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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

@tastebuds4you

tastebuds-catering.com

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

@treehousetruck

treehousetruck.com

“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

@yumyumtruck_fl

facebook.com/theyumyumtruck

theyumyumcupcaketruck.com

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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