Nashville has become one of the region’s top cities for foodies, thanks to the unique restaurants found in downtown and extending throughout the city. Food trucks have entered the scene and are taking the streets by storm. While previously thought of as a cheap, sub-par option for food, you can now find trucks with gourmet eats like you would never believe could come from a vehicle. Makenzie Jones (pictured) reviews some of her favorites.
There are options for every taste and every meal of the day. Whether you are vegetarian, all about the meat, or follow whatever your nose and tummy call for at the moment, there is a truck for you.
The Grilled Cheeserie
Topping the list of popular food trucks in the area is The Grilled Cheeserie. This is not the kind of grilled cheese you enjoyed as a little tot, but these sandwiches are gourmet grills! For example, the Pimento Mac & Chee features homemade pimento cheese and locally-made cheddar with macaroni, tomato, and bacon bits. You can even create your own melt piecing together the various ingredients they offer, including 5 cheeses, 4 breads, 4 meats, and 8 extras. There is a variety of side items to complement the sandwiches, but to finish things off, their “milkshake bar” offers many flavors to satisfy your stomach as well as your eyes.
Cousins Maine Lobster
Bringing seafood to the streets are Cousins Maine Lobster, Louisiana Seafood Company, and Bob’s Fish Fry. Cousin’s has food trucks in multiple states across the country as well as restaurants. Specialties for the mobile include many varieties of lobster, a couple fish or shrimp dishes, along with their own tots. A unique offering by Louisiana Seafood is crawfish. Bob’s has a smaller menu, but it is just what you would find at a neighborhood fish fry, complete with banana pudding for dessert.
To explore tastes from around the world, you can try Et Voila, a French-American mobile, featuring sandwiches, salads, a quiche du jour, pastries and desserts like crème brulee, beignets, and tarts. A Little Italian food truck serves pasta and sandwiches. For something spicy, try Yayo’s OMG or Mas Tacos Por Favor for some tacos (obviously) or Dagthai for chili and curry. For something totally new, King Tut’s Truck has an Egyptian food menu.
Whether it’s a barbeque theme from Smoke Et Al, Southwestern flair from The Rolling Feast, southern soul from Delta Bound, or a classic but bold burger from Hoss’s, all these food truck chefs are dedicated to providing customers with an experience as high-quality as it is unique.
You may have childhood memories of the ice cream truck, but there is no shame in chasing down one of these dessert trucks at any age. Retro Sno serves snoballs fit for kids and adults alike with flavors from rainbow to sangria. Two dessert trucks that I have visited and find personally appealing are Bradley’s Creamery and S’more Love Bakery. Bradley’s offers traditional and seasonal homemade ice cream, shakes and floats. S’more Love crafts unique and photogenic s’mores with homemade marshmallows and heart-shaped grahams. Not limited to the traditional mallow and chocolate, menu items such as “Elivs” have toppings like ganache, peanut butter, and banana.
These trucks can be found all over the Nashville and surrounding areas and events including 12 South, the 12 South Farmer’s Market, the Downtown Farmer’s Market, various parks, and more. Schedules can be found on individual trucks’ websites.