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11:14 AM, Apr 19, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- It's almost "Street Food Thursday."

"Street Food Thursday" is a street food extravaganza incepted some time ago as a way to peacefully combat "newly revised" regulations on street food vendors in Atlanta and also to attract visitors for the Woodruff Arts Center.

The whole "street food" phenomena is somewhat new to the Atlanta area. What we call a street food vendor is referred to as a food truck on the West Coast or a bodega on the East Coast; however, Atlanta is working toward putting a new flair on those old concepts.

By holding a host of street food festivals, round ups, picnics and summits, Atlanta has already, perhaps unknowingly, created a street food culture. In addition to Southern "foodie-ism", this culture is surely ramping up to be one of great popularity.

In many inTown neighborhoods, regular street food vendors are more popular than mainstay restaurants like McDonalds and Taco Bell; and the fact that many street food vendors cater to niche clientele, improves their rapport with the people.

However, there are many factors that have contributed to street food's sudden spike in popularity in Atlanta. Some think the city is maturing and developing the characteristics of a big city. Others don't care, they just like the food.

So, how do you find a street food vendor, you ask? Street food vendors are popular, however, they are often hard to locate; so we've created a mini directory of the food trucks we know of and how to find them.

First, the mother all food trucks, Yumbii, known as the Korean BBQ truck is, perhaps, one of the most widely known in Atlanta. The truck features Korean BBQ tacos, burritos and quesadillas. On a regular week, the Yumbii truck is out-and-about from Tuesday until Friday. Menu items range from $2 to $5. For more information about Yumbii, follow them on Twitter: @Yumbii

Considered one of the leaders of the pack, popular Popsicle truck, King of Pops is easily found both in Atlanta and Athens. This truck sells about eight flavors, ranging from Chocolate Sea Salt to Arnold Palmer. Most weekends, the truck can be found in the parking lot of the gas station on N. Highland and North Avenues. For information on this trucks whereabouts, follow them on Twitter: @theKingofPops

An artisan ice cream truck, yeah, Westside Creamery's got that. This truck full-o-treats is all fresh, all the time. Every batch of ice cream that leaves this truck is made of milk from the Johnston Family Farm in Newborn, Georgia. This, obviously, very local truck is a favorite to many because of its local, organic ingredients. For more information on this truck's schedule follow them on Twitter: @WsideCreamery.

The Pup Truck is simply that, a truck that sells hot dogs, however, the dogs that leave this truck are anything but simple. This truck boasts a laundry list of dressings, and it's your choice whether you want your dog skinny or full-o-fixings. With this truck, the possibilities are endless. This truck is scheduled to be at the Woodruff Arts Center every Thursday, until mid June. But you can follow them, daily on Twitter: @ThePupTruck

Along with the ions of cupcake shops in Atlanta, the mobile Yum Yum Cupcake is the first of its kind. This pink and white cupcake mobile, named Pinkie, serves cupcakes with cute names like the Bethany and the Mirabel. Yes, this truck is pretty feminine, but its, still, a favorite among both men and women. And before you ask, we haven't figured out the correlation between the names and flavors, either way, they're great. Check them out on Twitter: @yumyumcupcake

Everyone's favorite Buckhead lunch nook has a flying vehicle and of course it's a soup truck. Buckhead Soup Diva, Souper Jenny heads into the streets every so often in her flying soup mobile. The soup mobile carts soups from the restaurant to the masses. And if you've ever been to Souper Jenny, you know it's good. Follow @SouperJenny on Twitter to catch the flying soup mobile in action.

The Good Food Truck, home of The Poodle, is another crowd pleaser. This truck offers good food with wacky names like: The Poodle, the Daddy J and The GA Plate. The truck's inspiration was to create easy, on-the-go types of food like the Thai cone, a parmesan cone filled with chicken and veggies. If food like this tickles your fancy, check them out. Stalk out their GPS on Twitter:@GoodFoodTruck

Thought a mobile woodfired oven was impossible? Think again. S&J's Woodfired Pizza comes to you. Created by two part-time emergency nurses, this food truck is unique, to say the least. The truck can be found at festivals and concerts around town. According to street foodies, their pizza is "pretty tasty"; we'd like to imagine it as a Southern "Jumbo Slice". For more on their appearances, visit their blog.

Dogs on Wheels is a classic hot dog bodega or stand however it moves. The hot dogs sold at this stand are fresh and grilled to perfection. The stand uses a signature "garlic spicy" marinade and every dog is brushed with this combo into char-broiled oblivion. Give them at try. To find out their location, email or stop by 1086 Piedmont Avenue.

Hummingbird Street Food has an Ina Garten feel to it. It's a classy, bistro style food truck that uses all local and seasonal ingredients. This truck is more obscure than the others; however, to track its whereabouts, visit the truck online.

El Burro Pollo is a cool, kind of mobile burrito stand created by Chef Hector Santiago of Inman Park's Pura Vida. Every week on Saturday and Sunday this food truck is open from noon until "the chicken runs out." The truck is usually parked in the parking lot across from Pura Vida, however it moves from time to time. Follow the chicken burrito on Twitter: @elburropollo for the details.

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