Natalya Axen’s small business honors her relatives. The food items truck, commonly parked at 863 W. King St. in West Augustine, is named The T.R.E.N. soon after her granddad, Thomas Back garden her aunt, Robin Back garden her grandmother, Evelyn Backyard and her mother, Natalie Backyard.
“It is the purchase they passed absent in, so I named The T.R.E.N. after them mainly because if it was not for them, I would not be equipped to do what I do because they confirmed me how to cook dinner,” Axen reported. “My mom cooked. She was a supervisor at Sonny’s for 30 a long time. 6 years in the past, prior to she handed away, she instructed me her aspiration was to open a food items truck when she retired from there, but you know she didn’t make it that significantly.”
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Classic Southern soul food stuff
Judging from the continual stream of clients coming to her window, her family taught her well.
Axen’s menu is regular Southern foods.
Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday with things like waffle sandwiches corned beef and hash bowl salmon patties grits eggs and bacon and fish bowls that can be made with brim, whiting or tilapia.
Following 11 a.m. on weekdays, Axen, begins frying.
French fries, onion rings, okra, pork chops, livers, gizzards, shrimp, fish, hen wings and crab cakes are all on the menu and cooked to get.
She also offers her homemade T.R.E.N. punch.
“Everyone asks me what is the recipe for the T.R.E.N. punch. But if I give up the recipe, then I will not have a single,” Axen claimed. “Acquire your individual warning if you consume the punch mainly because it is incredibly sweet but it is quite superior, as well.”
On the weekend, the menu turns to soul meals.
Pork chops, chitterlings and barbecued pigs’ ft
Oxtails, fried turkey wings, smothered pork chops, chitterlings and barbecued pigs’ ft with sides of collard greens, macaroni and cheese, yams, potato salad and do-it-yourself cornbread are all on the menu.
Her consumers include travelers from downtown hunting for genuine Southern food stuff.
“This the foodstuff my relatives has been cooking and feeding on for generations,” Axen claimed. “You do not get a lot more real soul foods than this.”
The T.R.E.N. truck is obtainable for weddings, loved ones reunions, birthday parties and other occasions.
Axen has designs for the long term and hopes to open up a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the spot.
“We just pray that God can bless us with a cafe in a unique area of St. Augustine, and we are going to just keep urgent tricky until we’re ready to get it,” she mentioned. “I am dwelling the aspiration for my mom for the reason that her and I were heading to do it collectively. On the outdoors of the truck, I place her identify on leading just to don’t forget. It puts a smile on my deal with every time I occur to get the job done.”
The T.R.E.N. foodstuff truck
Hours: Breakfast is served from 7 to 11 a.m. Wednesday by Saturday lunch served every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cellular phone: 904-293-6459
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