Miami Food Truck Roundup

Nacho Mama

Nacho Mama is a Mexican-style truck based out of Key Largo.

We had the Nachos--Initial impression: Not bad. Better than Taco Bell, in fact. Which is saying a bit of something, because even though it's Taco Bell, I still end up going back at least once a year. Nacho Mama nachos are served Taco Bell style, with seasoned beef, gooey cheese, sour cream, beans, and tomato chunks. The nacho cheese tasted fresh, the toppings were plentiful and the chips were fresh but on the greasy/stale side.  I'd go back, but not for the nachos.

Twitter @NachoMamasGrill

The Fish Box

Fish Box is the mobile version of Miami favorite La Camaronera, which has been serving up seafood since 1966.

We had the Minuta Sandwich--A fresh tail-on fried red snapper filet, on a fresh Cuban roll. The bread was slightly chewy, the batter was well seasoned and the fish remained juicy. great batter. The sandwich was good, but a bit on the heavy side; maybe not the best dish to follow Michael's Genuine pork belly. I would definitely go back and would like to try the shrimp sandwich next.

Twitter @LaCamaronera

Michael's Genuine Food Cart

Michael's Genuine only rolls the food cart for special occasions, and changes the menu for each. I was near-devastated to find out my special favorite popcorn ice cream wasn't on the menu this time.

We had the Pork Belly Sandwich--A fabulous sandwich with melty porky goodness, quick-pickled onions and cilantro garnish. Yum. As you all know, my taste buds are carrying on a torrid love affair with Michael's Genuine, and this food cart offering did nothing to deter me from that. I'd go back in a heartbeat and try anything on the menu.

Twitter @MGFD_MIA


I'm a little pissed off at Gastropod. Gastropod usually only rolls out during special events, which is fine--that's totally their prerogative. What pisses me off is that they spend an inordinate amount of time traveling to other parts of the country, while missing "home base" events (and still having the hutzpah to campaign for Miami-based food truck accolades). More power to them for trying to expand, but don't neglect your base to do so. Too much too fast. Go for it, just open a second Miami-only truck.

We had the Banh Mi Tacos (again). The pork in these tacos is amazing. See the full review here.

Even though I feel neglected by the 'pod, and even though it took an abysmally long time to get my order--it took over 15 mins. (during which time I almost dropped from overheating on the hot blacktop while certain clusters of people were served dish after dish), I will keep coming back. The food is consistently amazing, and I'm dying to sample more dishes.

Twitter @gastroPodMiami

Latin House Grill

We had the $10 Sampler Plate--The burger was great-juicy & meaty, the pork taco was good-flavorful & juicy, the steak taco was dry, the nachos were a throw away and I wasn't into the fried plantain meat thing at all--the taste of bananas and meat together in a dense, greasy fried packet was just too much for me. I would go back for the burger or pork taco.

Twitter @latinhousegrill

Dels Lemonade

We had a frozen lemonade, which was something a bit special. Shaved ice with fresh lemon rind and Splenda. I was overjoyed that this was sugar-free and could have snacked on a bucket worth.

Dim Ssam A Gogo

Korean-style food truck outcrop of Sakaya Kitchen in Midtown.

We had the Kurobuta Ssam--"Ddae ji" sous vide pork belly with fresh kimchi and house made ssamjanj in a Bibb lettuce leaf--the sauce was good; lots of great stuff going on there, but it killed the porkiness of the pork belly.

Cover'd & Chunk'd Tots--spicy tator tots covr'd in spicy cheese & chunk'd w/galbi beef--Not terribly spicy, but good.

Overall, I'd go back. I'm still cautiously optimistic, perhaps because I stalk this truck on Twitter and they're the masters of positive re-tweets.

Twitter @SakayaKitchen

Jefe's Original Fish Tacos & Burgers

We had the Ensenada Style Fish Taco-- beer batter crispy fish in corn tortilla with shredded green cabbage, pico, crema & lime. This taco had nice crispy & not-too-greasy fish with a pleasant  balance of crunch & juice.

Tacos Carnitas--Seasoned slow-roasted pork on a corn tortilla with chopped onion, cilantro, roasted salsa verde & lime. This taco was a standout. The pork was really something special. This is the dish that will keep us coming back over other taco trucks. Latin Burger was ok, but this pork is somethin' special.

Twitter @jefesoriginal

Gigi Now

Open late Asian-influenced noodle bar/tapas joint in Midtown, helmed by Top Chef contestant Jeff McInnis & a prolific restauranteur team.

What we had:

We split an order of Pork Gigi Buns--These buns had explosive flavor, with tender and nuanced pork on soft, pillowy buns. Each order comes with two buns; I could have eaten twice that amount easily by myself.

I had the Caribbean Shrimp Pad Thai--I'm not sure what was Caribbean about the dish, but it did have some nice smoke from the wok, and a great balance of flavors. It was however, a bit heavy toward the bottom. I ate it down to the last drop, but the last quarter or so was on the greasy side.

My DH had the Pork Ramen--between the pork bins and the Stella on tap, my DH's tastebuds picked his second bite in to blow out, so he really couldn't taste much at all. I tasted the dish, and found the shredded pork to be infused with Five Spice powder, the broth to be rich and meaty, and the noodles to be quite satisfying.

My DH had Stella Artois on tap, I had the sweet tea, and I swear the tea tasted like it had corn in it. Not an altogether unpleasant taste, but a bit alarming at first.


Looks a lot like home, with exposed concrete, floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of white subway tiles.


Not bad.

Overall impressions:

I would go back, especially for a late bite.


3.75 out of 5 salamanders

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The Morgans Restaurant

Updated American homestyle comfort food served out of a cute 20s-style house on the Wynnwood art districts' doorstep.

What we had:

I had the meatloaf sandwich with a house salad--the sandwich was served open-faced on a nice crusty slice of toast. Though the menu listed smoky mashed potatoes as the side dish, I was asked what side I wanted and mash wasn't an option, so I chose a side salad. The salad was nice, with dark leafy greens, watermelon radish slices, cherry tomatoes and a nice light vinaigrette. The dinosaur-sized slab of meatloaf was decent, if a bit dry and dense in the center. The tomato glaze on the outside was pretty great. I missed the potatoes.

My DH had the twice-marinated pulled pork sandwich with fries. The pork was succulent and coated in a sweet but non-obtrusive BBQ sauce, and the sandwich was served on a nice bun. The fries were fries, but at least they were fresh.


We ate in the downstairs part, which was cute in it's spa-like whites and light woods; the music selection (classic rock) added to the unifying menu theme.



Overall impressions:

A cute little place, and so close...


3.5 out of 5 salamanders

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