Local Food Trucks Turn on GFTA

By | January 17th, 2011 | 4 Comments

Many have taken notice of Miami’s booming food truck industry as the city’s culinary fleet seems to grow every week. And from the outside looking in, the movable feast has shown conspicuous harmony, with food trucks regularly convening at different spots around Miami like a herd of grazing heifers. But now something seems to have upset the herd. Over the last few days, one food truck after another has announced on Twitter — the industry’s lifeblood — that it has cut ties with the Gourmet Food Truck Association (GFTA), which until very recently billed itself as “a voice for all food trucks in Miami”. I don’t have the details on the mutiny, but I do have a truckload of tweets that suggests the GFTA somehow pissed off just about every mobile kitchen in Miami. Presumably as a result of the mass defection, the association has decided to give up the keys for good:

GFTA Sign-off

Here is a chronological list of #GFTA tweets consisting mainly of Miami’s food trucks kicking the association to the curb one by one. (Talk about road rage.) The last one is not from a food truck, but it serves up a damn funny line nonetheless.

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NoMi Food truck rally — Is there a better kind of rally?

By | January 5th, 2011 | 13 Comments
Montaco Gal

The Montaco Truck was one of 15 mobile kitchens at the rally.

Last night, for the fifth week in a row, a fleet of food trucks parked off of Biscayne Boulevard and 109th Street to serve their victuals to hundreds of hungry Miamians. From 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the fifteen trucks — actually, 14 trucks and one motorcycle — served everything from tacos to crepes to bbq to grilled cheeses to … currywurst (naturally, the motorcycle had to rev things up). Organized by the Gourmet Food Truck Association*, the truck rally happens every Tuesday and is well worth a try. The vibe is chill and, barring a few exceptions ($11.50 grilled cheese!), the food is pretty cheap. The only drawback is the exceedingly slow service at some of the trucks. I waited 45 minutes for my pork taquitos from Jefe’s. But here’s the thing: they were so good, I waited another 30 minutes for Jefe’s fish tacos later in the evening (also really good). Similar wait time at the Cheese Me truck, which broke my carnivorous heart by running out of short rib sliders (and every other kind of slider) before I could order. But one bite of a gooey cheddar-cheese-on-Texas-Toast sandwich dipped in tomato soup made me a forgiving man. With 13 other trucks left unsampled — and hopefully more to join (GastroPod? Dim Ssäm à gogo?) — I will be back next week. Until then, here are some pictures from the rally.


Lil One

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