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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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Tastebuds Catering



Fresh green and orange hues cover this mobile Latin eatery, indicating the welcoming flavors and customer consideration bursting from within. The ropa vieja tostones ($7 for four) displayed succulent shredded beef atop a crispy fried plantain round dappled with queso blanco, a refreshing bite of chopped cilantro and a side of the cilantro-garlic sauce (also available by the bottle). The piping-hot chicken empanada ($3) leaned toward the Argentine style with its crispy fried-flour outside and a tasty olive-raisin-potato filling. The colossal arepa patty ($6) teemed with the same juicy beef, a mound of shredded sharp cheddar (which, for our liking, could have been melted) and a slight char on the outer edges, adding a smoky crunch.

TreeHouse Truck



“Food so good your mom will let you eat it!” (?) is stenciled on the truck's side, but menu items like the Luther ($8), a half-pound bacon cheeseburger between two glazed donuts, are best kept from Mom's sight. Sticky and salty and intensely sweet, the burger is in line with TreeHouse's gut-plunking hearty fare, like the vegetarian French Onion ($7), a free-weight of a sandwich packing a tangy and creamy combo of caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese packed into three slices of Texas toast. Orders are turned around in about 10 minutes - just enough time to psych yourself up for the richness.

The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck




The lively Yum Yum Cupcake Truck exemplifies vintage style, from the truck's shiny aluminum exterior to the crew's red-and-white-striped aprons to the Rat Pack standards playlist. A genial server passed out menus during our 10-minute wait in line. The cupcake of the month, Nannerpants, was an ode to banana cream pie, with a buttery graham-cracker-crust base, fruit-infused cake stuffed with velvety crushed bananas and a just-sweet-enough iced topping. The Salted Caramel (garnished with Peterbrooke's caramel popcorn) lacked real texture variation and the salty-to-sweet ratio we were looking for, but the chocolate cake was extremely moist with a much-appreciated richness. With more than 10 options at $2.50 each, Yum Yum's menu offers something for every kind of sweet tooth.

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