Street food and food trucks have been a trend nationwide over the past few years, with new businesses popping up every month. People love the comforting food, new twists on old classics and - of course - the great prices. Atlanta has many food trucks to try. This article will talk a little bit about the street food movement in Atlanta.
Popular Food Trucks in Atlanta:
Atlanta Street Food Events:
So, how do you find your favorite food truck? Many trucks share their location via sites like Facebook and Twitter. Another way to check out a bunch of trucks at once is to go to one of the many weekly street food events around Atlanta.
- Wednesday food truck lunches are hosted by The Stove Works (the complex that houses Rathbun's and Krog Bar) in Inman Park (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.).
- Wednesdays also mean food trucks at Underground Atlanta (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)Street Food Thursdays in Midtown
- Food Truck Fridays at Atlantic Station
- Friday lunch at 14th Street Storage (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
- The Atlanta Food Truck Park hosts food trucks every day at both lunch and dinner. Rotating selection of trucks.
Please note: some events are seasonal, all events are subject to change
Food Truck Challenges in Atlanta:
Because street food is new to Atlanta, there have been some challenges getting off the ground. If you are wondering why you don't see your favorite trucks cruising around, tossing tacos out the window at everyone who walks past, you should know that it is because of current Atlanta laws that don't allow this. For the safety of all consumers, restaurants and food trucks must have a physical location where the food is cooked so that proper health inspections can be performed. This is challenging on a mobile truck, so trucks are required to cook out of a "home base" restaurant. This means any new food truck business has to have the funds to start not only a truck, but to operate a full-scale kitchen and pay rent in a physical location. Some trucks have partnered with existing restaurants for this reason.
There are also restrictions on where the trucks can park and serve. They are not allowed to just stop anywhere they'd like. They have to get permission from places where they are parked.
The Atlanta street food scene is still growing and developing, and it will likely become easier for these businesses to operate as their popularity increases.