On The Go
Memphis trucks offer fun new venues for inventive and affordable street food.
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Trucks roll out new street food.
Thanks to Twitter, keeping up with the whereabouts of local food trucks is easy. Most trucks also update individual Facebook pages, and the Memphis Food Truckers Association (@Memfoodtruckers) maintains timely postings for member events. To help navigate the new trucks, here are some favorites we’ve discovered this year.
(@grazefoodtruck) Farm-to-table morphs into farm-to-truck thanks to Amelia Timms and Georgia Smith, who combine catering aplomb with a seasonal menu for such dishes as baby spinach salad, strawberries, grilled red onions, and blush wine vinaigrette.
La Lola Loca
(@lolaloca_UofM) At the University of Memphis, La Lola Loca is a welcomed option for lunch, serving mix-and-match tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and burrito bowls with such fillings as chipotle pulled BBQ pork and cilantro ranch slaw.
Parker’s Water Ice
(@Parkerswaterice) Water ice is a scrumptious treat that blends water, fruit syrups, or fruit purees into three dozen flavors like pineapple mango, tie-dye, or strawberry. Parker’s also scoops up shakes and gelati, a layered mix of water ice and ice cream.
(@popssmokehouse) The operators of Pop’s Smokehouse are competitive grillers, so the menu at Pop’s is deep, offering barbecue ribs, ham, turkey, chicken, and sausage plus traditional Southern desserts (lemon ice box pie!) and sides like English pea salad.
(@royalflavors) Geroy Rachel is a grill maestro offering familiar food with a twist. Try turkey spinach lasagna or Philly steak with summer okra. The truck’s flat-screen TV also kicks up the fun for an afternoon picnic or an occasional movie night.
At Stickem, the menu is simple, skewered, and grilled to perfection. Look for beef, chicken, shrimp, or tofu kabobs served over veggies and hand-cut fries or a fresh salad mix of lettuce, feta, onions, tomatoes, and olives.
An oversized burger on a brioche bun topped with caramelized onions, bacon, white cheddar cheese, and a secret Sooie Sauce is a signature dish at Stuffed, along with empanadas (try spicy pork carnitas) and biscuit sandwiches.
— by pamela denney