Whenever I mention a local food truck to a friend, I always get the same reply: â€śCharleston has food trucks?â€ť Iâ€™m sureÂ you’veÂ seen Coryâ€™s Grilled Cheese on campus, but can you list a dozen off the top of your head? Probably not.
The Charleston food truck scene can be a real headache. If you arenâ€™t looking for one, you probably wonâ€™t find one. Even when I do go looking, I usually run into a dilemma. For example, last week on our day off, I went to the YWCA (a hot spot for food trucks). To my stomachâ€™s dismay, the trucks had taken the day off to vote. Iâ€™m all for voting, but canâ€™t a girl get a banh mi on her day off?
Perhaps the problem with food trucks is their nature – theyâ€™re on wheels. This may seem silly to point out, but it may be the reasonÂ we’veÂ been missing out. Itâ€™s difficult to track down trucks that only stay put at various locations for just a few hours at a time. However, this Saturday,Â that will change. Post and Courier is hosting the Charleston Food Truck Rodeo across from the Post and Courier office building. This means no more searching; the trucks will be rounded up just for you! There will be live music, delicious food and free admission. Did you catch the word free?
So after a Friday night out, get off your bed and mosey on over to the Rodeo at 3 PM. IÂ couldn’tÂ think of a better way to start a Saturday morning (or afternoon, depending on how your night went). Sadly, Iâ€™ll be in Savannah this weekend and canâ€™t go, but Iâ€™m asking you a favor: please, go and enjoy countless hot dogs, tacos, and Roti Rolls for less than $10 and report back! Here are some picks Iâ€™m drooling over:
- Â If youâ€™re just waking up, try a breakfast burrito or homemade English muffin from Outta My Huevos, a brunch trunk started this summer. Or if youâ€™re into baked goods, try Diggity Donuts. They claim to make donuts the healthy way and have unique flavors like Arnold Palmer or Peanut Butter and Sriracha.
- Being a New Orleanian, Iâ€™m always skeptical when food claims to be â€śNawlins Style,â€ť but Low Country Creole looks tasty. Try their Rosie Special, a roast beef poâ€™boy with baked ham, provolone and debris (juicy bits of meat that fell off the roast while cooking – very New Orleans).
- The Foodie Truck offers great food sustainably. They have Asian-inspired bites like the pork belly steam buns with bok choy (delicious, Chinese dark greens), sesame and cilantro but also cook local favorites like the Down to Chuck Burger.
- Â Hello My Name is BBQ is a veteran truck with a set location on Meeting Street. Try the Holy City, a beer braised pork sandwich on a brioche bun.
- Taco Boy, Roti Rolls, Auto Banh…the trucks and possibilities are endless!
Post and Courier Food Truck Rodeo
134 Columbus Street
Â Look for individual reviews of the food trucks I visit to come!
-TheÂ Frugal Foodie