Meals On Wheels

Food trucks gain traction, driving a new, exciting aspect to the Hampton Roads Cuisine scene.



Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake food trucks

Food trucks, in one form or the other, have been around almost since the inventions of fire and the wheel.

Even before the Industrial Revolution, and continuing through today, lunch carts are de rigueur outside many workplaces. And who can forget the Good Humor man signaling ice cream treats on hot summer days with the tinkling of a bell as he drove through our childhood neighborhoods? 

Today many food trucks have evolved, and the culinary coaches are hotbeds ofinnovation and creativity for chefs and entrepreneurs.

Although this new wave of food trucks has been common in larger metropolitan areas for some time now, they are just emerging on the scene in Hampton Roads, and we say better late than never. Do they enhance the culture in our region? We whole-heartedly believe they do.

Do they take away business from traditional, brick-and-mortar restaurants? We don’t think so, at least not much, because the experience is very different. People going out to dinner will go out to dinner; people wanting to grab a bite from a food truck will do the same. We do feel both food trucks and traditional restaurants must work together, but what’s wrong with cooperation—or maybe collaboration?

Food trucks are mobile; our chart gives you their general geographic locations. Most food trucks post their locations daily or weekly via Facebook, Twitter or a website; check with individual food trucks for specifics.

Bros Fish Tacos
BROS FISH TACOS Established 2012
Contact
Web: www.BrosFishTacos.com
Facebook: /BrosFishTacos
Twitter: @BrosFishTacos
Phone: 757-635-8561
Geography – Virginia Beach, special events
Days/hours of operation – greatly varies
Forms of payment accepted – cash and credit card

Offerings
“We have crafted our menu in a way that stays true to the style of the original fish taco while also providing people with multiple ingredient combinations to allow them to try fish tacos in a variety of different ways. We want to always keep our menu on the healthy side by only using fresh ingredients such as wild caught fish and local organic produce whenever possible.” —Jacob Harver, owner

Menu Sample
• The Truth (Baja-style fish taco with crisp beer-battered flounder, pico de gallo, shredded purple cabbage)
• Neptuna (Chunks of blackened Ahi tuna, pico de gallo, shredded purple cabbage)
• Good Cod All Mighty (grilled cod tossed in fresh ground chipotle-lime seasoning, pico de gallo, shredded purple cabbage) All tacos range from $3 to $4

Philosophy
“Our idea spawned from a combination of interest in starting an exciting new business venture, our love for great healthy food that doesn’t hurt the wallet or the waistline, and our combined experiences with making people happy by providing them something delicious to eat. Food trucks are a fun way to enjoy delicious cuisine and support local, small businesses. They are becoming great new way for skilled people with wonderful food ideas and recipes to show the world their craft.”—Jacob Harver, owner


Hubcap Grill
HUBCAP GRILL
Established 2012
Contact
Web: www.HubcapGrillNorfolk.com
Facebook: search “Hubcap Grill Norfolk” on Facebook
Geography – across Hampton Roads, special events
Days/hours of operation – greatly varies
Forms of payment accepted – cash and credit cards

Offerings
“Our offerings are inspired by global street food cuisine.” —Evan Harrell, owner

Menu Sample
• Bahn Mi Sandwich (ginger barbecue-glazed smoked pork loin, pickled carrot and radish, cilantro, cucumber, mayo on Artisan’s Bakery bahn mi loaf), $7
• Grilled Corn Tortilla Tacos (with fillings such as pulled pork with pineapple chutney), $3
• Burgers (beef and vegan, including the Dub Burger with fried onions, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato and Monterey Jack cheese on locally-baked Hawaiian buns), $7

Philospohy
“Food should be real, fun and delicious. Eating isn’t just about getting your calories. It starts with engaging personal service and ends when you stop thinking about the amazing flavors you just experienced. We started a truck because we love food. We offer superior culinary variety which is great for consumers. Our goal is to bring business back into areas that are lagging by, as cliché as it is, giving people what they want.” —Evan Harrell, owner


Just Cupcakes
JUST CUPCAKES
Established 2012
Contact
Web: www.JustCupcakes.net
Facebook: search “Just Cupcakes” on Facebook
Twitter: @JustCupcakesVA
Phone: 757-425-1010
Also has two brick-and-mortar locations in Virginia Beach.
Geography – Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach
Days/hours of operation – greatly varies, but Food Truck Friday is a staple; special events
Forms of payment accepted – cash, credit cards

Offerings
“We offer everything that we do in our shop. All 12 cupcake flavors (which change frequently), coffee, water and soda are offered; sometimes we have marshmallows and cupcake pops on board.” —Carla Hesseltine, owner

Menu Sample
• Chocolate Mousse Cupcake, $3
• Puckerup Buttercup Cupcake, $3
• Tiramisu Cupcake, $3

Philosophy
“A large part of our business is philanthropy and events; our truck enables us to do events and festivals and ensure the integrity of our product, as well as making it easier to go to non-profit partners for ‘bake sales. While we do ‘just cupcakes,’ food trucks can be incubators for emerging chefs to try out new cuisine or offer a new way to reach an audience. I love being in the truck.” —Carla Hesseltine, owner


Malbon's BBQ
MALBON’S BBQ PRESENTS THE FLYING PIG
Established 2013
Contact
Web: www.MalbonsMobileFoods.com
Facebook: /MalbonsBBQTheFlyingPig
Twitter: @MalbonFlyingPig
Phone: 757-563-3080
Geography – across HamptonRoads, special events
Days/hours of operation – daily, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., depending on the season
Forms of payment accepted – cash and credit cards

Offerings
"An extension of Malbon's BBQ & Catering, we wanted an exciting new way to serve Hampton Roads with delicious, mouth-watering barbecue. The Flying Pig is an extraordinary culinary experience, serving up an eclectic barbecue menu. Food trucks bring variety and healthy competition to a community. They bring people together both on the street and through social media. They offer a great alternative to unhealthy ‘fast food.’” —John Malbon, owner

Menu Sample
• The Original BBQ Sandwich (pulled pork barbecue mixed with Malbon’s BBQ sauce and served with or without coleslaw), $5 or $8 for a combo meal
• BBQ & Brisket Tacos (barbecue and brisket, topped with shredded cheese, shredded cabbage, chopped jalapenos, locally-made taco sauce and lime), $6–7 for two tacos
• Ribbon Fries (handmade on the truck; served naked or loaded with melted Monterey Jack cheese and chopped jalapenos), $4; $4.50

Philosophy
“We offer items like barbecue and brisket sandwiches, tacos and nachos, bratwursts, hand-cut ribbon fries and regionally-exclusive specials, giving Hampton Roads a [mobile] national barbecue tour from the Carolinas to Alabama to Texas.” —John Malbon, owner

 

Pita Pit
PITA PIT
Established 2012
Contact
Facebook: /PitaPitFoodTruckNEX
Twitter: @PitaJakeNEX
Phone: 757-650-4114
Geography – NEX Mall at Naval Station Norfolk (accessible to the general public); special events
Days/hours of operation – Daily with varying hours; limited delivery available
Forms of payment accepted – cash and credit cards
Note: Pita Pit is a franchise; this location is locally owned and operated

Offerings
“Fresh, healthy ingredients drive our menu offerings. Three vegan and five vegetarian pitas, as well as a variety of meats and cheeses including gyro, falafel, spicy black bean, prime rib, chicken, turkey, ham and bacon for clubs are a fixture on the menu and may be purchased as a pita or salad style.” —Buzz Crown, owner

Menu Sample
• Gyro, $6.69
• Spicy Black Bean (vegan), $5.99
• The Popeye (grilled chicken breast, sautéed spinach, melted provolone and horseradish Dijon), $6.49

Philosophy
“Jake and I were taken by the Pita Pit slogan, ‘Fresh Thinking, Healthy Eating.’ We thought that said it all. So every day we strive to serve the perfect pita—fresh ingredients, grilled meats, cheeses and vegetables, all rolled to perfection. Food trucks add to the variety and excitement of the local restaurant community. Consumers demand alternatives to the standard fare and enjoy the fun and spirit of food tuck chefs and entrepreneurs. Food trucks bring more diners to the scene and broaden the base of local customers.” —Buzz Crown, owner


Stuft-Not Your Average Street Food
STUFT—NOT YOUR AVERAGE STREET FOOD
Established 2011
Contact
Web: www.StuftStreetFood.com
Facebook: /StuftStreetFood
Twitter: @StuftStreetFood
Phone: 757-608-8112
Geography – downtown Hampton and Newport News regularly; special events regionally
Days/hours of operation – Monday–Saturday with hours varying in each principal city
Forms of payment accepted – cash and credit cards

Offerings
“Most of the items on the menu are our take on a Mexican dish, but they definitely incorporate our love of fusiontype cooking. We are not claiming to be more than what we are; we just make what we like to eat ourselves.” — Casey Haas, owner

Menu Sample
• Steak Burrito (sirloin steak, black beans, rice, lettuce, pico de gallo, queso fresco), $8
• Bruised Shrimp Taco (marinated/blackened shrimp, bacon-bleu cheese slaw), $3
• Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tostada (jerk chicken, black beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, queso fresco), $4

Philosophy
“We wanted to bring a new option, in the form of a shiny taco truck, to lunch time in downtown Newport News and Hampton that included from scratch Mexican food. We knew there were no taco trucks in the area coming up with a lot of creative and sometimes crazy taco creations, so we did it. I think food trucks are greatly important to Hampton Roads; it is still new and exciting for local residents. These are creative and highly passionate people who run these trucks.” —Casey Haas, owner


Twisted Sisters Cupcakes Cafe
TWISTED SISTERS CUPCAKES CAFE
Established 2010
Contact
Web: www.TwistedSistersCupcakes.com
Facebook: /TwistedSistersCupcakes
Twitter: @TSCupcakes
Phone: 757-675-3966
Geography – Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach
Days/hours of operation – Wednesday through Sunday, special events
Forms of payment accepted – cash and credit cards
Twisted Sisters also has a brick-andmortar location in Virginia Beach.

Offerings
“We add a modern day twist to old fashioned recipes, making the word comfort food a household name again. We keep it fresh, exciting and unique with a new menu every week.” —Cassandra Ayala, owner

Menu Sample
• Gourmet Cupcakes, $3.30
• Monster Brownies, $3.75
• Bacon Bark (marshmallow, chocolate, caramel, candied/spiced bacon), $5

Philosophy
“Our desire has always been to help bring a more eclectic diversity to the food scene in Hampton Roads with unique sweets, tasty treats and fresh delicious food. With a busy lifestyle it’s easier to enjoy a treat if it comes to you. Foods trucks evoke an opportunity to have a diverse layer of creativity in Hampton Roads. They are able to offer unique creative food that is affordable and obtainable. They bring amazing, eclectic foods, incredible creativity and vibrancy.” —Cassandra Ayala, owner


Wrap-N-Roll
WRAP-N-RO LL: A LOCAL, FRESH STR-EAT-ERY
Established 2012
Contact
Web: www.Wrap-N-Roll.com
Facebook: search Facebook for Wrap-n-Roll
Phone: 757-672-8466
Geography – Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and special events
Forms of payment accepted – cash and credit cards

Offerings
“We are a gourmet food truck offering healthy and locally fresh ingredients. We enjoy our partnership with Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads, and we strive to utilize locally grown produce and meats from our farmers in the area.” —Amy Oliver, owner

Menu Sample
• Grilled Chicken Wrap (grilled chicken breast marinated in fresh lemon, garlic and herbs, topped with shaved parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce, croutons and a homemade zesty dressing), $6.50
• Caprese Wrap (fresh mozzarella cheese and local tomatoes drizzled with balsamic and served on fresh basil and romaine lettuce), $6.50
• North Carolina Smoked BBQ Wrap (spicy barbecue topped with crunch coleslaw), $6.50

Philosophy
“Wrap-n-Roll was created by myself and Jerri Hartz. Our mission is to show how easy it is to choose healthy, flavor-packed foods over fast, fat-packed foods given by some of the mainstream chains. We use unprocessed foods, high-quality meats, locally grown produce whenever possible and lots of herbs and spices that create wonderful flavors and lowfat alternatives.” —Amy Oliver, owner