April 8: Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen

There's something homey, fun, relaxed and down to earth about great food served in a paper box.

Food trucks seem to be popping up everywhere around Delmarva and we here at Coastal Cuisine have been really looking forward to April to kick off our month-long look at the tasty phenomena.

There’s lots of scheduling juggling involved when trying to catch up with the food trucks. Television production schedules and portable foodie schedules don’t always sync, plus the weather can play a major factor. When luck stepped in and not only created a respite from the early Spring heavy rain and wind on the day we were able to catch up with the Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen truck, we became hungry and happy campers.

Phil Blush was our main interviewee. He’s the head of the SoDel Food Concept’s Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen and he was happy to sit down with host Michael Sprouse for samplings of the different foods they offered, all of which are based on menu items from several of the SoDel Restaurants.

Fish Tacos and a Short-Rib Cheesesteak from Papa Grande’s, Crabcakes and Lobster Rolls all can be found on the menu. The portions are large and the food is delicious. It’s so ample and tasty in fact, that if you’ve never experienced cuisine from the side of a truck (and your idea of what your options are lay somewhere between hot dogs and pretzels) you’ll be very happily surprised.

Phil was a great subject to interview about the food truck business. He’s laid-back and charismatic. Plus, he’s been doing it for a while and his insight and enjoyment that come from serving sometimes hundreds of people (depending on the event) that the BTRK may show up at is obvious. One of his favorite aspects of the experience is simply meeting so many different people and making them happy with their beautiful, simple food –  the base of SoDel’s motto and mindset.

If you’ve not experienced any of the food trucks on Delmarva yet, don’t be intimated or uncertain about what you may find. The trucks are serious about great food and great fun. Expect a laid back atmosphere, a great chance to meet new people or to socialize with friends and family – plus and a new and unique dining experience not far from your own back yard with plenty of fresh air.

Read more about the Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen on their website.