Fat Man Fixins is serving up the basics like burgers, dogs and hoagies.
Knoxville News Sentinel
The food truck revolution has many folks racking their brains to find a niche that has not been conquered. While some folks go for extremely specialized cuisine, one South Knoxvillian is finding success by stripping it down to the basics that everyone craves.
Serving classics like Philly cheesesteaks, chili, hoagies and nachos, this food truck is not trying to be fancy. Fat Man Fixins wants to fill you up with the simple foods that you grew up enjoying, These classics, however, are cooked to perfection in a brand new food truck.
While Fat Man FIxins can be found all over town and surrounding areas, owner David Nelson is South Knoxville “born and raised.” He has recently shown up for block parties as well as to serve lunch at area businesses.
“Since I was old enough to cook, I have always wanted a deli,” says Nelson. “As I got older, the food truck seemed to be the way to start.”
The name of the business came from a running joke between Nelson and his wife. In a teasing way, Nelson pokes fun at himself for being a “fat” man who is always hungry. His wife has always urged him not to say that about himself. Naming the food truck was a way to set it in stone once and for all.
“I have always aggravated my wife saying I’m fat,” says Nelson. “One day, I came home and said look at the name on the truck!”
A simple but perfect cheeseburger at Fat Man Fixins food truck. August 2018 (Photo: Submitted)
Though he teases about being fat, he is all business when it comes to cooking. Nelson is serious when it comes to a traditional family recipe for chili. He took first place at the Seymour chili cook-off last year and has won several cook-offs hosted by Knoxville’s United Way. The chili makes a great topper for fries or hot dogs.
“It is a family recipe that I have tweaked over the years,” says Nelson.
The menu posted on the food truck includes burgers, hotdogs, a meatball sub, a cheesesteak, nachos, chili cheese fries, ham or roast beef hoagies and homemade soups. Sides include fries and chips, as well as Coke products and lemonade to drink.
Asked what his favorite selection is from the menu, Nelson does not hesitate.
“I have always been a meat person, so I like a big cheeseburger!”
The food truck has recently served attendees of the Foothills Cruise-In car show in Maryville. He has served lunch to hungry employees at Elavon and Team Health. Nelson has also catered block parties in surrounding neighborhoods with great success. He is looking to expand and participate in any event the public has in mind.
“We have never had a complaint,” says Nelson, who prides himself on meeting his customers’ needs.
For those who have not tried his food truck, Nelson would like to leave you with a parting thought.
“Give us a try,” he urges. “You won’t be sorry.”
To book the Fat Man Fixins food truck, call 865-803-3393 or find it on Facebook as Fat Man Fixins Concession & Catering.
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