Street Food, Food Trucks Invade Downtown Atlanta!

King of Pops AtlantaAs you might know, Atlanta granted its first mobile food truck permit in August to Yumbii, which sells the infamous Korean fusion tacos developed by Hankook Taqueria. The mobile food craze has become huge in cities like Los Angeles, where the city’s many food trucks let their cult following know their daily locations through Twitter and other social media platforms. So far Yumbii tends to stick to Buckhead and Alpharetta, though; a shame for those of us further south who want to get delicious street food. But fear not, intowners, because we’re here to get you your street food hook-up! Here are our top five:

  1. King of Pops: The beloved handcrafted ice pop cart can be found weekdays from 3 to 8 pm and weekends from noon to 8 pm at the corner of North Avenue and North Highland. Though the weather’s getting a little colder, turn up the heat, pretend it’s summer, and enjoy flavors like grapefruit mint and Mexican chocolate.
  2. Good Food Truck: This Southern comfort food truck serves cooking just like Mama made from fresh, locally grown produce and other ingredients. To find them, email the co-owner Jessamine Starr Long or check out their Facebook page; also, they’re a regular fixture at the Old Fourth Ward’s Sweet Auburn Market. Be sure to try the “Poodle,” their signature hot dog served on a French toast bun with apple maple slaw, spicy mustard, and maple syrup.
  3. Streatery: Another hot dog vendor, Streatery serves all-beef, veggie, and turkey dogs, as well as chicken sandwiches, chili dogs, and sausages, topped with a variety of condiments. You can find them by checking them out on Twitter here: locations included the GSU Student Center, CNN Center, Peachtree Center, and Woodruff Park, all in the heart of intown!
  4. Pallookaville: If “gourmet carnival” food sounds like an oxymoron, it’s obvious that you haven’t been to a festival where Pallookaville is making an appearance. Minor local celebrity Jim Stacy sells corndogs and other carnival favorites out of his newly renovated food truck. So far, Pallookaville is a special-event-only truck, but look to seeing it more frequently in the future!
  5. Yum Yum Cupcake: Yum Yum offers over 15 flavors of decadent cupcakes out of her mobile truck: everything from classic vanilla to pink lemonade and tiramisu flavors. You can come grab some baked goodness at many Atlanta events and festivals, or check the Yum Yum Twitter feed for locations. Yum yum get some!

We left out many favorites, like The Pickle, Hummingbird, and Grace’s Goodness, among others. As the Atlanta street food movement grows, even more delicious meals on wheels will populate our fair city. We encourage you to check out the trucks and carts listed, as well as discover new street food across Atlanta. Let us know your favorites in the comments, and good eating!