Meal on Wheels: The Fuel Cafe Food Truck is a Taco Wagon

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 20th 2011 2148 0

The city of Memphis passed an ordinance allowing food trucks in May, but until a few weeks ago, there weren’t any on the streets. Just when we were all starting to wonder what the hold up was, the Fuel Food Truck hit the streets.

(Apparently, the hold up is that the trucks have to be inspected, and it’s a lengthy process. Read more about it in the Memphis Flyer.)

Fuel Food Truck parked downtown, Memphis, Tenn.

For the past two weeks, Fuel Cafe’s mobile unit has been spotted downtown, near the U of M and on Broad Ave.

Today, I caught the Fuel Truck while it was parked at the corner of Monroe and Front downtown during lunch.

The menu is pretty simple, but it changes frequently. Today, the options were tacos (chicken, beef, vegan and veggie), grilled cheese, a few side items and brownies. All of it was $7 or less.

Fuel Food Truck Menu, Memphis, Tenn.

I tried the chicken tacos, which were shredded chicken topped with salsa, cheese, and cilantro. They were just a little bit spicy and plenty filling (way more filing than you’d think they’d be for how cheap they are). They’re really portable, packaged in a paper to-go tub, sort of like you’d get at a ballpark. The guys in the truck will wrap them up for you, or you can be like me and shove them in your mouth while you’re walking.

Chicken tacos from the Fuel Food Truck, Memphis, Tenn.

The Fuel Food Truck takes cash and credit cards (via an iPhone attachment that will email or text your receipt to you). You can find out where the truck is parked daily on Facebook and @fuelfoodtruck on Twitter.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Andrew says:

    I got the grilled cheese with tomato and arugula yesterday. Delicious! I wish the bread had been a little higher end, but the balance of ingredients to bread made it one tasty sandwich!

  2. Lori Johnson says:

    To whom it may concern,
    I am a counselor in an elementary school. We are hosting our annual Career on Wheels for our students at the school on May 4, 2012 from 9am until 11:30. We were wondering if Food Cafe could come and set up your truck outside and share stories with our kids. Our teachers will be more than happy to buy items from your truck. I'm not sure if you could sell on the school property, but the kids would love to see your truck and talk about what you do everyday at work. You can contact me at 901-353-8580. My email address is
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
    Mrs. Johnson

  3. Tara Woodley says:

    Holly would you be interested in writing about our event? It will be held at the National Civil Rights Museum. I think it’s a nice event for Downtowners to hang out and not far from home. It’s called All Things ChocolateIV, An Intimate Valentine’s event. This is our 4th year and it has a Live Band, Dj, Host and Comedian, 3 Course Plated Meal and Open Bar.

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