The Eatsie Boys are among Houston's food truck pioneers. The Eatsies, chef Matt Marcus, front of house/financial whiz Ryan Soroka and logistical specialist Alex Vassilakidis, have grown from selling chicken sausages at a farmer's market in 2010 to a trailer that popped up at various Houston bars. When the trailer became too limited, they purchased a small truck and expanded their menu from savory items to include ice cream. At the end of 2012, the parked the truck to open a brick and mortar cafe and a brewery.
Running a food truck in Houston can be tricky; city regulations require trucks to park on private property and visit a city-approved commissary every day. The Eatsies managed to build a following despite these limitations through a customer-first approach and delicious, creative menu items named after Beastie Boys songs: as in a cheesesteak called the No Sleep 'Til Philly. Marcus also reinterprets Houston's culinary heritage with coffee ice cream inspired by cafe sua da and matzah ball pho.
As for the 8th Wonder Brewery, named after the Astrodome — still Houston's most iconic landmark despite no longer serving as a sports stadium — it's already grown from 15 accounts when it launched in March to almost 50 today. Although it's still draft only, the beer should be in cans by the end of the year. The beers pay homage to classic styles with their own twist. Hear a little more about the story of these Eater Young Guns semi-finalists above.