I was lucky enough to spend a fantastic Friday with My Little Foodies before Big A went back to school. After taking in a performance at The Center for Puppetry Arts – always an excellent show – we typically cruise through Midtown looking to grab a bite for lunch. As we passed Atlantic Station, I recalled their “Food Truck Fridays” (serving lunch from 11 am – 2 pm), and caught a glimpse of the line-up. We’ve been excited to watch food truck culture taking hold in the city, now with dedicated days and times where you can find these trucks throughout a diverse selection of neighborhoods. The delightfully illustrated Wonderlicious on Wheels (W.O.W!) Food Truck beckoned us to try what I had heard are some delicious arepas.
Owner Wendy Cross enthusiastically helped us navigate a very kid-friendly menu for My Little Foodies. While intrigued by many of the vegetarian options, including the Best Dang Veggie Burger (a homemade blend of lentils, mushrooms, onions, leeks and walnuts served with smoked poblano aioli spread), the White Truffle Carmelized Onion Goat Cheese Tart , and My Oh My Tomato Pie (pie crust with fresh tomato, goat cheese and a pesto drizzle), I figured I would stick with their specialty: Venezuelan-style arepas.
Made to order, these griddled (gluten-free) corncakes are split and stuffed with a number of savory fillings. We tried the Brisket & Cheddar, Shredded Chicken, and Veggie with fresh mozzarella, basil, and sofrito. All of them are topped with a cilantro-jalapeño “Kicky Sauce,” which tastes like a creamy chimichurri. The “kick” might just be strong enough to put your Little Foodies over the edge, so Wendy advised to get it on the side. Wise decision.
Big A inhaled the brisket and cheddar arepa, along with some of the Chilled Chickpea Salad with shaved red onion, tomato, and basil. Little A nibbled on the veggie while swaying to the live music performance nestled among the line of trucks. This “South-American slider” is a great alternative to some of the typical burgers/sliders offered among the food trucks. Big A topped off lunch with one of the famous Duck’s Baked Cinnamon and Sugar Mini-Doughnuts, which Creative Loafing named as one of the 100 Dishes to Eat in Atlanta Before You Die. It disappeared so quickly I didn’t have a chance to taste it, but she reported it was quite delicious. Not sure what kid wouldn’t feel that way.
Luckily we had leftovers I heated up in the oven to their perfect, original crispiness for dinner that night. We’re excited about this Atlanta food truck winner, and I’m sure we will follow them closely (without tailgating, of course) throughout the city.
Arepas (Chicken Sofrito, Beef & Cheddar, Veggie) -$4.00 each or 2 for $7.00
Chilled Chickpea Salad-$3.00
Duck’s Baked Donuts-$1.00 each