BELFAST, Maine – From Jamaican jerk specialties to gourmand scorching canines, lobster rolls to ice cream cones, the food truck scene is large in Belfast this summer.
The usually brightly coloured trucks – and a waterside diner – are a welcoming place to seize lunch or a deal with. With your fingers stuffed with scrumptious grab-and-go food, it is simple to find a snug place to choose town’s waterfront and benefit from the summer climate when you dine.
Here’s the present number of downtown food trucks and the place to find them.
Located on Belfast Harbor Walk behind Front Street Pub.
Opening hours: 11.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday.
The Jamaican Grille started life virtually 20 years in the past as a food truck painted in purple, yellow and inexperienced Rasta colours serving jerk hen and different delicacies throughout Belfast. Owner Jason Loblein, now 38, took a 14-year hiatus earlier than opening behind the Front Street pub in the center of final summer.
He is aware of Jamaican food as a result of his household lives on the Caribbean island nation a part of the yr, and discovering the proper flavors is necessary to him.
“Jamaica is the primary place I discovered to prepare dinner,” he mentioned.
Jerk is a cooking model native to Jamaica. It derives from grilling, he mentioned, and one in every of its traits is that the meat is cooked till it is so tender it falls off the bone. It’s additionally smoky and flavorful, thanks to the Scotch Bonnet pepper, which is a staple of the seasoning together with salt and recent thyme.
He would not use citrus, pineapple, or different fruits in his marinade, though Americans usually count on jerk flavors to be each fruity and pungent.
Loblein smokes his jerk hen, pork ribs, and steak suggestions over hardwood and wooden from the allspice tree, which produces allspice berries, to excellent the flavour.
He affords three meat choices, three sauces, and three sides — coconut rice and beans, “pageant” or fried cornbread, and “candy and tangy veggies.” The latter is shredded cabbage and carrots steamed with somewhat butter and vinegar.
The Jamaican Grille has been successful because it opened final July. He estimates he cooks 400 kilos of hen each week and distributes about 100 servings of jerk hen a day.
“The solely criticism we’re getting is that these parts are two huge,” he mentioned, including that he is aiming to open a second location in the Portland space that may stay open year-round. “I would love to broaden and transfer to a spot with indoor seating.”
The lodge is positioned on the Belfast Marina at 15 Front Street, simply off Harbor Walk and Hamlin Marine. Opening hours: 11:30 am – 6:00 pm Thursday to Monday.
Jennifer Stewart and Cecil Armstrong are the driving power behind JC’s On-A-Roll, town’s latest food truck. They provide all kinds of dishes together with salad, lobster rolls, crab rolls, made-to-order burgers with regionally raised beef, scorching canines, fried hen, fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fresh-cut fries, and blueberry lemonade.
For Stewart, opening the food truck is the end result of a longtime dream. She has labored in the healthcare trade for a few years, most not too long ago serving because the chief of a psychological well being group dwelling.
“It’s simply been very aggravating throughout a world pandemic,” she mentioned. “I’ve determined to comply with my ardour.”
For her, this means cooking recent and home made and utilizing regional components as usually as doable. She makes her personal jam, salad dressings, sauerkraut and chili. Even the blueberry focus in the blueberry soda comes from her dad and mom’ farm, Stewart’s Wild Maine Blueberries in Stockton Springs.
“Come down and test us out,” Stewart mentioned. “We attempt to assist the native inhabitants [farmers] and put together home-made scrumptious food.”
Stone Fox Farm Dairy
Kathy Chamberlain serves us ice cream from her Stone Fox Farm Creamery Food Truck in this 2020 photograph. Photo credit score: Abigail Curtis | BDN employees
Located on the Belfast Marina at 15 Front Street.
Opening occasions: day by day from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Vendors of home made ice cream in small batches are again in the identical spot on the waterfront as final summer, with cones, milkshakes and sundaes on the menu.
“I feel we’re going to be very, very busy,” mentioned proprietor Kathy Chamberlain. “We already are.”
Though vanilla is the ice cream truck’s best-selling taste yr after yr, she mentioned, there are a couple of different choices in the combination, together with salted caramel and salted caramel with chocolate. However, a model new taste has shortly grow to be one in every of her favorites: Oreo Espresso, made with Oreo cookies and espresso ice cream.
“It’s scrumptious. Really tremendous good,” she mentioned.
The lodge is positioned on the Belfast Harbor Walk close to the Nautilus Restaurant and the general public pier.
Coffeeman’s Doug Hufnagel grinds espresso beans in this file photograph from 2021. Photo credit score: Abigail Curtis | BDN
Opening hours: 10am – 2pm Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 5pm Friday and Saturday and 10am – 4pm Sunday.
At Doug Hufnagel’s distinctive inexperienced espresso trolley, he serves freshly floor and ready pour-over espresso, iced espresso, cold and hot tea, and cold and hot scorching chocolate.
“That’s our oxymoron – iced scorching chocolate,” he mentioned, laughing.
It’s not an elaborate menu, but it surely’s one he is turned to science after parking his espresso cart outdoors of festivals, concert events and the Common Ground Country Fair for greater than three a long time.
This yr, keen-eyed espresso followers may spot some adjustments. One is a big map of Maine that he asks prospects to mark with a pin displaying the place they’re from. Another purpose is that his little wind generator lastly gave up the ghost this yr and he changed it with a solar panel. He makes use of the panel to energy his lights, water pump, and a charger for cell telephones and audio system.
Hufnagel nonetheless would not settle for bank cards, however continues to lend, which he says units it aside from different corporations. It can also be an excellent karma generator.
“I used to be somewhat apprehensive at first,” he mentioned. “But two or three years on the market, the one factor I’ve misplaced is a plastic milk crate. Humans are inherently sincere, it seems. I had a man who got here again this yr who owed cash from final yr. He remembered all of it yr – $2.50. People do not like having these little money owed hanging over their heads, and it appears to me I’ve by no means had anybody stiffen me up.
The moody canine
This 2014 file photograph reveals a scorching canine from The Moody Dog being made with home made mustard and Morse sauerkraut. Photo credit score: Abigail Curtis | BDN
Located at Hauptstrasse 39.
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thursday – Tuesday.
Raymelle Moody is as soon as once more tossing gourmand and traditional scorching canines at her standard downtown food truck, which options scorching canines from Portland’s Maine Family Farms and veggie canines made to her personal recipe.
The scorching canines appear restricted solely by their wide-ranging creativity. There’s a Beantown Dog with baked beans, ketchup, and grilled onions, a Cubano Dog with Swiss cheese, deli ham, dill pickle, and yellow mustard, and the BLT Dog with tangy Mesclun greens, aged cherry tomatoes, native bacon, and mayonnaise.
This yr she’s including a lobster slider to the menu, in addition to a steak and cheese canine. This options native beef tenderloin that is shaved skinny and sauteed with onions and pepperoncini earlier than topping it with a slice of provolone, and he or she describes it as one of many chef’s new private favorites.
Unlike final yr, she would not function a scorching canine truck outdoors of Marshall Wharf Brewing Co., as an alternative making food for the brewery to promote to prospects.
Must be good lobster
Sadie Samuels stands in entrance of her Must Be Nice Lobster food truck. They not too long ago opened the season at their new location at The Ocean House at 2 Cross Street in Belfast. Photo credit score: Abigail Curtis | BDN employees
Located in the parking zone behind the Brambles constructing at 2 Cross Street.
Opening hours: 11.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday.
Lobsterman and entrepreneur Sadie Samuels is as soon as once more serving up lobster rolls, crab rolls, hand-cut fries, scorching canines and burgers from her lunch van, which is parked in a extra central location in central Belfast this yr.