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Nineteen of the 99 food trucks recognized by the Atlanta Street Food Coalition opened this year. Here are the ones that caught our attention.
Think of food truck cultures, and cities like Portland and Austin and Los Angeles come to mind. Not Atlanta. But six years since people like Greg Smith and Carson Young started pushing legislators, we’re finally seeing some major changes for the better.
In what is the first step to a major legal victory for Atlanta food trucks, Atlanta City Council passed an amendment Monday allowing vendors to operate on certain public streets around the city. That means that as soon as Mayor Kasim Reed signs the bill (or seven days from now when the bill becomes law immediately), you could be in line to buy tacos from a truck parked in a metered space. Previously, trucks could only obtain permits to vend on private property.
If you see a food truck parked anywhere south of I-20, chances are good that it ran out of gas on its way to Westside Atlanta, Inman Park or any of the other half-dozen places in town where people have come to expect to be able to get lunch from a mobile kitchen.