Inside Scoop Parking Lot
301 N. 3rd St (Route 309)
Coopersburg, PA 18036
It's the time of year to maximize outdoor dining. The next few posts will feature some gems in the Lehigh Valley--that may be easily overlooked but are sure to provide enjoyable, family-friendly outdoor eating experiences. I'm thrilled to begin by announcing a new resident to our very own hometown of Coopersburg. Yesterday I did a surprised and please doubletake as I drove by our favorite ice cream spot, The Inside Scoop. There was a food truck. In our town. And it featured BBQ. I immediately contacted my husband and he confirmed he had also seen it. I was thrilled. Today was a beautiful day to stop by to try out our new neighbor.
Having relatives who live in Texas, we've grown a strong appreciation for Texas BBQ and we are always watching and eager to find local BBQ restaurant, as seen from our previously featured BBQ month. With the trendy food truck phase in most urban settings, it is thrilling to see one find home in our small town. An ideal location on busy Route 309, it can easily serve families and fans at the Southern Lehigh Living Memorial Park during football or baseball season. It is in close proximity to the Southern Lehigh Pool and it shares a parking lot with the famous, Inside Scoop, providing a perfect compliment before your sweet treat. My hope is that this town will rise to the challenge, not only to show hospitality, but keep this food truck in business so it finds a permanent home.
The owners are from the Lehigh Valley, providing catering services and attending other local events. Since they have only been open 2 days, their menu was simple. Though the truck advertised poboys, which immediately piqued our interest, they were not yet being served. The simple menu included a classic pulled pork sandwich ($7), jerk chicken roll ($6), a prime rib sandwich ($12), and hot dogs ($2.50). Somehow we missed ribs ($12) on the menu, which gives us a definite need to return. Sides included fries, nachos and an intriguing deep fried mac and cheese ($5).
We settled on the pulled pork sandwich and jerk chicken roll. Pulled pork sandwich had the undeniable smoky flavor, a sturdy and ideal roll and was topped with cole slaw. The jerk chicken roll was flavorful and also topped with slaw. (It comes with a wasabi slaw--sounds amazing, but my cautious husband chose traditional slaw. I recommend the wasabi slaw--Why not? And I'm sure it had the feisty kick this sandwich was missing.)
The truck is pristine and attractive, outdoor setting provides a peaceful eating environment and Texas BBQ in Coopersburg? Out of a truck? If either of these things sounds unappetizing or too far out of your comfort zone--take the challenge. Get on the latest food trend and visit a food truck in our backyard. And take a break from your traditional local lunch or dinner spot and enjoy some southern cuisine.