Jamestown residents Mark and Elizabeth Barley are trying to bring a little southern comfort to the Mother Lode.
The local entrepreneurs opened a mobile food trailer called Southern Comfort Express on Aug. 4 and are serving home-cooked southern classics like hush puppies and jambalaya at two locations.
The bright red food trailer can be found in the parking lot of the C&C Mini Mart on Victoria Way just off Highway 108 in Jamestown during the weekend. On Wednesdays, the trailer is parked in Moccasin, according to head cook and owner Mark Barley.
Originally from Arkansas, Barley has been a cook for the past 15 years, is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and used to own Hazel’s restaurant in Modesto.
“I like bringing the southern hospitality back and giving people home-cooked meals,” he said.
The mobile kitchen is set up to be more versatile than a traditional brick and mortar restaurant, he said. Running his kitchen out of a trailer allows him to set up shop in multiple locations and do catering jobs as well.
“Food trailers are a growing trend and it works out great for me,” he said.
The on-the-go eatery serves Arkansas/Louisiana-style fried catfish, jambalaya pasta, shrimp and grits, frog legs and fried chicken.
Barley said the hush puppies are made to order on the spot because they don’t taste right unless they are fresh.
The food trailer is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday in Jamestown. It is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Moccasin.
Southern Comfort Express can be reached by calling 352-2204.