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DINING

Meals on Wheels: Our critics review Orlando's best food trucks

Mobile eateries have come a long way. We combed bazaars, pods and parking-lot lunch stops - and sampled more than a hundred dishes - to bring you critical reviews of some of Orlando's best food trucks

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Louie's Bistro

@louiesbistro

facebook.com/louiesbistro

Tracking down Louie's Bistro is half the battle, but once you've conquered that, the food is well worth the trouble. Hearty jambalaya ($8) is packed with perfectly tender shrimp and tons of thick-cut andouille. It's topped with crispy fried okra, or a substitute if that veggie's not your thing. “French bistro steak tips” ($8), tender tips in cognac cream gravy over incredibly crispy, twice-fried french fries, topped with chunks of cracked peppercorn, is the ultimate comfort food. Everything's served piping hot, so you know it hasn't been sitting around. The kicker: All entrees come with a drink, so a full, well-executed meal is less than $10 away.

Melissa's Chicken & Waffles

@melissaswaffles

facebook.com/melissaswaffletruck

The loud orange paint job on Melissa's short schoolbus gives fair warning of this truck's personality. A 10-minute wait for our chicken and waffle sandwich ($6.99) landed us with plump, just-out-of-the-fryer chunks of chicken breast and peppery sausage gravy ladled across a massive waffle (pliable, surprisingly easy to manage). The breakfast waffle ($4.99) didn't impress, with a bland-yet-gooey cheese omelet and two slices of could-be-crispier bacon - we recommend dousing with syrup. The s'mores waffle ($4.99) was a delightful and incredibly rich finish, with melted Nutella spread and scorched mini-marshmallows. Warning: Don't expect to look pretty while eating here.

Monsta Lobsta

@monstalobsta

monstalobsta.net

There's nothing quite like a real New England lobster roll - hunks of sweet, fresh lobster meat tossed with just a bit of mayonnaise and loaded into a buttery, toasted hot dog bun. The next-best thing - at least in Central Florida - can be found at this traveling roadside lobster shack, which keeps the lobster roll as basic and authentic as possible. The straight-up version is satisfyingly simple, loaded with big chunks of tender meat ($20 jumbo, $10 half roll), but if you're looking for something a little richer, get a side of Monsta's creamy, smooth lobster bisque ($5). Even better, get them to serve you a lobster roll topped with bisque ($11). To die for.

Peak Season Pops

@peakseasonpops

peakseasonpops.com

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