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Vehicles and Vittles

The Food Truck craze isn’t showing any sign of going away. From its humble beginnings back in 1930s Los Angeles, to its spread across the country into major metropolitan areas, to the inevitable trickle down to smaller communities such as ours, food trucks have become a fixture, albeit movable, on dining scenes everywhere. Here in St. Johns County, we’ve seen trucks pop up all over the place and there’s no limit to the flavors and styles that can be found roaming the streets and parking lots all over the area.

Simple. Gourmet. Indulgent. Healthy. Spicy. Mild. Mediterranean. Mexican. Asian. Tropical. Most importantly…LOCAL! Made from scratch. Area food trucks offer up a wide variety of cuisine, with new options that include Texas-style barbecue to Minorcan and southern-inspired fare. To keep you from having to drive all over town in search of the perfect vehicular vittles, Old City Life thought we would use this month’s “Good Taste” to direct you to your perfect destination.

Datil Rooster

Address: 606 Ponce de Leon Blvd., corner of Orange Street and U.S. 1
St. Augustine, Florida
Phone: 904-540-3945
Facebook: DatilRooster

Minorcan and southern food made from local recipes, by local people with local ingredients. From the Facebook page: “Not all the food is spicy, but all the food is real good!” The daily menu changes often, and offers chicken, shrimp, crab cakes, poboys, and other mouth-watering dishes.

Uptown Scratch Kitchen

Address: 300 San Marco Ave. (in the DOS Coffee & Wine parking lot)
St. Augustine, Florida
Phone: 904-377-6050
Facebook: www.facebook.com/uptownscratchkitchen

Scratch-made bistro food from a truck! Shrimp & grits, fried chicken, burgers and sliders, pork sandwiches, fish and shrimp tacos, and more. The menu changes from week to week depending on what’s in season. Chef Vinny D’Amato creates what he calls “kicked-up street food.” Everything is made from scratch when ordered. For quicker pickup, call and order in advance.

Tropi-Cali Food Truck

Address: 246 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, Florida
Phone: 904-466-4527
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Tropicalifoodtruck

Southern Californian and tropically infused fare. Rice bowls with jerk chicken or shrimp, burritos, shredded beef and pork plates, and other options including a 3-pound burrito called the Mamoo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Big Island Bowls

Address: 551 Anastasia Blvd.
St. Augustine, Florida
Phone: 631-338-5522
Website: www.bigislandbowls.com

Acai fruit bowls, smoothies, and healthy drinks — organic granola, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, pineapple, kiwi, coconut, goji berries, honey, almonds, peanut butter, dragon fruit, chia and hemp seeds, mac root, spiralina, and other choices for creating a customized quick and healthy meal. From the facebook page: “Our menu was inspired by our lifestyle in Hawaii, and our desire to share it!”

Pita Pocket Food Truck

Pita Pocket

Address: 855 Anastasia Blvd.
St. Augustine, Florida
Phone: 904-429-5952

This location formerly housed PJ’s Hot Dogs. Pita Pockets serves pita sandwiches and traditional Mediterranean favorites such as gyros, falafel, tabbouli, baba ganoush (eggplant), and other salads and sandwiches.

Crave Food TruckCrave Food Truck

Address: 134 Riberia St.
downtown St. Augustine, Florida, in Lincolnville
Phone: 305-297-1885
Website: cravestaug.com

Smoothies, juices, wraps, salads, and sandwiches, with vegan and vegetarian options. This food truck is located directly on the water in historic Lincolnville, near downtown. An outdoor covered area includes 10 picnic tables with beautiful views of St. Augustine.

County Road Provisions

Address: 755 State Road 207, in the parking lot of Triangle Marine Service
Phone: 904-806-7349
Facebook: County Road Provisions LLC

Texas-style barbecue including brisket, sausage, chicken, ribs, pork chops, and other meats, slow-cooked over hardwood. Sides include coleslaw, German potato salad, and pinto beans. Orders can be placed in advance by phone. From the Facebook page: …”So, if you wanna try BBQ the way it was meant to be cooked, then come and try County Road Provisions. We will make you think twice about what good BBQ is!”

NALU’S TROPICAL TAKE OUT

Address: 1020 Anastasia Blvd. (at the Surf Station)
Phone: (904) 501-9592
Website: www.nalusstaugustine.com
Closed on Tuesdays
Nalu’s is St. Augustine’s first food truck, est. in 2002.

Owner/chef Jerry Morgan brings a healthier alternative to satisfy Mexican food cravings with a Hawai’ian twist. With a menu catering to both seafarers and landlubbers, their specialities come from the sea. Wild caught mahi, whaoo (ono) or Yellowfin tuna (ahi) are the focal point of their dishes…. (where else can you get seared ahi from a “truck”?)

Trust us, it’s da kine!