Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally tonight!

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally. I have been compensated for my time and writing. Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally works with more than 100 food trucks and books them for events, corporate and private catering, among other services.

Tonight (October 13th) is the monthly Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally from 6PM-9PM located at Munn Park – 201 East Main Street Lakeland, Florida 33801. The event is sponsored by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Downtown Lakeland, Auto-Owners Insurance, Fairchild, Addison and McKone Insurance Inc., and BioLife Plasma Services- Lakeland Florida Avenue.

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/982383938539184/

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Participating food trucks:

USF Homecoming XX Food Truck Rally

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally. I have been compensated for my time and writing. Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally works with more than 100 food trucks and books them for events, corporate and private catering, among other services. Opinions posted are my own and do not represent the views of Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally or businesses listed.

On Friday I visited the University of South Florida Sun Dome for a food truck rally for USF Homecoming XX. Food trucks were spread around the event including Boom Boom BoxChurroland TampaJust Smokin BBQ, Kebablicious, SantoriniSawadee Thai Food, and WING BOX. Homecoming is one of USF’s longest traditions, dating back to 1964, the year after USF’s first graduating class.

Boom Boom Burger

First we stopped at Boom Boom Box food truck. It was hard to decide what to order – but their Boom Boom Burger looked appetizing so we decided to order it. Indeed, it was an extremely delicious burger down to the last bite and a large portion that would be filling for hungry food truck rally attendees. The sauce really makes this burger and definitely makes me want to try the other things on the menu that utilize it. The fries were also great.

Sawadee Thai Food Truck

Next we stopped at Sawadee Thai Food Truck, not to be confused with Sawatdee Thai Cuisine located on 56th Street by USF. I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of a Thai food truck – but we decided that a Pad Thai would be a quick way to judge whether the food was good at Sawadee.

Chicken Pad Thai

I was surprised with both the portion size and dedication to quality on Sawadee Thai Food Truck. It tasted just as good as a Pad Thai you can get in a Thai restaurant and the price was fair at around $7. The attention to detail was there and the owners at the food truck were really friendly and remembered a friend of mine who visited the truck over a year ago.


One of the last things I tried was the noodles off the Sawadee Thai Food Truck. Also delicious and clear dedication to authentic cuisine. I’d definitely go back to this truck and try some other more exotic things in the future – they had quite a few choices and the prices were definitely inviting.

Overall, we had a blast wandering around the food truck rally trying different food at the rally and the weather was favorable thanks to Hurricane Matthew bringing in a cold front and lots of windy weather which is welcome after an extremely hot summer. This concluded our visit to the USF Homecoming XX Food Truck Rally.

Gyro Zone serves up excellent, affordable Lebanese food

There is this is hole-in-the-wall restaurant I have been frequenting by USF and the University Mall called Gyro Zone. It fits every definition of the phrase “hidden gem”.

The prices are fair and trend under $10 with student deals and combos that can appeal to the college students. The hours are also college-friendly with Gyro Zone open until midnight from Monday-Saturday (good luck finding a decent meal after 10PM at other places by campus). The food will leave your heart and stomach in a good place.

When you walk into Gyro Zone – you’re not sure what to expect. The place is simple enough – a long hallway with tables and a counter for ordering your food and pickup. The kitchen is open you so you can see the schwarma in all its fine excellence and their dedication to quality as they prepare the food.


Picking a menu item can be tough – I have trended towards chicken schwarma on most visits – simply because it is the best chicken schwarma I have had in the Tampa Bay area. It’s incredible. I usually grab it in a pita, but on my last visit yesterday I decided to go for the Schwarma Bowl which comes with rice, chicken schwarma, some veggies, and a drink. All for around $7. It. is. amazing.

Gyro Zone has 41 reviews on Yelp and seems to have organically reached a 5-star average, yet every time I visit the place isn’t busy which has me concerned, so here I am…writing my love to this excellent food. I have visited over 6 times in the last 3 weeks and I left happy and satisfied every single time.

The fries that they serve with their pita are better than Five Guys and cooked to perfection. The owner (I assume) and employees who work there are always super chill and friendly. They offer delivery (I hear they may be on UberEats soon? – let’s hope).


I finally tried the hummus on my last visit. I LOVE hummus – but my experiences with it are all over the place depending on what restaurant you eat it at. The hummus at Gyro Zone was excellent and came with some of their pita chips which I’ll add are also crazy good. Everything here is just on-point and exceeds expectations.

My friend was feeling adventurous yesterday and decided to order the cheeseburger at Gyro Zone. Sure – not an ode to Lebanese cuisine. However, I took a bite or two or three out of his burger and it was insanely delicious. I’m not sure if it was the sauce in the burger or the seasoning in the beef that made it taste so good – but this burger was not your average burger and it seems like that applies across the entire menu at Gyro Zone.

It’s hard to open a great, local business and restaurant in Tampa Bay and all the right elements are at Gyro Zone. All that is left is for people to go and experience it for themselves. Don’t just take my word for it. Go try it yourself. The prices are fair and the food is excellent.


Restaurant Name: Gyro Zone

Address: 2709 University Square Dr. Tampa, FL 33612

Phone Number: (813) 284-0777

Website: http://www.gyrozonetampa.com/

Menu: http://www.gyrozonetampa.com/menu.html

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Gyro-Zone-166848396852439/


Chamber of Terror Food Trucks October 2016


Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally. I have been compensated for my time and writing. Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally works with more than 100 food trucks and books them for events, corporate and private catering, among other services.

The American Victory Museum & Ship in Channelside is now transformed into a haunted house called the Chamber of Terror just in time for Halloween. The event is Florida’s only nautical themed haunted attraction. The haunted house forces you to go deep inside the ship where frights await around every corner.

The event is voted #1 by FloridaBestHaunts.com. Enjoy local food trucks during select dates of October during your visit

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Tickets range from $25-$40 for the haunted house and visitors have a choice between access to the haunted house and an IMMEDIATE DEMISE express line option and entry to the attraction. Closed toe shoes are recommended for the attraction – visitors are recommended not to wear high heels.

Parking is available nearby at the Channelside Parking Garage located at 615 Channelside Drive.



Food Truck Schedule:

Event Name: Chamber of Terror

Venue: Victory Ship

Address: 705 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL 33602

Date: Select dates October 2016, 8PM-12AM

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/181750188924927/

Buy tickets: http://chamberofterrorfl.com/tickets.html

Website: http://chamberofterrorfl.com/

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck crowd

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck comes to Tampa Saturday!

Hello Kitty fans get excited because the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is rolling into Tampa for its first appearance on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 from 10AM-8PM at International Plaza & Bay Street across from Urban Outfitters located in the WestShore District of Tampa. Visit the truck while supplies last.

This mobile food truck offers a variety of Hello Kitty sweets and goodies to fans of all ages. The truck has traveled across the country since it made its debut in October 2014 at Hello Kitty con.

So, what will be available on this truck for fans?

  • 3-piece Hello Kitty cookie set
  • Rainbow box macaroon set that includes a surprise Sanrio character design
  • 4-pack of mini cakes
  • Bow-shaped bottles of water
  • Hello Kitty Cafe mugs
  • Pink Hello Kitty t-shirts
  • Hello Kitty’s signature bow headbands
  • Limited-edition Hello Kitty for President cookies

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Follow the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Event Name: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck visits Tampa

Venue: International Plaza & Bay Street

Address: 2223 N. West Shore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33607

Date & Time: Saturday, October 8th, 2016, 10AM-8PM

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/679536285555731/

Riverview Food Truck Rally Friday – October 7th!

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally. I have been compensated for my time and writing. Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally works with more than 100 food trucks and books them for events, corporate and private catering, among other things.

This Friday, October 7th, 2016 check out the Riverview Food Truck Rally from 5PM-9PM at Summerfield Crossings Golf Course located at 13050 Summerfield Blvd. Riverview, FL 33579. 10 food trucks will appear in Riverview for a night of local eats.

The event is presented by Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally. Sponsors include: Tax Happens LLC (Theresa Turner, CPA), KerinRealty (Kerin Clarkin), Riverview Our Town IncSummerfield Crossings GC (Jason Blanchard).

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How to book a food truck in Tampa Bay

Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally. I have been compensated for my time and writing. Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally works with more than 100 food trucks and books them for events, corporate and private catering, among other things.

Since the food truck industry began in Tampa Bay back in 2011 – many people have wondered how to book a food truck. Booking food trucks can be more complicated then it seems and understanding the logistics behind it can be an issue without the right approach. It’s important to understand how to both get your needs satisfied and those of the small business food truck owner to ensure success.

Food Trucks

There are many ways to go about booking a food truck and one way is to work with a company such as Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally to help facilitate communicating and booking a food truck for your corporate event, employee appreciation, office parties, public or private functions. Some businesses and entities that Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally does business with include Florida Hospital, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tech Data, USF, and Verizon Wireless.

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Here are some questions to consider when planning to book a food truck:

  • How many people are attending your event or function? Attendance will help decide how many trucks are needed and what kind of food truck will be possible for your event. Remember – food trucks are small businesses and need a certain amount of business to be sustainable.
  • When is your event occurring? It’s better to book earlier rather than later to increase your chances of getting the food truck you want. Many food trucks are booked at least a month out but sometimes even further – so make plans to book early.
  • What is your budget? You need to have an idea of how much money you are willing to spend when booking a food truck. Food truck owners have employees, food costs, and maintenance costs to consider. Booking a food truck also takes resources and time so consider that as well when planning a budget for your event or function.
  • What kind of food do you want at your event or function? Tampa Bay has a wide-range of food trucks with over 100 food trucks serving the city. Here are just a few off the top of my head: BBQ (many different styles to choose from), dessert (cupcakes, cakes, cookies, ice cream, etc.), Latin American cuisines (Venezuelan, Mexican, Cuban, etc.), burger concepts (gourmet, sliders, etc.), grilled cheese, and more so it’s important for you to have an idea of what kind of food you want at your function or event. Most likely there is a concept that fits your needs.
  • Do you need to book food trucks regularly? Some businesses or groups need food trucks to visit their office or business regularly. You can hire a company like Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally to handle the booking and facilitation for you. Fill out the form on their website for more information on costs and logistics.
  • Other things to consider: Do you need live music or a dance floor for your event? Depending on your needs – Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally may be able to help.

Need to book a food truck? Follow this link: http://www.tampabayfoodtruckrally.com/book-now