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The 28-country metro area has at least 350 barbecue eateries—not just stand-alone restaurants, but food trucks and pop-ups and kiosks and lots of places doing things that don't fit the standard definition of Southern barbecue. It isn't just chopped pork anymore.
Costs and red tape—plus strict municipal regulations about where food trucks can do their business—have conspired to stifle the growth of the industry in the Atlanta area, keeping trucks at the fringes of the dining scene. Some relief, though, is on the horizon.
In just three months, Lenise Williams transformed an outdoor space near the former B's Cracklin into a food truck park where Riverside residents will have more options for not only food, but also games and entertainment.
9th Ave Street Food founders Angelique Ribeiro and Jasmine Whittingham leased a parking lot at 638 Evans Street, where they park their truck and serve lamb nachos, barbecue turkey sliders, salmon nuggets, banana foster nuggets, and more at what Ribeiro calls an outdoor restaurant.
Propósito, a new blue and white food truck that sits in the parking lot of the Exxon at the corner of Lindbergh Drive and Piedmont Road, opened two weeks ago. It serves breakfast and lunch tacos with classic Mexican flavors such as barbacoa and al pastor pork, along with quesadillas and icy bottles of Mexican Coke.
Atlanta bars, restaurants, hotels, and food trucks are letting loose with some cool geek-themed food and drink in the spirit of the Con, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Nineteen of the 99 food trucks recognized by the Atlanta Street Food Coalition opened this year. Here are the ones that caught our attention.
Even though Carson Young is planning to open multiple locations of Yumbii, his food trucks aren’t going anywhere. “Our roots will always be in the food truck space,” he says. “But after finding the right location, we’re excited to finally open a permanent taco stand.”
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