It's crazy, when you think about it, how swiftly the food truck craze took hold in Columbus. Over the past year or so, we went from street-meat gyros to inspired Japanese crepes.

It's crazy, when you think about it, how swiftly the food truck craze took hold in Columbus. Over the past year or so, we went from street-meat gyros to inspired Japanese crepes.

Friday's Columbus Food Truck & Cart Fest at Columbus Commons will be a great opportunity to sample foods from the always growing street food scene. Here are five vendors you don't want to miss.

Junior ' s Tacos

About the truck: Taco trucks are kind of like the grandparents of the food-truck craze, so a taco is a must. This truck's big but fairly bare-bones. The white exterior hides a small kitchen where the friendly owners cook traditional Mexican fare (including tamales!) to order.

About the food: Stick with the specialty, the tacos. These are standard, Mexican-style street food tacos. Expect double-stacked corn tortillas filled with your choice of meat (chorizo is excellent) and topped with the traditional chopped onions and cilantro.

Munch Bo x

About the truck: This new truck is great for two reasons. One, they serve comparatively healthy dishes filled with veggies. Two, they have an awesome, slightly scandalous T-shirt involving a play on the word "munch." You'll spot the shirt's distinctive green hue from across the park.

About the food: Try one of the creative flatbreads made, like everything on the menu, with all organic ingredients. A veggie pesto flatbread topped with chopped tomatoes, squash and spinach is tasty. Even better is the Steak - poblano-cilantro pesto is topped with braised beef and a neat brussels sprout slaw.

The Cheesy Truck

About the truck: The Cheesy Truck guys went all out with their van. It's painted black and emblazoned with a brightly colored pattern that includes, if you look closely, hunks of cheese, slices of bread, spatulas and the state of Ohio licking its lips.

About the food: This truck specializes in artisan grilled cheese sandwiches. They all have fun names, like the fried-egg-topped Vegas Strip (because it's good 24/7), or the Cincy chili-topped Mt. Adams. When it comes to melted cheese, though, simple works. Go with the Modfather - English Cotswold cheese and bacon on sourdough.

Ray Ray's Hog Pit

About the truck: Jamie Anderson is the recognizable, long-bearded pitmaster behind this truck, where you'll find some of the city's very best barbecue. His massive setup boasts a smoker tacked onto the side.

About the food: Try a half-rack of fall-off-the-bone ribs. Or a Carolina-style pulled pork sandwich topped with cole slaw. Or a beef brisket sandwich served with Anderson's own homemade barbecue sauce. It's all good.

Short North Bagel Deli

About the truck: One of the newest additions to the city's street food scene is making steamed bagel sandwiches, a comfort-food creation invented on Midwestern college campuses. This cart is just big enough to house a couple of steamers.

About the food: Steamed bagel sandwiches are exactly what they sound like: your choice of meats, veggies and cheeses piled on a sliced bagel and then steamed until everything's hot and gooey. The Good Ole Goodale is a best-seller: thin-sliced turkey, cream cheese, Colby cheese, avocados, tomatoes, lettuce, sprouts and honey mustard.