I’ve already written about Port Fonda food truck, which is in a different stratosphere than the others. But another food truck that deserves some love is the Good You. (Wo)maned by Kelli Daniels formerly of the Drop, her restaurant on wheels serves gourmet quality fare that is worthy of the effort it sometimes takes to find it. And after operating out of the Drop’s tiny kitchen, this new home poses no challenges for Kelli. Her emphasis is on organic ingredients, and I don’t know of another food truck in the area that can make such a claim.
Unlike some of the local food trucks, the Good You doesn’t follow the crowd….. literally. Kelli is more interested in serving people who appreciate their food, rather than just serving the masses, so they don’t participate in the Crossroads Food Truck Stop or the recent flood of food truck festivals. But you will find the Good You at charity events, farmer’s markets, friends’ art openings and the big time festivals like Bonnaroo. But on a daily basis, the truck is out on the streets near KU Med, downtown, or Westport, to name a few of their hot spots.
Those new to the food truck phenomenon may wonder how to find Good You (or any truck) since they don’t stand still. It’s all about social media and utilizing Facebook and Twitter. The Good You does it as well as any of them, posting or tweeting its location and menu every day or two to make sure they stay in touch with their fans. And updating status on a regular basis is as vital to the success of a food truck as the quality of its fare.
Though I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m too old to enjoy standing up and scarfing down my food, everything I’ve tasted from the Good You truck is something I’d be happy eating in a restaurant. It boasts the Best Burger, and though I’m not sure I’d agree with that proclamation, it is a fine burger. Grass-fed, on a Farm-to-Market bun, dripping with a secret sauce that runs down your arm as you eat.
My favorite so far? The red bean burrito with molé sauce. Anyone who reads my posts on a regular basis knows I’m a sucker for molé, and this is awesome. The chocolate and spice are pleasing without being overpowering. In this rendition, the sauce is for dipping since you’d have a hard time eating it if the burrito were smothered. My husband and I split one and immediately wanted to order another, but I stuck to my mission and tried something else on the menu instead.
One of the great things about food trucks is that the chef is front and center. Being easily accessible means customers have a chance to ask questions or just engage in conversation and get to know him or her on a more personal level. It’s obvious that Kelli is one of those people who enjoys that part of the experience, so be sure to chat her up when you go.