By Justin Ross
When it comes to food, the Miami Open is not a typical sporting event. Sure, spectators can go the classic route with a hot dog or popcorn, but the cultural diversity of South Florida gives the food originality.
One can walk 100 feet and stroll past Italian sausages, freshly pressed arepas or savory crepes. It doesn’t stop there. Feast your eyes on smoky BBQ ribs or gooey grilled cheese. How about a tropical piña colada?
We visited the four food trucks at the Miami Open to see what they’re all about:
Truck name: Killer Melts
Food type: Sandwiches
Owner: Kevin Hase
Where he’s from: Chicago
Best-selling item: The Caprese Melt uses creamy mozzarella and homestead, vine-ripened tomatoes.
How he got started: He was tired of working at The Cheesecake Factory.
If he could eat one thing for the rest of his life: Pasta Bolognese or Penne alla Vodka
Truck name: Moty’s Grill
Food type: Mediterranean
Owner: Vicky Goldman
Where she’s from: Columbia
Best-selling item: Falafel and Lamb Kofta
How she got started: Her husband is a chef and he needed a job. She noticed food trucks were trending upward, so she opened her own.
If she could eat one thing for the rest of her life: Steak
Truck name: Mulbery1965
Food type: Italian
Owner: Ramon Burdier
Where he’s from: New York
Best-selling item: The NYC has thin crust, fresh garlic and fresh mozzarella.
How he got started: He was tired of owning an Italian restaurant.
If he could eat one thing for the rest of his life: Pizza
Truck name: King of Racks BBQ
Owner: Anthony Garcia
Food type: BBQ
Where he’s from: Washington D.C.
Best-selling item: Several of his dishes use special rubs and family secrets. His ribs platter has homemade BBQ sauce and a side of special cream corn.
How he got started: He comes from a family of restaurant owners, and instead of opening his own, he felt a food truck presented less risk.
If he could eat one thing for the rest of his life: A Bacon Cheeseburger