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Orlando is the No. 1 city for food trucks

May 20, 2014

Once again, Orlando has bested New York. Earlier this year, Orlando was named the No. 1 tourist destination in the country. This time, Orlando kicked New York’s ass in the food truck wars. On a list compiled by Business Insider (with more than a little help from Roaming Hunger and the U.S. Census) of the best cities for food trucks in the United States, NYC landed at 32. The City Beautiful blew them (and everyone else) outta the water, grabbing the No. 1 spot.

The very scientific ranking used only one factor when determining the ranking of food truck-friendly cities in the U.S.: number of food trucks per resident. Orlando didn’t even come in the top 10 for the total number of food trucks in the city, with only 94 listed on Roaming Hunger. Los Angeles handily claimed the top spot in that category with 269. However, once Orlando’s population was plugged into the equation, we took the the crown with about 37 food trucks per 100,000 residents.

Back in 2012, we reviewed as many Orlando food trucks as possible. Although some of them don’t exist any longer (R.I.P. Big Wheel), some of them have opened up brick-and-mortar locations, and there have even been some new, tasty additions to the Orlando food truck scene (we’re looking at you, Curbside Chef). The list is a great place to discover new meals on wheels in the No. 1 food truck city in the United States.

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  • Otis Lee Miller

    Now, if only the city would actually embrace these delicious, restaurants on wheels…

  • Duran

    A bit misleading. Orlando and Miami both have higher county-wide populations than what is found the Business Insider’s data, and I’m sure most of these trucks roam around the entire area not just within the city limits.

  • Jim

    Your a bit off on population saying geordia is only 400 K its actually 5.4 mil so these numbers are false and therefore not worthy