(WMC) - THIS WEEK'S BIG TIP: Food Geek Sandwiches & Beyond, 8570 Highway 51, Southaven, MS, (901) 413-6948
Chef James Norman and his wife Laura never saw it coming.
Like how a lot of the cars speeding down Highway 51 never see the Normans' unassuming, stainless steel food truck in the parking lot.
But there I was, rapping at their fiberglass order window. I had good news.
Food Geek Sandwiches & Beyond is the first Mississippi food truck to be featured on the Scorecard that earned an "A" on its health inspection.
"We pride ourselves on cleanliness every day before we go home," said James.
His niche: smoked meats (pork, chicken, ham - smoked on site) to fill gourmet sandwiches and tacos -- and homemade potato chips on the side.
"One of our specialties is the Geeky Tiki Tacos, (pineapple-glazed pulled pork) with some pineapple and jalapenos in there," he said.
His hot sandwich right now: The Cuban. It's an authentic Cuban sandwich with smoked pulled pork, ham, Muenster cheese, pickles and mustard inside a pressed and toasted hoagie.
"I used to live in South Florida, and so we would go and get Cubans all the time," said Olive Branch, MS, customer Craig Wendel. "This one is the best one I've had since. It's awesome!"
So awesome, some folks in Southaven are ditching their home-cooking for the Food Geek off 51.
"I don't want to cook what I have at home," said Southaven's Toni Haney. "I want to eat Food Geek's!"
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