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A Glimpse at Nashville’s Food Truck Scene

June 26, 2012

This past weekend we had the opportunity to help judge a great convergence of Nashville’s food trucks. The folks over at Wanderland Urban Food Park, hosted the first annual Dining Lot Street Food Festival. Over 20 trucks showed up to hawk their grub to the Nashville residents and to raise money for the Hands on Nashville Urban Agriculture program. A slew of us Nashville Food Bloggers were asked to come judge the Critics Choice Awards, and below are some of the highlights from our taste testing!

Tiger Eye Salad from Deg Thai an amazing spicy beef atop a fresh crisp salad. Perfect for a hot day and full of delicious Asian flavor. If you happen to check them out on a much cooler afternoon I recommend the Thai Tea – a combo of black tea and condensed milk that is delicious, albeit not exactly refreshing.

The Blackbird from Hoss Burger – cheesy, spicy, bacony goodness. I mean really, can you say no to a burger stuffed with cheese?

A Variety of Old Fashion Soda’s from Wild Bills – a fun take on a soda stand. Unlimited refills and fun flavors.

A Delicious Italian Pizza from the Bistro Truck – this was one of the highlights of our savory dishes. The Bistro Trick is the mobile truck outpost of a catering operation from what I understand, and the grilled pizza they served up was every bit of delicious.

Fried Green Tomater Belt from The Grilled Cheeserie – these folks always have fun takes on the typical grilled cheese for their specials. Fried green tomatoes along with local cheese and bacon? Smart. A bit greasy for my taste, but if I had had the typical tomato soup accompaniment I think it would have worked perfectly.

Mojo Juice from Juice Nashville – this delicious and refreshing combo of pineapple, lime and mint was perfect for our hot afternoon, but has the potential to be even better when turned into an adult beverage. Their juices are heavenly and if you are looking to embark on a juice cleanse, these are the ladies to talk to!

The OMG from Moovers & Shakers – couldn’t be more proud of my fellow Belmonters for the business they have built with this truck. The OMG, a rhubarb shake drizzled with honey and cinnamon was amazing and surprisingly very refreshing even on a hot day.

The Cubanito from The Coffee Truck – a delicious combo of espresso and sweetened condensed milk.

Watermelon Basil Shaved Ice from Blue Monkey – ingenious, delicious, one of our favorites. So light and sweet and the basil gave it just enough kick to liven it up.

An assortment of Delicious Icecream Sandwiches and Italian Sodas from the Sugar Wagon – we tried the Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter “Cream” cookies as well as the Lemon Ginger soda. The sodas were light and refreshing, and I love the old school feel of it. We were all impressed by how good the vegan peanut butter sandwich was, made by using coconut milk instead of cows milk.

Lemon Blossom Cupcake from Dixie Belles – I am not much of a cake eater, but when something fresh like lemon is added, count me in. Light and fluffy and not too dense. The other flavors offered all piqued my interest… if I only I could have tried them all.

Over all it was a very fun time and the next time Wanderland puts on a food truck event, or you just see a truck around town,  I highly recommend you check it out.  The announcement for Best Sweet, Best Savory & Best Drink will be announced soon on the Nashville Scene, so keep your eyes peeled!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2012 2:14 pm

    First- That pizza from the Bistro truck was absolutely incredible! I’m not even a big pizza eater, but I can get behind theirs. Definitely my favorite savory dish of the day.

    Second – how in the world did I completely miss the Juice Nashville tent????

    • June 27, 2012 2:28 pm

      It was so great to see you last weekend, Beth! I completely agree on the pizza.. The crust was so perfectly cripsy even though it was piled high with toppings. Pretty impressive that it came out of a truck.

      The Juice ladies were right up front by where we met in the morning. It was a great break from all the other heaviness going on!

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