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Best Food Truck: 2021 Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 2/26/2021 Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel
a plate of food: Duck & Drake's charred pulpo (octopus) and papas bravas. Reminder: I got this off a food truck. © Amy Drew Thompson / Orlando Sentinel/Orlando Sentinel/TNS Duck & Drake's charred pulpo (octopus) and papas bravas. Reminder: I got this off a food truck.

Many moons ago, I fell in love with a food truck called Bem Bom, where I encountered a filet mignon slider topped with a quail egg and found my mind suitably blown by the level of quality and creativity coming out of this tiny mobile kitchen.

Fast-forward something close to 10 years and Orlando’s food truck scene is populated by a vast fleet of gourmet offerings. Duck & Drake Kitchen, most often parked just outside the doors of this year’s top Critic Pick for wine bar, Digress, may be the most gourmet of all.

Here, too, you’ll find sliders (succulent wagyu beef is just one variety) but also fall-apart short rib over creamy, vegetable-studded risotto or duck Bolognese or saffron arancini. Paired with Digress, these two become culinary Superfriends, a weird, hybrid contender for a Best Restaurant List. Call them the Wonder Twins. Form of: diet destroyer.

a plate of food: Duck & Drake's charred pulpo (octopus) and papas bravas. Reminder: I got this off a food truck. © Amy Drew Thompson / Orlando Sentinel/Orlando Sentinel/TNS Duck & Drake's charred pulpo (octopus) and papas bravas. Reminder: I got this off a food truck.

Less upmarket but no less delicious: the A Lo Cubano Kitchen truck and its authentic and frankly, kick-@ss menu featuring one of the city’s best Cuban sandwiches. Additionally, their Miami Smash Burger is my favorite kind of cheeseburger: gooey with Swiss and a runny fried egg, bonus for caramelized onions and potato sticks for crunch.

Rounding out the group: Voodoo Kitchen, where Cajun and Creole cuisine let the good times roll.

Critic’s Choice

Runners-up: A Lo Cubano Kitchen and Voodoo Kitchen","type":"text

Readers’ Choice

Readers’ Choice

Runners-up: Ceylon Hut and Chimiking Food Truck","type":"text

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Want to reach out? Find me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @amydroo or on the OSFoodie Instagram account @orlando.foodie. Email: amthompson@orlandosentinel.com. For more foodie fun, join the Let’s Eat, Orlando Facebook group.

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