When you’re out and about with the kids, you don’t always have time to sit down at a restaurant – they need to eat now. Luckily, Miami’s streets and parking lots are now full of fantastic gourmet food trucks, and it’s often just a matter of selecting one from the bunch. If you need some guidance, look for these three food trucks in particular. You’ll get stellar meals and snacks – and a lesson in global cuisine – all without having to flag down a waiter.
This roving food truck, which is often parked in Wynwood, elevates the mobile dining experience to the level of haute cuisine. That’s because the chef behind the wheel at gastroPod is also rapper Rick Ross’ personal chef, and if “the bawse” is happy with his cooking, there’s a good chance you’ll like it too. Not enough? Chef Jeremiah also worked at El Bulli in Spain and WD-50 in New York, so when he slings Latin- and Asian-inspired food from a 1962 Airstream, you know the flavors are going to be otherworldly. Transport yourself to a roadside food stall in Bangkok with gastroPod’s new curry pork tacos, with tender pulled pork and cilantro on corn tortillas. Pair that with a side of bacon fried rice, which is topped with a poached egg and scallions, and you’ll feel like you island-hopped to Beijing. The only thing you’ll be missing at the end of this meal is the frequent flier miles.
For a good time, visit Tobacco Road. This Brickell food truck is operated by the former owners of the famed Tobacco Road bar, which closed last month after 102 years of service. The truck keeps the bar’s famous vibe alive: It’s painted to look like the neon facade of the former haunt and it’s parked in the bar’s former parking lot. Tobacco Road’s iconic Americana eats are here, too, and now you don’t have to be 21 to order them. Prepare to get messy eating the “death” burger: Angus beef topped with grilled onions, jalapenos, and jack cheese. Or the 14-hour smoked brisket with hand-cut fries. Uncle Sam would be proud.
Dim Ssäm à gogo
Guy Fieri from Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives calls the chef behind Dim Ssäm à gogo a “ninja,” of his craft. The Dim Ssäm à gogo truck, which has sister restaurants in Midtown, parks anywhere and everywhere around the city. If you’ve got picky eaters on your hands, get them the Korean fried chicken wings. They’ll be grinning and devouring the super crispy dish while opening their minds to international eats. While the kids are distracted, treat yourself to a Vietnamese pork banh mi sandwich and some spicy tater tots piled high with Korean BBQ steak and cheese. And you won’t even have to worry about cleaning up. In fact, the birds will appreciate the crumbs.