Miami is home to the rich and famous who love to enjoy the good life. It’s not surprising then that Miami can be a somewhat difficult place for travelers on a modest budget. The best way to save some dough but not skimp on your vacation experience is to stop at one (or let´s be honest, several) of Miami’s best food trucks. Food truck fever has spread all across the US but no where else is this food trend as hot and spicy as it is in Miami. Offering a wide variety gourmet flavors at incredibly reasonable prices, food trucks are perfect for hanging out with the locals as you savor a sampling of small plates of delicious eats. Here are some of the best food trucks in Miami:
Bringing West Coast fish tacos to Miami, Jefe´s fish tacos are petite but overflowing with oh-so-good flavor. These tacos will beg you to squeeze all the limes that you can get your hands on over the delicately fried fish. At less than $2.50 per mini taco, you will have to exercise extreme self-control to prevent yourself from ordering more than three. Emanating good vibes and sunshine, it´s like you can almost hear the waves of Baja California.
Taking the burger to a whole new level, this fusion of the classic American cheeseburger with a generous helping of Latin spice is absolutely divine in a macho sort of way. A Sirloin steak burger smothered in caramelized onions and peppered with jalapeños will be your taste bud’s idea of heaven but your breath’s idea of hell. It´s more than worth it, especially when you include fries for a $10 combo meal.
This food truck is a gastronome’s dream. One of the original Miami food trucks, Gastropod’s Chef Jeremiah joyfully serves his tasty dishes out of his trademark 1960s Airstream motor home. While this is not the cheapest food truck in town, you can expect to pay around $10 per plate, but it is by far the most ‘gourmet’ option. Cultivating a reputation for exciting and unique Caribbean fusions, Gastropod reigns supreme with customer favorites like Banh Mi Pork Tacos, Red Curry Duck Tacos and the famous Old Dirt Dog Short Ribs with Stupid Slaw.
It is time to go south to the land of savory empanadas and steak: Argentina. If you don’t feel like traveling all the way to the Southern Hemisphere for authentic empanadas, then check out the Che Grill. Grab beef or chicken empanadas for an easy-to-eat treat, ideal for a relaxing beach picnic. Meat aficionados know that Argentine carne is all about the cut and you should try the entraña, skirt steak. Don´t be shy with the chimichurri sauce, your culinary palette will thank you later.
Don’t be surprised if you hear dramatic exclamations such as “Take that away from me before I eat it all!” around Sugar Rush, a food truck dedicated to desserts. Eating a deep friend Oreo is not the model diet for prancing around in your swimsuit on South Beach, but you won’t be able to resist yourself. Cake milkshakes are extremely popular and the Red Velvet Cake Milkshake blended with ice cream is by far the biggest crowd pleaser on a hot Miami day. Other scrumptious options include Passion Fruit Cremé Brulee and Churro con Chocolate cupcakes.
You can visit each truck’s website to get the most up to date schedule as they change weekly or check out Miamifoodtrucks.com. Most food trucks do not accept debit/credit cards and you will need to bring some old fashion greenbacks.