by Tara Morgan
Ask, and ye shall receive. Two months ago, we wrote about how the national food cart trend has largely bypassed Idaho. In that short blip of time, not one, but two new gourmet food trucks have motored out on the scene—Brick 29’s B29 Streatery and, most recently, Archie’s Place sloppy joe truck.
Run by Boisean Jason Farber, Archie’s Place made its official debut on Thursday, May 19, in the parking lot adjacent to Cottonwood Grille at Ninth and River streets. Under the bright afternoon sun, a handful of office workers sat on a green tuft of grass and dug into sloppy joes and tiny take-out boxes of lemony potato salad.
“I decided about nine months ago to do this, and I actually quit my job to do it and thought I’d be doing it a little bit sooner,” said Farber, ladling a heap of verde pork onto a cornbread roll inside his truck. “But it just takes a long time to start a business.”
Farber’s menu is small, but intentional. Diners can choose from the House Joe, made with tomato sauce and local M&M Heath Farms beef; the Mean Joe Green, made with tomatillo sauce and local Double XL Ranch pork; or the Unicorn Joe, which features veggie TVP crumbles in green or red sauce. Archie’s Place also uses local breads from Gaston’s Bakery and Bosnia Express and features a rotating selection of soups and sides.
Archie's Place will be at the new Payette Brewing Company in Garden City on Saturday, May 21, from noon-4 p.m.