On July 7th, 2016 my comfort food world got rocked when the Rolling Stove food truck announced that it had served its last meal.
It wasn’t a surprise.
I knew the Rolling Stove’s days were numbered.
You see, over six years, Troy Thomas (owner of the Rolling Stove) and I had become very good friends.
I’m not sure that many people outside of the food truck bubble understand the amount of work and dedication it takes to run a food truck well.
Troy took great pride in his food, and I was back then and still am the biggest fan of his comfort food.
The wear and tear, the daily grind of food truck life finally got to Troy.
I didn’t want to see the food truck go, but I also didn’t want to see it become a shadow of its former self.
On July 6th, 2010, the Rolling Stove would make its debut at an abandoned gas station in Deerfield Beach, and then six years later on the exact same day, it rolled for the last time.
ORIGINAL ROLLING STOVE POST
July 6th, 2010
On May 16th, 2010 The Rolling Stove Food Truck’s owner Troy Thomas sent me this email.
My menu is simple due to space. I have a special blend of meats for my burger. It’s a combo of skirt steak, ribeye, and bacon that I grind all together. I guess you would have to call it a steak burger. I also will be doing jerk, chicken, pork, and rice. The jerk can be a sandwich or served over rice. I also do what I will call jerk fried rice (kind of like jambalaya) with chicken or pork in it as well as some veggies, Roasted jerk wings. Hand-cut fries that you can get with a midwest cheddar cheese called Merkts on them (can you say obscene). Fried onion loaf and lots of specials on the weekends like ribs, shrimp, fish, and of course a few deserts. Everything will be made by me fresh daily.
Troy Thomas, who ran two restaurants in his native Chicago and attended culinary school, is the man behind The Rolling Stove. The Rolling Stove made its debut in Delray Beach back on July 6, 2010.
I drove up from Miami to try it. I was so impressed with the flavors and then depressed when I realized that it was predominately going to hit up the streets of Broward/Palm Beach.
Troy runs the truck with his mom Pat.
Late last year, things changed with the creation of the Miami Street Food Court (2010). The Rolling Stove came down here with more frequency. I would count the minutes till my next Stove meal and still do.
Yes, The Rolling Stove is my favorite truck, eat there, and you’ll find out why.
I love everything on the menu, and I don’t even eat tomatoes. But honestly, get the Chicken Crisper Sandwich, it’s unreal.
THE ROLLING STOVE FOOD PORN
Here’s just a small portion of the dishes I ate at the Rolling Stove Food Truck over the years.
While we don’t talk as often, Troy and I are still friends.
When I first began with food popups around town, Troy told me that if I needed any recipes from the Rolling Stove Food Truck, they were mine to have.
I asked for one recipe, and it’s currently on my popup menu.
Those cereal breaded chicken tenders, aka Chicken Crispers, always brought extreme happiness to anyone who ate them.
Their new name on the Burger Beast menu?
Troy’s Chicken Tenders, of course.
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