An Inside Look at Harrisonburg’s Food Trucks: Taste of Soul

Food Trucks are popping up all over the Shenandoah Valley! This is the seventh in a series of interviews with our favorite local food trucks

Maybe it’s because the truck looks more like a tiny, impeccable house on wheels than a food truck. Or maybe it’s how the family inside the truck makes you feel like you’ve known them for years with their ubiquitous smiles and friendly greetings. Or it could be the comforting soul food that the team is serving up. Whatever it is, I don’t think a food truck could feel more like home. Angela Rouse and her two daughters, Areyl and Ebony Cleveland, have made Taste of Soul a great addition to the Trucks food truck court. During a bustling day at the truck I was able to steal Ebony away for a few minutes to ask her a couple questions about Harrisonburg’s new food truck.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

What is the most popular item on the menu?
EC: The pork chops are probably one of our biggest sellers.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

What is YOUR favorite item on the menu?
EC: My favorite? I love the collard greens. They are so good, and they’re my grandpa’s recipe, and I love my grandpa.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul
Collard greens

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul
Mac & Cheese

Who do you credit for your cooking skill?
We try to use as many family recipes as possible. Mostly grandparents. My dad’s mom is from North Carolina, so we use a lot of her down south kind of cooking. And then my grandparents are from the Chesapeake, Tidewater area.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul
Hush puppies

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul
Lemon Pound cake

What is your favorite part of this job?
EC: This is my first time partnering with my family to own something. And I think that’s really cool. I’ve worked for my mom before, but this is the first time collaborating and being involved in the business. You know, getting to [have a say in], “let’s take this off the menu, let’s put this on.” That whole thing. I think that’s really cool.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul
Boneless chicken tenders

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

What is the most unique/difficult thing about working in a food truck?
EC: Our food truck is the space. We decided to go along with our budget, so we tried to make our space as small as possible and then just let it work. And it’s small. And it’s hard. For three of us to be in there is really difficult.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Why a food truck?
EC: Well, it’s definitely trending right now. So we thought about that. And probably secondly, just economically, it was more feasible for us. We didn’t even start planning this until February of this year. And now it’s June, and we’re here. So we were like, “how fast can we get this going.” And this was the easiest way for us.

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul
Chicken wings

Why did you pick soul food?
EC: I think that soul food is, first off, good. And I think it just reminds you of home, no matter who you are or where you are. It’s like, “yeah, my grandma used to cook fried chicken. It smells so good!” – you know. We’ve had so many people come up to the truck and say, “you don’t understand, this makes me so happy.”

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Harrisonburg food truck Taste of Soul

Want to stop by for a visit? Taste of Soul is located at 1321 South High Street. Keep up with them on Facebook.

Hours as of this post: Monday-Friday 11-7, Saturday 11-8

Planning a soulful event? Taste of Soul caters!

 

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About Emily Marsh

Emily takes impressive photos, interviews interesting locals, and keeps things organized for Harrisonblog. She also works on special marketing projects, transaction management, and event management for The Harrisonburg Homes Team. Emily loves dogs, her friends and family, dancing, and getting outdoors.

3 thoughts on “An Inside Look at Harrisonburg’s Food Trucks: Taste of Soul

  1. AvatarPamela Houck

    Absolutely LOVE these 3 ladies and their cooking! The pork chop is also my favorite. ♥ Blessings on this new adventure!♥♥♥

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  2. AvatarChelsey Dews

    Where can I find this truck? I am interested in their business and would like some pointers on starting one of my own in a nearby town.

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    1. AvatarLisa Oates

      Chelsey, since writing this post, this food truck has gone out of business, unfortunately. However, there are several other food trucks in the area, mostly located at either the Trucks Food Park on South High Street in Harrisonburg, or the Rock’n’Wolfe Food Truck Park downtown. Good luck with your business venture!

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