Today’s Food Trucks Are Not Your Food Trucks of Old

Husband and wife team Lewis and Cheryl Hines are two of the hardest working small business owners in Brevard County. The couple is the proud owner of the 5-star-rated Dat-B-Good food truck that serves up delicious barbecue and other tasty bites around town. Perhaps you’ve seen them. 

Lewis, a Florida native from Palatka, and Cheryl, a Chicago transplant who graduated from Cocoa Beach High, have been married 29 years. After being encouraged by friends to sell his mouth-watering barbecue, Lewis decided to give it a try in 2012. With the support of their family, they started participating in Friday Fests at the Cape, local farmers’ markets and other major events in the county. 

After owning the food truck for four years, they decided to put it into full operation, installing a warmer box, a 4-top burner stove with an oven, 2-by-2-foot flat-top griddle, a deep fryer, a 4-foot hood system, a hand-washing sink, a 3-compartment sink, a hot water tank, a fresh water holding tank, a gray water tank, a prep table, a refrigerator, air conditioning and a pull-behind smoker—in essence making the truck completely self-sufficient.

Dat-B-Good’s menu consists of their signature brisket; chicken; Boston butts; baby back ribs; spare ribs; and specialty items by request, which includes smoked fish or lamb. They also offer a variety of delicious side dishes. 

Lewis has been perfecting his pit-master smoking techniques for years now and knows how to provide a quality product, how to get it out quick and still live up to the Dat-B-Good standard.

“Our customers are extremely important to us, and we love nothing more than to make their mouths and stomachs happy,” Cheryl says.

Dat-B-Good can be found most Saturdays at the South Beach Chevron at the split and some Thursdays in Rockledge at the Space Coast Community Pharmacy on Fiske Boulevard. They also provide catering for corporations, individuals, weddings and more. The best way to find them, however, is on Facebook at Facebook.com/DatBGood or by calling 321.750.7375.

If you dig the convenience of roaming restaurants, there are a number of other local food trucks in the area as well, like the Lunchpad for comfort food based out of Satellite Beach, Intruck Coastal Bites for sandwiches and Peruvian food in Eau Gallie, and Jimmy’s Gyros in Satellite Beach. Here are three more:

TacoManiacs

Street corn, black beans, cilantro and key lime rice, chicken or mahi tacos, and maniac fries can all be yours at this north Melbourne-based food truck, but they’re on wheels so they get around. You can track their location at RoamingHunger.com/tacomaniacs/. 321.425.2484

EatQual

A food truck serving Cocoa and surrounding areas, EatQual serves 100 percent vegan street food that is delicious and cruelty-free. Find scheduled stops at Facebook.com/EatForRights. 856.230.8179

Coastal Kitchen

Serving burrito bowls and exotic tacos with some heat, this truck is a favorite with locals and can be seen at many events. Look for them at Facebook.com/Coastal-Kitchen-Food-Truck. 200-298 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Ricky Carroll Surfboards in Rockledge is a supporter of local food trucks, hosting Food Truck Fridays each week at their shop and encourages other business owners to do the same whenever they get a chance.

Individuals, groups and businesses interested in utilizing food truck services can also follow Brevard County Food Truck Rally on Facebook.