By Mackenzie Cogle

Whether you're making a midday trip for lunch or a fast stop when the late-night munchies hit, food truck fare is the quintessential quick food, and it's making its mark in Birmingham and across the country.

Hosted by the Railroad Park Foundation’s Junior Board, the inaugural Trucks by the Tracks took place this month on September 16 as a celebration of the growing food truck phenomenon in the Magic City. I joined several of my fellow magazine fellows in making the trek to Railroad Park to enjoy local music, food, and the historic park.

Upon our arrival, we noticed most of Birmingham had the same idea for a gorgeous day downtown. Thousands gathered to taste from the likes of vendors including Cantina, Dreamcakes, Jim ‘N Nicks, Shindigs, Steel City Pops and more. Live music from local bands including Burning Vinyl, Gip Gipson, The Green Seed and Todd Simpson provided the perfect ambiance and for standing in the almost hour-long lines to sample some of the best “fast food” Birmingham has to offer. While there were plenty of palate-pleasing options to choose from, we opted for the Cantina wagon. For a little more than six bucks I scored two tasty tacos while my friends ate cheesy chicken nachos.

Trucks by the Tracks proved that food trucks are a fast-moving trend that is being welcomed with open arms (and hungry stomachs) as several trucks actually ran out of food before the event’s scheduled end. A fresh alternative to fast food, it’s time we all gave food trucks a chance. So I must ask, what’s your favorite food truck find? Have you jumped on the food truck foodie bandwagon yet?