On Saturday, March 29, some of Atlanta’s best food trucks gathered on 8th and Spring Street for the second annual Taste of the Trucks.
My boyfriend and I arrived at around noon. Despite the gloomy weather, the entrance line was wrapped around the corner. Luckily, the line moved fast, and we were inside the event within 15 minutes.
Interestingly enough, one of the first trucks I saw was a cigar lounge truck. This seemed very out of place for a food truck festival, and definitely threw me off.
There were about 40 food trucks at the event—full list can be found here.
I headed straight to the Mac the Cheese truck. I’m hopeless when it comes to Mac and Cheese—put a plate of that cheesy deliciousness in front of me and all healthy eating resolutions go out the window. After waiting in line for about 10 minutes, I used one of the sample tickets that came with the Groupon deal to get a three-bite sized portion of spinach and artichoke mac and cheese. It was delicious—I just wish there had been more!
Next we headed to Mighty Meatballs for an equally sized sample of the chicken parm meatball. It was good, but not worth waiting in the 20 minute line.
Sick of the miniscule sample sizes and worried about the imminent rain, we hit up Freckled and Blue for a real lunch. This truck is a modern southern eatery, and they donate 5% of net profits to hosting GiveBack events. The Beer Can BBQ Chicken sliders made for a great sandwich, but not quite good enough to make a lasting impression.
Shortly after lunch it started to pour, so we headed back to my apartment for a few hours and then returned to the festival when it was nicer outside. I don’t know what we would have done if I didn’t live nearby, as there was nowhere to take cover at the festival.
We decided to try one more thing. There had been a decent sized line at Grilledabeast all day, so we decided to give it a try. We waited, for about 20 minutes again, for fried avocados. Again, I was disappointed with the product.
We sat and listed to the live music for awhile. They held a singing contest and brought people on stage to do the dance to Pharrell Williams “Happy.” The live music was a nice distraction from the long lines and bad weather. However, overall, the food was mediocre and not worth the wait.