Food Truck Friday last weekend

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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Sauce Magazine's Food Truck Friday resumes Friday, Sept. 13 at Tower Grove Park from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., and some of the city's finest transportable tasty treats will be there.

The lineup of trucks offers a diverse menu. Everything from crepes to cupcakes and bagels to beer will be offered. This is the third season of Food Truck Friday, and will need all 16 of the trucks if it hopes to beat last year's season attendance of over 16,000.  With a line up including four of the nation's top 101 food trucks, as rated by restaurant review website Daily Meal, they have a chance.

MAP: Sauce Magazine's map of food trucks inside Tower Grove Park

First things first, Schlafly (@Schlafly) will be providing the beer for the occasion with their very own motorized brew-bearer.

Leading off the food fiestia is Guerrilla Street Food (@GuerrillaStreet). This Filipino inspired truck is the reigning food truck champion in St. Louis and has been showcased on the Food Network show Diner's Drive-in's and Dives. This nationally acclaimed food truck will serve chicken, pork, peanuts and even lemonade with a Filipino twist. As the number 17 truck in the country, Guerrilla looks to be the star of the show.

Up next is Seoul Taco (@SeoulTaco). This truck combines two great foods into one portable treat. They mix fresh vegetables, tortillas and Korean BBQ to make some inventive fusion cuisine. They also offer pot stickers, new-school slaw and classic kimchi fried rice. Their diverse menu landed them at number 60 in nation.

The third nationally ranked truck is Cha Cha Chow (@whereschacha). The number 80 mobile eatery has an international theme as well. This truck combines Latin flavor with American favorites like French fries and hamburgers, while also offering authentic tacos, beans and corn salsa.

The final nationally ranked truck set to make an appearance is Go! Gyro! Go! (@gogyrogo) At number 98 in the nation, this Greek treat truck offers [Spoiler Alert] Gyros! Although they are specialized, they offer a diverse list of ingredients. With gyros coming in classic, chicken souvlaki, chicken tahini and veggie, the gyro guys have you covered.

Breaking the international streak is a pair of cheese specialists.

First is the Cheese Shack (@cheeseshack_stl). These connoisseurs of cheese sandwiches offer much more than just the dairy with sandwiches full of smoked beef brisket, BBQ pulled pork, pepperoni and spinach.

The second is Sarah's Meltdown (@sarahsmeltdown). This extended van is an extension of local bakery Sarah's Cake Stop, and offers bacon, pork and club melts and also offers potato chips covered in Sloppy Joe and cheddar cheese.

From cheese to the coast, next we have Shell's Costal Cuisine. This three man crew rolls out South Florida delights like shrimp melt sandwiches, fish tacos and sweet potato fries.

Next, we grab a bus to flavor with Holy Crepe (@HolyCrepeSTL). This retired bus has been repurposed into a mobile crepe factory. Normally posted at the Webster Groves Farmer's Market, this bus offers a variety of crepes and their very own Bluth Pops, a frozen banana coated in Nutella.

We finally keep it in the city limits with 2 Girls 4 Wheels (@2girls4wheels). These two hometown girls churn out St. Louis food like Budweiser braised brats and Billy Goat Chips for people who really need that local taste.

Slice of the Hill (@sliceofthehill) puts in their Italian flavor into the smorgasbord. Using local ingredients from The Hill, this truck offers salads and a variety of pizzas including pepperoni and salsiccia pizza.

The Italian swing continues with our next group, Zia's Italian Food Truck (@ziasonthehill). Offering an abbreviated menu of the the popular restaurant located on The Hill, offering toasted ravs, their house salad, Italian fries and much more.

We head back below the border with our next two trucks.

Hot Aztec (@HotAztec) is a family owned authentic Mexican mobile restaurant offering tacos,bacon wrapped hot dogs and guacamole all made with family recipes.

El Gran Taco (@tacotruckstl) throws us right back into the Latin fire with their wide range of tacos. They offer some surprising meat choices, like the lengua (tongue) taco, but if you keep an open mind you may find a new favorite.

Local culinary school L'Ecole Culinaire will be showcasing its talent with Le Food Truck. With a menu ranging from Korean duck Tacos to Chicken Sausage, this truck has it all.

Bringing their eastern influence, Chop Shop (@ChopShopStl) offers fresh sushi and their specialty, wasabi popcorn.

Up next is one of the freshest trucks in the area, Lulu's Local Eatery (@lulusfoodtruck). Offering food for every meal, Lulu will bring her versatile cooking game to Tower Grove for people looking for more than just dinner.

Bringing their taste of Bourbon Street, Completely Sauced (@saucedonwheels) is set to serve it on Friday. With the option to add jambalaya to any dish for $3, Sauced adopted the southern style and served it by the bowl.

As the only Indian food truck in the bunch, Bombay Food Junkies (@bombayfoodtruck) are set to be the curriers of curry at this month's event. Two of these food junkies are natives of Bombay and are showcasing street food of the region.

And putting it all on a bun will be Steamtoller bagel and deli (@steamrollerstl). This deli on the move offers sandwiches, Billy Goat chips and a drink all for under $10.

If you think you'll have room, our final two trucks will put the cherry on top.

The Sweet Divine (@TheSweetDivine) will be serving up their sweet, salty and even savory cakes to the masses. Sweet Divine is sure to please with treats like Holy Canolli, Drunken Pig and Beer&Pretzels.

Finally we have Sarah's Cake Stop (@Sarahscakestop). The second of Sarah's food trucks, the cake stop serves up the classic gourmet cupcakes that have made her cake shop successful.

So skip a meal and skip on down to Food Truck Friday, there's something for everyone.

NewsChannel 5's Heidi Glaus has five tips for Food Truck Friday from Sauce Magazine and several food trucks:
1. Be early: The early bird gets the cupcake. Don't be let down by showing up too late.

2. Come with a group and then divide and conquer.

3. Be open to trying something new. Often those are the shorter lines.

4. Bring seating: chairs or blankets and mark your turf.

5. Park far from the trucks: it's a longer walk but faster getaway.

NewsChannel 5 intern Sam Clancy contributed to this report.


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