OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The Ocean Springs food scene continues to grow. The city’s only food truck has been in operation on a trial basis for the past few months. By all indications, it has been a success, and that success could lead to more food trucks in the future.
True Wings food truck serves up hot, fresh chicken wings. For owner True Pasley, this is what he always wanted to do.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. Seeing my grandpa, he had a little restaurant around our neighborhood and just watching the joy of the people that came into the restaurant," he said.
People came to the food truck when it was parked outside of Rumors lounge, and Pasley was thankful.
“For the community to be as welcoming as they have been has really overwhelming," he said.
Inside the lounge, the wings were a hit. Outside, the same reaction came from customer Brandon Farrell.
“Reminds me of home cooked friend chicken. Every night you go home and have dinner with your family as a kid," Farrell said.
Another fan is Demetrice Bethune.
“Well, they’re cooked fresh, they are seasoned very well, and you get your own choice of sauce, so that is always a good thing," Bethune said.
Pasley is proud of his background of service to this country. His special sauces reflect that.
“I have this one sauce called the Thunderbird. It pays homage to my 21 (years) in the world’s greatest United States Air Force," he said.
While the True Wings food truck is an experimental one, it is the only one operating in the city of Ocean Springs at this time. Mayor Shea Dobson likes the concept of these new ventures.
“In my opinion, it’s kind of filling in the gaps. I believe that the pie is not fixed and set. The pie, you can always grow the pie. That’s what I believe the food trucks will help us do," Dobson said.
For now, Pasley is content with his one truck, intent on doing it right.
“Master what I’m doing and perfect what I’m doing, and maybe one day I’ll have that shark tank and be able to start a brick and mortar or even a couple of more food trucks," Pasley said.
The True Wings food truck operates three days a week in the city, including downtown on Friday nights. Pasley also sets up at special events and provides catering as well.