By Maria Sonnenberg | Florida Today
When Francine Grigley participated as a vendor at the recent Renaissance Fair at Wickham Park, she eagerly channeled her inner wench to deliver Jersey Girl Super Foods’ pub grub in appropriate style.
Grigley is now thinking pirate costume thoughts for the Port Canaveral Seafood and Music Fest Feb. 26 to 28. As one of the food trailers at the event held at Exploration Tower, Jersey Girl will be serving the bounty of the sea with dishes that sell for less than $10.
Expect selections such as clam stew, warm shrimp cocktail with drawn butter and cocktail sauce, lobster bisque, smoked whiting with drawn butter, plus several of Grigley’s signature dishes, including cheesesteak and broccoli and kale salads. Arrr!
Local fans of mom-and-pop establishments may remember Grigley from her Jersey Girl Delis, which she ran in Melbourne and then Cocoa Beach until she decided to pare down to the food truck operator’s life. Now you will find her at special events around town, such as Movies in the Park night, and, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, at the parking lot of the Health First administration building, 6450 U.S. Hwy. 1, Rockledge.
Whenever Grigley happens to revisit the old stomping grounds of Voorhees in New Jersey’s Camden County, she must make a stop at Cap’n Cat Clam Bar, where she first worked in the restaurant industry. Grigley may have physically left Jersey many years ago, but she remains a true Jersey girl at heart, so her Super Foods trailer menu reflects a Garden State state of mind.
Among her customers’ favorite fare are Grigley’s grilled cheese sandwiches, most blessed with monikers reflecting the Jersey roots. The Fort Monmouth, for example, includes provolone, cheddar, bacon and tomato served on white or whole wheat bread for $4.50.
Her other sandwiches, also named with a nod to Jersey, sell for around $6. The Frankie Valli sings with turkey, while the Asbury Park shines with ham, turkey, provolone and all the usual suspects of a hoagie.
As far as salads go, Grigley’s favorite is more about North Carolina than Jersery. Available as a salad or wrap, the Cherokee ($7) includes chicken smoked by Grigley herself, plus Swiss cheese, Granny Smith apples, walnuts and dried cranberries.
Another top-seller that has nothing to do with Jersey, but everything to do with indulgence. Jersey Girl’s Dagwood ($8) is piled with ham, salami, turkey and all the cheeses.
“You can barely close this sandwich,” said Grigley.
The Super Foods aspect of her food trailer’s name addresses Grigley’s interest in healthy alternatives. Homemade broccoli and kale salads are available at $1 for a four-ounce side each.
“The whole point is to do the Jersey version, but in a healthier way,” said Grigley.
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Have you tried
What: The Fort Monmouth grilled cheese
Where: Jersey Girl Super Foods truck, available for special functions, and Francine Grigley accepts catering orders
How much: $4.50
Info: 321-914-7787 or see her Facebook page