what you can expect at this surprising fusion truck specializing in a collision of Asian flavors and preparations with Latin flair. You can usually find these guys hanging around Wynwood when not taking part in any number of events across the city.
Miami food trucks are usually the local’s go-to for authentic flavors, and that couldn’t be truer than with this veteran-owned and -operated Peruvian food truck, specializing in various spins on a particular dish: ceviche. Think salmon maracuya ceviche, corvina aji Amarillo ceviche, even a ceviche frito wrap. Keep an eye out for the imposing black truck with simple red and white lettering around Miami and beyond (they’ve traveled as far as Jersey City before). You can follow their adventures on Instagram.
Owned by chef Robyn Almodovar, whose IMDB page is almost as long as her menu (she’s won “Chopped” and “Cutthroat Kitchen” and narrowly missed winning “Hell’s Kitchen” and has also judged on the “Food Truck Face Off”), this truck’s bold flavors pay homage to Almodovar’s Puerto Rican and Italian roots. Her menu sticks to crowd pleasers like the sweet plantain and black bean quesadilla or the mushroom risotto balls, but the dish that keeps people coming back is her winning “Chopped” dish: deep-fried bread pudding. Check their on-site calendar to find them around the Miami-Dade area.
If you’re a fan of grilled cheese – or just cheese in general – this Miami-based mobile supplier of everyone’s favorite childhood comfort food features gourmet fixings such as barbeque pulled pork, gouda mac-n-cheese, house-smoked turkey, braised short ribs, prosciutto, pesto, and more. Choose from 20 signature sandwiches (we suggest the southern fried chicken and cheddar on house-made buttermilk waffles with house country gravy and maple syrup) or build your own from their selection of homemade bread (sourdough, multi-grain, country white, marble rye), cheese (American, Cheddar, Swiss, Gruyere, Blue, Brie, Havarti, Provolone, Vegan) and special additions (house-cured bacon, buffalo tempeh, tavern ham, spiced apples, and more).