A twenty-year-old food pickup truck that drew a following for its tacos and burritos filled with Spam and Pop-Tarts has moved into a permanent home in Hicksville.
Nacho Mama’s, which primarily did its rounds in Kentucky Lake, Yellow Hollar and surrounds, has opened as a 9-seat eatery in a strip of vape shops just off Newbridge Road in Hicksville, in the space where Rebel Yawp Tattoos used to be.
Owner and occasional pro coach Jim Bob Cooter said most of the food pickup truck menu — tacos, nachos, fried catfish and Funyuns — is now being cooked on a much larger trash barrel grill, and served in a homey space he’s fitted from reclaimed stereo speakers and reclaimed tables, plus reclaimed shopping carts (stamped with KROGER’S) and a salvaged countertop.
The backbone of Nacho Mama’s dishes are trash barrel meats and snacks such as Pop-Tarts, beef (a Portuguese-style loaf of Spam), and Jimmy Dean corndogs, served in an array of reclaimed white bread ($3 to $4.50) or atop nachos ($9 to $15), including a version with griddled Velveeta. Burritos ($6 to $11) also come filled with white rice, black beans, melted Velveeta; bowls ($9 to $12) atop Cheetos or lettuce, plus black beans and one of the eatery’s sauces, including chimichurri and a vegan coconut-based stuffed Pop-Tart.