There's a new food truck in town, and its owner proclaims to serve the best Philly cheesesteak in all of Alabama. Poe Family Sandwiches and More is generating buzz in Jasper as the latest …
There's a new food truck in town, and its owner proclaims to serve the best Philly cheesesteak in all of Alabama.
Poe Family Sandwiches and More is generating buzz in Jasper as the latest addition to the county's food truck scene. Owner Freddy Poe's motto, "good food with a smile," is exhibited in the dishes he serves and his hospitality toward customers.
Since he was 15 years old, Poe has been working in the food industry. His first job was at Hardee's, and he went on to help new kitchens become operational at Ruby Tuesday, Applebee's and O'Charley's restaurants as they opened across Alabama.
Many years later, he returned to Jasper and worked for a short time in the coal mines. Poe then briefly worked at Ezell's restaurant, and he ultimately took a position at Warehouse 319 in Jasper, becoming kitchen manager and chef.
It was at Warehouse 319 where Poe developed his culinary skills that would ultimately prepare him for operating his food truck.
"That's where I really learned how to do everything I needed to know," he said. "Most restaurants already have food pre-portioned, but at Warehouse, we made everything from scratch. So everything I learned was there."
Poe said he was taught how to portion and conceptualize dishes, as well as the art of plating and execution. He further developed his skills as a line chef and learned how to manage all aspects of the kitchen.
In 2015, Poe started serving food at festivals, and his desire grew to have a food truck, especially after the Philly cheesesteaks he served at the Foothills Festival in Jasper became a success. In November 2018, Poe purchased a food truck, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Poe sets up his food truck Monday through Friday near Midnight Special and The Toad in Jasper, and his menu consists of Philly sandwiches, a Cuban, hot ham and cheese, Polish sausages and burgers. He also offers a variety of fry combinations and chicken wings in either a lemon pepper, honey mustard, buffalo or honey barbecue sauce.
Weekly specials are also available, and soft drinks are served when Poe is set up behind Midnight Special.
Poe does all of his own prep work and purchases fresh meat daily, and items from his menu are cooked to order.
His family helps with customer service and taking orders.
Poe Family Sandwiches accepts cash only for payment.
For lunch orders, the food truck is open in the alley behind Midnight Special (2004 Birmingham Ave., Jasper) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. He serves dinner from the food truck outside The Toad gas station (2501 Airport Rd., Jasper) weekday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m.
Walk up orders at both locations are welcomed, and takeout orders can be placed by calling (205) 522-2717 or (205) 544-8840. Catering orders can also be placed in advance.
Poe travels in his food truck to festivals and neighboring communities on the weekends, and he keeps food truck-goers up-to-date on where he will be set up on his personal Facebook account, Freddy Poe. He also shares videos of his prep work and highlights weekly specials.
After nearly three decades in the food industry, Poe said he believes he's found his calling.
"It's doing well. It's picking up. I'm still trying to get out there," he said. "I make great food. Give me a chance."