Food service

Michael Potts plates some fried fish at Jayz Wingz in Atlantic Beach during Bikefest on Friday. Photo by Janet Morgan/

There was no shortage of grub sold over the Memorial Day weekend in Atlantic Beach.

Up and down Atlantic Street and nearby, merchants offered a variety of eats ranging from jumbo andouille sausages to oxtails and wings during Bikefest.

Among this year’s crop of food vendors was Theodore Allen of Florence with University Food Truck, which was parked by the large stage near the shore.

The business specializes in soul food and Cajun flavor, offering customers options like ribs, bayou chicken, chicken bog and shrimp étouffée.

The business’s employees travel from Florence to different locations and have been at Bikefest for more than a dozen years.

Allen learned the ropes from his father.

Garnett Allen picked up cooking skills from his mother, who’s served as an executive chef in South Carolina, and during his time in Louisiana, where he went to school.

“It was just a second home to him,” his son said.

Near Riviera Motor Lounge, visitors could choose to gorge on funnel cakes.

Directly across, an Italian ice vendor proposed trying free samples.

Close by and throughout the area, attendees could pick up burgers.

Further down the road, Basheba Worrell was selling items like chili dogs Saturday.

Those buying her loaded potatoes could choose to have them “loaded” with chili and cheese or cheese, chicken breast and alfredo sauce.

“This is my first time as a vendor in this area,” the Harlem native said. “Normally I’m in Myrtle Beach.”

While this was her first year as a vendor at Bikefest, she said, “I’ve been coming down here since when my mom brought me as a little girl when [the crowd] was thick thick.”

She relishes the experience.

“It’s everything. I really enjoy serving people and making people happy,” she said, “and I love to cook.”

The food is among T.Y. Crockett’s favorite Bikefest staples.

The Eastville, Virginia, resident who’s come to the Grand Strand for nearly two decades for Black Bike Week enjoys the Jamaican cuisine.

“Oh my god,” he said when asked what his favorite dish offered is. “Everything.”

Attendees could chomp on shrimp or Polish sausages in the town while listening to tunes or eyeing bikes and gear.

As event goers swarmed bikers competing in a sound-off a short distance away, Theodore Allen, with the food truck, spoke on the establishment’s focus on seasoning.

“We’re really big on making sure you taste our food, even without the sauce,” he said.

He added the business’ award-winning Louisiana Lemonade that it‘s served since its inception fits with any sort of meal.

“I want you to take a bite,” he said to a customer who bought a turkey leg. “If you don’t like it, I’ll give you any other thing you want.”

The patron gnawed at the leg before giving Allen a light fist pound and walking off, seemingly happy with his purchase.


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