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Eating on the Run: Louisville’s Favorite Gourmet Food Trucks

The Southern Food Truck Cookbook came out this year, featuring the South's best food on four wheels. Billed as a road trip to street food, the book features several favorite Louisville food trucks. Below is a sampling of great food that Louisville's streets, festivals, events and stadiums have to offer, from American classics to innovative world fusion - and, of course, sweet finishes.

Traditional American Fare: Your Go-To Places for To-Go

Visit Johnny's Diner Car for down-home American steak sandwiches, French fries, and BBQ sandwiches. Their signature Cheez-Whiz on fries is strangely addictive, and the decor and vibe all bring back memories of an original classic rolling restaurant: the American railway diner car.

Hot dog lovers will find what they're hankering after at Red's Comfort Food, where classic options are topped up with chili, cheese, and creamy coleslaw. They also offer smokies and tofu dogs, and an array of other hand-helds like burgers and sandwiches. Spice it up with jalapenos or caramelized onions: the sides are nearly as good as the main attraction.

Get it on a Bun at Booty's colorful food truck serves up burgers, hot dogs, and pulled pork sandwiches. Thick, juicy patties and hand cut fries make Booty's a cut above other 'fast food' joints, while their nachos and burritos are served with authentic, homemade green salsa made from fresh tomatillos.

A Funky (In)Fusion of World Food

What do Quebec, in Canada, and Vietnam, in southeast Asia, have in common? They were both once French colonies. This was the inspiration for foreign food truck French Indo-Canada. This rolling restaurant has introduced poutine, a French Canadian specialty blending French fries, gravy, and cheese curds, to Louisville. The highly addictive treat is complemented with the Vietnamese pork belly or tofu sandwiches served with kimchi, the classic pickled vegetables that give Vietnamese food its bite.

Traveling Kitchen is another fusion destination, this time mixing Korean and Mexican flavors in crossover dishes like kimchi burritos, pan-fried bean dumplings and tempura fish tacos. Traveling Kitchen updates their Facebook page daily so fans can find them wherever they roll.

Craving taqueria style street tacos? Holy Mole dishes up classic Mexican favorites along with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free versions. Try the chorizo or chicken and mole tacos: served with ample fresh lime and tangy salsa, these authentic dishes are saucy and spicy. Daily specials are creative and original, and at less than $6, won't break the bank.

Dessert Trucks: Finish Off a Meal in Style

In recent years, healthy desserts have become popular. You can a healthy dessert at Sweet n Savory. Tuck in to a great selection of gluten-Free crepes with a variety of fresh toppings, nutritious and delicious smoothies, and a rainbow of gelato favorites.

For classic desserts, swing by the Louisville Dessert Truck. Serving cupcakes, cake slices, ice cream, berry and apple pies, brownies and "Louisville Cookies", the truck is always a happy addition to family and corporate parties, festivals, and special occasions. If you need to justify the indulgence, just follow their advice, emblazoned on top of their truck: "Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first."

The spontaneous nature of grabbing street food means diners can sample a wide array of affordable but excellent cuisine. The ever-increasing variety found at Louisville's food trucks makes street dining a true adventure. Whether you're into the comforts of home-style burgers and fries or want some authentic ethnic cuisine or sweet luxuries, Louisville's many rolling restaurants cater to every taste.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the Joe Hayden Real Estate Team - !

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