Why Food Trucks in Key West?
I’ve traveled all over the world and tasted food from many different cultures. Netflix is full of food documentaries and many of them are tied in to travel. The last few years I’ve spent most of my time in Key West, getting to know the local scene a bit more, and to be honest I am still struggling to figure out what this little island is all about. If anyone knows me they know that I tend to love food a bit more than the average person. When it comes to food in Key West I have yet to be blown away, until I heard about some of the Food Trucks in the area… so I set off on a mission.
After doing a bit of research through word of mouth, and social media, I reached out to various businesses to see if they’d be up for letting me try out their cuisine. I am super pumped to share with you my three favorite Food Trucks on (and just off) the island, in no particular order.
One Love Key West
Location: 5220 US HWY 1 in the parking lot of the Stock Island Chevron Station.
Social: @onelovekeywest on FB and IG, www.onelovekeywest.com
Food: Island flavors, Jamaican influences, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Fresh Juices. Lunch, dinner, and appetizer options.
Price: Between $5 – $15
Experience: Tangy, full of flavor, creative, and a Jamaican twist.
Overall: This island gem not only serves top class Jamaican inspired dishes at its Chevron location, but also brings its island flavors to various events in and around town. If you are in Key West and have not tried some of Chef Clive’s cooking (formerly the Executive Chef at the Key West Harbor Yacht Club), head straight there now, or have them cater your next event! Not only do they have incredible homemade Jamaican food, but they also serve some of the island favorites such as shrimp dishes, fresh salads, this years Mango Fest 2019 Best Main Dish Hot Tuna Tacos, and the only gluten-free conch fritters I’ve seen, which rival any of the other conch fritters on the island. Amanda Anderson (Co-Founder) explained that they are playing their part in filling a void by providing “conscious living, health and wellness-minded food” in Key West. Chef Clive described his food as “international”. Growing up in Jamaica and spending plenty of time with various cuisines in New York he said he’s “bringing it all right here, so people have a chance at trying new things”. He went on to say, “even if they don’t see it on the menu I can communicate with them and create something that they will enjoy.” Chef Clive is the real deal!
My Order: Chef Clive whipped up a feast of his famous Hot Tuna Tacos with island slaw, Shrimp Your Way with jerk butter and sweet potato fries, Gluten-Free Conch Fritters, and his traditional Jerk Chicken. To drink I had their Ginger Iced-Tea mixed with Topo Chico water. With such a variety I really got to have an all around experience of what One Love Key West has to offer, and what I would say is, basically… you can’t go wrong! Everything was quality, full of flavor, and always with an island-like Jamaican twist.
Location: 1970 North Roosevelt Blvd., in the parking lot of Liquid Pawn Key West.
Social: @tacogrilla on FB and IG, www.tacogrilla.com
Food: Monster gorilla-sized Tacos, Burritos and Bowls, Salads and Wraps, with vegan options for lunch and dinner. Although they have “taco” in their name they are not Mexican Food. Amy and Riaan call it “Global Cuisine” with a fusion of world-wide flavors in their dishes.
Price: Between $9 – $15
Experience: Hearty, juicy, filling, and deliciously messy.
Overall: Amy and Riaan just opened up at their new location in August, which is conveniently located and very easy to get to. Their menu is easily customizable to fit all kinds of dietary restrictions, and with Riaans culinary skills you are guaranteed to have something delicious! Trust me, these are not your average tacos. As Riaan explained, “nothing is generic, everything is made from scratch.” You are definitely going to have enough to eat, no matter what you choose from their menu, and your mouth will be watering in satisfaction the entire time. Use a couple extra napkins, don’t be afraid to get messy, and dive in to these flavor packed tacos. I am looking forward to going back and trying some of the other menu items!
My Order: I had Where’s The Surf on corn tortillas with spicy habanero sauce, pico de gallo and pineapple. Every single bite was jam packed with lemon ginger zesty wild caught red shrimp and seared London Broil steak! Juice poured out as the flavors splashed around in my mouth!
The Raw Machine
Location: 1225 Duval Street, close to the Southernmost.
Social: @the.raw.machine on IG, www.therawmachine.org
Food: Raw foods, organic, vegetarian with vegan and gluten-free options. Juices and Smoothies. Breakfast, lunch, and light dinner options.
Price: Between $8 – $16
Experience: Healthy, fresh, clean, happy, and a hippy vibe.
Overall: Having been around the island for only a year this place definitely has some great potential. Starting out on Stock Island for about 8 months, it literally just re-opened this month as the very first Food Truck on Duval Street! As the name implies you can expect to have raw food options that are organic, clean and fresh. If you are vegetarian this is the place for you with plenty of vegan options on the menu as well. If you are gluten free this is also a great choice with only one exception on the menu (breakfast wrap). Olivia explained that she already had the airstream camper and after falling in love with a raw food and healthy diet herself she decided to use her resources and skills to provide more of these options for locals and tourists in Key West.
My Order: I tasted The Raw Wrap with Homemade Kale Chips and the Islander Smoothie. To sum it up my body and spirit were very happy after this delicious lunch.
What are your favorite food spots in Key West?