Fat Mac’s Cafe
The past weekend Jefferson County held their 62nd Annual Watermelon Festival. In addition to the street dance, parade, and numerous booths selling everything from pottery to jewelry various food sellers lined the downtown’s streets. One of these was Fat Mac’s Cafe. It is a food truck based out of Havana, Florida that regularly cruises downtown Tallahassee. The top of the truck sports four royal blue vents and the exterior is white. On one side Fat Mac’s Cafe and their tagline, “Come git sum” are painted in red. On the opposite side polished metal gives Fat Mac’s Cafe the feel of an old canteen truck. A built in cooler was filled with ice and out of two windows directly over it employees took order and handed food out to waiting customers. In front of the food truck stood a smoker with a trailer hitch spouting out wisps of white smoke.
I approached and found a place in line. While waiting to order I looked over a large menu board in addition to several flyers taped to the side of the truck. Fat Mac’s offers among other items BBQ pork sandwich, hamburgers, and fried shrimp. I decided to order a couple of pork sandwiches, fries, coleslaw and baked beans. I was handed a paper slip and stood next to the truck while others continued to line-up. During a break in the action I chatted one of the owners. She also told me they serve breakfast and their daily location can be found by checking out their Facebook page.
The minutes ticked by and then one of the cooks shouted my number. He handed me the three pork sandwiches and told me he was waiting for the fries. The pork sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper and placed in a small paper tray. I brought them to where my family was sitting, and by the time I returned the sides were neatly arranged in two Styrofoam boxes. Considering the size of the crowd, service was fairly quick and everyone I interacted with on the truck had smiles on their faces.
Sitting down under in the shade of a live oak tree I opened one of the wax paper surrounding one of the BBQ sandwiches. Underneath the translucent paper was a large seedless hamburger bun stuffed with pulled pork. The meat was doused in a moderately thick sweet tomato based sauce. The pork had some smoked flavor, but it was overpowered by the sauce. My wife, Becky, remarked it was a pretty good sandwich and the kids seemed to enjoy them. The French fries were hot and on lightly dusted with a seasoning mixture but could have used more salt. The coleslaw was a mayonnaise based and contained green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots. The beans were slightly sweet. All of the sides were well prepared and by the time we finished our lunches had disappeared from their respective containers.
Fat Mac’s Cafe offers traditional food prepared in a straight forward manner with friendly customer service, and if you see them downtown they are worth checking out.
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