by Tara Morgan
Food truck fans tired of sliders and fried spuds now have a healthier option. Today, the Paleo Shack will cart its mostly organic lean meats and local veggies to the first anniversary of the Food Truck Rally, which takes place from 4-10 p.m. at 321 Grove St.
“The whole idea is to give people the option to eat healthy when they’re on the run,” explained Paleo Shack co-owner Brandon Rogers. “Especially for people that are trying to stay away from gluten and grains and dairy and things like that.”
Paleo Shack’s menu is a three-step process. First, you select from an assortment of baked veggies like Brussels sprouts, kale, collard greens, asparagus, beets, parsnips or sweet potatoes. Then, you pick a protein such as organic chicken thighs, grass-fed lean flank steak or wild Pacific-caught mahi mahi. And finally, you choose a sauce to drizzle on top, like coconut cream horseradish, Carolina BBQ or salsa verde.
“Everything is baked, and then right before it’s served, it’s all flash-fried … on a grill with coconut oil,” said Rogers.
John Tansey, Rogers’ business partner, will be manning Paleo Shack’s kitchen.
“So far, we’re just doing events,” said Rogers. “We’re working on finding a permanent location but that might not happen until next spring. … We’re always looking for stuff that’s CrossFit related, some kind of fitness, health and beauty expos.”
Rogers and Tansey ultimately hope to have three kiosk-style Paleo Shack locations around the Treasure Valley, and eventually expand into California.
If you can’t make it to the Food Truck Rally tonight, you can find the Paleo Shack at the Idaho Health, Beauty and Fitness Fair Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7, at Expo Idaho. For more regular updates, visit its website or Facebook page.