Best of Miami Teaser: Best Food Truck; Trucks at BTTR, Tropical Park Tonight

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Purple People Eatery is one of our picks for best food truck runner up.
On Thursday, Miami New Times Best of Miami edition "The Rising" will be released upon the world.

There can only be one winner per category, but there are so many yummy food trucks out there, we decided to share some of our picks for Best Food Truck runner-ups before the winners are posted on June 16.

5. Look for Purple People Eatery's one eyed-one-horned flying mascot and you've not only found one of the coolest looking trucks, you've found foodie heaven. The Black n Bleu Bison Burger ($8), a blackened lean patty of good-for-you bison, smothered in bleu cheese, barbeque sauce, arugula, tomato and bacon, makes for an excellent meal, but the standout has to be the Mac n' Jack ($5), a broccoli mac n' cheese made with four different cheeses.

4. gastroPod won Best Food Truck honors last year and continues to thrill us with gourmet meals on wheels. Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog shows us that food doesn't have to be served on china to be amazing. People flock to the pod's silver-bullet shaped Airstream to gush over the ever-changing menu. Staples like Curry in a Hurry (a vegan squash curry with basmati rice) and Sloppy Jose (a very un-vegan but very juicy beef brisket wonder) are as good as ever and at around $8, a great value.

3. Latin Burger was one of the first trucks to roll out on the streets of Miami. Why celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffman and entrepreneur Jim Heins thought it was a good idea to serve burgers out of a truck is beyond us, but we thank our lucky stars that they had the vision or insanity to do it. The signature Latin Macho Burger ($6.25) is a gut-busting patty of ground chorizo, chuck and sirloin, grilled and topped with Oaxaca cheese, caramelized onions and jalapenos, but don't forget the tacos. At $2.95 each, grab several in your choice of chicken tomatillo, pulled pork or chicken mole.

2. The flame-decorated Rolling Stove is known for their slow-roasted jerk-seasoned meats. Chef Troy Thomas and his mom Patricia make melt-in-your mouth jerk brisket, steak burgers and chicken wings that are delish, but the Captain Crunch coated chicken sandwich makes this truck a complete standout. Most entrees are $6.95.

1. Grilled cheese is most famous for being a cold-weather kiddie lunch, but CheeseMe elevates the humble comfort food to new levels. Try owner Andrew Kaplan's inventive creations like the Shorty ($12; braised short rib with blue cheese and roasted red pepper on a jumbo English muffin) or the B.C.T.($12; applewood smoked bacon, cheddar and tomato) or make your own from your choice of breads, cheese and toppings ($6 for a basic).

If you haven't tried any of the trucks on our list, tonight's as good a night as any. Trucks at Tropical Park serve dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Plenty of free parking, but pets and glass containers aren't allowed. Trucks include: B.C. Tacos, Big Kahuna, Catered Bliss, Che Grill, Chef on Wheels, The Fish Box, Latin House Grill, El Rey De La Paella, El Rey De Las Fritas, El Rincon del Coqui, Sakaya Kitchen, Sir Pizza Mobile, Sugar Rush, Sugar Yummy Mama, Tango Grill, and Yellow Submarine.

Tropical Park 7900 Bird Road, Miami

BTTR continues tonight from 5:30 to 10 p.m., adjacent to Johnson & Wales University, in North Miami. Free parking and plenty of green space to have a picnic make this a popular weekly event.

Trucks serving at BTTR tonight include: Ms. Cheezious, Nacho Mama's, Clarabelle's Cupcakes, Papa's Tapas, Purple People Eatery, Guiseppe's Italian Sausage, Nacho Bizness, Dog Eat Dog, gastroPod, Dolci Peccati Gelato, The Rolling Stove, Manila Rice, Chef On 4 Wheels, Snow Caps, Wrapidito Yum, Daddy's Grill, Divan Bakery, Miso Hungry, The Red Truck, Kona Ice, Atlier Monnier, Moty's Grill, Slow Food Truck, CheeseMe, Red Koi, Aaron's Catering Express, Muscle Truck, Churro Mania, Wing Commander, Jefe's Original Fish Taco, Mr. Good Stuff, and The MexZican.

BTTR 127th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami

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Mabel
Mabel

you guys obviously failed to mention about the flying saucer food truck. These guys are pro's and their food is ridiculously good! 

Thechowfather
Thechowfather

2nd request

Food Trucker Doss,Where is the story on why Dim Ssam a gogo, Latin Burger and La Camaronera are MIA from the BTTR list?  Certainly more interesting and news worthy than your normal fluff

foodie036
foodie036

I remember reading that Ingrid Hoffman hasn't been involved for over a year a few months back.  Where do you get the info?  Purple people eatery 5th, Rolling Stove 2nd.  LOL 

1. Dim Ssam a gogo and The Fish Box tied2. CheeseMe 3. Latin House Grill4. Slow Food Truck5. Ms. Cheezious   

Best Dessert: Sugar RushBest newbie: Mr. Good Stuff

Drakar
Drakar

No one appreciates your tone. If you don't like the list how about you go make your own newsletter where the entire 2 friends you have can pretend to care about your petty little opinion. LOL at that scrub.

I'm willing to bet you've never even eaten from Purple or Stove. You're probably a metrosexual lush whose favorite thing to do is play favorites.

Short Order
Short Order

Our post states that she started the truck, not that she still rolls with it.

PSUAZO24
PSUAZO24

Not even close, list should have been : (1) Sakaya Kitchen/Dim Sam A GoGo (2) Ms. Cheezious (3) Sugar Rush (4) Mr.Good Stuff (5) The Flying Saucer.That I like.

Mia139
Mia139

Sakaya Kitchen/Dim Ssam a GoGo IS #1. They posted it earlier. This is their runner up list.

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