Roadside Seafood Settles Into Permanent Digs on Folly Road

crabsoupWhen a food truck strikes an item from its menu board, patrons are apt to write off the inconvenience as just another entertaining idiosyncrasy of eating far from a fixed kitchen. As Sean Mendes has learned since he earlier this month opened a permanent location of Roadside Seafood, it doesn’t work that way in restaurants.

“People don’t expect you to run out of everything,” he says. “I’ve been doing three or four batches of she-crab soup.”

The she-crab clamor is understandable, since Roadside – which got its start two years ago as a food truck – produces one of the city’s best bowls.  Based on Mendes’ grandmother’s recipe, the soup bears little resemblance to the flavorless, overworked bowls of thick cream which have caused plenty of Charleston eaters to dismiss the dish as tourist pap. It’s almost more of a chowder than a bisque, crammed with picked crab and flecked with onion and celery. Continue reading

Kiawah Food Truck Rodeo Benefits Hunger Relief

Half a dozen food trucks will converge on Kiawah Island next month to support Back Pack Buddies.

Ten percent of sales from Freshfields Village’s  first-ever Food Truck Rodeo will benefit the hunger relief program at Angel Oak Elementary School on Johns Island. Back Pack Buddies weekly distributes 50-60 bags of nonperishable snacks to children at risk of going hungry over the weekend.

Hello, My Name is BBQ; AutoBahn Food Truck; Coastal Crust; Roadside Seafood; Refueler’s Mobile Café and The Cookie Chick are scheduled to appear at the Apr. 6 event. The rodeo runs from 12 noon-4 p.m.; admission and parking are free.

Freshfields Village is located at 149 Village Green Lane on Johns Island.

The Food Truck Court Arrives at The Pour House This Weekend

burkeA few years after a downtown property owner reclaimed his parking lot, displacing the city’s first regularly-scheduled food truck pod, the concept is resurfacing on James Island.

The Food Truck Court will debut at The Pour House this Saturday from 12 noon-5:30 p.m. Organizer Cory Burke of Roti Rolls says the weekly gathering will feature no fewer than two trucks. “There will be a maximum of 15 as it grows,” he adds. “We will try to keep it around 5-6 to start and see where it takes us.”

In addition to a rotating array of trucks parked in the same place, the Saturday afternoon Court will feature live music, drinks on the bar’s new deck and “family-fun activities” provided by Charleston Fun Factory, such as a jump castle and a mechanical bull. Continue reading

Local Entrepreneur Introduces Mobile Dim Sum Concept

aramarktruckDim sum has been on a roll seemingly since the invention of the wheeled metal cart, but a Mt. Pleasant entrepreneur is taking the mobile concept a step further with a dim sum food truck.

Although Chad Moore hasn’t yet hit the road, he’s purchased an old Aramark truck and this week flew to Hong Kong for an intensive dumpling tutorial. The preliminary menu for Dim Sum Good Thoughts includes har gow (translucent shrimp dumplings); shumai (tightly-packed pork dumplings, although Moore’s plotting a vegetarian version) and fun guo (the typically thicker-skinned pork and shrimp dumplings), as well as a pair of barbecue buns. He’s also contemplating serving xiao long bao, the soup dumplings that are the subject of countless obsessions.

To fund the project, Moore’s posted a $15,000 ask on Kickstarter. Within a day of launching his campaign, he’d received $1125 from three backers. Continue reading