By Phil Perry | Lincoln Times News
A vendor with flavors to whet the palette of seafood lovers will be present at the Lincolnton Food and WineFest on April 23.
Denver resident Chris Yelton took a vacation to New York, his first trip to the Big Apple, and while he was there, he soaked up as much of the Yankee cuisine as he could. Through the experience, he was inspired to incorporate some of that philosophy in his restaurant and in a brand new venture that he calls “Lobster Dogs Food Truck.”
“Our goal is to keep the food truck menu simple and streamlined,” he said. “We want to do what we do very well and there is a market in this area for this and we want to fill that void.”
Bryant owns the Sports Page restaurant in Mooresville and has been working in food service throughout his career.
The food truck menu includes lobster rolls, crab rolls, shrimp rolls, brisket, chicken salad dogs and more. The grilled split-top buns were inspired by his experience in New York.
“I’m a southern boy who grew up in Charlotte,” he said. “While this isn’t necessarily southern food, I think people here identify with the ‘dog’ concept so we put it in our name.”
Yelton brings in the freshest meat that he can acquire and even removes it from the claw himself.
“That process can be eliminated but I prefer doing it myself,” Yelton said. “By doing this, I’m going that extra step to give our customers the absolute best, freshest product that I can.”
Yelton has plans for hitting the road with the truck for festivals and events in the metro-Charlotte area. While the truck has only been used a few times, the response has been very positive.
“We are getting requests from breweries in the area and the few events that we have participated in have been very successful. We feel like we are doing it right and people are responding,” he said.
Yelton said that upfitting the truck has been challenging but rewarding at the same time. He has been meticulous about meeting required codes for mobile food trucks. He designed the truck to utilize space and essentially be safe, efficient and easy to navigate.
“I’m pleased with the finished product,” he said. “It was a lot of planning and work but now it’s time to hit the streets three or four times a week.”
The food truck isn’t associated with the Sports Page restaurant in Denver, owned by Michael Bryant, or the original Sports Page located in Coulwood, near the heart of Charlotte. It’s an independent venture by Yelton, who worked for Bryant in the past.
“I wouldn’t be in the position I am in to do something like this without them,” said Yelton of Bryant and his family.
The Lincolnton Food and WineFest will include a variety of wineries, food, children’s attractions and street performers. The original concept of art and wine makes the Lincolnton Food and WineFest, scheduled for April 23, multidimensional, multicultural and accessible to families. The event will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance for $10 at lincolntonfoodwinefest.com or for $15 at the event. Search Facebook for Lobster Dogs Food Truck and read about Yelton’s Mooresville area restaurant and other locations at sportspagenc.com.