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Ten Best South Florida Food Trucks

Ten Best South Florida Food Trucks

When you were a kid, there was something immensely exciting about playing in the front yard and hearing the sweet song of the ice cream truck making its way around.

Sure you could have bought those crappy desserts at any old convenience store, but there was something special about chasing down the moving vehicle, inhaling the fumes of diesel, and taking the first bite of that $1.50 treat.

As is usually the case, as you grew older, your level of skepticism -- and snobbery -- expanded. Food trucks became "roach coaches" filled with cheap -- and possibly salmonella-tainted -- food that tasted somewhere along the lines of cardboard and rat on a stick.

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Then, one day, that was no longer the case. As the economy tanked, so did restaurant start-ups, but some crafty individuals decided to pack up their knives and fill their trucks with gourmet delicacies ranging from fried bacon and cupcakes to eggplant meatballs and hummus plates.

And quite frankly: We think it's freaking awesome. With food-truck roundups taking place most days of the week -- somewhere in South Florida -- there's always an option for divergent diets among friends when going out to eat.

Unfortunately, with that many options, it's kind of hard to pick. To help in your decision-making, we decided to bring you the ten best food trucks in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Ten Best South Florida Food Trucks

10. Eggstatic

The first eggcentric food truck to grace the landscape of the South Florida rolling restaurant scene, Eggstatic serves eggscellent ethical options at all times of the day and night. Based at the Satori building (1020 NE 12th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale) during the week and Marando Farms every Saturday, the breakfast mobile focuses on serving internationally inspired fare with ethically conscious ingredients. Menu itemsuse as much organic, non-GMO, and humanely raised meats as owner Diana Lichter can find. Try "That's All Yolks," falafel and fried egg on a torpita (a cross of a tortilla and pita) with hummus, feta, tomatoes, green peppers, and sunflower seeds; or "Chegg It Out," Buffalo chicken and blue cheese dressing with scrambled egg patty and chopped celery on a homemade cheddar buttermilk biscuit. Rumor has it you can't find ethical food on the go -- that's why rumors generally prove to be untrue.

Ten Best South Florida Food Trucks

9. Nacho Bizness

A staple in the food-truck circuit and overall Fort Lauderdale lunch scene, this truck can frequently be found serving tacos just steps from downtown or on 17th Street. Our pick for Best Taco - 2011, this place offers creative, internationally inspired tacos that span the globe. Take the Yum Yum, for example, spicy Korean pulled pork topped with refreshing chilled cucumbers; the Marley combines Jamaican jerk chicken with tropical pineapple slaw; and the Rodeo mixes grilled skirt steak with black bean and corn salsa. For those looking for slightly less Mexican in this global mashup, salad, burritos -- no, they are not from south of the border -- and sliders are also available. It's cross-culturalization at its finest.

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Ten Best South Florida Food Trucks

8. The Rolling Stove

The fire-engine-red color and imitation smoke stack will not be able to help your cholesterol after trying out this truck -- eat a salad some other time. Here you'll find new takes on hearty Midwestern sides and sandwiches. Cheddar tater tots, barbecue chicken and pork, and chicken crispers fried in a Capt' Crunch crust and served with jalapeño jelly, caramelized onion, cheddar, and slaw can fill any homeland, farm-country craving. For anyone looking to kick up the calories with a bit of spice, owner Troy Thomas also offers a creative jerk section on the menu ranging from Dr. Pepper-braised jerk brisket with Swiss, caramelized onions, and Thousand Island slaw to simply grilled jerk chicken and pork topped with jalapeño jelly, cheddar, caramelized onions, and slaw.

Ten Best South Florida Food Trucks

7. PS 561

New Times winner for Best Hot Dog - 2013, PS-561 takes the New York-style hot dog and gives it a unique South Florida twist. Sabrett 100 percent beef hots dogs are dished out in a bright-yellow New York-themed public school bus and are split in half, grilled, and topped with gourmet toppings. In keeping with the whole academic theme, these ingenious dogs are handed down scholastic names. The FCAT comes with bacon, sweet coleslaw, jalapeños, and barbecue sauce; the Principal Ron has goat cheese, bacon, and barbecue; the Math Wiz is appropriately served with Asian-style slaw and sriracha mayo -- probably, the smartest hot dogs you'll ever stick in your mouth.

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Ten Best South Florida Food Trucks

6. Ms. Cheezious

When it comes to anything, everyone always thinks that their mom -- or dad -- makes the best. Not in this case: Ms. Cheezious' grilled cheese will blow that buttered Wonderbread and melted Kraft singles out of the park. Gourmet options, such as Grilled Blue & Bacon with crisp bacon, creamy blue cheese and green onion on sourdough bread, Grilled Harvest, perfectly grilled multi-grain bread encasing spiced apples and havarti, and the Sweet Meltdown of ricotta and orange marmalade on Texas toast with chocolate dipping sauce, are like a revelation. Who ever knew bread and cheese could be this good?

Ten Best South Florida Food Trucks

5. Joji Frozen Yogurt

What happens when you take two childhood favorites and roll them together? The best dessert motor vehicle ever. Joji Frozen Yogurt has combined the ice cream truck with self-serve frozen yogurt to create the ultimate childhood fantasy -- don't pretend you beg to go to Sizzler just for the DIY soft serve. Owners Betty Stendik and Ivan Breger dish out adult offerings like fat-free yogurt and sorbet with a couple of sugar-free options with more than 28 creative toppings, including wasabi pea dust, Pop Rocks, macaroon crunch, and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. For those of you looking to indulge in full-fatty deliciousness, Joji Pops come in unique flavors like pancakes and bacon, German chocolate cake, and Key lime pie. Suck it, sno cone!

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Ten Best South Florida Food Trucks

4. Tropical Tacos

Situated on the beautiful strip of industrial State Road known as State Road 84 and parked right next to the lovely American Legion, Tropical Tacos offers authentic tacos with quite the interesting view. What it lacks in ambiance, however, it makes up for in flavor. We awarded the truck's juicy pineapple, chili, and spice-marinated pork al pastor Best Taco - 2013. Before fresh Mexican became hip, the best tacos were most frequently served straight out of a truck -- or cart, really. This place exemplifies the tradition. It's most certainly entertaining too.

Ten Best South Florida Food Trucks

3. Palate Party

Owned by former Hell's Kitchen contestant and New Times "Tastemaker" Robyn Almodovar, Palate Party explodes into "A party in your mouth every time!" Hey, it's their slogan. All jokes aside, the truck serves some gourmet offerings you wouldn't be surprised to find in a white-tablecloth establishment -- without being stuffy, of course. Crab and corn fritters are served with roasted garlic aioli and fiery fairy hot sauce; grouper tacos come with pineapple salsa, fiery fairy hot sauce, red and green cabbage, avocado crema, and homemade corn tortillas; mushroom risotto balls sit atop tomato sauce with Parmesan cheese. If you haven't already, it's time to hunt down the party.

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Ten Best South Florida Food Trucks

2. Slow Food

Our pick for Best Food Truck - 2013, Slow Food Truck serves delicious locally sourced and ethically reared dishes to hungry followers at a roundup near you. In case you haven't figured it out already, the truck gets its name from the growing Slow Food Movement, which focuses on using as much locally grown and unprocessed food as possible. Owners Oren Bass and Zachary Schwartz, both grads of Johnson & Wales University, dish up creative items ranging from slow-braised short rib sandwiches with cheese and crispy shallots to sweet and succulent lobster rolls. It's comfort food that soothes the conscientious soul.

Ten Best South Florida Food Trucks

1. Bite Gastrotruck

A recurring player in most of the Broward and Palm Beach county food-truck roundups, Bite chef Ron Kerr serves some of the best burgers -- on four wheels or in brick and mortar -- around. Made with Creekstone beef, options range from the classic hamburgers and cheeseburgers to gourmet sauces like bacon-onion jam, chipotle mayo, smokey honey barbecue, and even truffle oil to creative toppings, such as potato sticks, jalapeño, fried egg, and onion rings. Don't worry: Vegetarians have options too. The Tree Hugger vegetarian features a grilled portabella mushroom topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, and spicy chipotle mayo. Take great ingredients and throw them together and you have yourself a proven winner.

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