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Hilton Head’s new food truck serves barbecue . . . and wheelies? Here’s where to find it

Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race was in Myrtle Beach, now they’re on Hilton Head

Food trucks are open to the public starting April 10, 2019.
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Food trucks are open to the public starting April 10, 2019.

If you order a barbecue sandwich at Papa Wheelie’s Smoked Eats and Meats, you’re lucky to get a wheelie to go with it.

The newest food trailer on Hilton Head Island is slinging lunch and bike tricks at 144 Arrow Road from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The trailer’s masterminds are Bryan Bobinchuck and Tim Moore, who met in the depths of the kitchen at Reilley’s Grill & Bar on the south end over 20 years ago.

They named the food trailer Papa Wheelie’s because Moore, an avid bike rider and stuntman, often heard kids shout “Hey! Pop a wheelie!” as he rode by.

“I used to do bike shows when I was younger,” Moore said. “I’ve got a lot of experience doing wheelies in front of crowds.”

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Bryan Bobinchuck and Tim Moore stand outside the Papa Wheelie’s food truck, which is parked on 144 Arrow Road on Hilton Head Island. The truck serves barbecue, hot dogs and nachos. Papa Wheelie's Smoked Meats and Eats Submitted

Bobinchuck, who operates Catch-22 American restaurant on the island, said the trailer is a good way to get out of the restaurant and switch his career up a bit.

“After 20 years of being in that business, we were looking for something a little simpler, a little more flexible and lightweight,” he said.

Here’s the menu:

  • Two sliders (with smoked pork, chicken or chicken salad): $9
  • Wrap (with smoked pork, chicken or chicken salad): $9
  • Nachos (with smoked pork, chicken or chicken salad): $9
  • Chili cheese dog: $6
  • Chips, desserts and drinks: $1
  • Wheelies served “on request” and “when they’re in season,” according to Moore: FREE

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A chili cheese dog from Papa Wheelie’s food truck on Hilton Head Island. Papa Wheelie's Smoked Meats and Eats Submitted

The trailer is parked on a 15-foot by 10-foot slab of concrete across from ESPY Lumber on the south end and is cash-only.

The duo has a six-month lease on the parking spot and then plans to relocate.

In good company

The newest food trailer hops into a food truck scene on Hilton Head that’s been getting a lot of attention.

In early April, Food Network and celebrity host Tyler Florence rolled onto the island with competing food truck teams and set up one of the most competitive lunch dates the island had ever seen: The Great Food Truck Race.

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Buns ‘n’ Thighs , Chop Shop, Heroes On A Half Shell, Just Wing It, Mobile Moo Shu, New England Grill, and Sassy Soul team members in front of their trucks with host Tyler Florence, as seen on The Great Food Truck Race, Season 9. Matt Harbicht Verbatim Photo Age

The filming got Bobinchuck’s attention because he said he’d been trying to start a food trailer business on the island for “several months” but was running into issues getting permitted by the town government.

After the Food Network show, Bobinchuck said his permit was approved, and the pair opened for business on May 6.

A few weeks later, RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing brought a food truck village to the tournament for the first time ever.

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RBC Heritage’s food truck village was new to the Harbour Town Golf Links this year. Katherine Kokal kkokal@islandpacket.com

At the same time, Gullah business owner Taiwan Scott was making the case for his food truck and commissary kitchen on his property on Marshland Road.

After a marathon hearing, his license renewal was denied because of pre-existing violations of the town’s land management ordinance.

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Taiwan Scott at his business, located on Marshland Road on Hilton Head. Scott has been tied up in appeals court due to building standards such as buffers and setbacks on Hilton Head he says are unfair. Katherine Kokal kkokal@islandpacket.com

Papa Wheelie’s opening also comes just a few weeks before the Sea Pines food truck festival.

Although complicated, Hilton Head’s relationship with food trucks has evolved.

Town of Hilton Head Island staff told The Island Packet in April that they were drafting language for the land management ordinance so it would be more straightforward to permit new mobile businesses.

Now, the new task for business owners is finding places to park on the island.

“A lot of landlords aren’t quite sure how to price it,” Bobinchuck said. “It basically takes up a parking space for a five-hour chunk of the day and that’s it.”

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Katherine Kokal moved to South Carolina in 2018 after graduating from the University of Missouri and loves everything about the Lowcountry that isn’t a Palmetto Bug. She has won South Carolina Press Association awards for in-depth and government beat reporting. On the weekends, you can find Kati doing yoga and hiking Pinckney Island.
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