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July 17, 2014 10:05 AM

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With shows like Eat St., Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and You Gotta Eat Here! becoming popular mainstays on TV, it's no surprise the fresh food trend has rolled into town on food trucks.

From pulled pork to fresh-cut fries, pizza and battered fish, there’s something for everyone in Lloydminster’s food trucks. This year, the Border City is served by four trucks — two of them being new to town — that offer a variety of tasty items, each with a unique taste you have to try for yourself.

ROADIES SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL

After a couple of hiccups earlier this summer, Lisa and Blaine Olfert’s Roadies Smokehouse and Grill is now up and running, waiting to serve you some grilled goodies.

It’s been a few years in the making, but Blaine said they pulled their recipes from family favourites.

Their flagship item — apple hickory pulled pork.

“It’s smoked all day, so it will be tender and falling apart,” Blaine explained. “It’s also something you don’t see on menu’s around Lloyd very much, so we kind of wanted to bring something new into Lloyd, but keeping with familiar flavours.”

Also on Roadies’ menu is smoked potato skins, a smokestack burger and even cornbread.

Lisa said the smoked potato skins are something she used to make with her father, adding they are completely different than French fries.

“It’s just awesome just how the smoke infuses the potato and it’s way better,” she said, adding that these, along with the cornbread are her favourites.

For Blaine, that spot is taken by the smokestack burger and the pulled pork.

“The pulled pork is just awesome, it’s a classic and the Smokestack is just a burger with everything,” he said. “It’s stacked with pulled pork, coleslaw, cheese. I wanted to have something that kind of stood out and that’s going to be our big stand-out, signature thing.”

Everything is made from scratch and is fresh, he added, and the small, but mighty, menu offers patrons something that isn’t offered anywhere else in Lloyd.

That’s why you have to check it out.

Lisa added that they do accept preorders.

For more information, find them on Facebook.

Located at 6206-44 St. in the ASTEC Safety Inc. parking lot. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

BORDER EATS

Running July and August last year, Border Eats owners Crystal and Andrew Nicholson have taken Lloydminster’s north end by storm, offering daily specials and other favourites.

Their main item of choice is their fish and chips.

“We really strive in all of our homemade products, so the fish is cold-water fish, brought in off the north Atlantic and we just hand batter it right in the truck,” Crystal said, adding her fries are cut and the burgers are also made on site. “We just really try to offer some really great-quality products.”

Along with the staples of burgers, hotdogs and haddock or cod fish, Border Eats also offers a number of poutine options — including traditional, taco, curry chicken and buffalo chicken — and even Newfie fries (chips, dressing and gravy).

Crystal noted the taco poutine is a must try item that includes fries, gravy, cheese, taco beef, salsa and sour cream.

“It’s been a huge, popular hit,” she said. But despite some of the menu items being guilty pleasures because most of it is deep fried, people can be happy that it’s all fresh and includes no preservatives.

“You’re going to feel full and happy,” Crystal added. “We really pride ourselves on that.”

They also carry 13 flavours of hard ice cream.

Formerly located in the Amigo’s parking lot, Border Eats’ new digs has allowed the Nicholsons to expand their seating and parking lot.

Word of mouth has been good for Border Eats, and they also put up all of their daily specials on Twitter and Facebook.

And while it may get a bit busy at the food truck, Crystal stressed it’s well worth the wait.

“The lunches have really hit it off with the industrial park, so sometimes it can be a little crazy around here, but definitely come out and give us a try,” she added. “Bring your friends, bring your family.”

Border Eats also does pre-orders. Visit their Facebook page or call 780-808-9800 for more information.

Located at 6005-50 Ave. in the Relay Distributing parking lot. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

CRANKY’S FOOD TRUCK

Jerry and Lorraine Milford owned a restaurant in Loon Lake before deciding to open up Cranky’s Food Truck.

Located in the city’s west end, Jerry said everything they make is fresh and homemade.

“We make our own burgers, we make our own pizzas, our pizza dough is homemade and we like to capitalize on the fresh part of it,” he said. According to Jerry, Cranky’s best item is their homemade pizza, the best selling one is their burgers.

“We just make a little pizza (10 inches), thin crust, it’s all about the meat and ingredients that are on it,” he explained.

With the truck being situated right beside Highway 16, Milford said they get a lot of people tasting Cranky’s grub who have been to a lot of food trucks. Every one of them will tell you, he added, that it’s the fresh food that draws them to the trucks.

“I think people who come to food trucks expect a little more,” he said, noting Lloydminster is on the brink of a food truck invasion. “If you want to stay competitive, you’ve got to be good and we’re good.”

He added one of the big differences between restaurants and food trucks is while dining in the former, patrons expect consistency, but with the latter, you need to push the envelope.

But that all has to be done in a confined space. The Cranky’s truck, for example, houses a charbroiler, pizza oven, griddle and burner station, as well as a drink cooler, a cooler for cheeses and a freezer, not to mention the three workers that crowd into it.

Visit Cranky’s Facebook page for more information.

Located at 5517-44 St. in the Princess Auto Parking Lot. Open at 10:30 a.m.

SPUDZ

For its second season, SPUDZ will be serving patrons in the Canadian Tire parking lot until September long weekend.

Owners Darla Leask and Michelle Dober were working in the food industry for a number of years when they decided to take on SPUDZ as a challenge.

The response to their fresh-cut fries was almost instant.

“Fresh-cut fries, we get them locally from the Hutterites here in Ribstone, they supply us with our potatoes, but we cut our French fries on site and fresh every day,” she said. “We try to buy locally to keep the business here in town.”

The location also offers a selection of burgers, hotdogs, chicken burgers and fish. While they have downsized their menu from last year, SPUDZ still serves patrons their favourites.

“We get to know a lot of the regulars that come every day, so it’s enjoyable for us,” Leask said. “We have friendly staff.”

As for her must-try items, Leask said she really likes the chicken burgers and onion rings.

Call 306-825-6701 for more information.

Located in the Canadian Tire parking lot.

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