Wynwood would be stupid to drive food trucks away

By | March 7th, 2011 | 19 Comments

Wynwood property owner David Lombardi wants food trucks to trade in the curb for his field ... at a fee.

Much has been made (including by me) about the rise of the Miami food truck. For a while now, it seems you can spot at least one of the city’s ever-growing number of mobile kitchens parked off of the side of the road anywhere you go, and many have celebrated this roving addition to the local culinary scene.

But another, somewhat dramatic narrative has been riding shotgun with the success story from the beginning. Not long after everyone found about the Biscayne Triangle Truck Roundup (BTTR), a gathering of almost the entire fleet of local trucks off of 109th and Biscayne, complaints from within the adjoining neighborhood forced the event to relocate (to Johnson & Wales, last I heard).

Then there was the public split – melodramatically played out on Twitter – between the trucks and their would-be organizing body, the Gourmet Food Truck Association, which reportedly had an accused child-molester as a volunteer.

Now there is a dust-up between Wynwood property owner David Lombardi and Jack Garabedian, owner of Jefe’s Original food truck. Lombardi and several Wynwood gallery owners have a problem with Jefe’s and other food trucks lining the streets during Miami’s Second Saturday Art Walk. “Some businesses have complained that the trucks block the sidewalk, crowd their entrances, and leave a mess at the end of the night,” according to the Herald.

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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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