With apps and metasearch engines like Hitlist helping travelers find more affordable flights, destinations like Nashville, Tennessee are becoming more accessible. Whether you’re spending a weekend with friends in the soulful city or on a business trip, Nashville has a variety of IHG Hotels conveniently located near historic attractions, street art, shopping malls and restaurants. Nicknamed the “Music City” for its iconic artists and historic venues, many visit Nashville to experience the city’s undeniable music scene. But did you know that there is also a thriving food truck scene in Nashville as well?
Sweet and Savory Food Trucks in Nashville
If you happen to be in town for Nashville’s big food and drink events such as the Taste of Music Festival or Nashville Street Food Month, you’ll discover a variety of food trucks serving exciting gourmet foods running the gamut of sweet to savory. However, on a daily basis, you can also find food trucks scattered throughout the city offering quick bites and hearty meals.
From loaded burgers to New York-style bagels, mini donuts and sushi burritos, there are over 50 food trucks in Nashville sharing creative dining concepts. Among the best food trucks to hunt down in Nashville, I’ve got my eyes on Grilled Cheeserie and Retro Sno.
Made with local ingredients and responsibly sourced products, Grilled Cheeserie creates gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soups and milkshakes. Build your own melts with five types of cheeses and four types of breads, or order a specialty sandwich like Buffalo South ($8) or B&B of Tennessee ($8).
The truck also features seasonal “street treats,” such as pudding cups that are made with creamy organic peanut butter pudding topped with cherry, raspberry and peanut butter sandwich cookies.
On the menu, I’m eyeing the Pimento Mac and Chee sandwich ($7.50) which the Food Network recently crowned the “Cheesiest Dish in Tennessee.” This is a fantastic grilled cheese/mac and cheese crossover!
In addition to the food truck, visit Grilled Cheeserie’s brick-and-mortar melt shop or place an order online for a quick meal.
Another food truck in Nashville worth mentioning is Retro Snow. Retro Snow is Nashville’s original shaved ice truck that serves fluffy “snoballs” that “melt in your mouth.”
Since the summer of 2012, this bright blue food truck has served snow cones made with pure cane sugar. All of the colorful creations are made with handcrafted syrups (no high fructose corn syrup), fresh toppings and all-natural ice cream.
Some of the signature flavors include “Rainbow” and “Vanilla Toasted Coconut.” Rainbow has cherry, pineapple and blueberry strips roped with sour patch rainbow candy. While Vanilla Toasted Coconut features shredded coconut and sweetened condensed milk.
For special events and holidays like Saint Patrick’s Day, Retro Sno serves special snoballs stuffed with ice cream, topped with whipped cream and green lucky charms.
The easiest way to track this food truck down is to follow Retro Sno on Instagram or Facebook.
We’ve only begun to scratch the vibrant surface of the food truck scene here in Nashville. Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet or savory treat, bring your appetite my friends!
Danielle is a travel finance strategist, author, speaker and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27 and has traveled to 26 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her own terms.