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Eat Street

by Kate Abney | Jezebel magazine | March 8, 2012

Spring food-cart season is upon us, and it’s gearing up to be Atlanta’s biggest year yet! With tons of new trucks on the scene, a permanent food park debuting at the intersection of Howell Mill Road and Emery Street, and dozens of these mobile kitchens booked for the hottest spring rallies and fests, ATL can’t get enough of this global-cuisine craze. We checked in with the leaders of the Atlanta Street Food Coalition for tips on the trucks to watch in 2012. Our tummies are already rumbling. Take a lap around our culinary cul-de-sac to see why.

MIX’D UP global cuisine premiered in October 2011 from a rock ’n’ roll-loving L.A. transplant and his Italian pal. Who to know: Brett Eanes Must-try snack: Rockin’ gyro bites, or tiny lamb burgers served with tzatziki sauce and feta on mini gyro buns cuzinechefs.com/food-truck, @cuzinechefs

BANGED UP AND MASHED bequeathed Atlanta with brilliant British fare in February 2012. Who to know: David Loesch Must-try snack: English-style chicken tikka masala in creamy masala sauce with curry, Indian spices, basmati rice and warm naan bangedupandmashed.com, @bangedupandmash

ROLLING REUBEN’S high-quality, monster sandwiches set off on Atlanta’s streets in October 2011. Who to know: Claudio Furgiuele and Mikey Moran Must-try snack: The award-winning corned beef Reuben with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing or spicy mustard on buttered-and-grilled rye bread rollingreubens.com, @rollingreubens

ONE LOVE JERK GRILL greeted ATL with tasty Jamaican nibbles in April 2011. Who to know: Troy Anglin Must-try snack: Traditional Jamaican jerk chicken served with kidney beans and jasmine rice onelovejerkgrill.com

PRESSED FOR TIME presented A-Town with its warm and toasty paninis in August 2011. Who to know: Greg Gordon Must-try snack: The Argentinean cheeseburger with housemade chimichurri sauce and pepper jack cheese on ciabatta bread pressedfortimetruck.com, @pressedfortimet

SHEIK BURRITOS ’N’ KABOBS brings its Southwestern-Persian treats to ATL’s streets in May 2012. Who to know: Jahan Ostad Must-try snack: The Muka Manley cheeseburger kabob, featuring grass-fed beef, cheddar, feta, onions ’n’ parsley and Persian pickles on Persian flat bread sheikburritos.com, @sheikburritos

IBIZA BITES launched in September 2011, combining the flavors of the deep South with bold South American and Latin American classics. Who to know: Raf & Jamie Morales Must-try snack: The Darn Churrasco, or citrus-marinated skirt steak topped with housemade chimichurri sauce, grilled corn, zucchini, shiitake mushrooms and plantains on a bed of sweet mango-coconut rice facebook.com/ibizabites, @ibizabites

NANA G’S CHIK-N-WAFFLES has pandered to Atlanta’s most hallowed hankering since January 2012. Who to know: Guy Hollcroft Must-try snack: Belgian-style waffle with bacon, hot maple syrup and powered sugar nanagchik-n-waffles.com, @nanags_

YOLI’S STREET FOOD started serving its fusion of South American flavors and stateside goodies in December 2011. Who to know: Andres Oliveros Must-try snack: The classic Cuban sandwich with ham, Swiss cheese, butter, mustard and pickles on Cuban bread, with yellow rice and black beans on the side yolistreetfood.com

WOW! FOOD TRUCK introduced Atlanta palates to the Venezuelan slider, or arepa, in July 2011. Who to know: Wendy Cross Must-try snack: Arepas, of course!—griddled corn cakes stuffed with slow-roasted meats like brisket, pork or chicken; cheddar; and creamy garlic-lime-cilantro sauce wowfoodtruck.com, @wowfoodtruck