Last week we, along with 3,000 of our closest friends, headed over to Howell Mill Rd. to check out Atlanta’s newest culinary adventure – the Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market! If you aren’t familiar with it yet, the Atlanta Food Truck Park is the first permanent food truck spot in Atlanta. The rotation of food trucks (approximately 15 at any given time) will be dishing out a variety of meal and treat options every day from 11am to 4pm and 5pm to 10pm. The location also includes live music, plenty of seating and a weekend farmers market beginning this weekend, May 5 and 6 from 9am to 1pm. There’s plenty of free parking and the location is super accessible – only about two miles from the heart of all the exciting growth happening in Apex West Midtown area.
We attended the opening night of the Food Truck Park to see what all the hubbub was about and it was PACKED! Apparently, Atlantans are hungry for this concept. And it is pretty neat. After doing a little walk around to take in the scene, we made our first purchase at the Yumbii truck – Fish Tacos and Sesame Fries with Siracha – YUMMMM. Big thumbs up from me and my friends. The food was hot, flavorful, and like most of the food at the food truck park, affordable. Our Yumbii combo included 2 fish tacos, fries and a drink for $9 flat. Not too shabby.
Next stop: Sweet Auburn Barbecue, a food truck that also maintains a restaurant location in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, walking distance from the Pencil Factory Flats & Shops. Here we ordered the BBQ sandwich which came with a cup of coleslaw ($6.00) and a side of mac & cheese ($2.00) – second victory! This food truck, like several of the others, offered extra condiments for patrons to sauce the food to their liking – which came in handy as my pal added a generous amount of sweet BBQ sauce to his sandwich. Deeeelish!!!! Truly. The sandwich bread was perfectly buttered and toasted and the mac & cheese was made with love.
Then it was dessert time. My friend was bummed a bit (but happy for their overwhelming success) when she found out Nana G’s Chik-n- Waffles had run out of the bacon needed to create the waffle combo she desired (can you say good excuse to come back?), so we headed over to the trusty King of Pops for a refreshing chocolate sea salt pop. The King never disappoints. Dessert choices we didn’t try (yet) included the Honeysuckle Gelato truck and Yum Yum Cupcake & more. Looks like a dessert sampling trip is in our future.
Overall, dinner at the Food Truck Park was a great way to end the work day. Good food, good friends, good music – doesn’t take much more than that.