By Chelsea Olson | Miami New Times
While other mobile eateries out there are offering breakfast options with traditional flapjacks, the Jealous Fork is strictly focusing on a stacked pancake game for locals in Kendall.
The concept, brought to life by best friends Joaquin Ortiz and Henrik Telle, was born out of their shared love for finding and making incredible pancakes. Ortiz tells the story: “We’ve been friends for over 10 years; we’ve traveled together all over, and everywhere we go our thing is to research the best breakfast and best pancakes in town. We would cook pancakes at Henrik’s house and post to Instagram stories, getting tons of people commenting and DMing us nonstop about them.
Ortiz said they never thought about starting a pancake business, “But there was a lightbulb that went off like in Field of Dreams with ‘if you build it, they will come,’ so we said why don’t we try to do this pancake food truck?”
Parked at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park where Ortiz and Telle play disc golf when they’re not behind the griddle, Jealous Fork serves freshly made hot cakes Thursdays through Sundays until sold out, unless they are offsite elsewhere for a private event. Their Instagram posts the weekly schedule with days and times, along with special offerings in addition to what’s on the menu.
It took them three months to develop the perfect pancake base for their innovative menu, as Ortiz explains “It’s a cross between a biscuit and a pancake: incredibly fluffy but with a heavier texture.” Eight unique gourmet creation ranges from piles of savory cakes with meat to decadently sweet concoctions, all priced between $8 to $10 each. The Chicken Thigh High uses a pancake with fresh corn similar to a cornbread, topped with pulled chicken, black bean salsa, chipotle crema, and fresh cilantro, while the Pork Belly Banh Mi resembles a pork bun with pork belly, red chilis, pickled carrots and cucumbers, fresh basil, and cilantro. “People are skeptical when they think of cucumbers on a pancake, but then they try it and they’re blown out of the water,” says Ortiz.
For those interested in the sweeter side of things, the other menu staples are: strawberry cheesecake, lemon curd and blueberry, chocolate Oreo chip, Brunch and Still Hungover with Kahlua coffee syrup, and To Die For, a traditional pancake stack. They run specials regularly too; last month featured a Smashing Pumpkins one with pumpkin and fall spices. Since Knaus Berry Farm opened for season, they have a special with a pancake sandwiched between two of the Knaus Berry signature cinnamon rolls. These artisan creations sell out nearly every weekend since Jealous Fork opened in September, and they’re just getting started.
True entrepreneurs at heart, Ortiz and Telle are incredibly passionate about hospitality, and it shows. Their coffee shop Tea & Poets in South Miami at the Shops at Sunset Place has been a success, and Ortiz teases “We want to grow as a hospitality group with multiple concepts. Once you find someone you work well with, it’s great. We have other ‘jealous’ concepts lined up and ready to go… Whether they’re brick and mortar or food trucks, we will see.”
Jealous Fork at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park. 10700 SW 84th St., Miami, FL 33173; 305-699-1430; jealousfork.com. Open Thursday through Sunday, hours vary.