Ever since Paula McNeely was a small girl learning to cook with her grandmother who ran a kitchen at a mill in North Carolina, she had one day hoped to own her own restaurant. In 2012, when looking for the perfect location, she and her husband Robert decided instead to take their food to the people and invested in a food truck.
“It made more sense and we could take the food truck to events and festivals as well as set up locally,” Paula said. “We have a really great client base and appreciate how they have continued to support us during this time.”
Although all their events were canceled due to COVID-19, their local sales were higher than normal.
“We definitely took a hit losing all our events because that’s where the majority of the income comes from, but we can’t thank our community enough for coming out,” Paula said. “We had people come out saying they wanted to make sure to eat here to help us stay in business.”
Paula and Robert make it family business, with their daughter, Jaimie, and sons Jacob and Nick, often seen helping them out.
The truck opens at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast with favorites like a three-egg breakfast omelet, French toast sticks, breakfast platter with eggs, meat and toast, croissant sandwiches, breakfast quesadillas, breakfast bagels, pancakes, breakfast tots and their best-selling Fillin’ Good breakfast wrap. These range from $3 to $7 each and are available until 10:30 a.m.
Their lunch menu starts with a variety of subs including their best-selling steak and cheese on a foot-long Italian sub with peppers, mushrooms and onions for $7.
Other popular subs include the chicken bacon ranch, chicken teriyaki, pulled pork or pulled chicken, mushroom Swiss chicken, chicken cordon bleu, chicken Philly and buffalo chicken. All subs are $7 and can be made into wraps upon request.
They are also known for their specialty 1/3 pound Angus beef burgers. Starting at $4.50 for their classic burger, other signature burgers include the Hawaiian (colby jack cheese, crumbled bacon and crushed pineapple sauce), the Cowboy (colby jack cheese, onion rings and barbecue sauce) and the Bleu Bacon (crumbled blue cheese, crumbled bacon and blue cheese dressing) for $5.50 each.
Double it up with their double cheese burger and all the fixings for $8.50 or try their monster Feelin’ Good Burger, featuring two patties each topped with colby jack cheese, pulled pork and sweet or spicy barbecue sauce for $10.50.
Speciality sandwiches include the patty melt, grilled ham and cheese, pulled pork, grilled cheese, grilled bacon and cheese, pulled chicken, grilled chicken, mushroom Swiss chicken, the king dog or a classic brat, tacos and quesadillas.
Side items include French fries, loaded fries, tater tots, onion rings, zucchini fries, sweet potato fries and Mac and cheese bites.
Currently, the Feelin’ Good Food Truck is open 7:30 a.m to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4215 County Road 561 in Tavares and Tuesday and Thursday at the Carrol Fulmer main office in Groveland. For details, visit https://fillingoodfoodtruck.com.
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