Brother Truckers food truck is serving up comfort food and memories throughout Metro Detroit.
Photos courtesy of Brother Truckers
What happens when you cross two brothers, a food truck and a passion for bringing family recipes to the Metro Detroit community? You get Brother Truckers, a diner-style comfort food truck run by Kevin and Marc Kellman (former attendees of Temple Israel). Originally from Oak Park and West Bloomfield, the Kellman brothers opened their food truck on St. Patrick’s Day 2018 after 20 years in the optical business.
From a young age, the Kellmans found food a major significance. While Marc certainly enjoyed his family’s home-cooked meals, it was Kevin who grew up learning how to cook these family recipes from his mother and grandmother.
After working in the family optical business for so long, he decided he wanted to pursue his lifelong passion of cooking.
“My friends always said, ‘You should open up a restaurant.’ The fact is, if I had the money to open up a restaurant, I probably wouldn’t need to open up a restaurant,” Kevin said. “The food truck path was the least expensive way to do it and the fastest way to get off the ground.”
The next step for the Kellmans was to figure out how to finance their food truck. They started researching and asking around, eventually coming across Hebrew Free Loan, which provides interest-free loans to Michigan Jews.
“It was an unbelievable process. Just having something like that in the Jewish community makes you feel more Jewish,” Kevin said. “It still blows my mind this was available to us. Without them, it definitely wouldn’t have gone off as smoothly as it did.”
At the food truck, each family member has his respective duties. Kevin does most of the food prep work and driving while Marc handles the business side of everything. When they’re at an event, Marc works the fryer while Kevin runs the grill; and their mother, Sandy, operates the cash register.
All About That Nosh
On the Brother Truckers’ main menu, you’ll find a variety of tantalizing treats including, but not limited to burgers, sloppy joes, fried mac-and-cheese bites, fries and chicken wings. A few menu items stand out, one of them being WTT Burger. This ginormous delicacy combines a hamburger patty, mac-and-cheese bites, sloppy joes, onion rings, bacon and caramelized onions. If you want to try a bit of everything they serve, the WTT Burger is the way to go.
To sample Brother Truckers’ food, I went to the Summer on the Bank at West Bloomfield’s Marshbank Park. A ton of food trucks were there, but it was easy to tell that Brother Truckers was one of the most popular choices that afternoon.
By far the best thing I got to sample was their fried mac-and-cheese bites. I bit into the crumbly exterior and got a mouthful of melty, cheesy, noodly goodness. If you’re going to get one thing at their food truck, get these.
After talking to Kevin, I learned that making these bites is a three-day process, which makes them even more incredible.
“I do a big, giant, baked mac and cheese that I make in a giant roasting pan,” Kevin said. “I make the mac and cheese; then we have to chill it overnight; then we cube it up, bread it, freeze it, let it defrost overnight and then we deep fry it.”
Their hamburgers are something special as well. Kevin has his own meatloaf recipe that he makes into these burgers, something that you don’t really find at just any food truck. In addition, you’ll find a delectable balsamic glaze instead of a typical sauce. Though I got a veggie burger in lieu of a hamburger, I can honestly say that I’ve rarely tasted anything as memorable as that glaze. Weeks later, I still remember what it tasted like (in a good way).
If that wasn’t enough, Brother Truckers also has two dessert options: a thick, creamy cheesecake and a chocolate-chip bundt cake. The cheesecake is Marc’s recipe, while the bundt cake is a treasured family recipe.
“I hope that people see the passion that we have for our food and the quality of the ingredients we use and the time that we put into it,” Kevin remarked. “As a family business, we’ve been working together for 22 years now, and there’s a lot of love that goes into our food. We love the Jewish community, and we know the Jewish community knows what good food is.”
Where To Find Them
• Aug. 5: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Cadillac Square (Downtown)
• Aug. 6: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Beacon Park (Downtown)
• Aug. 7: 5-8 p.m. at Ann Arbor Food Truck Rallies
• Aug. 14: 5-9 p.m. at Royal Oak Farmers Market
• Aug. 20: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Spirit of Detroit Plaza (Downtown)
Brother Truckers is always on the move; you can keep up with them at BrotherTruckers.com or read daily updates on their Facebook page. Brother Truckers also caters all sorts of events. To learn more, call Kevin at (248) 320-9278.