Claiming the title “Atlanta’s original gourmet food truck,” The Pickle sounds bougie but serves non-pretentious but quite-delicious southern, Tex-Mex, and Creole street cuisine, and of course has “The Pickle” for a name. And whereas some food trucks seem down-to-earth but charge Tesla-in-space prices for not-huge portions, you get decent-sized eats at reasonable prices here. That includes crawfish, chicken & andouille sausage etouffee for $8.50, their popular chicken and green chili quesadilla for $9, and a whole crab cake sandwich for $11, so you’re enjoying some good chews and not putting your pockets into a proverbial pickle. And besides, don’t you just love ordering food from a funky green camper van?
Where is it? Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays (Taylor-Brawner Park)
The folks behind food trucks frequently have amazing stories, but it’s not often that you have someone profiled by Time handling your hamburger. But Malik Rhasaan, the hip-hop activist behind the “Che Butter Jonez” brand and persona, is also a cofounder of the Occupy The Hood movement, and when he’s not focused on getting African-Americans out to join protests, he’s preparing and serving the stellar “Who Let Mookie Make the Pasta?” shrimp/tomato/garlic linguine dish from his playfully menacing black food truck with “Farm to Block” painted on the side. He uses lamb in great bites like the smashed “Slamb” burger and the Morocco mole nachos (seasoned lamb over pita chips topped with Mediterranean salsa and feta), and balances healthy with hell-yeah in sides like the flash-fried Brussels sprouts. It’s a revolutionary way to eat well on the go.
Where is it? The MET (680 Murphy Avenue)