Maximizing the space you have extends beyond the four walls of your home.
For thousands of entrepreneurs across America, space to run their businesses can come at a real premium, especially for new businesses and startups.
This is a challenge that Daniel Paguaga, a food truck owner and Extra Space Storage collaborator in Miami, has had to overcome. His company, Relentless Roasters, has a main facility down in the Kendall area near the zoo. Then last August, Daniel rolled out a coffee truck, C.B. Station, to test Miami’s appetite for cold-brew coffee.
It’s a lean business model. After all, a single truck doesn’t have a lot of space. But while a brick-and-mortar location might offer Daniel some space, his truck offers him mobility and a much less expensive method for testing the market. “We’ve learned that with the truck set up, we can do high fills in a small space,” he says. “We don’t need a large cafe to do what we want to do.”
This post is for all the culinary entrepreneurs in Miami who, like Daniel, are working to explore and evolve that city’s already excellent food scene.
Here are eight more food trucks and street food locations worth checking out in Miami.
Dim Ssam A Go Go
The mobile catering outpost of Sakaya Kitchen, Dim Ssam A Go Go has been wowing customers around Miami since 2010 when chef Richard Hales realized it was time to get his Asian fusion cuisine out on the street.
The Dim Ssam A Go Go truck typically only rolls out for events or private parties, so keep an eye out whenever a festival is on. This is some of the best Asian food you’ll get your hands on.
Another veteran of the Miami food truck scene, gastroPod Airstream trailers have been making the rounds since 2009. Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog has spent the last eight years building a stellar reputation (and a thriving business) from that old trailer, which went on to earn a spot in Southern Living’s list of best food trucks in the South.
You can find gastroPod now in a permanent location in Wynwood. For first-timers, we recommend the Old Dirt Dog (an all-beef hot dog on a potato bun) or the Mo’Betta Burger (made with ground short rib and sirloin).
Ms. Cheezious started as a rolling grilled cheese mobile in late 2010 but has since gone on to become a movement all on its own. In the last few years, Ms. Cheezious has added a second truck and expanded to two brick-and-mortar locations.
Thrillist spotlighted Ms. Cheezious last year as having one of the best grilled cheeses in America, though the editors there point out the menu’s decadence extends beyond the realm of cheese: “If you are the kind of person who likes to cleanse his palate with a decadent dessert (my man!), try the s’mores melt, which is exactly what you’d expect it to be.”
The Wynwood Yard
The Wynwood Yard is emerging as one of the go-to places in Miami for street food. The brainchild of Harvard grad Della Heiman, The Wynwood Yard is a space where good food, good music and good company can all proliferate.
The Wynwood Yard is a new hub of food and culture in Miami. The food yard, events-and-live-music venue and all-day hangout space brings locals a smorgasbord of food, fitness, music and other cultural activities.
“I wanted to create an ecosystem that would help support new food businesses in Miami since I knew the obstacles they faced,” Heiman told the Miami Herald in 2016. “The goal is to give promising local entrepreneurs a support system and launch pad for innovative concepts.”
Look out for some of the trucks on this list whenever you head to The Wynwood Yard.
It’s not often that a food truck has a Michelin Star chef at its helm, but Kuenko is simply a testament to the opportunities Miami affords local diners. Chef Ricardo Sanz’s cuisine fuses the best parts of Japanese and Spanish cuisines, delivered in donburi rice bowls with fresh, tasty ingredients.
Check out the eel kabayaki bowl if you get the chance. The Kuenko truck can be found in The Wynwood Yard, above, from Tuesday through Sunday.
The World Famous EggRoll Truck
Named best food truck in South Florida this past year by readers of the Burger Beast blog, World Famous’ food truck gets people to line up around the block whenever it comes through. The truck’s signature dish is its Philly cheesesteak egg roll — a combination you wouldn’t think would work, but it does.
Follow the truck’s Twitter feed for up-to-date times and locations. Also, if you’re up in Lauderdale Lakes, World Famous has a brick-and-mortar location where you can get some killer sweet dishes, like red velvet waffles and banana pudding cheesecake.
Chef Lorenzo, a native of Florence, Italy, named his Il Fiorentino truck after his home city, and he endeavors to capture the native flavors of his home country in every dish he turns out. “Our menu consists of the most diverse and authentic interpretations of La Cucina Italiana,” he says, “expertly prepared using only the freshest ingredients, creating a unique culinary experience which expresses our passion for Italian food.”
Miami New Times voted Chef Lorenzo’s truck the best in the city a few years ago, calling out specifically
- his risotto with butternut squash, goat cheese, and Italian sausage;
- and his polpettine di carne con purè di patata e olio al tartufo (that basically translates to “the best meatballs you’ve ever had, served over mashed potatoes with truffle oil).
Purple People Eatery
The Purple People Eatery just celebrated six years of serving killer tacos and burgers. The truck’s owners, David Shipman and Michelle Duncan, spent years honing their skills in kitchens around Miami and LA, respectively, before joining forces to bring their vision of “fresh, freaky street food” to the streets of Miami.
Come hungry if you’re going to try Purple People Eatery, because we’re recommending that you go for the Truffled Burger, which features goat cheese and a fried quail egg in addition to the truffle oil added to the burger itself.
Header image by: Nigel Morris