Chris, tell us all about your food truck, what makes you special? We specialize in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches featuring everything from fresh mozzarella to your famous short ribs. We also do fresh hand-cut fries with a constantly changing variety of dipping sauces. Of course we still have our legendary Jake’s crab cakes & crab balls that we have been making for over 25 years.
Why did you decide to open a food truck? We have had the Jake’s food trailer with a giant ten foot crab on it for over 10 years, serving crab cakes and lobster rolls. Then we added the food truck to our line-up when hurricane sandy came and destroyed our crab shack on the Belmar boardwalk. We wanted to do something fun and unique on the truck in addition to our seafood, so we put our spin on the classic grilled cheese, and people have been loving it.
What’s your most popular menu item? Always the crab cake sandwich but a close second this year was the “Cali”. It’s braised chicken with avocado, bacon, & Monterey jack cheese. Last year it was the “Shorty”, which is our braised short ribs, caramelized onions, & Gruyere cheese.
Tell us about a favorite or memorable event you’ve participated in? Memorable/Not profitable was in Philadelphia for when the pope was in town… The setup for the food trucks was not to our benefit. But, our best and favorite event every year is the Belmar Seafood Festival. It’s so great to have such an amazing event in our home town and to see it grow to such a success.
What’s the best part about having a food truck? It’s a really fun environment, especially on the beach front. But we have done special events, and wedding receptions, too. People are really happy to order from it… like an ice cream truck. Or in our case, a frozen banana truck (which we also make fresh and serve)!
Do you do weddings and/or catering? Yes we do lots of both. We cater many events all year round. And we love when people ask for our food truck at their special event or wedding. It just seems to add a extra level of fun to any event.
Where can we find you on the street or do you have restaurant? We are normally on the beach in Belmar all summer and do other events throughout the year. Our flagship restaurant, Brandl is located on the Plaza in downtown Belmar (703 Belmar Plaza). Also we will be opening Jake’s Downtown in the spring of 2016. Jake’s Downtown, a 20-seat restaurant, will be located in the Beach Haus Brewery Building (801-03 Main Street).
Thank you Chris.
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