Unless you’ve been eating worms from under a rock, you have probably heard about, or even sampled, food from a trendy and colorful food truck. But have you heard about Food Truck Thursdays? If it happens to be a Thursday night in Decatur and you are looking for an interesting dining experience, indulge in Food Truck Thursdays by heading on over to the parking lot behind Duck’s Cosmic Kitchen (in East Decatur Station). Between 5:30 and 8:30pm you’ll find Duck’s WOW Food Truck as well as several other trucks. The number and type of trucks vary with the season. No matter, it will always be a fun and delicious event.
On a cold winter Thursday night, the warming lights of the trucks and the convivial conversations among the customers warmed up my spirits and put me in the mood for noshing. I wasn’t disappointed, there was plenty to chew on. Of the three trucks that were parked there – Duck’s WOW Truck, The Tamale Queen, and Sweet Auburn BBQ – I was able to put together a great meal. Each truck has enough choices to put together a full meal, and they also have sides and smaller portions, making it easy to assemble a creative sampling of tastes. And the affordable prices won’t prohibit enjoying multiple courses.
Since I like variety, I decided that the best strategy for me was to first read the menus of all the trucks and then choose what appealed to me from each of the trucks. I did feel somewhat like a pinball, bouncing back and forth from truck to truck reading menus, ordering, and then collecting my food. The Tamale Queen had an appealing list of tamales as well as tacos – including fish, chicken, pork, and veggie. Tamales are a favorite of mine so I chose the spicy pork version. At the WOW truck, I finally settled on a chicken sofrito arepa (a Venezuelan stuffed corn cake). What I needed to round out my meal was a veggie. I noticed that the Sweet Auburn BBQ had some tempting sides so I chose collard greens and then couldn’t pass up trying the mac and cheese.
As I mentioned, it was cold, so standing out in the open air and eating was not a comfortable option. We were pleased to find out that Duck’s opens its dining room for food truck customers on Thursday nights. They will even sell you a beverage (yes, that would include wine). So our evening was a success – we were able to enjoy our multi-food-truck purchases in a warm comfortable spot and wash it all down with a very good glass of pinot noir. And did I mention that we really did enjoy the choices? The arepa had a tasty chicken filling with a punchy sauce; the tamale was soul satisfying, especially with the addition of green sauce; the mac and cheese was truly indulgent; and the collards were tasty with a hint of nutmeg and lots of flavor in the “pot likker.” There are plenty of remembered choices to lure me back next Thursday. The WOW truck’s dog bowl, with its pile of potatoes, cheese, and meat is a definite temptation. And I know next time I won’t be able to pass up the ribs from the Sweet Auburn BBQ. I might just become a regular at Food Truck Thursdays.