For the second part of my Columbus to do list, I decided to visit some locations under the food truck category. I chose these locations because they were all relatively close to the campus area. The first location that I paid a visit to was Mikey’s Late Night Slice. Getting to this location wasn’t difficult at all. Unlike the other locations, Mikey’s Late night slice wasn’t a truck, so it was extremely simple to track down. From outside you might think there building is a large space, but you quickly learn how small the environment is when you walk in. When entering the restaurant, I was quickly greeted by a smiling face behind the table. After looking at their menu for a few minutes, I ordered the cheesy breads sticks. It took less than 5 minutes to get my food, and overall I was very satisfied with my meal.
The second location that I visited was Al-Tubasee Street food truck. This food truck specialized in a variety of gyros. When visiting an actual food truck, I would recommend pick a nice sunny day. Preparing food from these trucks tend to take time. My order took about 8 minutes to make, but it was definitely worth the wait. Despite the high price of the food, I still enjoyed my experience with this food truck. My only negative takeaway from this visit was the pricey cost of the food. One Gyro at this truck can range from $8-10.
Jeni’s Truck was the third place that I made an attempt to visit on the list, but sadly it had gone out of business. Judging by the environment of their original location, I can see how they closed for the rest of the season. From going to the location I learned that surrounding environment is the most important factor for the success of a food truck business. Considering that their specialty was ice-cream, it would make sense for them to not get business in this type of weather. I was very disappointed to find out that the food truck was closed, so I deiced to visit the Jeni’s ice cream at 714 N High street. I
The next stop on my list was made at Junior’s taco truck. Compared to the other locations that I visited on my list, I believe Junior’s Tacos had the best tasting food. Although every food truck has its own specialty, I definitely noticed the authenticity of the food. I ordered the classic chicken taco form the truck and I wasn’t disappointed at all. My only negative critique would be the small portions and expensive price of the food. One regular taco at this truck was $2 and I honestly think that’s just a little too expensive for a taco. Besides the quality of the food, I wouldn’t recommend going to this truck alone at night. This truck was stationed at a poorly illuminated area that wouldn’t be safe if you weren’t with friends.
Mya’s fried chicken food truck, located on 3400 N high street, was the last location that I attempted to visit on my list. When I arrived at the location, the food truck was nowhere to be found. From this failed attempt I learned that not all food trucks will always be at their location during their hours of work. I was really disappointed that I wasn’t able to visit the truck, but I plan on making another attempt in the near future.
Overall, I learned that food trucks can be very good, but at the same time they can be extremely expensive. Completing this activity thought me that Columbus is full of many different things to do. Going to these food truck locations involved taking the COTA bus, so I was also able to learn different ways of using the bus system. Through this project, I found a deeper love for Columbus and all it has to offer. The biggest piece of advice that I would give someone completing this is to go to these sites when the weather is nice. Weather conditions are crucial when going out to food trucks.