For decades restaurants on wheels have taken the U.S. by storm. The Bay Area is no different. Find more than 50 food trucks, from barbecue and seafood, to Cuban and desserts, scattered throughout the region and at roundups. Try the latest eats on wheels at the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta at Lykes Gaslight Square Park in downtown Tampa, the first Wednesday of each month from 11 am to 2 pm. In St. Pete, Lunch Truck It cruises to the bay's Williams Park on the third Wednesday of the month from 11 am to 2 pm.
To get you started, here are a few of our favorites. Make sure to follow them on social media for exact location and times.
If you’ve tracked down Empamamas, you’re in for a treat. Empamama is a Tampa-based truck serving up an award-winning Cuban sandwich empanada with pork, ham, salami, Swiss cheese, pickles and sauce melded to perfection. Two others to try are the Cheeseburger in Paradise and Cluck Yeah Empamamas. Mama’s Street Corn Nachos aren’t a bad choice, either. Find Empamamas on Twitter and Facebook.
Named after one of Jerusalem’s oldest and most important streets, Jaffa Street offers authentic and fresh Mediterranean food. Try their scratch-made hummus or their mouthwatering dinner platters of lamb shawarma, 100 percent halal chicken or beef kabobs, as well as falafel for vegetarians.
Anju Korean Gastrotruck
You may recognize owner Mee Ae Wolney from Food Network show “Cutthroat Kitchen” as she cruises the streets of St. Petersburg. This culinary grad has worked in some of the finest French and Italian restaurants before she plunged into the food truck scene. At her truck, you’ll be treated to gluten-free, comfort classics and modern Korean fare of rice bowls and bulgogi (marinated grilled beef). Find Anju Korean Gastrotruck on Facebook.
West Coast flavor comes to West Florida via California street food with a Latin flair. When asked why settle in the Bay Area, Arizona-born, San Francisco-trained engineer-turned-chef Brian Lairby cited the fun, flourishing culinary scene as a source of inspiration—not to mention being closer to his wife’s family.
Here he takes the Latin flavors of his youth and playfully blends them with global influences to create bold dishes that are easily enjoyed on-the-go, such as Walking Tacos, from his truck Smokin' Bowls. If you can look past the Walking Tacos, served atop Fritos, check out the new-to-the-menu SB Salad Bowl and Loaded Tostones. Find Smokin' Bowls on Twitter and Facebook.
The Twisted Iron
There’s something to be said about dishes that are both sweet and savory. The combination of flavors dance on your taste buds. Such is the case with the waffle-centric food of The Twisted Iron.
The Culinary Institute of America-trained chefs have come close to perfecting chicken and waffles with their overnight marinade and homemade batter. Other delicious eats locals rave about include their steak and cheese on a waffle with sautéed mushroom and onions, and the Elvis (peanut butter, banana and syrup). Find The Twisted Iron on Facebook.