MEALS ON WHEELS: Crestview boasts diversity of cuisine to go


Janessa Golden stirs up a fresh skillet of Filipino pancit noodles at her mom's eatery, Nellie's Lumpia Hut on Wheels.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 07:37 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Kylie Gochenouer, 12, experienced her first gyro last week when her mom, Crystal, took her to the Gyro Zone mobile eatery for lunch after a doctor's appointment.

Throughout Crestview, food trailer and pushcart cuisines range from barbecue up north to Greek down south, with German, Southern, vegetarian, Filipino and the good ol' American hotdog in between.

When Nellie Golden's property owner announced a rent increase on her Filipino restaurant's original shopping center location, she took her business to go. Now, Nellie's Lumpia Hut on Wheels does a brisk trade from a parking lot near Crestview High School.

"My customers there (in the old location) are my customers here, and I pick up a lot of new customers," Golden said. "I make the same money here without the overhead so I'm happy."

Gyro Zone owner Sammy Shoubaki, Possum Ridge BBQ co-owners Rick and Viola Plante, Sweet Southern Comfort owner Tammy Henderson and Golden said their trailers' mobility and low overhead are advantages over brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Food from the old country

For Monika Zimmermann, Monika's Schnitzel Haus — a log-cabin shaped trailer opening within a month — is an opportunity to offer her native Germany’s cuisine to the area.

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