We got our first taste of Central Florida’s growing mobile food scene a few weeks ago at the Daily City’s Orlando Food Truck Bazaar. It turned out to be a great meal, and a great time, so we’ll definitely be back in the future.
We’ve been hearing the buzz about the food truck community for a while but hadn’t had a chance to track down most of the popular trucks for ourselves. That’s where the Bazaar comes in. It’s a convenient way to sample several trucks at once to get to know what’s out there and to choose your favorites. We ate at about half a dozen trucks at the event and still barely scratched the surface of what was there.
Below are photos and reviews of the foods we tried. Come along with us for a stroll through the bazaar.
Yum Yum Cupcake Truck
It seems naughty to put dessert first, but we were warned that this truck sells out early. We had the Key Slime flavor. It was a light, fluffy lime-flavored cupcake with a key lime custard filling and a generous peak of thick, sugary buttercream icing on top. Yum yum, indeed! Our friends ordered the S’mores cupcake and also had high praise for it.
The Crepe Company
Next, we moved on to more hearty fare. My mom and I stopped at The Crepe Company for a savory crepe. We chose the ham, Swiss and apple crepe. Things were moving a little slowly, as the heavy breeze was making it a challenge to flip the crepes, but the owners were apologetic for the wait and pleasant to talk to. The crepe was good and very filling. I think I would have preferred if the apple mixture had been warm like the rest of the fillings, but that’s a small quibble. Overall, I think I tend to enjoy crepes most as a dessert so if I go back, I think I’ll have the Nutella dessert crepe next.
Meanwhile, my husband was waiting in line at the Gator Country gator tail truck. He ordered the gator tacos and our friends had gator fries.
Honestly, this fit with my prior impressions of gator, which is that gator meat sounds more exciting than it tastes. The ground gator was a lot like a ground lean meat, like ground turkey, so it made a fine taco but it didn’t stand out from other taco options. Fun to order and tasty but probably not a must-have item for me in the future.
Big Wheel Provisions
After splitting a couple entrees, we realized we needed to pace ourselves so we spent some time just walking around and seeing what everyone had to offer. We finally decided to stop at Big Wheel Provisions. We ordered octopus with hummus and cucumber salad, as well as an order of cheese grit cakes.
The octopus was served as one large tentacle on a skewer. The texture was fairly tender, much like crab meat but with a slight fishiness. Overall, we liked it but it wasn’t something I’ll be likely to crave. I did love the hummus though. It was some of the best I’ve had in a long while. I also like the cucumber salad, which was refreshing and served in a very generous portion.
The grit cakes were a lot like the fried grits my husband makes at home except they were less dense and more soufflé-like than regular grits. “Yankee grits” my husband proclaimed them, although we liked them just fine, authenticity aside.
The Batter Bowl
While digesting our Big Wheel items, our friends made a foray over to the Batter Bowl and came back with banana bread pudding and peach cobbler. After only a taste or two, my husband declared the bread pudding one of his favorites of the night, and it would be hard to disagree with him. They got the consistency just right–not too hard, not too custard-y We didn’t taste the cobbler but heard it got a thumbs-up as well.
Next we stopped at the Bloom Bakery table, which was part of the Treehouse Truck’s set up. We bought a banana bread brownie to go, which was just as tasty as it sounds. We also couldn’t resist the Pumpkin Spice Latte layer cake, which my mom declared her favorite of the evening. Moist cake with a hint of coffee flavor, layered with pumpkin flavored icing and a drizzle of caramel on top–heaven!
Our final stop was at Firehouse Barbecue. We were already crazy full but we couldn’t resist trying a little barbecue. We had an amazing pulled pork sandwich, and it was so good that we’ve been craving it ever since. I think Firehouse might have been our favorite truck of the evening.
After a couple hours of feasting, ‘Lil Buddy was getting sleepy, and we were stuffed, so we headed on home. It was a great way to spend a Sunday evening, and we definitely plan to attend a future event.
If you’re interested in going, check out the schedule of all the upcoming bazaars over on TheDailyCity.com.
Readers, have you been to a food truck event like this? Central Florida readers, what’s your favorite local food truck?