Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Maitland Food Truck Event Sports Fish Tacos, Korean BBQ & Fried Twinkies

Apparently, Food Truck gatherings in Orlando are not as underground as I thought they were. When I walked up to the eight trucks at Lake Lily in Maitland at 6:30 Tuesday night, I was blown away by the number of people eating and listening to live music. And for good reason! From the outside, the casual-looking food trucks belie the gourmet and mouth-watering delicacies awaiting inside.

Two of the most unique food trucks are Big Wheel Truck – which features gourmet skewers and homemade watermelon and Key Lime soda - and Tree House Truck. Tree House’s specialty is anything fried, including a deep-fried bacon cheeseburger between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts (8.00)! I would recommend trying Tree House’s Fried Twinkies (so amazing) and Fried Oreos for $2.50 each. Big Wheel Truck sports specialties such as Crispy Korean-Style Chicken Wings with Chili Lime Sauce for $6 each and Grilled Spicy Octopus Skewers with Chickpea Salad for $7.50. I had the delicious chicken skewer with chimichurri sauce for $3.50.
At Winter Park Fish Co.’s truck, we enjoyed the most flavorful crab cake sandwich we have ever had. I was also impressed with the restaurant’s fish tacos, which have a nice, spicy seasoning. They are reasonably priced at $5 each or 3 for $12. I was not able to try some of the other trucks – including Korean BBQ Taco Box, Red Eye BBQ, and The Crooked Spoon - but I will next time.

Don’t worry, my vegan and vegetarian friends. There are several options available at Big Wheel Truck, Tree House Truck, Yum Yum Cupcakes, and others. For dessert, there is a soft-serve ice cream truck and Yum Yum’s  Carrot Spice cupcake for $2.50 was moist and yummy. Post your reviews on your favorite food trucks below.

Info: Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m., 701 Lake Lily Dr., Maitland, 32751, and Wednesdays starting at 6:00 p.m. at Firestone, downtown Orlando.

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