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Re: Food trucks, carts, and stands... Street Food....
« Reply #105 on: February 23, 2013, 03:33:05 PM »
Add Wow and Mighty Meatballs to the list with Happy Belly as top food trucks. Sweet Auburn Barbecue just a notch below. Champion Cheesesteaks is more like Pressed For Time--good enough to try again but below the above.
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« Reply #106 on: June 06, 2013, 05:54:58 PM »
Let me add Viet-Nomie's Gourmet Food Truck & Cafe to best of the best. Buen Provecho Truck as to the next group of very good options.
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« Reply #107 on: July 22, 2013, 07:53:19 PM »
Glad to see uOTPia has overwhelmingly embraced food trucks. Uptread I listed some of my faves. Here is how I would scout the actual events. It is important to note that there are at least two groups.

Atlanta Street Food (ASF) and The Food Movement (TFM). However, it looks like some trucks are members of both.  Atlanta Street Food is easily the better in terms of quality and quantity, though Food Movement has some newcomers.

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley

Food: The best from a standpoint of food trucks. Lately they’ve been scheduling 10 or 11. Inevitably one or two can’t make it. But they bring in the big boys.

Drinks: Both Hop Alley and Smokejack sell booze literally out the back door.

Event: They have a bouncy house for kids. Entertainment is provided, often by a local music school or something. I think in many cases it is younger kids performing in public for the first time. To put in tactfully, it is raw, but you never know when the next superstar will appear. Of the three, this is the only one that we pretty much eat and leave.

Alive After 5 and Alive at the Square (Technically separate but coordinated events)

Food: Probaby the best food overall. It is ASF trucks.  Wait, didn’t I just say that about AFTA? The Square has about five food trucks. AA5 has two more. But remember, AA5 was originally set up to bring exposure to the businesses and restos downtown.

Some sell food on the street, most notably at opposite ends of the event: Roswell Provisions and Artisan Fine Foods. All restaurants have specials. So it’s food trucks, street food, and brick and mortar specials.

Drinks: The Mill has a tent at the square and at AA5, others sell right on the street.

Events: Much more polished bands, especially at the Square. All kinds of kids stuff, merchants. It is enormously popular and it should be—people of all ages. We have stayed for all four hours--or almost. So much to do. I speak in fragments.

Roswell River Food Truck Weekends

Food: Well behind the others in quality and quantity. The Food Movement is a collection of second and third tier trucks, but perhaps some newcomers with potential. The most notable so far is Spiede Zone. What the hell is that? Their website explains. http://spiediezone.com/

However, it’s about a 16-hour a weekend event, every Saturday and Sunday 11-dusk. Godspeed to the organizers.

Drinks: Hear no evil, see no evil.

Event: Here is where they win—best venue by a mile. Don White Park is among Roswell’s best kept secrets. Best view of any food truck events, right along the Chattahoochee.  There are two beach volleyball courts as well.  Parents--the playground is patterned after a Nautilus gym.

Not that I know what the inside of a gym looks like, but I’ve seen pics of one. Kids get exercise while they play. Look at it as a great park with decent food trucks. 

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Re: Food trucks, carts, and stands... Street Food....
« Reply #108 on: July 23, 2013, 08:30:49 AM »
Great info, uOTP - thanks!

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« Reply #109 on: July 25, 2013, 02:24:29 PM »
I've just been told that the hottest young band to emerge in the state since Rapid Eye Movement, the Free Byrds will be performing this Saturday, July 27 from noon-2:00.

Hoping "On Tapa The World" will also prove to be an up and coming food truck, because I really want to like The Food Movement. I really do.
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« Reply #110 on: July 31, 2013, 09:10:28 AM »
The City of Roswell has recent begun allowing food trucks to park at Don White park on the weekends. Since this is within walking distance of my house, I've been stopping by. They only allow three trucks at a time and it looks like they are scheduled, so they are always a different mix. It's a really scenic location, right next to the river and the volley ball courts, with plenty of picnic tables. So far our favorites have been the roasted pork bahn mi from Pho Sho and the ice cream sandwiches from Great American Cookie company. They post what trucks will be there on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/RoswellRiverFoodTruckWeekends
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« Reply #111 on: July 31, 2013, 09:28:39 AM »
As I mentioned in the food truck thread, the downside is they are generally the second tier food trucks. But the upside is yes it is a great park, so the food is just part of the experience.

I also think it’s absurd that the city is still renting out the pavilions for private events leaving no seating for the event. Last week they had some Christian singles group hogging it up at 2:30. Yeah sure, I got some phone numbers, but I had to stand to eat my soggy potatoes from On Tapa The World.

Glad to see they are bringing back the Free Byrds I think a week from this Saturday, so the entertainment will be good.
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Re: Food Trucks at Don White park
« Reply #112 on: August 01, 2013, 01:42:21 PM »
There's a thread already? Crap. I guess that's what happens when you take a year off.

And yeah, I haven't been super impressed with the food so far. But it gives us an excuse to go play at the park without worrying about what happens when Mr. Northside's sugar starts to crash. I definitely like the community feeling you get sitting at the pavilion munching with everyone else out that day. 
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« Reply #113 on: September 29, 2013, 01:53:02 PM »
Now that the Roswell Food truck park is closed for the season, I've written out my thoughts on how it went. I don't think anyone will disagree with me that the lack of variety really hurt them as the season progressed. Hopefully, that can be addressed going forward. http://northsidefood.blogspot.com/2013/09/roswell-food-truck-park-season-ends.html
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« Reply #114 on: September 29, 2013, 02:31:57 PM »
The problem with Don White isn't the variety, it is the lack of quality. AA5 and Alpha Food Truck Alley bring in the heavyweights. Don White has settled for leftovers. They took too long to address the pavilion situation. Raise the quality, make sure they have use of the pavilion and come back next year better for the wear.
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Re: Food trucks, carts, and stands... Street Food....
« Reply #115 on: September 29, 2013, 06:35:15 PM »
Don White park is pretty much my only experience with food trucks. We play trivia at The Tap on Wednesdays and Mr. Northside says I can't weasel out of cooking two nights in a row, so the Alpharetta gig is out and I've only been able to convince him to go to AA5 once. So that's why I don't comment on the relative quality of the trucks we got over here. But I think it does say something that none of them were good enough that I wanted a second round. They were polling on their FB page a few weeks ago for suggestions, so hopefully those are the trucks we'll see next summer. Food trucks at the park are a great concept, but once the novelty wears off, the food has to be good enough to keep us coming back.
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« Reply #116 on: September 30, 2013, 09:13:07 AM »
I also find it interesting their season is ending. As I said upthread, without question the biggest thing they had going for them is the venue. The uOTPia Dwellers are park veterans (not necessarily Don White) and I can tell you, mild fall weather has nuclear families flocking en masse to the parks.

I know Don White is a Shoot the Hooch port, so I guess they may be the exception where foot traffic drops off. But I’d think October would be a great month to get new eyes and stomachs just from people trying to enjoy a nice day by the river. But what do I know? I’m just a grubber.

I can tell you that the Alpharetta trial balloon was in mid-November last year and crowds were deep.


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« Reply #117 on: September 30, 2013, 01:28:16 PM »
I actually didn't question it. Louise Esterbrook told me a few years ago that the Riverside Market has to close within a few weeks of Labor Day, because the crowds there drop off so dramatically once school sports/football season starts. Apparently families get very busy and don't have time for the farmers market anymore. It seems logical to me that's an issue for the food trucks on a weekend too. Perhaps Thursday night doesn't have as many family activities competing with it?
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« Reply #118 on: September 30, 2013, 02:29:59 PM »
Kids sports definitely would compete with 9 AM-noon or 1 events. But soccer moms want to feed kids AFTER the game. There is where midday food trucks will thrive. Ask Allessio's about after game crowds.

Oh and the aforesaid "trial balloon" was on a Saturday. My own hood had our first food truck night this last weekend on a Saturday. We waited in line nearly an hour.
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Re: Food trucks, carts, and stands... Street Food....
« Reply #119 on: September 30, 2013, 06:52:43 PM »
Kids sports definitely would compete with 9 AM-noon or 1 events. But soccer moms want to feed kids AFTER the game. There is where midday food trucks will thrive. Ask Allessio's about after game crowds.

Oh and the aforesaid "trial balloon" was on a Saturday. My own hood had our first food truck night this last weekend on a Saturday. We waited in line nearly an hour.

During the past season we were only allowed one

food trucks were far and few between in Snellville during the "season"  ( I hope I am telling this right ), on our location at Snellville Farmers Market.   While SFM is the #1 market in the NATION, and of course #1 in ranking in Georgia you'd think that they would allow a "few" food trucks on our perimeter.   

http://www.snellvillefarmersmarket.com/vendors/

That might be a 2012 update????

http://www.snellvillefarmersmarket.com/vendors/

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