Two years ago, three guys fulfilled a dream of getting into the Houston food game.
First, they did farmers markets and catering. Then they got a small trailer and set up shop around town. Finally, they moved into a full-fledged food truck.
Thus was born the Eatsie Boys.
Now, Chef Matt Marcus and partners Ryan Soroka and Alex Vassilakidis have completed the journey with a brand new brick-and-mortar restaurant in Montrose, Eatsie Boys Cafe.
Houston food writer Amber Ambrose visited the cafe to see how they made the transition from food truck to real restaurant. The first thing she wanted to know is why they made the transition.
"We found that we had more people who wanted our food than we could service with just the food truck," Vassilakidis told her. "When you start getting steady customers coming back once or twice a week, you know you are ready to make that move."
The casual restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and stays true to its food truck roots.
"We had to honor the foods that made our food truck successful, so we kept many of the favorites on the menu," Chef Marcus said.
One of those favorites is something called Frank the Pretzel. It's a chicken poblano sausage in a soft pretzel bun with sautéed onions and chardonnay mustard.
And then there are the new dishes, like the matzah ball pho. Yes, you read right: matzah ball pho.
"We all grew up Jewish in Houston, so we ate a lot of matzah balls and we ate a lot of pho," Marcus said. "Houston has such a vibrant Vietnamese community and I've always wanted to drop some matzah balls in pho."
Marcus makes both the matzah balls and the pho broth from scratch.
"We created a monster," Soroka said. "We originally were just going to make it for our opening week and now, we can't make enough of it."
The Eatsie Boys Cafe is located at 4100 Montrose Boulevard, just north of Richmond.