Summer in Atlanta may not be prime time for outdoor eating, but certain delectable eateries on wheels are worth the sweat.
With spring in the rearview and fall around the corner, moderate temperatures are coming and the Atlanta food truck scene has never been so vibrant.
Check out the following must-try newcomers and established food trucks the next time the food truck park calls your name:
Field Dog Kitchen
This food truck from chef Kent Graham has been serving up gourmet takes on classic Southern fare all over the region, hitting up festivals, wineries and other hot destinations. Fortunately for Atlanta residents, this delectable mobile eatery calls the city home, regularly appearing at breweries and food truck parks around town with menu items like Memphis-style BBQ and mac-n-cheese alongside fresh salads and — of course — a to-die-for fried chicken dish.
From dripping-good burgers to Atlanta classic chicken-n-waffles, this newcomer to the food truck scene takes a responsible approach to sourcing its ingredients, which means that seasonal dishes and specials abound. The truck travels all over Georgia, and newcomers to the menu should make sure to try the grit fritters, a unique side served with leeks and a secret sauce.
Buena Gente Cuban Bakery
Between the melted cheese, sliced ham, pressed bread and gooey, melted cheese, it's tough to top a Cuban sandwich. Buena Gente, the Cuban bakery-on-wheels hitting food truck events around Atlanta, isn't content to leave patrons with just a killer sandwich. Rather, its tops off the formidable entrée menu (which includes the aforementioned classic sandwich as well as other variations including roast beef and turkey) with an impressive dessert menu. Try classic flan, arroz con leche, sponge cake or key lime pie to round out a day at the food trucks.
Pop Dog Atlanta
Not all hot-dog joints cater to their meatless would-be customers, but few do their business with a social mission in mind, either. Pop Dog Atlanta has been raising money and awareness for local causes since 2014, rotating the truck's menu for special events and partnering with nonprofit organizations and community projects to fund action for good. While its well-known menu items are sausages and hot dogs, vegetarians rave about the sensitivity shown to their dietary preferences — even cleaning out the grill before vegetarian items are cooked to prevent cross-contamination.
Conch Fritter King
This food truck's fresh eats are cooked to order, rendering each conch fritter piping hot and positively delicious smelling when they come out of the mobile kitchen. Those shying away from fried food can still step right on up for a tasty meal, though, as the Caribbean-inspired culinary team offers conch salads in addition to seasoned fries and other heavier fare.
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