Food & Drink

Street eats: Locals recommend their favorite food trucks serving Manatee County 

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The Schnitzel Trailer

The Schnitzel Trailer takes the best of traditional German cooking on the road around Bradenton and Sarasota.

All food is made fresh to order, and a rotating menu keeps things exciting.

Schnitzel (pounded, breaded and fried meat) is at the heart of the menu and prepared in many ways. There’s also plenty of brats, pretzels, sauerkraut and potato salad to spare.

The Schnitzel Trailer often visits local breweries, and it’s a good thing, because this food deserves to be paired with a beer.

Keep up with The Schnitzel Trailer at, or call 941-779-8080.

Doña Betty Tacos

Reviewers rave that Doña Betty’s offers great tacos on the cheap.

It’s no wonder the truck attracts crowds nightly.

Tacos start at $2.15 (tax included) and there are eight different meats to choose from, including beef, seasoned pork, chorizo and barbacoa (beef cheeks).

Aside from tacos, try tortas (a sandwich served on a buttered roll), quesadillas, tostadas and pambazos (a sandwich made with bread dipped in pepper sauce).

Doña Betty Tacos parks at 5510 14th St. W. Bradenton and is open 9 a.m.-3 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call 941-580-4730.

Other recommendations:

Parrish Cuban Grill (traditional Cuban food), 941-404-7483

TK Grill (wings, barbecue, burgers, hot dogs), 941-722-4111

Spice Boys Kitchen (modern Israeli cuisine), 941-928-0125

POLPO Pizza Co. (wood-fired pizza made with organic ingredients), 941-993-5263

Taste Time to Love Us (Philly cheesesteaks and hot subs), 570-704-6177

Funky Fusion (Filipino fusion),

Sarasota Thai Soup (traditional Thai dishes and soups), 941-355-6622

Peachey’s Baking Co. (doughnuts, pretzels, baked goods), 574-361-4867

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Ryan Ballogg covers arts, entertainment, dining, breaking and local news for the Bradenton Herald. He won first place for feature writing in the Florida Press Club’s 2018 Excellence in Journalism Competition. Ryan is a Florida native and graduated from University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
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