Feel Good Food

Food Truck | Sandwich Shop
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Michael Stern | September 07, 2017
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If you’ve seen the move Chef, you’ll understand the euphoric spirit of Feel Good Food. Having cooked at a local pub for over a decade, Christian Schaumann, with his wife, Molly, thought: What the heck? Let’s do a food truck! They found one nearby, bought it, spiffed it up, and within a few weeks they were serving extraordinary street food. They describe their cuisine as “Comfort food with a twist.”

It’s sandwiches, mostly, seemingly familiar ones. Continue reading

If you’ve seen the move Chef, you’ll understand the euphoric spirit of Feel Good Food. Having cooked at a local pub for over a decade, Christian Schaumann, with his wife, Molly, thought: What the heck? Let’s do a food truck! They found one nearby, bought it, spiffed it up, and within a few weeks they were serving extraordinary street food. They describe their cuisine as “Comfort food with a twist.”

It’s sandwiches, mostly, seemingly familiar ones. But there’s nothing ordinary about grilled cheese when it’s paired with slow-smoked brisket or with sliced apples and bacon and is made on quality bread that is extremely well buttered and grilled to crunchy opulence. Christian makes a very good BLT, but he also makes a (P)BLT, for which thick layers of unconscionably unctuous pork belly are added to the formula — this, too, on golden-grilled toast. The Cuban sandwich is a classic: roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard packed into a torpedo of bread and grilled under a heavy weight so the bread turns crisp and everything inside melds together. It is not likely that each of these sandwiches will be available when you visit Feel Good Food. Christian is too energetic and too creative to have a static menu, so new sandwiches always are being added as some others go on sabbatical.

Hand-cut French fries are a honeytone tangle of good-size potato logs, twigs, and crisp little edges, wanting only a twist of salt (and maybe pepper, also) to attain side-dish eminence. Or, you can be silly and decadent … with an order of deep-fried rounds of mac ‘n’ cheese, their outside crunchy, their inside soft and buttery.

Although FGF is a food truck, it does not serve fast food. It can take a while to wait in line before your turn comes to place an order, then to wait for the food to be cooked. It is all prepared in an impossibly tiny kitchen where Molly and Christian each do about a dozen things at once. And yet for all the seeming chaos, they both appear to be happy and cheerful and are extraordinarily helpful when they discuss the menu. Miraculously, one or the other of them frequently has time to actually step out of the kitchen to deliver food to customers sitting at a single picnic table (the only seating available). One day when Christian made one such excursion to deliver a steak sandwich, I asked him if the heavy work load bothered him. “I love it!” he responded, spinning around and fairly leaping back into the kitchen to tend sandwiches on the grill.

Note: the Feel Good Food truck is usually parked at 1031 Richland Ave. at lunch time during the week, but appears in various places around the city at dinner, and sometimes leaves town altogether for music festivals. Check social media to be sure it’s where you want it to be.

Dishes to try
Feel Good Food, Brisket & Cheddar Sandwich
Brisket & Cheddar Sandwich
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Brisket and cheddar is one of several lasciviously grilled cheese sandwiches on the menu.
Feel Good Food, Cuban Sandwich
Cuban Sandwich
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Classic Cuban: roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard virtually fuse on the grill when cooked under a heavy weight.
Feel Good Food, Pork Belly BLT
Pork Belly BLT
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Lettuce and tomato are sandwiched by bacon on top and pork belly on the bottom.
Feel Good Food, French Fries
French Fries
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Full-bodied French fries deliver creamy spud satisfaction with plenty of crunchy edge.
Feel Good Food, Steak Sandwich
Steak Sandwich
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Steak wine-marinated to maximum beefy flavor combines with caramelized onions, mushrooms, cheddar, horseradish, and mayo to become a profound sandwich.
Feel Good Food, Habanero Grilled Cheese
Habanero Grilled Cheese
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Peppery habanero cheese and thick-cut bacon are a felicitous duet in this butter-grilled sandwich.
Feel Good Food, Grilled White Cheddar & Apple Sandwich
Grilled White Cheddar & Apple Sandwich
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Magnificently buttery grilled toast sandwiches white cheddar with thinly sliced apples ... plus bacon.
Feel Good Food, Fried Mac 'n' Cheese
Fried Mac 'n' Cheese
Mac 'n' Cheese bites are rich and creamy inside a severely crunchy skin.
Feel Good Food, Fried Jalapenos
Fried Jalapenos
Hot jalapenos are wrapped in seasoned breading and crisp crust.
Directions and Hours
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes