the Gulf Breeze The Eatery Outdoor Food Truck Park is less than a week away from making its debut, giving the neighborhood new fast food options and outdoor recreation space to enjoy.
Four of the restaurateurs have already reserved their place in the park at 1713 Woodlawn Roadranging from Korean cuisine to BBQ, burgers, tacos and topping it up with ice cream and shaved ice.
In addition to the six food trucks Restaurant will host once all vacant spaces are filled, visitors will also be able to enjoy garden games, ample parking, a large pavilion with air-conditioned toilets, water fountains, full utilities and many options of seats, according to a statement published by The Eatery.
For the four food trucks that have been locked down so far, here’s a look at what visitors can expect.
Turtle Roll Homemade ice cream and crushed ice
Charlene Cook, owner of Turtle Roll Homemade ice cream and crushed icemoved to Pensacola in 2020, and starting her own ice cream shop has always been a dormant dream.
Cook grew up in Australia before moving to different states in the United States. She said moving to the beach was just the next step in her family’s adventure. Owning an ice cream shop seemed to fit her new surroundings perfectly.
“I was done with the office, I wanted to do something fun,” Cook said. “I just want to provide a place where families, both locals who live here and families on vacation, can go and have fun, enjoy ice cream together.”
She adds, “For me, ice cream is always a way to create memories.”
A graduate of Scoop School, a frozen dessert training school in St. Louis, Missouri, Cook became an expert in breaking down the science behind ice cream, like finding the right amount of air and fat in each dish of ice cream. .
Cook plans to make all the ice cream she sells herself, but is still looking for the right kitchen space. Until then, she will get her ice cream from Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppewhich operates its own creamery in Mobile, Alabama.
She said her company’s vision aligned with Cammie’s, and the two even worked together to create a special ice cream concoction unique to the Turtle Roll truck.
The finished product was turtle ice cream, which consisted of a cheesecake-based ice cream with caramel and chocolate fudge and pecans.
Other special flavors she will be offering include royal cake ice cream infused with fresh royal cake, mint chocolate chips, monster cookies, chocolate cookies and cream, cotton candy and a Creole praline, comparable to a buttered pecan.
The ice cream can be served in a cake cone or in a mug, with the small size for $3.00, the regular size for $4.50 and the large size for $6.00.
In addition to ice cream, Cook will also offer shaved ice which is shaved to order with 24 different flavors, including sugar-free.
Cook said it plans to be open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week from February 1, although hours are subject to change depending on the season.
Boss Burger Co Sauce
The entrepreneurial spirit hasn’t fallen from the tree, as Charlene Cook’s son, Eli Cook, will be running the truck next door, Boss Burger Co Sauce. The truck will offer six specialty burgers and homemade sauces.
Eli Cook said he grew up making and eating burgers all his life, and they would always be his favorite order on a restaurant menu.
“I’ve been cooking dinner for a family of six for four years now,” Cook said. “Doing something with cooking as a career is exciting and the start of something potentially big.”
After moving to Gulf Breeze, he and his father saw the potential market for specialty burgers, so Eli Cook set to work in the kitchen developing his own recipes. He even perfected a custom waygu meat mix using local Pensacola butcher, Costello’s.
In addition to developing creative sandwich combinations, Eli Cook said the quality of the sauces was key to complementing the flavor of the burger. Each of the burgers comes with its own signature sauce, such as Boss Sauce, Barbie Sauce, Mad Sauce, Bleu Sauce, Cinco Sauce and a special rotating sauce for the burger of the month.
Eli Cook said there’s something for everyone, whether it’s the classic Boss burger, a wild western burger, a spicy Mad Dog or a decadent blue cheese burger.
The price of all gourmet specialty burgers ranges from $15 to $18, but fluctuates depending on supply and cost of the product, Eli Cook said.
Cook said the venture was not only a positive opportunity for his career, but also a special opportunity to be one of the first to serve in The Eatery.
“It’s really awesome to be part of the foundation of something like this,” he said. “I’m excited to see where this takes us.”
Cook said he hopes to be open Feb. 11 after he completes hiring and the final touches to the business. Once open, it plans to serve 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday for a month or two. After that, it will change the opening days and hours depending on the season.
Seoul Food BBQ
Austin Jones, owner of Seoul Food BBQ food truck, which specializes in a South Korean fusion.
Jones said he learned Korean-style cooking from his extended family, but wanted to incorporate it into the southern-style cooking you’d see at a traditional barbecue.
“I realized it’s not very common here, a lot of people haven’t tried it,” Jones said.
The menu features a variety of unique entrees, all averaging around $10, such as pork bulgogi, japchae noodles, and Korean corn dog.
Some of the more familiar Southern-style dishes include pork sandwiches or pork smothered mac and cheese.
Fusion items offer the best of both worlds, including a BBQ shrimp bulgogi and po’boy, porkbelly bulgogi and BBQ pork mac and cheese fries, and a caramelized kimchi pulled pork sandwich
Jones plans to be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting in February, though hours may vary depending on the season.
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Co-owners of Azteca Tacos The Furrows and Luis Reyes started the Mexican Home Food Truck to bring the flavors of Reyes’ roots to Jalisco, Mexico’s Pensacola area.
Reyes brings with him 17 years of experience in the restaurant industry, including more than a decade cooking at the Mariachi Mexican Grill in Gulf Breeze.
“That’s what I do best, is selling food,” he says.
Although the tacos are advertised in the name, he said the tacos were only part of the menu. He said menu offerings extended to burritos, Mexican-style plates — like hibachi-style shrimp on the grill, kids’ meals and desserts. Although street tacos reign as a bestseller, he said.
The two partners aim to keep the menu affordable, with entrees starting at $3.50 for tacos and going up to around $12.50 for larger plates, Reyes said.
Although Mexican food trucks aren’t uncommon in Pensacola, Reyes said the quality of ingredients and authentic flavors help set Azteca apart from other competitors along the Gulf Coast.
The website will be available soon with a full menu, but in the meantime updates can be found on the company’s Facebook page.
Azteca’s is planning a soft opening this week, but will hold its grand opening on February 1. They plan to start with hours from 10 a.m. to around 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but plan to stay open later in the warmer months. .
“We spent a lot of time making this happen,” Reyes said.