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Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race Filming Finale in Miami

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David Garcia
Hodge Podge and Lime -- about to engage in combat.
Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race is filming a big finale this weekend all over the streets of Miami and we all get to participate!

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The crews of Hodge Podge and The Lime Truck with The Fish Box's David Garcia
Basically a giant scavenger hunt with food trucks, The Great Food Truck Race is down to two final trucks, which we learned, have been parked at The Fish Box's garage while the owners have been partying down with Fish Box owner David Garcia while awaiting their instructions and filming schedules.
The trucks in the finals are:

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Hodge Podge hails from Cleveland, OH, where Chef Chris Hodgson serves up Certified Angus beef as affordable street food, like prime rib tacos, steak filet with mac n' cheese and the Hodge Podge Dog, an all-beef hot dog topped with tater tots, bacon and cabbage slaw. (@hodgepodgetruck)

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The Lime Truck rolls to Miami all the way from Irvine, California.  Chef Jason Quinn cooks an eclectic mix of fare like Ahi Tuna Poke and Hanger Steak Tacos. (@thelimetruck)

The goal this weekend (with a few twists) is for each truck to serve as much food as they possibly can in a city where they don't have followers.

In the past, the producers have changed their menus, given them roadblocks and probably tortured them to no end, but this is the last stop before one of these trucks are declared the winner and the proud owners get bragging rights (and $100,000).

Here's where Miami food truck fans get to play the game. Starting today, both food trucks will be out and about on the streets of Miami. They can't use their own social media (Twitter), but have to rely on others to tweet their whereabouts. They can call us. So...

Short Order will Tweet locations as we receive them and post on Facebook. Follow Short Order on Twitter and Short Order on Facebook for moment to moment updates (if you find either truck out on the street, tweet us ASAP and share your food experiences), then go and eat at your favorite truck. You might be on TV -- you'll certainly enjoy the food!

Meanwhile, The Miami Lakes Street Food Fiesta is tonight at Miami Lakes Auto Mall. From 5:30 to 10 p.m., trucks will serve dinner (who knows, maybe we'll get surprise guests from out of town). Trucks scheduled are Aarons Catering Express, B.C. Tacos, Big Kahuna, Catered Bliss, CheeseMe, Chef on 4 Wheels, Chef on Wheels, ChurroMania, Daddy's Grill, Dim Ssam a Gogo, Divan Bakery, Dog Eat Dog, Dolci Peccati, The Fish Box, The Flying saucer, The Frita Man, gastroPod, Grill Master Cafe, Jefe's Fish Taco, Kona Ice, Latin Burger, Latin House Grill, The MexZican, Miso Hungry, Mr. Good Stuff, Ms. Cheezious, Muscle Truck, Nacho Mama, PopBurger Love/Chocolate Love, Purple People Eatery, The Red Koi, The Red Truck, El Rey De Las Fritas, The Rolling Stove, Sir Pizza, Slow Food Truck, Snow Caps, Sugar Rush, Sugar Yummy Mama.

Follow Short Order on Facebook and Twitter @Short_Order.

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28 comments
Johnnyb
Johnnyb

Hodge catered a party for a famous chef? Chef Jason was offered a job within a 20 minute Run-in conversation with Kerry Simon at his restaurant "Simon" when we were in las Vegas last year.

Chris
Chris

Lime truck blew my mind today!!! I'm tracking them down for dinner while I can, this might be my last opportunity in florida!

Scott Popovic
Scott Popovic

Go get your grub on with Chef Chris at Hodge Podge!!!! As a Chef I know good food and Chris can Rock it out with the best of them.Head to Tabacco Road Bar noon -2am today

CLE forever
CLE forever

All I have got to say is if an Iron Chef gives him the thumbs up that is where I am going :) Go Hodge Podge

sherbink
sherbink

@Chef Jason's Dad. Regardless of who wins this contest (and obviously both young men are worthy of the win or they wouldn't have reached this level), I find it a bit disingenuous that you feel it necessary to slam your son's competitor. Just for the record for all who may see this, Chris came in second in the Silver Spoon 2011 awards as featured in the most recent Cleveland Magazine. The guy who beat him? None other than the Iron Chef himself, Michael Symon. As a side note, Symon hired Chris last summer to privately cater a family gathering at his (Symon's) home. Not sure you can get a better stamp of approval than that. And the tater tots you seem to love slamming? Chris has removed them several times from his Dim and den Sum menu (his other truck) and people beg him to bring them back. But if you think that "tater tots" is what defines Chef Hodge you are woefully uninformed.

Chef Jason's Dad
Chef Jason's Dad

Sakaya Kitchen has reported that The Lime Truck is now parked in front of the restaurant with Dim Ssam a gogo on Buena Vista Ave between 34th and 36th Streets, right in front of the restaurant.

Erika Pettite
Erika Pettite

Hit The Lime Truck!  Jason's food is beyond anything anyone would ever find in Orange County, CA or anywhere else!  Go Lime Truck Team!   Try the Ahi Tuna Poke or the Crispy Gnocchi or the Cuban Sandwich Crisis!  Go!

Nick Dahan
Nick Dahan

THE LIME TRUCK IS THE BEST

Hands Down. 

You have to eat Chef Jason's FOOD!

Bryan Schaaf
Bryan Schaaf

Cmon Hodge Podge! Cleveland needs a championship!

Joe Harvey
Joe Harvey

Fresh food, great food, friendly faces, good times... If you've met Chris and the crew from HodgePodge, you'd know EXACTLY what everyone means... Keep up the great work, Chef Chris and HodgePodge Crew!!

Jennifer
Jennifer

The only thing better than comfort food ... comfort food on wheels!! LOVE HodgePodge prime rib tacos. 'Yummy' doesn't do it justice :)

John
John

Chef Hodge and the HodgeGals are the bomb!  Of course, as proud mom and dad, we may be a bit biased!  But, many someones obviously agree with us or they wouldn't be in the finals with their second truck!  Please come support the East Coast representatives!  You won't be disappointed. 

Scott Popovic
Scott Popovic

hodge podge - Is great down home comfort food at its best!!! Chef Chris is throwing down the best Certified Angus Beef Tacos that you have ever tasted!!! Get out and support a fantastic chef by getting your grub on.

SoVeryCleveland
SoVeryCleveland

Everyone definitely needs to check out The Hodge Podge truck. Their food is beyond amazing, and the crew is super fun. Chef Hodge has blown Cleveland away, and will hopefully do the same in Miami!! Tell him Sarah sent you ;) Follow me on twitter for updates! @soverycleveland

Guest
Guest

OK, it's lunch time.  Where are the locations?

Doug
Doug

i have never seen people go as nuts for food as i did with chris hodgson and his food trucks. his food rocks - like cleveland - and he has the best attitude in the biz. i have no doubt that he and hodge podge will clean up miami with lime juice!

Casturdreams
Casturdreams

I would love to know how Miami's food truck grub compares to the best and second best in the country. 

714foodie
714foodie

Please support The Lime Truck! I've been enjoying their food since they launched last year and I promise that the only regret you'll have is that they don't have a truck permanently located in your area!  You can learn a lot more about the Lime boys by visiting the New Times' sister publication the OC Weekly. Thanks!

KENTNBETSY
KENTNBETSY

Tater Tots Rock....Sakaya Kitchen and their food, truck Dim Sum A Go Go serve tots!!!!!

KENTNBETSY
KENTNBETSY

Sakaya Kitchen and his food truck, Dim Sum a Go Go........SERVE TATER TOTS!!!! Its funny how you slam the tots, but the person helping your son also serves them. How come you are not putting him down??? By the way, I love tots and respect anyone who can put a different twist on an already great snack!!!!!

Chef Jason's Dad
Chef Jason's Dad

Cleveland may need a championship, but Nick's right, The Lime Truck is the best, and based on the quality of the food, The Lime Truck deserves to win.  Just check out what they said about both trucks in Atlanta:  “On the whole, The LimeTruck was pretty much as ideal as one could expect from a food truck.” http://www.foodiebuddha.com/20.... You'll want to check them both out, but go back to the truck that offers something better than frozen tatter tots with truffle oil.  I'm just saying.  

Chef Jason's Dad
Chef Jason's Dad

Really, Doug?  With lime juice?  Chris Hodgson is no doubt very talented and he may have impressed Cleveland, but The Lime Truck was "Best of the Fest" at the 2010 OC Foodie Fest (50 trucks, 8,500 foodies) and Orange County's No. 1 New Restaurant 2010.  We've got more than 10,000 restaurants in Orange County.  Isn't Chris's signature dish frozen tater tots with truffle oil?  Is that cooking?  Good luck.  May the best truck win. 

Noel1679
Noel1679

Where in Miami are the trucks going to behtis weekend.

foodie036
foodie036

Isn't that right!  Jason's dad is a loser!  I tried both foods from both trucks and both very good.  I thought the sweet tater tots w/ truffle oil were pretty damn good.

foodie036
foodie036

Hey Dad, You remind me of that teamates dad that thinks is son is GOD.  You are pretty pathetic! Why talk down about somebody to make your son look good?  JERK!

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