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Food & Drink

Best Food Trucks In Charlotte

June 19, 2013 8:00 AM

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Courtesy of roamingfork.net

Courtesy of roamingfork.net

When the food truck shows up, it’s time to eat — whether the clock says so or not. These retro-fitted kitchens with gourmet food coming out the windows are finding their place in Charlotte’s foodie scene. The mobile food industry is booming in the US and the Queen City is ripe for those wanting to break into the street eats business. Check out the buzz at Charlotte’s Chow Down Uptown. It’s a conglomeration of food trucks, entertainment and hundreds of hungry people. Food trucks abide by some pretty strict rules, limiting their ability to draw in customers. Because of the roaming nature of these restaurants on wheels, it’s important to follow them on Twitter and Facebook to find their daily hangouts. Get in line at one of these five traveling food venues.
Roaming Fork
www.roamingfork.net

Find something unique and different at the Roaming Fork, such as fried deviled eggs or fried pimento cheese balls. Owner Kelli Crisan moved to Charlotte from Florida to experience the seasons. She says Charlotte is growing tremendously in the food scene. She offers a twist on the typical grilled cheese sandwich. Three types of cheese blended together with pulled pork and smoked for 12 hours is the porky, cheesy grilled cheese. A signature dish is her blackened fish taco — tilapia blackened on a grill, smothered with roasted corn salsa and topped with lime sour cream. Follow the truck on Twitter @roamingforkNC.

The Homegrown Crepe
www.homegrowncrepe.com

The Homegrown Crepe turns out crepes that are fresh and made from scratch. The Guadalajara features chipotle, shredded pork, cheese, white beans, pico, cream fraiche and is topped with sunflower seeds. The truck offers a small selection for breakfast. The Homegrown Crepe will cater for small parties. Follow the truck on Twitter @hgcrepe.

Maki Taco Truck
www.facebook.com/MakiTaco

Maki Taco Truck offers tacos of the Pan Asian cuisine. The mobile gourmet fare offers local ingredients, when possible. These tacos will not feature MSG, chemicals, hormones or fillers. All the sauces are made from scratch and the build-your-own-taco menu is quite popular. A favorite is the bang bang taco with shrimp, red peppers, iceberg lettuce, shaved carrots and green onions. Follow the truck on Twitter @makitacotruck.

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Wafflez And Wingz
www.wafflezandwingz.com

Wafflez And Wingz owner Rashawn Shivers, from Jacksonville, loves to cook up southern fried and spiced chicken. He says to expect something different, off the wall and unique from his menu. The maple-bacon waffle is popular. It rivals the sweet potato waffle with honey butter and topped with whipped cream. Rashawn’s also cooking up a new creation — waffle bites. It’s like a sandwich of two mini waffles with some of his famous spiced chicken inside. This is real southern comfort food. Follow the truck on Twitter @WafflezandWingz.

Southern Cake Queen
www.southerncakequeen.com

Southern Cake Queen was the very first cupcake truck in Charlotte. The bright pink truck is splashy and cannot be missed. The Pink Lady offers an unbelievable array of cupcake flavors. Here are a few: lemon drop, death by chocolate, chocolate raspberry, champagne and berries and banana split. The venue services school events, parties, corporate functions and more. The gourmet cupcakes are filled with delicious, dreamy creams. Follow the truck on Twitter @southerncake.

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Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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