South Floridians Have Found the Cure for Mondays
We all struggle with Mondays. The weekend seems to disappear in a blink, and here comes Monday to remind us it’s time to get back on our grind. But what if there was a way to ease yourself back into the week? Dress Monday up like a Friday for a few hours? Well, the folks at Burger Beast helps us do just that by presenting Food Trucks at Arts Park.
Every Monday night, 25 food trucks make their pilgrimage to Young Circle in Fort Lauderdale from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Collectively, they serve up an incredibly diverse street food menu.
Before guests even enter the park, a delicious mixture of smells collides with your senses, as they try to seduce you to their individual trucks. The first food truck that caught my attention was FOAR. Covered with inspirational quotes and something called a “Paco”, I had to get a closer look.
Tonya served me The Breakfast Classic “Paco”— a taco made of pancake stuffed with bacon, egg, and cheese topped with a maple syrup drizzle. “Our Pacos were featured on The Today Show!” Tonya said beaming with pride, “…you have to be invited every week to this event and we’ve been here 14 weeks in a row.”
As the sun began to make its way west, more people began to arrive. I proceeded through the park determined to avoid any food truck with “fresh” or “healthy” in the title. My search brought me to the Monster Burger food truck (naturally). Here I met a delightful family of four visiting from Vermont. Joe, Joey, Diane, and Lily Marie were eating “Monster Fries” and took the time to share their food truck experiences with me in this short video.
He’ll Have The “Redneck Mexican”! Wait..What?!
Toward the middle of the park, one aroma reigned supreme above all the others and it was coming from the Kings of Rack BBQ food truck. The smell of BBQ pork, ribs, brisket, and hot dogs was irresistible. As guest waited in line deliberating if they should get the “Ribs Platter” or a “Swamp Dog”, I chatted with a very friendly couple named Andre and Melissa. As Andre ordered the “Redneck Mexican”, he turned to me laughing and said, “That’s probably the only time I can say THAT without getting into trouble!”
The “Redneck Mexican” (pictured below) consists of two flour tortillas filled with beef brisket, mozzarella cheese, grilled onions, Sriracha spicy BBQ sauce and skinny slaw (no mayo). This was Andre’s fifth time coming to the Food Trucks at Arts Park event but it was Melissa’s first time. “We love that there aren’t any long lines, there’s a wonderful amount of diversity with a great family atmosphere, and it’s a great place to network”, Andre tells me.
Every Monday there is a different combination of trucks so there is always an eclectic variety. You can always check out who will be present each week on the Burger Beast website.
Food Trucks at Arts Park in Fort Lauderdale is giving South Floridians a reason to love Mondays again while ushering us into the week with full bellies and sticky fingers.
Food Trucks at Arts Park
1 Young Circle Hollywood, FL 33020
Photos and video by Farah Lopez