Jamestown, NC: Tina Firesheets – Bring an appetite to Jamestown’s Food Truck Rodeo

By Tina Firesheets Community  |  News & Record

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The food truck craze that has spread throughout the country has hit Jamestown.

And I couldn’t be happier.

I guess you could call me a food truckie.

In recent months, I’ve sampled Asian stir-fried noodles with Black Tiger shrimp, steamed green tea buns filled with pork belly and kimchi, pulled chicken over saffron rice and roasted vegetables — all from food trucks parked outside of Potent Potables.

Each meal was absolutely delicious and affordable.

Steve and Abby Kim, owners of the Jamestown watering hole, are hosting the town’s first food-truck festival on Sunday, May 19. The event will feature trucks from the Triad and Triangle.

“The food trucks have been an integral part of our business and give the community of Jamestown more options and also bring a lot of fun and excitement to this small town,” Steve Kim says.

Kim says support for the trucks has grown since they started featuring them at the shop last November. Customers now call him to ask which trucks are there for the evening.

“It’s paid dividends for us, them and the surrounding area,” Kim says.

Kim also says the trucks are a fun, affordable dining option. Food truck rodeos give people a chance to sample a lot of different foods.

I am passionate about food. Especially good food. My husband and I dined out a lot before we had our son. We just can’t afford to do it as frequently anymore. But the regular pit stops at Potent Potables allow us to still “eat out” on the weekends.

Those who know me also know I’m a huge fan of celebrity chef, traveler and author Anthony Bourdain. I like his philosophy about food trucks in particular. This is what he had to say about them in a recent episode of his CNN show, “Parts Unknown”:

“Why should you be excited about food trucks? Because they allow creative chefs … without a lot of money to start creating and selling their stuff, introducing themselves to the world without having to gather up a million dollars or credulous partners. And they are faster, better and infinitely preferable to the fast food like the king and the clown and colonel.”

Some people will camp out overnight for the latest iPhone or Springsteen tickets. I’m a food truckie. And I can’t wait to fill up on some new stuff, as well as some already-established personal favorites.

The Camel City Grill from neighboring Winston-Salem will make its first visit to Jamestown. It specializes in artisan burgers and sandwiches. Online reviews of the grill are favorable, especially for its signature PBB&J burger — a burger topped with all-natural peanut butter, red pepper jelly and thick cut bacon.

A couple of trucks will travel from the Triangle. Owners of the Durham-based Foster’s Market decided to expand their business by taking it on the road. They wanted to tap into the Triad market and beyond, so they created Foster’s on the Fly, which showcases the local, seasonal fare offered at the market. Their food truck menu features breakfast items as well as sandwiches filled with Piedmont beef, roasted local chicken and Foster’s house roasted turkey breast.

MaMa Dukes, another Durham-based truck featuring Mediterranean American fare, will attend the festival. It has visited Potent Potables before, and I highly recommend the falafel tots.

Regulars to Potent Potables also will recognize these trucks:

l The Great Escape Catering Co.: Noodles and crepes, both savory and sweet incorporate contemporary Asian flavors. I haven’t ordered anything I haven’t devoured as if it were my last supper.

l King Creole: Crawfish etouffee, jambalaya and red beans and rice are often on the menu. The food is consistent and the service excellent.

l Urban Street Grill: Korean barbecue truck, which gives traditional Mexican fare a Korean twist with marinated short ribs, pork belly, eel and kimchi fried rice. I highly recommend the bulgogi cheesesteak. It’s addictive. Think cheesesteak but spicy. The food truckowners are pursuing a business venture in Raleigh, so their presence in the Triad ends soon.

There will be dessert from the mobile ice-cream parlor The Ice Queen.

The event also will feature live music by Andy Squint, Nic Croucher and other local musicians. Kim encourages people to bring lawn chairs and blankets.I’ll do that, as well as my hearty appetite.