I’ve lived in Charlotte for 6 months now (what?) and it’s starting to feel like home. I’m definitely learning my local favorites. Favorite bakery, favorite running trail, favorite grocery store, favorite restaurants… you get it. I mostly feel like a local and I like that. But my very favorite thing Charlotte has to offer? The food trucks.
I realize that food trucks are totally trendy right now, but let’s be serious, they’re awesome. Food trucks are scattered all throughout Charlotte during the week (and yes, I follow them on Twitter to find out where they’ll be and when) but every Friday and Saturday there’s a huge food truck “round up” in South End. I’m kind of embarrassed about how many times I’ve eaten food from a traveling truck now, but also kind of proud.
Food Truck Friday and Sizzlin’ Saturdays take place in an empty lot in historic South End, right beside Common Market. This is perfect because you can go into Common Market to get a drink, then take it out to drink while you stand in the inevitably long lines. There’s normally a live band playing music, people sitting in lawn chairs and on blankets, and plenty of dogs running around. It’s easily one of my favorite weekend activities.
So, here’s a break down of some of my favorite Charlotte food trucks!
The award for best food truck in Charlotte easily goes to Papi Queso. I am serious about my grilled cheeses, and Papi Queso makes one of my favorite grilled cheeses of all time. Yep, I realize that is a bold statement, but I am confident in making it. So far, in order of favoritism, I’ve tried: The Pig Mac, The Spanish Chorizo and Petit Basque, The Leek and Mushroom, The Little Green Muenster, and The Big Cheesy. Oh, and the truffle kettle chips.
Yeah that’s right people… The Pig Mac… that’s a grilled cheese with macaroni and cheese and pulled pork on it. Life changing. All of the sandwiches have been pretty much amazing but the chips were just meh.
Word to the wise: Papi Queso posts up at Triple C Brewery on Wednesday evenings which is really the best way to do it because (1) it’s a super fun environment (2) you can get a beer and (3) there is practically no line. The line is normally at least an hour long on the weekends.
The runner up of grilled cheeses goes to the London Broil Cheese Grill from The Plated Palette. I gave this a try one Saturday when Papi Queso wasn’t in South End. We waited in a long line for this little sandwich, but it was pretty tasty.
I’ve been to Autoburger twice now and I think I just keep making bad selections. I’ve gotten the Blue Cheese Burger and the Adam Burger (turkey burger with raspberry aoli) and wasn’t particularly thrilled with either. I tried Jonathan’s Pimento Cheese Burger and our friend Joey’s Hangover Burger, and both were great, so maybe I’ve just been trying the wrong things.
This isn’t exactly a food truck, but same general idea. This popsicle stand travels all around the city during the week selling tons of unique flavors of pops and is always in South End on the weekend with the other trucks. They are awesome! My personal favorite is the iced coffee flavor, made with cold pressed coffee from a local coffee shop, Central Coffee. Tastes just like coffee ice cream! Honorable mention goes to the raspberry lime – so refreshing!
So, if you’re ever in Charlotte visiting me, I can pretty much guarantee we’ll be taking a trip to a food truck. There are plenty of other trucks I’d like to try, so you can expect a follow up post in the near future. :)