Like many other cities where foodies tweet all the trends – including where the food trucks roam – mobile eats are big news in Miami. But what we formerly called “roach coaches” really aren’t anything new. Some of these guys have been around since before South Beach was renovated. Yeah – that long. Check out these average Joe eats, who also happen to offer really good food, albeit on wheels. — Jen Karetnick
A Chef’s Burger
330 NW 29th Street
Miami, FL 33127
‘Fess up: You really don’t like barbecuing your own burgers, do you? Well, good, because now you don’t have to. A Chef’s Burger offers certified Angus patties made to order with a variety of grilling options (brushed with a marinade, for example) and toppings (sautéed mushrooms and peppers). There are also four kinds of French fries and chicken wings with seven different sauces. Who needs a dad with an apron and tongs when there are these kinds of options rolling around the neighborhood?
A Joy Wallace Catering
8501 SW 129th Terrace
Miami, FL 33156
For barbecues and picnics, forget Publix. Get on the move with this mobile service. Five days per week, two 24- by 9-foot smokers filled with ribs and a table of fixings are set up at three locations in South Miami. Stop by for a quick meal purchase or book the whole kit and caboodle for your own private wingding. Menu items include whole birds, wings, and ribs, plus sides ranging from Southern-style potato salad to kettle corn.
N Kendall Drive & SW 147th Avenue
Miami, FL 33196
Run by a pair of brothers, the Sub is fairly declarative: it serves sandwiches named for iconic tunes. To wit: the Killer Queen (by Queen) is a chicken sandwich topped with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, hot peppers, olives, mayo and pesto. No, we couldn’t tell you the rationale, but we’re sure there is one. Somewhere. Open from noon to 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
11795 NW 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33167
A lot of folks just call this one “the shrimp truck.” That’s because the fried shrimp are the big seller here. Or you can buy the fried king crab legs, though the extra crunchy texture (they’re fried with the shell on) is a turn off for some. Get ’em after 6 p.m., and eat ’em while they’re hot. Parked in the Pick-It grocery lot.
57th Avenue and Coral Way
You can’t resist the name of this one anymore than you can bypass the Venezuelan-style burgers and dogs. Loaded with salad, potato sticks, corn, white sauce and mustard, the dogs and burgers look a mite strange, but taste a whole lot better than that. Available after 4 p.m.