With more than 130 food trucks operating within Jacksonville on any given day, it’s hard to ignore their rise in popularity. People, including my family, take food trucks very seriously when stationed near NAS Jacksonville.
Many of the outdoor events in Jacksonville include food trucks to vend. Most of them either have a permanent space where they park or will post where they’re going to be from day-to-day. It’s not uncommon to see food trucks setting up during the dinner hour at a subdivision or for the ice cream trucks to make daily stops at local playgrounds or places like Sunshine Park at Jacksonville Beach.
If you want to visit several food trucks at once, look no further than Mural Park, located at 1800 Mayport Road at Atlantic Beach. Every Saturday the Cultural Corridor hosts a food truck meetup from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that’s open to the public. Due to social distancing, only a limited number of food trucks are invited each week, making it an easy way to try something new every week.
My personal favorites:
Wurstbusters German Food Truck
Where to find: 4651 Salisbury Road, Suite 400
Reasons to love it: This truck brings back authentic German nostalgia from my childhood. Annett and Natalie were both born and raised in Germany and brought this idea to Jacksonville after four years of planning and research.
Must try: The Chicken Gyro (known as Döner Kebab in Germany) — $9.50
Instagram handle: @wurstbusters
Where to find: Various locations and events around Jacksonville
Reasons to love it: There’s nothing better than a cold treat on a hot day in Florida.
Must try: Strawberry Italian Ice
Instagram handle: @cooltreats904
Where to find: 219 North Hogan St. (downtown location), 9965 San Jose Blvd., #45 — food truck schedule varies.
Reasons to love it: Grilled cheese is my all-time number one comfort food.
Must try: Ham & Cheese Please Melt — three cheeses and sliced smoked ham — $6
Instagram handle: @the_happy_grilled_cheese
Where to find: 12553 N Main St.
Reasons to love it: One word: tacos
Must try: On Saturday they serve amazing Birria starting at 11 a.m. This usually sells out quickly, so get there early.
Where to find: 962 St Johns Bluff Road North
Reasons to love it: This place had me at the name. When I saw the truck pop up in my Instagram feed with pictures of irresistible chicken, I knew I would have to try it! Also, the wings are super crispy and they give extra sauce for fries.
Must try: 10-piece wing & fry with favorite sauces: Spicy honey and Garlic Lemon Pepper— $9.75
One of my favorite aspects of living in Jacksonville is that every single day I get to see amazing entrepreneurs working hard to serve the people of our city, and nothing makes me happier than the days where I can stop by and support one of them.