June 26 marks National Food Truck Day, a good time to mark the importance of these mobile businesses in our community.
During the pandemic, food truck operators have been feeding first responders (nurses, firefighters, paramedics), nonprofits, the homeless and other needy people.
With most office buildings closed or with minimal staffs and the cancellation of festivals and sporting events, the virus has had a devastating impact on food truck operators.
We’ve started a listing of food trucks to help you know where they are and how to contact them. If you have a favorite food truck and want to see them included — or you are a food truck owner — please send us your information at [email protected] Keep in mind this is just the beginning and the list will keep growing.
Some trucks said they are surviving by using delivery services. You can also download apps called streetfoodapp.com or foodtruck.pub will show you the location of several food trucks on a daily basis and to preorder food if you desire. Most trucks have schedules on their Facebook page. And you can check out the Tallahassee Food Truck Association.
Big Easy Snowballs, with a shop and a food truck, is known for its colorful, New Orleans-style snowballs, with more than 75 flavors. They’re made with either regular or evaporated milk. There are also sour and sugar-free flavors. The food truck does catering and owner Tommy Denis expects it will soon be back out for more stops. Check Facebook and Instagram for schedule updates. Cottages of Lake Ella, 1621 N. Monroe St.; 850-329-6010. Website: restaurantji.com/fl/tallahassee/big-easy-snowballs-/
BreadWinnersBBQ, in business for four years, is primarily located at 1907 Adams St. next to Eve’s Beauty Supply and Maryland Fried Chicken, and is available for catering and private events. The menu includes ribs, chicken, sausage and burgers, all grilled meats and Southern side dish items like macaroni and cheese, potato salad and baked beans. Customers can contact the owner, Tolan Barrington at 850-322-0210 or check Facebook for updates.
Eat-N-Run 850 food truck is in the Winn-Dixie parking lot in Monticello at 1245 E. Jefferson St. from 7 a.m. to noon through June 6, serving breakfast, with waffles, omelettes, pancakes, French toast and tilapia. The truck, owned by Greg Robinson, also serves sandwiches and platters. Check Facebook for updates.
El Criollo Grill food truck specializes in homemade Puerto Rican dishes like mofongo — with fried pork, chicken, shrimp or vegetarian — tostones, burgers and Cuban sandwich. It’s owned by Geno Arroyo, president of the Tallahassee Food Truck Association. Look for El Criollo on the Facebook page, the Street Food Tallahassee app or call 850-322-2328.
The Funkalicious Truck features a wide range of items and daily specials. Look for homey items like roast pork, grilled chicken, chicken and dumplings, fajitas and homemade chicken salad. FYI, we just learned that the food truck pictured at the top of the story at Lake Ella is now Funkalicious. Check the Funkalicious Facebook page for up-to-date info 850-345-6796 or 570-4943.
Julio’s Food On The Move is a food truck that offers American/Puerto Rico food. The truck, owned by Julio Soto — who cooks most of the food — visits different neighborhoods. The truck has been a regular at Food Truck Thursday at Lake Ella and First Friday at Railroad Square and catered parties and weddings. Check their schedule on Facebook and the Street Food Tallahassee app. Soto is the treasurer of the Tallahassee Food Truck Association and he has been serving the Tallahassee area for 10 years. You can email him at [email protected] or [email protected].
Kebabas Grill features Mediterranean cuisine, including Lebanese fare as well as burgers. and Buffalo chicken wings. The food truck is stationed at 601 W. Gaines St. and right now they’re open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.They’ll resume regular hours by the end of the month. Check Facebook and Instagram for their schedules. 850-408-4938.
King Kuisine food truck offers items like grilled cheese sandwiches, cheesesteaks, burgers and other sandwiches. The truck is currently open on Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DPBR at 2601 N. Blair Stone Rd. and on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2900 Apalachee Pkwy at the DMV and on Friday at Paddock Club apartments, 19000 Centre Pointe Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 850-597-9976.
Lasang Korea, which was often a regular at Lake Ella’s Food Truck Thursday, aims to bring a taste of Korea to Tallahassee. The truck serves authentic Korean fare and fusion foods with Korean flavors. Signature dishes include Korean barbecue, beef or chicken, Korean fried chicken and popular Japchae, which is made with sweet potato noodles, seasoned with paprika, and mixed with onions, carrots and spinach. For location and hours, check Instagram and Facebook. 850-728-2717.
Leola’s Crab Shack is a restaurant that also sends out food trucks that travel around North Florida. Leola’s, owned by Eric McKinnon, is known for its secret family recipe for garlic sauce and its popular snow crabs, blue crabs, shrimp, fried fish and wings. One of Leola’s trucks is parked in a spot at 3537 Thomasville Rd. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Check Facebook for other locations. The restaurant is at 710 Orange Dr.; 850-559-7809 or 850-575-0395.
Lofty Pursuits. The ice cream parlor, which also offers breakfast, lunch and housemade candy, also runs a food truck for catering and events. You can find out more about the truck at roaminghunger.com/lofty-pursuits/ The ice cream parlor is at 1355 Market St.; 850-521-0091.
Lucy & Leo’s. The cupcake shop is open in its cozy nook on the second floor of Midtown Reader but Lucy & Leo’s owner Paula Lukas is also operating her food truck. Lucy & Leo’s and Street Chefs are parked outside Midtown Reader many weeks for Food Truck Fridays. Lucy & Leo’s is there from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Street Chefs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check FaceBook for updates. Lucas said she is offering her menu of cupcakes, coffee, cookies and “pupcakes” for your pooch. Curbside pickup also available. 1123 Thomasville Rd.; 850-765-0374.
Mae’s Mobile Kitchen, owned by Erick and Pam Moody, offers a wide range of dishes including a breakfast plate, burgers, Philly-style cheesesteak, chicken cheesesteak and vegan cheesesteak (made with jackfruit), burritos, tacos, fries and homey platters like smothered pork chops, meatloaf and baked chicken. Check Facebook or call Mae’s at 850-264-6210 for more information.
Mann’s Doghouse, launched by Scott Mann, started out as a food truck that became so popular he opened a brick-and-mortar shop on West Tennessee Street. Then he was impacted by the coronavirus shutdowns on campus. The absence of students greatly impacted Mann. “We spent eight years building our business and it was lost in a matter of two months.” Scott Mann closed the restaurant and leased property at 3537 Thomasville Rd. Mann said his food truck is thriving in this Northeast location, which has a lot of outdoor picnic tables, an overhang and umbrellas. Mann’s is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday depending on the weather. He still offers his usual burgers and hot dogs and fries as well as his popular po’ boys. In fact, po’ boys are such a hit in his new location that he has added a surf-and-turf po boy stuffed with Bradley sausage and fried red grouper finished with a remoulade sauce. He wants to rotate that choice with the sausage and breaded and fried lobster tail with a lemon cream sauce. 850-320-2283.
Mo-Betta BBQ is a Tallahassee institution serving some of the best barbecue in the city for 12 years, thanks to owners Mo and Nicole Holloway. You can breathe in that smoky pork perfume from blocks away. Chef Mo creates tender chopped pork sandwiches or plate, smoked ribs, beef brisket and barbecue chicken with all the fixins — baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese. Follow Mo’s advice and pile some of that cole slaw atop your chopped pork. You order from the takeout window of this bright red trailer, which has a permanent spot in the Shell Station parking lot on the southeast corner of Apalachee Parkway and Capital Circle SE. You can take your food home or sit at picnic tables outside the trailer. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. You can also get deliveries through third-party services. 3105 Apalachee Pkwy.; 850-570-8800.
Momma P’s Ice Cream is an old-fashioned, neighborhood ice cream truck that also travels around Tallahassee to offices, and events. Owner Tasha Pizarrro said she also does catering, offering flexible menu options to accommodate budgets. Momma P’s offers up to 70 nostalgic ice cream treats and includes items that are dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free and vegan. “There’s no age limit to who’s coming out,” said Tasha. You can find out the location of Momma P’s on Facebook, Instagram, the Street Food Tallahassee app and her website mommapicecream.com/chase-the-truck.html. 850-888-2472.
Old Skool by Gritz N Greenz. If you remember the Southern-style restaurant on Tennessee Street, Gritz N Greenz is now offering its homey specialties in this food truck. The Old Skool truck presents dishes like shrimp ‘n grits, chicken ‘n waffles, and fried green tomatoes. Check the schedule on Facebook page and on Street Food Finder. 850-251-6860.
Pineappetit is a sunny yellow truck which specializes in islandy pineapple bowls as well as items (choices may change) like Rasta Pasta, jerk salmon and other Caribbean fare, owned by Sam Burgess. 850-454-5404.
Rankin Crunchy & Confused Tacos, operated by Roger and Bridgette Rankin, serves tacos based on recipes that harken back to the Texan kitchen of Roger’s grandmother. The Rankins also have a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 2386 Allen Rd.; 850-877-8226. Check Facebook or call the restaurant to find out more about the truck’s location.
Slide Hustle, owned by the Tally Mac Shack’ Justo Cruz, specializes in gourmet sliders, small plates and its popular Cuban sandwiches — get either “Miami style” (mojo pork, black forest ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles on pressed Cuban bread) or Tampa Style (add salami). Cruz notes the food truck uses a blend of brisket, beef short rib and chuck to house grind for each of their burgers — which are double-pattied on every slider — and they also offer items like a Nashville Hot Chicken slider and a falafel slider for those looking for a vegetarian option. The truck serves exclusively at Deep Brewing Company at 2624 Cathay Court from Thursday to Sunday.
Street Chefs food truck, which specializes in nostalgic dishes with a modern twist, like “Like Your Mama’s Grilled Cheese,” shepherd’s pie wrap and the Hippie black bean and brown rice burger. Street Chefs owner Rebecca Kelly-Manders launched the @REfire Culinary program to assist those with felony convictions in obtaining employment.You can find her truck schedule at streetchefs.com/ 850-509-3831.
Tally Mac Shack is known for its good and gooey gourmet mac ‘n cheese dishes with varied protein toppings like buffalo chicken, pork belly and slow-smoked pulled pork. The food truck, from Justo Cruz (who also owns Slide Hustle) launched in 2017 with one food truck, then expanded to two and eventually opened two brick-and-mortar locations. It also has a food concession in the Doak Campbell stadium. Tally Mac has a restaurant inside Happy Motoring at 1215 S. Adams St.; 850-570-6858.
The Tipsy Truck is a collaboration between Tally Mac Shack and the downtown restaurant/bar, Madison Social. The truck decides on different neighborhoods then takes pre orders for its food and drinks and they’re delivered right to the customer’s house. Neighborhoods are announced each week on Facebook. The Tipsy Truck sells Dirty Dog jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage specialties and alcoholic slushies. Tally Mac and Register’s Meat Company joined forces to create the sausage, which is now also sold in grocery stores.Order at madisonsocial.com/the-tipsy-truck or http://tipsytrucktally.com
Valhalla Grill food truck features a roast beef sandwich (the Viking), Blue Ox burger, traditional gyro sandwich, curry marinated grilled chicken on naan, eggplant fries and other dishes. Vahilla Grill is currently serving dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday at 2207 Bannerman Rd. Orders can be placed at 850-797-0418.