Look for shrimp po’ boys, cheesesteaks, salads, fish and special platters for Soul Food Sundays.
Some of our favorite meals have come from food trucks. That was the case recently when we stopped at Blows Buss Down Food Truck. Thanks to Juliet Arnold for letting me know that the food truck, owned by David Blow, would be parked outside Barrel Proof Lounge at 3441 Bannerman Rd. in the Bannerman Crossings Shopping Center.
“My passion has always been cooking,” said David, who learned many recipes from watching his relatives at home. “From my family. Mom. Grandmom.”
My Southern husband, who appreciates a good pork chop more than anyone I know, raved about the chop at Blows Buss Down. He is always hesitant about ordering pork chops in restaurants because he’s usually disappointed. But not this day. The meat was tender and juicy. “It was just like my grandpop used to make,” he said. The $15 dish came with traditional collard greens, a large square of mac ‘n cheese and yellow rice and a roll.
I’ve heard from several people lamenting the cost of oxtails, a traditional soul food dish, in Tallahassee restaurants, but David’s generous platter is $15. The meat is richly flavored, with lots of tender meat, sliced carrots and large beans. I hadn’t eaten oxtails before but I really liked it. The oxtails are also served with three sides and a roll.
We shared a Philly cheesesteak with lots of tender meat, grilled onions and mushrooms on a soft roll. No Cheese Whiz but I don’t think many diners will mind the omission (a Philly thing).. It’s a generous sandwich with nicely crisp French fries.
David is also serving blackened shrimp or fish along with other sandwiches, salads, platters, kids’ meals and Sunday Soul Food specials.
A Tallahassee native, David Blow graduated from Lincoln High School and was a kitchen manager at Backwoods Crossing for five years. He took time off to work on getting his food truck business of the ground but he is now back working at the restaurant while also cooking and running the food truck.
His goal is to eventually open his own space, but until then he’ll be sharing his family recipes with his customers.
To catch up with the food truck, check David’s Facebook page for his schedule: https://www.facebook.com/BlowsBussDown/ Preorders, call 850-294-7975