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MaMa Duke’s Food Truck

Posted by DID 30 Apr 2012 3 Comments

With so many food trucks/trailers/carts on the streets of Durham, it’s becoming hard to keep up and a truck’s premier barely makes a ripple. As was the case with the launch of MaMa Duke’s on Friday night outside the much-beloved Sam’s Quik Shop. There were no lines and we strolled up, ordered a kebab plate to share, grabbed a beer out of Sam’s cooler and sat on one of Sam’s two picnic tables to enjoy our eats. It was the perfect food truck experience.

MaMa Duke’s, Mediterranean eats with a Southern influence,┬áis the truck of father-son team Michael and Mike Alexakis (Mike used to work in the kitchen of the Federal as a sous-chef). On opening night they were offering a choice of three types of Greek Souvlaki “skewers” (chicken, pork and shrimp) and a variety of sides. The menu was limited, but I’m guessing that will change with time. MaMa Duke’s was charging $10 for two skewers of meat, two slices of flatbread, a sauce and a side. We chose one chicken skewer, one pork skewer, tzatziki sauce and falafel tots as our side. Other sauce options included classic BBQ, a red onion remoulade and tahini. On this, their premier night they were offering falafel tots, baked beans, slaw, cucumber/onion salad and spanakorizo as sides. I was so focused on the falafel tots that I failed to even find out what spanakorizo is.

The presentation was lovely and somewhat unexpected for truck eats, the meat skewers laid artfully atop two long slices of flat bread, drizzled with tzatziki and topped off with chopped green onions and a red pepper. I preferred the chicken – perfectly moist, garlicky and expertly grilled – to the pork. The pork was solid, it just didn’t lend itself as well to the kabob presentation and was a little tough. I would have liked more tzatziki sauce, in which to dunk the lightly fried, airy falafel tots. Unlike traditional falafel, these small bites seemed to be filled with more a zucchini/chickpea mix rather than parsley. However, even without a dipping sauce, the falafel tots were rather addictive. I noticed via twitter, Mama Duke’s was also offering fruit skewers with a yogurt dipping sauce as a dessert option when they were out on Saturday.

I really like the concept of a Mediterranean inspired truck and Michael and Mike Alexakis seem to know what they’re doing. It’s nice to have a somewhat healthier mobile food option and I look forward to MaMa Duke’s menu expanding and seeing them around town.

MaMa Duke’s


  • LHG said:

    Falafel isn’t filled with anything, it is essentially a chickpea fritter that can be flavored with parsley, but it isn’t a “filled” item. Just wanted to point that out!

    This truck looks great though. I love food truck food but it is so greasy, and now that summer and bathing suit season is here I’m looking for some lighter options!


  • Chris Lorch said:

    Souvlaki omnomnom


  • J_Ronn said:

    These guys have been camped out behind Surf Club on the Weekends, I really want to try them out; I’ve heard raves!


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