Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown: Who earned the bragging rights?

Published 8:04 am Sunday, December 1, 2019

Twelve food trucks showed up to the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head on Nov. 24 to compete in the annual Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown. Of those twelve trucks, only one took home the showdown champion belt and won bragging rights for being the best food truck for 2019.

At 11:30 a.m., people from all over the Outer Banks gathered at the event site around the food trucks to try their best cuisine. From barbecue-loaded fries to “Philly bombz” to filet sliders, there was plenty of delicious food to go around.

While the crowd ate, three live performances took place on stage. Mustang Outreach Program students performed first to start off the event on a high note. Next came Mojo Collins and Triple Vision with their soft rock tunes. To end the day, Songs from the Road Band took over the stage for the last hour and a half while the audience deliberated their food truck winner.

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South Beach Grille’s Fork’et Me Not food truck came back with a hunger for another win. With their Philly and chicken “bombz” and signature chicken and shrimp tacos, their customers left feeling satisfied. Not only did their food speak volumes, but their toy replica food truck that drove around the field brought in quite the crowd of spectators.

Fork’et Me Not wasn’t the only truck with long lines. Capt’n Crabby’s had returned for another season of the food truck showdown. With their Maryland-inspired cuisine, owner MJ Medlar and head chef Steve Jones ended up running out of crab cakes. “It went great. Sadly, we ran out of crab cakes,” Medlar said. This just goes to show how many supporters this little truck from Norfolk, Va. had.

Coming back for the third year, the Owl Feed Ya food truck served up some true backyard barbecue. Their most popular item, the barbecue mac and cheese bowl, sold out after the first couple hours. “We were surprised with the turnout today, Brian with Owl Feed Ya food truck said. “They said they only expected 1,000 people, but I think there was well over 1,000.” Brian and his crew proved to be tough competitors once again in this year’s showdown.

Pat and Steve, Outer Banks locals, shared their thoughts on the event: “It makes so much sense,” Pat said, “you have a huge seasonal population and the trucks can go where the people are.” This was their first year coming to the showdown. Pat mentioned that the restrictions on food trucks had recently been uplifted and now the residents could enjoy events such as this one more often.

After four hours of cooking, serving, eating and mingling, the showdown came to a close. The Songs from the Road Band took a short break so the winner of the 2019 Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown could be announced.

Pablano’s Tacos and More took the third-place spot with their authentic tacos and nachos. Y’all Eat Yet, former two-time champion, won second place. The winner earning the ultimate bragging rights was Fork’et Me Not. This was their second time in the top of the showdown.

For more information on the event and all the food trucks that participated, visit the Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown’s Facebook page.