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You can never go wrong with a grilled cheese. Like many people, I grew up on these easy made sandwiches. Everybody always needs a little comfort, and there is no doubt that the Ms. Cheezious food truck will give you that warm feeling with her unique grilled cheese sandwiches.

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Photo by Ms. Cheezious / Gary James.

Brian and Fatima Mullins are the fun-loving yet serious, hands-on business owners behind Ms. Cheezious. They burst onto the Miami food truck scene in 2010.

On any given day you’ll find Brian and Fatima prepping for their long days on the road as well as working on the trucks seeing to it that each sandwich, side, and soup is served fresh and up to the quality standards that has earned them a top fan favorite ranking throughout Southern Florida.

So what is the one thing this couple loves the most about running their mobile food business?

Brian: “The people, each day we are have a unique opportunity to interact with new people where ever we travel to.”

Fatima: “Having the opportunity to meet new people every day is definitely my favorite part.”

The Ms. Cheezious food truck empire consists of two trucks, MC1 and MC2. These trucks are decked out with a cartooned voluptuous woman with tattoos in a scantily clad bikini.

When asked what motivates them to be bigger, better, stronger, Brian stated that, “You need to constantly move forward.  At the end of the day this is a business, businesses that do not constantly strive for that do not remain in business for long.” Fatima added in, “This is our business, our livelihood.  Brian and I are very motivated people to begin with and we believe in what we are doing.  As a business owner, if you are not motivated to be successful then you are probably in the wrong business.”

Ms. Cheezious offers about a half-dozen “composed” grilled cheese sandwiches. They also give you the option of creating a DIY sandwich which you can design as simple or as complex as you like.  You start by choosing your bread, your cheese (American, Cheddar, Swiss, Gruyere, Blue, Brie, Havarti or Provolone) and then add extra fillings such as bacon, ham, turkey, tomato or even apples.

If you are in the mood for a sweet and salty treat try the Grilled Harvest. The Grilled Harvest comes with cinnamon spiced apples and Havarti cheese on multi-grain bread.

Should you only be looking to fill a need for a sandwich, give their Grilled Bacon and Blue sandwich a try. This grilled sandwich comes with bacon with blue cheese and green onions on sourdough bread. This sandwich is actually one of their top 2 selling sandwiches.

For side dishes you can certainly get the traditional Tomato Soup, Turkey 3-bean chili or fries.

All of their sandwiches are perfectly toasted and buttered on the outside, so toss out that south beach diet when you come to this truck. The Ms. Cheezious team is all about the grilled cheese and doing it well.

The Ms. Cheezious food truck can be found around Miami and neighborhoods throughout Southern Florida.

Updates are posted on http://mscheezious.com/Twitter, and Facebook.

Our recommendation:

The Sweet Meltdown: The Meltdown comes with ricotta cheese and orange marmalade on Texas toast then sprinkled over the top with confectioner’s sugar. The sandwich also comes with a side of chocolate dipping sauce for dunking.

What their fans have said:

“Yeeessss! Cheese is happiness.  And for a grilled cheese sandwich, this is as good as it gets. So good that my husband picked one of these puppies up for me while I was in the hospital in surgery – had it ready to go when they rolled my drugged booty outta the OR!” Jan N. – Miami, FL

Ms. Cheezious (Food Truck) on Urbanspoon

 

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The Bacon Bacon Truck is a roving food truck that can also be looked at as a temple of bacon delivering sandwiches and bouquets (a paper cone filled with perfectly fried strips) of bacon to the streets of San Francisco.

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Jim Angelus apparently thought that bacon was lacking in the San Fran food-truck scene. So he came up with the idea of a Bacon Bacon food truck at a time when he was unemployed. “I was sick of the long hours of running someone else restaurant and quickly realizing that I wasn’t home to see my little girl grow up.”

He brings some of his 15+ yrs of restaurant experience to the front of the truck so customers aren’t ordering into a window two feet too high… but talking to a person that loves what they are doing. According to the website, the truck’s concept is to be “Where Bacon is not always the star– but plays an important role, co-star, character, actor or director.”

On March 1st of 2011, Angelus began his plunge into the mobile food industry and got the truck onto the streets on July 5th. Since then this mobile pork business has expanded to 9 employees.

When asked about his business and its future, Angelus has stated, “Everyday I’m amazed by the response we get. Whether it’s in person, via social media, the press or a foodie blog. I know we are putting out a great product and I want to share what we are offering with more of you. I want to be able to cater more parties, expand service hours, and do more large events outside San Francisco”.

You can order from the regularly changing menu of a half-dozen sandwiches and fries. Their Triple B Taco has received mention from foxnews.com, and why wouldn’t it? This taco combines pork butt, pork belly, bacon, Momma Lil’s peppers, and goat cheese.

And even if you’re just looking for dessert, the Bacon Bacon truck offers chocolate-covered bacon strip.

Bacon Bacon opened up a brick and mortar in Cole Valley where they slang to-go items and use as a commissary kitchen for the food truck. The shop is open for casual breakfast and will have lunch hours available in the near future.

The Bacon Bacon food truck can be found in San Francisco and its surrounding neighborhoods throughout the week.

Updates are posted on http://www.baconbaconsf.com/Twitter, and Facebook.

Our recommendation:

The Bacon Grilled Cheese with bacon jam. Need we say more?

What their fans have said:

After me and the boyfran-man were diddling around SF’s City Hall, we decided to indulge in a little fattery and there’s no better form than in the BACON BACON truck! I like to imagine just standing within a 5 foot perimeter of the food truck would already be greeting my arteries with a little hello. Bonnie X. – San Diego, CA

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This ice cream truck is unlike any other cruising the streets. The converted postal truck is serving nouveau ice-cream sandwiches such as the Ginger Molasses, Potato Chip & Butterscotch and Root Beer.

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Freya Estreller and Natasha Case, the two founders of Coolhaus

Natasha and Freya, the founders and co-owners of Coolhaus, started baking and making ice cream in 2008. From there, they had the idea to start an ice cream sandwich truck and it launched in April 2009.

According to their website Coolhaus is a triple entendre – a play on three of the owner’s favorites:

  • Bauhaus, an influential modernist design movement of the 1920’s and 30’s.
  • Rem Koolhaas, the famous Dutch Architect and Theorist who challenged the mantra “Form follows Function.”
  • “Cool house,” isn’t that what you’re eating – an ice cream sandwich deconstructed into a cookie roof and floor slab with ice cream walls?

Coolhaus has a well-developed concept that allows its customers to customize each and every one of their orders.

Step 1: Choose a cookie (among flavors such as chocolate chip, snikerdoodle, oatmeal, peanut butter, red velvet, ginger molasses, maple waffle and white chocolate)

Step 2: Choose an ice cream to create an ice cream sandwich.

Over the years, there have been over 60 ice cream flavors on the Coolhaus menu, and about 15 cookie choices. Today, if the truck carried all the cookies and ice cream flavors at once, you could eat a new sandwich every day for about a year and a half.

There has been a lot of thought put into their products, even the wrappers are edible. They are all-natural and calorie-free in case you prefer to eat the packaging instead of throwing it away.

The Coolhaus ice cream truck has come a long way since its inception three years ago: founders Natasha Case and Freya Estreller now command a fleet of nine trucks in four cities (Austin, Dallas, Miami and New York), as well as a Los Angeles storefront and a cart stationed on Central Park West across from the American Museum of Natural History.

Other upcoming developments for Coolhaus include the launch of their own chocolate bar line, as well as a brick-and-mortar presence in in Old Town Pasadena, they hope to open before the holidays and one in New York City. Coolhaus’ ice cream sandwiches are already in stores at Southern California Whole Foods Markets, and Natasha and Freya are looking to explore similar strategic partnerships to grow the brand.

The Coolhaus truck can be found roaming the streets of Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

You can follow the Coolhaus truck on twitter and on facebook, where they are making “architecture [digitally] digestible.”

Our recommendation:

The traditional chocolate chip cookie with their mango saffron sorbet. Get ready for something you’ve never experienced with an ice cream sandwich.

What their fans have said:

The ice cream was truly one of, if not the most delicious ice cream I’ve ever had. The cookies were also top notch. The salted caramel hot chocolate was incredible as well. This truck is a must try…over and over again. Dan C – Las Vegas, NV

Coolhaus (food truck) on Urbanspoon

 

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Perhaps it only makes sense that a pizza place on wheels would have more adventurous offerings than most of its stationary competitors, but where else other than Milwaukee can you find a slice of pizza with a full crab leg on it, or a Nutella-smothered s’mores pizza for dessert?

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Scott Baitinger, left, and Steve Mai, owners of Streetza Pizza

Since 2008, Street-za Pizza has been serving slices both exotic and familiar at just about every outdoor festival, concert or block party worth attending, as well as delighting late-night bar-hoppers all over the city. Co-owners Scott Baitinger and Steve Mai found out that it’s not so easy to be able to make pizza in a hot oven in a truck, but trial and error finally prevailed and Street-za hit the streets.

Street-za features fresh pizza straight out their truck’s oven, including fresh ingredients and organic toppings. Aside from their signature slices, Street-za sells special slices every day, which incorporate both personal recipes and those of their followers via social media.

There are many Street-za neighborhood slices, but their specialty pizzas come in all types of intriguing flavors. A crowd favorite is their Crab Legs slice. It begins with a basil and thyme cream sauce, fresh crab meat, fresh corn, leeks, and mozzarella. To finalize the pizza, it is topped it off with an entire crab leg.

All Street-za slices begin with a crust that can be best described as being thicker than New York style pizzas and thinner than those crafted as Chicago deep dish pizzas.

Don’t be worried if you happen have a sweet tooth, Street-za also has delved into dessert for their customers. Their S’mores Pizza uses their signature crust with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled over it and then topped with Nutella, marshmallows, semi-sweet chocolate, crushed graham crackers and drizzled with hot fudge.

Nominated to be on the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” back in 2011 and featured in TIME Magazine, People Magazine, GQ Magazine and for the third year in a row, Street-za Pizza has been named the Best Street Food/Food Truck in Milwaukee by OnMilwaukee.com readers. Baitinger and Mai have made a name for themselves as one of the best run and popular food trucks in the United States.

The Streetza Pizza food truck can be found in Milwaukee and its surrounding neighborhoods throughout the week.

Updates are posted on http://streetza.com/, Twitter, and Facebook.

Price range: $3.75 per slice

Our recommendation:

“A Slice of Milwaukee” features tomato sauce, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, roasted garlic, onion, mozzarella, provolone and parmesan.

What their fans have said:

The slice was much bigger than I expected, and for just $3 I got 3 slices of garlic bread.
The pizza was Very Good. Crust was a nice hand tossed thickness (not too thin and not too thick).  Just enough to hold all of the toppings, but not too much that you get a mouthful of crust.  – Heather C. – Milwaukee, WI

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