Orlando Food Trucks, like the rest of the food trucks in America, are offering some crazy combinations on their menus. It is not uncommon to find Wasabi flavored ice cream toppings in New York City, nor is it strange to taste a burger stuffed between two Krispy Kreme® doughnuts called “The Luther Vandross Burger” from the “TreeHouse Truck” here in Orlando. Welcome to the American food truck scene in Orlando, Florida.
Over the past couple of years the food truck phenomenon has exploded in this “City Beautiful” as it is affectionately called. There are now almost 50 trucks on the streets every day. Like their stand alone restaurant counterparts, menus change from time to time, but unlike the restaurants, these foodies offer increasingly more unusual culinary creations. Competition is fierce and it is each truck to itself on the streets -- but there is also camaraderie amongst the competition in the form of Food Truck Pods, or meet ups. Two or three times a week many of the trucks will meet at a certain location allowing customers to congregate and enjoy a smorgasbord of delectable delights. At these pods more extraordinary foods appear on the menus such as exotic sounding Hudson Valley Smoked Duck pizza courtesy of Brick and Fire Mobile Pizza truck. There is Melissa’s Chicken and Waffle Truck serving delicious waffles stuffed with shrimp or a buttermilk country-fried chicken stuffed waffle giving your palate a sweet, crunchy, savory experience. A trip to the dessert trucks is a must for more eye-opening options to choose from. Probably the most famous dessert truck in Orlando is the YumYum Cupcake offering more tame options such as the salted caramel cupcake or the (British inspired Cupcake) Pippamint Middleton a chocolate cupcake topped with crushed chocolate cookie and peppermint candy.
The Big Wheel Provisions (BWP) truck seems to have more extravagant menu options such as Grouper Cheek Sliders and Moroccan Style Seared Florida Octopus. Taking some time to talk with BWP chef and owner Tony Adams, I find one common thread among all of the owners of these amazing looking vehicles, their passion. It is the glue that keeps a strong camaraderie between all these food trucks. Chef Tony Adams has been doing this business for many years. Before owning the Big Wheel Provisions truck, Chef Tony was working at the Two-Star-Michelin Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxford. Chef Tony’ truck has won the title of “Best Food Truck in Orlando two years in a row.
Perhaps the only difference between American and British food trucks is the food they serve; from what I can tell, both sides of the Atlantic show excitement and passion to create new gastronomic experiences.