Miami may have pulled up to the food truck party late, but we did so full throttle. The national trend hit our streets in 2009, and we eagerly welcomed the street food phenomenon. These kitchen-equipped trucks serve up awesome takeout at prices that would make used car salesmen jealous. Although many owners and drivers use their automobiles to gauge a neighborhood’s culinary preferences and interests before opening brick-and-mortar outposts, others are in the business for good. You can still find the trucks that started it all posted up at popular hangouts—or stuck in Miami’s notorious traffic. If you have the chance, try to catch the trucks together in a rally, or food court, where you can sample the best and most iconic dishes from each one. Follow these five favorites on Twitter to see when they are headed your way, or Tweet at them directly for their coordinates when you have an appetite for the chase.
Ms. Cheezious takes the quintessential childhood dish, grilled cheese, and makes it a grown-up delight with signature combinations such as goat cheese, prosciutto, tomato and arugula, or ricotta cheese and orange marmalade with chocolate dipping sauce. Look for this mischievous caricature on the mod celeste truck sporting a 1950’s polka dot bikini and black pumps. There isn’t a sandwich lady (or sandwich) as cheesy or hot in the city.
Dim Ssam a Go-Go
This Asian fusion concept turns the traditional truck tale on its head. Originally the brick-and-mortar Sakaya Kitchen, chef Richard Hales took his wildly popular cuisine out for a road trip in 2009. He’s been truckin’ ever since. You can get kimchi egg rolls, ginger brussel sprouts, soft shell crab bao buns, or you can get Chunk’d—spicy and cheesy kalbi beef tater tots.
Latin Burger & Taco
It’s no surprise the project of Food Network personality and cookbook author Ingrid Hoffman is worth talking about. The sleek black truck with hot pink flames blazes through hundreds of burger patties daily for their standout Latin Macho burger: two chorizo-, chuck- and sirloin patties stacked with caramelized onions, Oaxaca cheese, and jalapenos. It’s Colombian street food at its finest.
You wouldn’t expect 500 fish tacos to fly from the window of a beach shack on wheels, but that’s exactly what the vatos pump out on a busy day. Beer-battered crispy fried fish surf on two fresh corn tortillas with shaved cabbage, pico de gallo, and a splash of housemade crema. Do yourself a favor and add some turf to your surf with the slow-roasted pork Tacos Carnitas.
Pincho Man has been feeding graveyard shift workers and inebriated clubbers for more than a decade during his 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. service. Hailed as one of the city’s first food trucks, fans don’t mind waiting in lengthy lines for the elusive Miami legend’s skewered steak or chicken pinchos. Long after last call, order the cult classic Off The Chain burger, a skirt steak patty topped with potato sticks and homemade barbeque sauce.