Tasty Tuesday brings food trucks to Milk District
You can call it meals on wheels or grub-on-the-go.
Either way, that's the type of food you'd get from one of the dining choices offered at Tasty Tuesday in the Milk District downtown every Tuesday evening.
Located at 2424 E. Robinson St., Tasty Tuesday brings out 13 food trucks per week between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. for all to indulge.
The weekly mobile food-vendor hub started three years ago when a bar owner in the area decided to allow a friend of his, who owned a food truck, to set up outside for customers to enjoy his food.
One truck turned into a few more trucks, and that's when Tasty Tuesday organizer, who is known as Falon, said she realized this could be a lot bigger than what it was.
"The purpose of this event is to bring in all of these local businesses into our neighborhood to give something to our neighborhood like the awesome food, and everyone that lives here loves it; but also to give something back to these local businesses," Falon said.
What started off as a few trucks and a growing email list of patrons grew into a weekly Downtown Orlando event that sees an average of 700 patrons.
Each truck looking to get involved must go through a review of their social media accounts, customer reviews and menu items to be sure that they're right for Tasty Tuesday.
To accommodate the eclectic crowd that Tasty Tuesday attracts, the event even includes vendors who carry a number of vegan and vegetarian options.
Damon Willow, owner of Curby's Sidewalk Café, has been a vendor at Tasty Tuesday for almost three years. Curby's menu includes a wide variety of regional American staple dishes such as Philly cheesesteaks, fish tacos, po' boy sandwiches and more.
He originally heard about Tasty Tuesday from another vendor and was eventually invited by Falon. He said it's been great for his business.
"You always pick up followers from social media here, there and everywhere, and I do pick them up [at Tasty Tuesday] as well. It's one of my favorite spots to go," Willow said.
He added that being a mobile food spot versus a standing restaurant helps Curby's, and other trucks, maintain appeal to patrons because menu items are easily added or modified.
Falon said Tasty Tuesday brings out a very diverse group, so fresh items and variety are key. She wants to make sure they have the best of the best.
"This is what's awesome about the event. You'll see a really sweet family come out with all of their kids and their baby in a stroller and their dog, and then you'll see a couple that's head to toe covered in tattoos right behind them waiting for the same food they are," Falon said. "It's an extremely diverse crowd and that's what we like about the event."
Tasty Tuesday in the Milk District posts the vendors that will be available at each week's event on its Facebook page.
Where to find tasty Tuesdays
2424 E. Robinson St. from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Jazmyne Hankerson is the sports editor for the Central Florida Future. Find her on Twitter @AsToldByJLee or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.