Yeah, I know. It's astounding that I've never been to the Atlanta Food Truck Park until a couple of Fridays ago. I've been begging my regular dining pals to go there for some time. Their initial enthusiasm usually turned to ambivalence, which turned to the suggestion that we do it another week. We finally did it.
I understand their reservation. The whole movement has mystified me. That's because, as I've written before, I automatically associate food trucks with carnival food, which made me sick time after time when I was a kid. Later, in my early 30s, I spent a month hanging out with the nation's last for-real freak show. I was constantly in a state of near-nausea then too.
I knew we were someplace different when I couldn't find any cotton candy on the premises. Or ice cream. Just smoothies.
I actually had a killer meal - a huge sandwich (above) from Liska, a Croatian truck, about which I'd heard raves. The two brothers owning the truck deserve the raves. My cevapi included a spicy sausage between two rounds of grilled Bosnian pita bread with raw onions. The thing was gigantic and, unless you have a monumental appetite, you'll probably want to buy the half-portion. That's especially true if you want to try something else.
And I did. I got a faux chicken wrap with ginger from Supreme Caribbean Vegan Cuisine. Delicious, and whatever you do, try the truck's ginger beer. It's a complex blend of two varieties of ginger, according to the owner. It's not really fizzy, but you don't want to miss it.
We arrived at the park about 8:30 p.m., and a few trucks had already closed. So you might want to plan lunch or an early dinner there.
1850 Howell Mill Road. 678-883-8471. atlantafoodtruckpark.com. Hours: Tues.-Wed., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m.
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