BY SHERRI YORK
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BECKY REAMS
He and market vendors share a trust and passion for local, organic foods. He even brought his wife Heather on their third date to the farmers market, where they were welcomed like family members with hospitality and foods. She jokes that her farmers market experience was the reason they had a fourth date. Years later, it was Heather who persuaded Abell to take his restaurant quality cooking and farm fresh sensibility on the road. They launched Flat Iron gourmet food truck in March 2011.
Abell’s menu relies on some standard items to satisfy eager repeat customers. In addition to the signature steak, Flat Iron staples include cult favorite pork burgers made of ground Berkshire pork and chorizo dressed with bacon tomato jam and manchego cheese, fingerling home fries seasoned with salty cheese shavings and fresh herbs, and a market salad made with dark green lettuces tipped in deep reds and fresh-picked vegetables of the moment. Other items begin with seasonal produce and Abell’s truck cabin creativity.
Flat Iron truck frequents several Westside locations two to three days a week.
Working with city officials, Abell hopes to establish a food truck park with seating and an organic garden landscape, taking this moving food business, like his menu, to a new level.