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101 Best Food Trucks Feature: Ms. Cheezious

101 Best Food Trucks Feature: Ms. Cheezious

The owners at Ms. Cheezious know a thing or two about steaming up a standard grilled cheese. This Miami food truck is decorated with a blonde beach babe posed on top of an oozing grilled cheese and the truck claims to "arouse your palate." The truck made our list of 101 Best Food Trucks in America 2013 at number 48 because of their creative approach to an American favorite. The menu includes six standard grilled cheese sandwiches and a build-your-own option, which gives you eight cheeses, five breads, and six extra fixings to choose from. Notable combinations include the grilled blue and bacon, goat cheese and prosciutto, and crab salad and Cheddar. We caught up with the husband-and-wife team Brian and Fatima Mullins to talk about the business, the truck, and most importantly, the food.

When did you launch your truck?
December 2010.

What was the inspiration for going into this business?
We loved the idea of using our restaurant experience in a way that would allow us to travel to different areas and events and meet new people every day.

What's the story behind the origin of your truck's name?
We wanted the business to be character-driven. We came up with the pinup logo and since we were taking the classic grilled cheese and making them more edgy we thought it would be a great play on words.

How did you come up with your truck's design? Is there a designer you'd like to give a shout-out to?
My sister-in-law is an amazing artist and she brought our idea to life.

Does your truck have a vanity license plate? And if so, what does it say?
Nope, the wrap says it all.

What model truck do you have?
We have two: one is a Freightliner and other a Workhorse.

What's your signature dish? Is it also your most popular dish?
All our "must-haves" are equally popular as well as recurring specials, such as our chicken and waffle melt and our house smoked BBQ pulled pork melt.

What's the inspiration for your cuisine and recipes?
We take inspiration from all kinds of places and food we love to eat and find ways to transform our ideas into delicious grilled cheese.

What's the most challenging thing about running your food truck?
Being in south Florida, we have to say that weather is our biggest challenge. It rains a lot!

If you haven't already, would you ever go brick-and-mortar? And if you have, is there anything you feel gets lost in the transition?
We are in the process of opening our first brick-and-mortar in Miami, with others to come in Los Angeles, Dallas, New York City, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

What one piece of advice would you give someone looking to get into the food truck business?
Have restaurant experience and do your research.

Lots of things happen when running a restaurant, and that probably goes double on the road. As such, be it weird, funny, good, or bad, what's one superlative or particularly outstanding moment or story that's ever occurred with your truck be it with customers, in the kitchen, or just in general?
We have amazing and loyal customers who have become friends on our journey and that makes everyday a good day!

Ms. Cheezious restaurant will feed your inner 11-year-old

The other night, I was reminded of how far the grilled cheese sandwich has come. And maybe how far I've come.

The first real cooking duty I was ever assigned involved cheese slices, rye bread and Campbell's tomato soup. I was 11. My sister had just turned five. No doubt, today's parents would bristle at the thought of allowing an unsupervised preteens near an electric range. But somehow, we made it.

The memory came back as we sat at the 6-month-old Ms. Cheezious, the brick-and-mortar outgrowth of the successful Ms. Cheezious food truck. I was devouring the Frito Pie Melt ($7), with house chili, American cheese, jalapenos, onions and Fritos on sourdough bread. My restaurant-critic bona fides ought to prevent me from loving this. But the 11-year-old part of me wanted more of this salty, gooey, crunchy, beefy mess. No wonder readers of the Daily Meal website last month named Ms. Cheezious the No. 1 food truck in the country.

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The 10 Best Food Trucks In The U.S.

I hope you guys are hungry — October 11 is National Food Truck Day! Food trucks have become a staple part of the culinary scene in most cities, dishing out meals that rival even the most highly rated restaurants. Though street food itself is nothing new (it’s been done in tourist destinations around the world for decades), the food truck industry has experienced rapid growth over the last five years. The first food truck was an ice cream truck turned taco dispensary that was opened by Raul Martinez in 1974 in East Los Angeles. Ever since, the growth in the popularity of mobile cuisine has been on the rise. Almost as quickly as we watched hundreds of cupcake shops pop up all around the country, food trucks sprouted up in every city.

Once reserved for summer festivals, you can now find food trucks parked in abandoned lots, lining the streets of the beach, and hunkering down at practically every farmer's market. These mobile nom machines serve up everything from lobster rolls, to cupcakes, to the best darn tacos you’ve ever had. There is literally a food truck for everyone, including those among us who have dietary restrictions. Gluten-free? Vegan? Kosher? Don’t worry, there’s a food truck for that.

In honor of National Food Truck Day, here is a list of 10 of the most popular food trucks from around the United States.

1. Los Angeles — Kogi BBQ

Kogi BBQ is an L.A. landmark that dishes out delicious Korean BBQ to the fine people of Los Angeles. Kogi offers up kimchi quesadillas, along with other street food fit for a king (but easily afforded by the masses).

2. Portland — Phat Cart

Portland foodies can find Asian eats that delight their taste buds at Phat Cart. The popular food truck can be found at two locations in Portland, and has a mission of creating truly authentic cuisine based on the owner's travels throughout Southeast Asia. Phat Cart specializes in bento boxes that boast non-GMO and hormone-free ingredients.

3. Chicago — Cupcakes for Courage

Chicago is no stranger to the culinary indulgence of food trucks. One of its most popular mobile destinations is Cupcakes for Courage, a food truck that supports cancer research. Don’t let the name fool you, though. Cupcakes are served, but so is a scrumptious array of breakfast foods. The sisters who own this conscious cupcakery even appeared on Cupcake Wars!

4. Atlanta — Yumbii

Fusing together Southern cooking and Asian-Mexican flavors, Yumbii has created an entire experience with its gourmet food on wheels. Voted best of Atlanta in Creative Loafing magazine, Yumbii says, “The truck is high energy, inviting, and digital to the core.” I can personally attest to the fact that its fish tacos are mouth-wateringly divine.

5. New York — Wafels and Dinges

Check Wafels and Dinges off your foodie bucket list when you’re in the Big Apple, because New York natives and tourists alike rave about this Belgian-inspired mobile eatery.

6. Miami — Ms. Cheezious

There are lots of famous food trucks in Miami, but a local favorite is Ms. Cheezious. This truck plates up comfort foods with a twist. One of its most popular items is a Crabby Cheese Melt — grilled cheese, not quite like your mom used to make.

7. Houston — The Waffle Bus

Space City is home to hundreds of food trucks, but one of the most popular has a simple, yet delicious concept — waffle sandwiches. The Waffle Bus serves sweet and savory waffle sandwiches with flavors like Nutella and banana, smoked salmon, and, of course, the Southern favorite: chicken and waffles.

8. Washington D.C. — D.C. Empanadas

D.C. Empanadas is a food truck that serves up a smorgasbord of empanada options, ranging from the Executive Order (bacon cheeseburger empanada with grilled Vidalia onions) to the vegetarian-friendly Menage a Trois (brie, figs, and marcona almonds). Rumored to be President Obama’s favorite, this food truck is worth checking out!

9. Seattle — Marination Mobile

Don’t be fooled into thinking that this rainy city lets the weather stop the food truck movement from being a big hit. Home to some of the most innovative mobile food shops around, one of Seattle’s most popular is Marination Mobile. Serving the streets of Seattle with tacos, sliders, quesadillas, and more, Marination Mobile combines Hawaiian and Korean cuisine for some drool-worthy eats.

10. Philadelphia — Prime Stache

This food truckin' machine of a city is no stranger to food on the go. Though Philadelphia has long been known for its one of a kind cheesesteaks, Prime Stache food truck is proof that there’s always room for new flavors in this food-loving city. Spooning out servings of edamame ravioli and grilled octopus, it's grown itself quite the following in Philly.

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About Ms Cheezious - Palm Beach Gardens

Since Ms Cheezious first launched, it's become one of the most popular brick and mortar and food truck destinations across South Florida. Not only that, it's racked up a myriad of seriously impressive awards, including Food Network’s list of Top 25 Food Trucks in the Country, South Beach Wine and Food Festival's People's Choice Award, and the Daily Meal's Best Food Truck in the Country. What’s the secret to its esteemed status? It all comes down to the gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.

The menu has both sweet and savory sandwiches to sample. You can start off your meal by sinking your teeth into parmesan-crusted sourdough bread cradling house-made pesto, tomato, and provolone. Then, treat your sweet tooth to a grilled cheese jammed with traditional s’mores fillings. Sound delicious? We've got good news. They cater, and are eager to offer efficient, satisfying service to delight you and your guests. That's more than enough reason to book Ms Cheezious for your next event.

Mackin Melt — A double whammy of smoky flavor via a grilled sandwich stuffed with a mix of gouda mac ‘n cheese and bacon.

Is Ms. Cheezious the best food truck in America?

We don't have to travel far to eat at what's been named the best food truck in the country.

The title, according to the Daily Meal website, belongs to Miami-based Ms. Cheezious, which got its start as a single truck in December 2010. A second truck was added one year later, and both regularly travel as far north as West Palm Beach.

"It's nice when you come up on a list like this," says Brian Mullins, owner of the grilled cheese empire that now includes a brick-and-mortar location on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami's MiMo District. "It's recognition, and people took the time to log in and vote. There are a lot of great food trucks across the country."

Mullins says Ms. Cheezious has been on the list at least three previous years, but this is the first time it's been named No. 1 among 100 trucks. It's also the first year that the Daily Meal invited readers to vote instead of using an algorithm that included Twitter followers, Yelp reviews, menu innovation and geography.

Still, Mullins says, social media has been a key factor in the success of Ms. Cheezious, and he applauds his wife, Fatima Mullins, with keeping on top of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Customers whom they only know from their Twitter handles sometimes come into the restaurant and introduce themselves.

As for those people who called food trucks a passing trend, Mullins admits he's seen many come and go. But he and business partner M. Christian Dickens are in it for the long haul, having spent the first part of their careers opening corporate restaurants across the country.

Old Country Pierogi, Vancouver: It doesn’t get more authentic than this. Run by Polish husband-wife team Robert Hubicki and Yvonne Paczek, Old Country serves a truckload of Eastern European comfort food – from sausages to borscht, potato pancakes and the ever-popular

P.A. & Gargantua, Montreal: “It’s something simple that a lot of people can make, but we take it to the next level,” says Cedric Emond of the grilled cheese sandwiches made at this food truck, a joint venture with fellow chef Paul-André Piché. “Next level” apparently means artisanal pain de mie, 14-month-old cheddar and a slathering of smoked butter – and that’s just the Classic sandwich.

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Art Basel is coming to town, turning the entire city into a roving band of art connoisseurs. Each year, we travel to pop-up art galleries and tents filled with shards of broken glass, painted bananas, interactive tunnels, and sometimes even the occasional paint-on-canvas.

Pondering all this art gets us hungry. After stopping at 37 galleries (with another 50 more on the list), we need to stop for some refreshment. Unfortunately, sitting down at a restaurant can infringe on our gallery time. Which is why food trucks come in handy.

Food trucks will be out and about -- at galleries, roundups, and as part of an art installation. We've put together a list of roundups and where to find individual trucks at Art Basel events. The list will be updated as we get more locations. As always, it's a good idea to follow your favorite trucks on Twitter and Facebook and check Short Order daily.

Roundups and Caravans

Throughout the weekend, a rotating caravan of food trucks will be traveling throughout the Design District, Midtown, and Wynwood following the Aleloop Mini's with the Aleloop Mobile Art Installation. From December 1-4, a caravan of ten Mini Coopers will travel the streets of Miami. At each stop, 40 performers will pop out of the cars and create a multisensory flash mob.

Food trucks will be set up in Wynwood at the food truck roundup location at 2200 NW Second Avenue. Trucks will be serving lunch and dinner daily. Truck schedule as follows:

Food trucks serving include Clarabelles Cupcakes,

Aphrodisiac Ice Cream, Arepa Box,

Friday, December 2
Trucks at Wynwood today are The Mexzican,

Saturday, December 3
Sakaya Kitchen & Aleloop will be hosting a music festival called the Aleloopapalooza Music, Dance and Performing Arts Festival from 6 p.m. to midnight. Forty

live acts and a DJ will perform. Trucks include:

Over Load Extreme Street Food,

Jefe's Original Fish Taco, and

Sunday, December 4
Food truck lineup includes Tango Grill,

Guiseppes Italian Sausage,

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will host Food Truck Friday on Friday, December 2nd from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free performance by ELEW, a Rockjazz pianist who recently tourded with Josh Groban at 1 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose for Sketchy Miami artists and receive instant complimentary portraits. In addition, street chalk artist Betty Dominguez will be on-site to create a mural inspired by the upcoming performances of Shrek:The Musical. Free admission, Parking $3. N.E. 2nd Avenue, Between 12th and 13th Streets, Miami

The Veuve Clicquot Clicq'Up Cafe and Champagne Bar is a mobile food truck and pop-up Champagne lounge. Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog has designed a gourmet menu which includes chipolte cream corn cake, pork tacos, and conch salad. Of course, Veuve Clicquot will be available for your sipping pleasure. Schedule as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 29th - Design Miami Pavilion 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 30th - Art Basel Outdoor Art Exhibit 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Thursday, December 1st - The Stage in The Design District, 38th Street and First Court, 12 to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, December 2nd - The Stage in The Design District, 38th Street and First Court, 12 to 5 p.m.

Big Kahuna and Nacho Bizness will be at the Multiversal Studio in Wynwood December 1st - 4th. 193 NW 24th Street, Miami

Purple People Eatery will be serving lunch in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami December 1-4. 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami

Kona Ice will be serving up sno-cones through Wynwood and The Design District during Art Basel.

The Real Chill will be at Hardcore Art Contemporary Gallery December 1, 2, 3, & 10. 72 NW 25th Street, Miami

The Fish Box will be at the Art Basel opening party at the W South Beach Hotel & Residences on November 30th from 6 p.m. to midnight. W South Beach Hotel, Collins Avenue & 21st Street, Miami Beach

Sugar Yummy Mama is presenting some new cupcakes for Art Basel. The La Fete is a Champagne and St. Germain-infused cupcake topped with a French vanilla buttercream and a cherry. The LG cupcake is a moist chocolate cupcake with caramelized jalapenos, topped with a chocolate mousse buttercream and caramelized jalapenos. Look for SYM at Wynwood and The Design District throughout the weekend.

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Justise Winslow Officially Joins the Ms. Cheezious™ Family

Ms. Cheezious™ owners Brian and Fatima Mullins and M. Christian Dickens , along with Miami Heat Forward, Justise Winslow.

Ms. Cheezious™ has reached a multi-year endorsement agreement with Justise Winslow – the 2015 first round NBA Draft pick of the MIAMI HEAT - as a brand ambassador.

"My partnership with Ms. Cheezious™ couldn't have happened more naturally - when I first arrived in Miami , they were one of the first food spots I checked out, and we struck up a conversation in person after I tweeted about their grilled cheese! It's amazing to me to have a partner who is not only supportive of my career, but who helps provide great food at a place that already feels like I'm a regular."

Winslow will work with Ms. Cheezious™ to develop his unique grilled cheese to be added to the menu. He will also work in conjunction with Ms. Cheezious™ on in-store appearances and community events.

"We love Winslow's authenticity, drive and focus to succeed and how he has embraced Miami as his home. We strongly relate to that as a company," said Brian Mullins , CEO of Ms. Cheezious™. "He is a great fit for our brand and we are excited he's part of the Ms. Cheezious™ team."

Ms. Cheezious™ is located in the Historic MIMO District of Miami , 7418 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33138

Additional Info:
Interviews, promotional photos, and additional information available upon request.

About Ms. Cheezious:
Ms. Cheezious™ has become one of Miami's most popular restaurant and food truck destinations, earning a great number of rave reviews, including The Daily Meal's #1 "Best Food Truck in America, 2015," Miami New Times' "Best Inexpensive Restaurant" and "Readers' Choice: Best Food Truck" five years in a row, South Beach Wine and Food Festival's "People's Choice Award: Best Food Truck" two years in a row, and the OBIES' "Best Restaurant: Miami -Dade" as well as featured on several national television shows and press. Eager fans seek out Ms. Cheezious™ to experience its accessible menu and attractive concept and design. The cheese keeps melting, and the Ms. Cheezious™ brand now includes two food trucks and a brick & mortar location in the historic MIMO District of Miami .

About Justise Winslow:
Justise Winslow was drafted in the first round (10th overall) by the Miami HEAT in the 2015 NBA Draft. Played one season at Duke University before declaring for the NBA Draft as an early entry candidate…appeared in 39 games (all starts) for the Blue Devils and averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.33 steals and 29.1 minutes while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 41.8 percent from three-point range and 64.1 percent from the foul line…helped lead the Blue Devils to the 2015 NCAA Championship. Among Duke freshman in school history, was selected to the All-ACC Freshman Team and the USBWA All-District III Team. Earned a spot on the All-ACC Academic Team…was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Feb. 9…was a finalist for the Erving Award, given to the nation's top small forward…was the third-highest scoring freshman in the ACC and capped the season with the second-most double-figure scoring efforts and the second-highest rebound average by a freshman in the conference…became just the eighth Duke freshman to post three consecutive double-doubles. Was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team and the NCAA South Regional All-Tournament Team.

Possible Disadvantages of a Pescatarian Diet

Depending on your current diet, it may be quite a shift from how you’re used to eating. And if you’re unsure about how to cook fish, you may also find the transition tough. Luckily, fish and shellfish are actually relatively simple to prepare.

“People have an impression that cooking fish is difficult and elaborate, but in fact, it’s easier than chicken,” says Hallissey. One fear is undercooking, and it’s common to swing in the other direction and totally overcook the fish, leaving it dry and unpalatable — and leaving you wondering why you’re even trying this in the first place.

Hallissey suggests learning a few easy techniques for cooking — like baking a fillet on a pan with veggies for a one-pan meal, or drizzling fish in olive oil, salt, and pepper and sautéing in a pan (don’t forget to flip). Canned fish, like sardines, light tuna, and salmon are great options, as they’re inexpensive and already cooked, requiring no prep.

Also, be mindful of how you’re preparing your fish. Broiling, grilling, baking, poaching, steaming, and sautéing are preferable to frying. As many as 36 percent of people consume fried foods daily. (7) Among those who eat one serving a week of fried fish or shellfish, their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease increases by 13 percent compared with those who have none, according to research published January 2019 in BMJ.

Watch the video: Food Truck Serves 3,000 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches A Day (December 2021).