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Oct 11, 2009 08:47 AM

Impromtu Food Truck Crawl - S. Asheville area

A couple days ago, a few of us decided to do our own "Food Truck Crawl" since we've seen so many of these trucks pop up in the area. Many are Mexican, but there are also BBQ, German and philly cheesesteaks. We ended up at four and they were all surprisingly good!

First stop was "The Snack Shack" which features German food (along with the usual burgers). I had a currywurst brat which was really good. The sauce was odd looking (dark), but tasty and the brat was delicious. It was in Fletcher Business Park and then, at 3pm, it moves to rt.25 not too far from the Fletcher House. A little pricey at $4.75 (just the brat in a bun, no sides).

Second stop was the mexican truck/trailer not too far up 191 (heading toward H'ville) from 280. I had a steak quesadilla which was very tasty. They included lettuce, tomato, onion, and sour cream ($4). They do a brisk business and the two parties who also stopped by while we were there, said it was their favorite mexican. They have some tables under a canopy where you can sit and eat.

Third stop was a scary looking Mexican truck on Airport Rd in the Citgo near Jim Campen's trailers. Scary only because it has a really bad paint job and is tucked way back in the corner. You sort of wonder if it's even open. English is a little problematic, but we got the job done. The "menu" was just various meats in Spanish painted on the side of the truck and it wasn't entirely clear whether they served everything on their list. Had another steak quesadilla which I liked even better than the one at the other truck. It had more herbs and spices in it, was huge (the largest tortilla size - 12"??) and was served with grilled onions, fresh limes and your salsa of choice. At $6, I thought it was kind of expensive, but really really good (although my friend's pork taco was only $1.50 and she said it was great!). An employee of Papas 'n' Beer was ordering behind us, which I thought was funny. He said he really likes it.

Fourth and last stop was "Grubb's" on Spartanburg Hwy in Hendersonville (near the Fresh Market end). It features philly cheesesteaks, so that's what I got. It came made with grilled onions, peppers, and mushrooms (and jalapenos if you want them) and was very good. I prefer mine with the melted cheese all mixed in and gloppy (this one had the cheese placed on the bun with other stuff piled on top), but that's just a personal preference.

We tried to hit three BBQ trucks (BP on 280 on the way to Brevard, Smiley's flea market, and Perry's on 191 near the barber shop), but none of the them were there that day. So, another time!

Attached are a couple of pictures....the "scary" mexican truck, the quesadilla I got at the scary truck, and the philly cheesesteak from Grubb's.

Anyway, it was really fun and we look forward to trying some more as we spot them around town!

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  1. Wow, great report. See I LIKE the way that truck looks!

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      LOL! yup, teaches the classic lesson of not judging a book by its cover. :)

    2. Can you remember the name of the "scary" Mexican truck and the second truck you stopped at?

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      1. re: aksheckler

        El Quicho appears to be the name of it (that's what's on the side). It's the truck in the first picture attached to my original post. It's right in the corner of the Citgo parking lot - you can't miss it! And it's always busy - a good sign!

        I think the name of the other one is "Taquera Mexico" (that's what my friend remembers). They are also busy all the time.

        Our favorite (for food quality) was El Quicho.

      2. Just wanted to mention that the taco truck on 191 in Mills River has moved up 191 to the parking lot of Waycaster's Tire & Auto (just a few blocks NW of the old location). I haven't mentioned it before now because it was just sitting there and wasn't open. I didn't know if it was staying there for good or just hanging out there until it wen to a new location. But, when I went by this afternoon, it is now open in the Waycaster's parking lot.