Five Things We Hate About Food Truck Events

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There's no denying that we're still enamored with meals on wheels at various food truck rallies. And we want to support these fledgling businesses as much as the next person.

Yet with the novelty of food trucks wearing thin, customers are becoming more discerning-- which could lead to food truck fatigue on the horizon. And it's not even about the food. Dare we say that we have a couple of complaints? After the jump, a list of what we're less than enamored by when it comes to food truck meet-ups. 

5. The heat
Let's face it. When it's really hot and there's a choice between water spritzing at outdoor bars or food trucks, the black top locale that's a rally standard is less than seductive. Who wants to eat a hot burger standing outside when it's 95 degrees with 100% humidity? The folks inside the trucks --where it's infinitely hotter-- are likely wondering the same thing.

4. Lack of seating
 In theory, seats shouldn't matter at a food truck rally, yet more food items are served overflowing with toppings to the point that both hands and napkins are necessary. Thankfully, many events are staged in a venue with a plethora of benches, while a handful of trucks offer folding tables and chairs. Yet finding a place to sit that's not littered with trash from customers before us often presents a challenge. 

3. Untz music
As fun as that might be to dance with tacos in hand, since it's seldom seen, we're guessing most readers don't need the side of club music that comes with a sushi handroll. It's even more annoying when beats compete from multiple trucks.

2. Lines
Though lines are on the wane, we can't help but feel like sheep when standing in one for a food that may not warrant it. 

1. Critters
Bugs and rats are part of the scenery at food truck rallies; It's just a question of whether we choose to acknowledge them. Just yesterday, as handfuls of customers sat on blankets and did cartwheels on the pavement, a pair of rats fled for their lives toward the feet of a couple sharing plates on a bench. Mmm. Delicious.

What did we miss? Tell us in the comments.


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Jay
Jay

Hey, we have a solution for this. FOODTOEAT.COMOrdering online from foodtrucks, skip the wait, the heat(the cold), get comfortable in your own office/home, watch tv, and nooo critters(unless u live in a dump) =]

Alan Torres
Alan Torres

If the point of many food trucks is in one place is to try many of them, they should offer "small bites" menus so I can try something from each one.  For example, burger trucks sell sliders for half the price of their normal burgers.  Or, at least, don't charge admission to the event proper if I'm only realistically going to eat at two trucks.

John
John

Agreed about the music.Anyone who's been to the Hard Rock Truck Roundup can vouch for how awful and loud that DJ is. 

R. D. M.
R. D. M.

BEER!!!  how can they get a liquor licence?  local food and local beer, a win win

Twoolfenden
Twoolfenden

The lack of vegetarian options is a bummer. My only choices at a recent rally with 20+ trucks were a plain grilled cheese sandwich, a churro, or vegan mac n cheese...My reaction, "Meh."    

Danb73
Danb73

How about the fact that there are only about 3-4 trucks serving anything really good and even those are way overpriced for what you get. The rest serve average to below average food at high prices. Food trucks are a nice novelty and something new and different to try out once or twice, but by this time next year I am guessing that they will have run their course for the most part.

Cody
Cody

Too bad south Florida doesn't have any real local beer

Tosh
Tosh

check out bite gastrotruck, I agree

Kayleigh
Kayleigh

The strong will survive and the weak will close just like any craze or restaurant. It's a good time when you come across these trucks that are doing it right though....

John L
John L

And Cigar City in Tampa, Florida Beer in Melbourne, Native Brewing from Fort Lauderdale, Holy Mackerel from Fort Lauderdale, etc. etc. etc.

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