Driving on Beach Road, I would see this food truck with the open flag flying, in the middle of winter no less. I thought that it was a mirage, a food truck added to the food scene on Martha’s Vineyard….how can this be.
Oh it is more than a mirage, and Chef Amy’s Food Truck is a great place to stop for food. Not only is the truck inviting, the woman inside it, Chef Amy Johnson is pretty awesome!
Chef Amy Johnson grew up in Edgartown and has been in the food scene for over 30 years. Her resume would wow even the most concerning foodie. From the kitchen of Decoys (owned by Michael J. Fox, Glenn Close, and Cam Neely), to the kitchen at the original Sweet Life Cafe, to the Food Channel’s Chopped,to being personal chef to a list of celebrities, and more, Chef Amy Johnson has done it!
Determined and passionate about food, this Guest Chef at the French Culinary Institute has said goodbye to the craziness of the food world off Island, and is focusing on taking it easy with her food truck. However, I have to say that this endeavor seems like it is still a lot of work, but I can only imagine how challenging a chef’s work life can be.
At the truck, formally Nancy’s Shark Shack food truck (2013), you will find she is smoking her own meats, and is bringing food with an international flair to Beach Road. The menu has soups from scratch, sandwiches or proteins which come with two sides or as Amy calls them, sidekicks. Oh and you’ll find one of the best kids menus on here too – definitely an added bonus!
What to eat for lunch was a tough choice. Do I get a protein and two sides? I do appreciate good jerk chicken with rice and beans ($14.00). Or do I get the Bad Ass Ribs with Mac n’ Cheese and Veggies ($21.00)? Good options but I wanted the Butter Chicken Gyro ($15.00).
Chef Amy’s Gyro was super fresh with delicious butter chicken (popular chicken in Indian restaurants, chic peas, red onion, cucumber and her signature white sauce. This Gyro is not for the faint of heart! It was packed and so good! Crazy that I had not stopped before.
Talk about right place at the right time, Amy was making Korean BBQ ribs which I was able to try – YUM, and I even got some Bad Ass ribs. Amy has three sauces for the ribs, definitely get the spicy if you like a little heat and big flavor. Next time, an order of these ribs will be mine.
Not only is the food good, but Amy is so fun to talk to. She is funny and happy to be bringing her food to people. She renovated her food truck herself. Her dad taught her how to work with her hands and tools. You can see that she is bursting with pride and confidence with what she is making.
Stop by Chef Amy’s Food Truck soon, located where Hinkley’s was on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven. Off-season hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with extended hours in the Summer.
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*Pro Tip: Always ask what the special is. Korean BBQ Ribs are definitely a special treat on the Island. Someday you will find fresh fish! It’s really impressive what she can cook in this truck! Also, specialty drinks (non alcoholic) will return once the weather is warmer.
*Chef Amy’s Food Truck will most likely be in this location until construction begins on the property. Hopefully, the truck will be able to remain there.