Feel Good Food Truck

Food Truck | Hamburgers | Sandwich Shop
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Worth driving from anywhere!
Michael Stern | June 12, 2018
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If you’ve seen the move Chef, you’ll recognize the euphoric spirit of Feel Good Food Truck. Having worked at a local pub for over a decade, Christian Schaumann and his wife, Molly, thought: What the heck? Let’s do a food truck! They found one nearby, bought it, spiffed it up, and in a short time they were serving extraordinary meals unlike any other place in town. They describe their cuisine as “Comfort food with a twist.”

The original menu featured all kinds of creative sandwiches, but as Chef Jim Darby recently came on board, it is now more focused on creative grilled cheese and hamburgers. The creativity is dazzling, but before getting to that, let’s look at the burgers themselves. They are glamorous patties of beef, grilled juice-oozy and crunch-edged — great all by by themselves, with or without condiments. The house special burger adds rich pimento cheese and a plenitude of thick-cut bacon plus, of course, lettuce, tomato, and onion: a magnificent package. If beef is not your taste, consider a handsome grilled salmon patty — moist and sweet-ocean flavored with a crisp crust, bunned with yogurt dressing and pickled onions. I’ve had salmon burgers coast to coast; none are so scrumptious as this. Another great choice is the chorizo sausage-spiced patty topped with PBR fondue, peppers, and onions. It’s a sensational combination of spicy-hot and creamy comfort food. Best of all, in my book, is the burger known as Sucker Punch: blackened beef, blue cheese, tobacco onions, aioli, lettuce, tomato, onions, and balsamic reduction.

French fries are a must. The regular ones are great; the beer battered ones are even better, with their crisp, golden coat that is a taste thrill in and of itself, enveloping creamy potato logs.

Although this place 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 dozens of things happen simultaneously. For all the seeming chaos, the staff are happy and cheerful and extraordinarily helpful when they discuss the menu. Miraculously, one of them always has time to actually step out of the kitchen to deliver food to customers sitting at the al fresco picnic tables or inside the air conditioned commissary / game room. One day when Christian made one such excursion to deliver a meal, 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 the grill.

Note: the Feel Good Food truck is located at 1031 Richland Ave. but sometimes appears elsewhere in town. Check social media to find out where. Note also that indoor seating has been added for rain days or when it’s just too hot to be outside. It shares its commissary with two other on-premises, Roadfood-recommended eateries, Smokin Guns BBQ and Aiken Ice Cream.

What to Eat
Feel Good Food Truck, Special Burger
Special Burger
Must-Try
Below the thick bacon and creamy pimento cheese is a big, flavorful hamburger.
Feel Good Food Truck, Salmon Burger
Salmon Burger
Must-Try
The salmon burger is juicy and redolent of sweet marine flavor, so well abetted by yogurt dressing and pickled onions.
Feel Good Food Truck, PBR Battered French Fries
PBR Battered French Fries
Must-Try
For us spud lovers, this intimate view of PBR battered fries verges on indecent.
Feel Good Food Truck, Hamburguesa
Hamburguesa
Must-Try
Hamburguesa: chorizo-spiced patty topped with PBR fondue
Feel Good Food Truck, Sucker Punch Burger
Sucker Punch Burger
Must-Try
Heaven on a bun: blackened beef, blue cheese, tobacco onions, aioli, lettuce, tomato, onions, balsamic reduction.
Feel Good Food Truck, Plain Jane Burger
Plain Jane Burger
Must-Try
It's not flashily dressed, but the Plain Jane Burger delivers spectacular flavor.
Feel Good Food Truck, Peachy Cheese Melt
Peachy Cheese Melt
Must-Try
Jalapeno peach chutney accompanies a peachy grilled cheese melt of boursin, brie, and onions.
Feel Good Food Truck, Gyro Burger
Gyro Burger
Must-Try
Gyro burger is beef, but with a kaleidoscope of Greek gyro flavors.
Feel Good Food Truck, Cuban Sandwich
Cuban Sandwich
Must-Try
Superb Cuban sandwich is an occasional special.
Feel Good Food Truck, Caprese
Caprese
Must-Try
Mozzarella, tomato, basil & balsamic reduction on grilled sourdough = the Caprese
Feel Good Food Truck, Chorizo Burger Salad
Chorizo Burger Salad
Chorizo burger salad does not lack meat ... or blue cheese.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday6pm - 9pm
Monday6pm - 9pm
Tuesday6pm - 9pm
Wednesday6pm - 9pm
Thursday6pm - 9pm
Friday6pm - 9pm
Saturday6pm - 9pm
Information
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes

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