- Jen West For the AJC
What's the perfect complement to warm weather, festival season and a healthy appetite?
If an image of a colorful food truck came to mind, then you're in good company.
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Atlantans have it made in the shade when it comes to getting the best meals on four wheels. There's something to satisfy every craving - savory, sweet, healthy or indulgent. It's our pleasure to help you map out the when's and where's.
All you have to do is show up with an empty stomach and adventurous palate to Atlanta food trucks.
Here are our top 5 food truck picks:
Think outside of the box and try a healthy Japanese-inspired food truck focused on pleasing the foodies of Atlanta. They strive to use as many organic ingredients as possible, in addition to using eco-friendly wares and utensils. Your conscious and stomach will thank you.
Mix'd Up Burgers
Burger up! If beef is your pleasure, then you've located your long-lost food truck soulmate. In fact, you'll want to visit more than once to eat your way through their menu. Not in a burger mood? Try some of their loaded shoestring fries with the works. Yum.
Mac the Cheese
Mac and cheese is served up as a well-rounded meal at this food truck. Case in point: Order the BBQ Mac for smoked pulled pork over creamy cheddar macaroni and cheese, topped with house-made pimento cheese and pickles. If you can't quite wrap your head around that plate of awesome, you can also order a seasonal sandwich with a side of traditional mac 'n’ cheese. You'll leave happy and full.
The Fry Guy
If you've ever had the pleasure of eating Belgian style street waffles, then you'll know why this food truck is all the rage. You'll get a heaping cone of hand-cut, crispy fries to pair with one of their signature dipping sauces. We highly recommend the Parmesan Truffle Fries, covered in fresh Parmesan-Reggiano and white truffle oil.
Three words: Mexican soul food. This truck gets around, so be sure to check out their calendar for a visit near you. You'll find a fusion mash-up of all of your favorite Mexican delights with the down-home Southern comforts of soul cuisine. Try some of their signature tacos with a side of the Mexy Mac n Cheese.
Where and when to find Atlanta's best food trucks:
Street Food Thursday, 1125 Peachtree St.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays, year-round
Going into its fifth year, the longest running food truck event in Atlanta features 10-14 vendors each week.
Hartsfield Center Pkwy, 100 Hartsfield Center, Atlanta
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday
Located just off the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, this lot will feature 2 to 3 vendors and aims to reach customers located at nearby Delta Airlines.
North Highland Steel, 240 North Highland Ave, Atlanta
11 a.m.-2 p.m. every other Saturdays
3-4 vendors will serve along the Beltline Eastside Trail.
Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays
5-6 vendors will serve lunch.
Mansell Overlook, 300 Colonial Center Pkwy, Roswell
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays
The business park on the Roswell/Alpharetta border will feature 2-4 vendors every week.
Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Brookhaven
5-9 p.m. Wednesdays
In its fourth year, Brookhaven Food Truck Nights will feature 8-10 vendors each week through September.
Doraville City Hall, 3725 Park Ave., Doraville
5-9 p.m. 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month
The event will host 8-10 vendors, with a focus on "up and coming" food trucks.
5-9 p.m. Thursdays
Operating since 2013, the event features more than 10 vendors including The Blaxican and Yumbii.
Suwanee Town Center, 350 Town Center Ave., Ste 101, Suwanee
5:30-9 p.m. Fridays
The event features 10 vendors, including Tracy's Tasties and Tasting Maine, as well as live music.
Work up an appetite by reading up on all of the food trucks Atlanta has to offer here. There's truly something for everyone.
In a hurry? Check out this handy real-time food truck map to scout out your next meal.