The festivities, as you might assume, will include a bunch of opportunities to sample the creations of some of our city’s most active mobile eateries, from lunch in Centennial Park on Wednesday, May 6 to the weekend Food Truck Picnics in East Nashville’s East Park.
One particularly great chance to pack in a ton of tastes: the fourth annual Eat the Street Food Truck Festival, set for 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 8 in Franklin’s new Bicentennial Park on Third Avenue. There’ll be 40-plus trucks on site for the fest, along with music and other bits of family-friendly fun. Probably oughtta hit this one hungry. (Grab more info at the Eat the Street website.)
This celebration of on-the-go local food felt like a good excuse to round up some of Nashville’s finest food trucks — we’re lucky, and there are a lot of great ones. Here are just a few of my favorites:
The OGs of Nashville’s food truck scene, the folks at Mas Tacos were serving exceptional Mexican food around town when the idea of checking Twitter to find your lunch was still pretty weird here. Although you can hit their Cleveland Park restaurant easily enough now, it’s still fun to catch them on the truck, where it all started. I’d recommend, well, everything they serve, but particular favorites: the avocado tacos and elote.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are just inherently satisfying and happiness-inducing. The Grilled Cheeserie’s gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches are something extra special, with a regularly growing menu of creative, melty goodness and some of the best tomato soup you’ll find from anyone, truck or restaurant. The Pimento Mac & Chee is always a guaranteed winner, bringing you the joy of a grilled cheese and mac ’n’ cheese at the same time.
These folks have won multiple Nashville Street Food Awards by making Thai favorites, like Pad Thai and red and green curries, particularly well. For something fresh and a little lighter, try their Tiger Tear Salad, with spicy beef, crisp romaine and vegetables.
It’s not hard to find a good burger in Nashville (I compiled a crop of Nashville’s best burgers a while back). But certain burger purveyors are unique and uniquely delicious. Hoss’ Loaded Burgers is among them, with local, grass-fed beef patties stuffed lovingly full of cheese.
When you’re feeling particularly hungry — and particularly daring — you might try Bacon Nation’s Double Bypass: two third-pound burger patties, sandwiched between two bacon grilled cheese sandwiches. Have someone there to drive you home.
A warm day plus a milkshake equals a guaranteed great day. Which is why I’ll happily recommend topping off lunch with Moovers & Shakers. They serve a mix of great floats, too, but I’ll point you toward a chocolate explosion called The No Regrets Cocoa Coyote, a chocolate shake with oreos, chocolate syrup and chocolate chips.
And a big honorable mention to Biscuit Love, which more than earns its name. It began as a fantastic food truck serving fantastic from-scratch biscuits. It’s since grown into a great brick-and-mortar breakfast and lunch place in The Gulch. If you’re down that way, try the Bonuts (biscuit donuts, naturally).
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