Jamie Parsons and Nichole Barnett are joining the all-star lineup of Cape Region food trucks with Smash Mouth Burgers.
“The smashed burger concept is not new, but no one else is doing it around here,” Parsons said. “There’s taco trucks and other types of trucks, and I just knew this would take off.”
The menu features five variations such as the Farmhouse burger with jalapeno jam, Taylor ham and a sunny egg with American cheese, and the Santa Fe burger with shredded lettuce, pico, avocado, chipotle mayo and green chili queso.
There are also several options besides burgers, including a grilled chicken sandwich called the Yard Bird and a hot dog called the Big Frank.
Parsons makes everything himself with locally sourced ingredients; meats come from Diamond State Meats, while the rolls come from Old World Breads in Nassau. He hand cuts the fries and makes his own jalapeno jam from his own stock of pickled jalapenos.
“There’s nothing on the truck that’s frozen, ever,” he said.
Parsons previously worked as culinary director of the DiFebo’s restaurants in Rehoboth, Ocean View and Berlin, Md. About 20 years ago, Barnett also had a restaurant in Rehoboth called Burgers by the Sea.
Most recently, Parsons was the chef at the Gilligan’s location on Route 16 in Milton. But when COVID forced the restaurant to close, he was on the hunt for something new.
He found an ad posted by Fat Vinny’s, which was selling its food truck, a converted mini school bus. Parsons said he went down right away to discuss it and bought the truck the next day.
Parsons even named his sausage sandwich the Fat Vinny in honor of the previous owner.
Smash Mouth Burgers has been on the road since Aug. 31, and so far the response has been great, Barnett said.
The food truck is at the Big Chill Surf Cantina from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday-Wednesday. The truck is also at the Milton Garage at the corner of Union and Federal streets between Irish Eyes and M&T Bank every Thursday night from 6 to 10 p.m. Every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the truck serves breakfast at Sandhill Fields in Georgetown for Henlopen Soccer Club’s fall recreational league. It also occasionally sets up outside Shore Marketplace just south of Five Points.
Another upcoming location will be the Revelation Beer Garden at Hudson Fields in Milton on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Other locations are expected to be added soon. Search for Smash Mouth Smash Burgers on Facebook and Instagram for an up-to-date schedule. The food truck is also available for private events. For more information, call Barnett at 302-236-1092.