I finally found an excuse to make it to the Food Truck Park last weekend. Despite the heat, it was a pleasant surprise. And a busy scene too--I had to circle before finding an open parking spot. There were about a half dozen vendors set up at tables and another half dozen food trucks. Every picnic table was loaded with happy eaters. I had real sympathy for the guitar player, sitting crosswise in a lawn chair to keep as much of his body as possible in a tiny pool of umbrella shade. It was almost 100F by noon, but it didn't slow down the children diving under tables and running between guest’s legs.
My first stop was the W.O.W. food truck’s arepas, just 2 for $10. They call them Venezuelan sliders, a griddled corn bread “pancake” split and filled with one of four choices. Though the brisket was good, I should have ordered two of the smoked pork. I begged for the sauce recipe, but they just laughed at me. With soft shell crab in season, I opted for a deep fried, soft shell crab po’ boy from another truck—excellent bread, but the crab was a tad greasy and couldn’t compare with the smoked pork. I washed it down with fresh squeezed lemonade from a third vendor. And after adding a King Of Pops chocolate sea salt popsicle, I was full enough for the rest of the day.
Certainly, I like the variety of food, but what I enjoy most about the park is the camaraderie—guests talk to each other in line or waiting for a food pick-up in a way you’d never see at the grocery or a restaurant. It’s a social experience, even for those who go alone.
The Food Truck Park is located at1850 Howell Mill Road, and borders the northeast quadrant of the I75 exit road. Food Truck Park is open daily from 11a to 4p & and Monday through Saturday 5p to 10p, e. They have a Farmers Market on Saturdays, 3p to 8p.