Atlanta+Charlotte | The Road Trip
Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina were both one-hit wonders with a food cart apiece. We got ambitious and crammed three cities, two carts, and ten hours of driving in one day. We were in Atlanta just long enough to sleep and meet Brett and Terrell at his Mix’D UP kitchen. Whatever experiences were lacking in our Atlanta visit, Brett more than made up for with his rebel chef/rockstar stories of food truck police chases and general mayhem in his pursuit of making Atlanta a more food truck-friendly city. Brett knows how to entertain as skillfully as he knows how to make an incredible burger, like his Lamb Burger with fresh made Tatziki
After saying goodbye to Brett we hit the road for Charlotte, NC where we met Brian at his Herban Legend food truck. As he served us a phenomenal pork belly and pineapple adobo and a hearty black bean burger, he talked about his own struggles dealing with a city still warming to the idea of food trucks. Brian’s been instrumental in starting up events such as Food Truck Friday in the hopes of highlighting the positive economic impact and these mobile kitchens bring to the community.
- On the way to Atlanta we decided to stop for some true Southern fried chicken. Martin’s Restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama was about as Deep South as it got. It’s the type of restaurant families would have Sunday dinner in every week for thirty years. And judging by the curious looks we attracted, they don’t get a whole lot of out-of-towners. Taking pics with our phones probably didn’t help. (I was dying to hear someone’s drawl, “You ain’t from around here are you?” But, alas, that dream will have to go unrealized.) The fried chicken was unbelievable. Piping hot, crunchy, and well-seasoned. It came with heaps of Southern-style sides: biscuits, turnip greens, black-eyed peas, creamed corn, etc. It was perfect.
- Herban Legend was parked next to a dog bar celebrating Mardi Growl (harhar). We’ve never seen so many of the canine species gathered in one space, from 250 lb mastiffs to tiny little terriers. Dog watching and locally-brewed draft beers go surprisingly well together.
We’re not done with you yet, North Carolina! Next up: Raleigh/Durham