Food truck culture is here and present in the Treasure Valley. As you’ve seen on @boise_bucketlist, I have shared photos of the deliciousness of some of the local food trucks. After checking out my share of food trucks, I thought to myself: why not do #FoodTruckFriday? As the universe would have it, soon after I thought about this idea, I was tagged in this photo of an all-mighty burger by a food truck called MakyJames Grill. With my interested piqued, it only took a matter of time until I was right in front of their food truck, ready to feature them for my FIRST EVER #FoodTruckFriday feature!
About MakyJames Grill
During my lunch break this past Wednesday, I headed over to the SKYES section of HP to meet with James and Mary — mother and son team who owns & runs the MakyJames Grill truck. This isn’t Mary’s first time at the food truck rodeo. Prior to her being the Queen of Grill Master here in the Treasure Valley, Mary used to run a food truck which sold custom and unique waffles. Due to Mary’s love for comfort food, it only makes sense she transitioned into a grilled-based food truck. Think about it: juicy burgers or chicken breasts with a side of crispy fresh fries = comfort food Americana.
Wondering where the name MakyJames came from?
Makalyn is one of Mary’s sons. Around friends and family, Makalyn goes by “Maky”
James is Mary’s other son. He typically goes by Jimmy, but for the purposes of the food truck it’s James
Maky + James = MakyJames Grill Truck
Mother and Son: Good Combination?
Mary and James thought it’ll be a worthwhile venture to combine forces given their unique experiences.
Mary: prior food truck and business experience
James: marketing and communication experience
Makes sense, right?! It’s a win-win. And it appears to be a successful partnership.
MakyJames Grill: Where Art Thou?
If you’re on the hunt for MakyJames Grill Truck, you can currently find them at the HP location in Boise, near the SKYES complex. MakyJames also appears at local food truck events as they pop up. Most events are advertised through the Southern Idaho Food Truck Association — acts like a middle person to help coordinate food truck events.
Want MakyJames at your next event?
email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call them at 208-914-0735
BOI Bucket List Review
I want you to close your eyes and imagine a warm summer night BBQ: smell of charcoal filling the air, sounds of meat sizzling, family chatter. Now imagine your mom preparing this juicy delicious burger, topped with melted cheese, fresh lettuce, tomatoes & red onions — all on a soft and warm burger bun. The type of burger you know is prepared from the heart and joy of feeding your loved ones with a perfected grilled piece of work.
That’s how Mary grills her burgers.
You witness how grilling comfort food is Mary’s passion. Mary prepared me a special version of the Western Burger:
- large beef patty
- thick strips of bacon
- slices of avocado
- fresh lettuce, tomato and red onions
- melted cheedar cheese
- two crispy onion rings
- BBQ sauce
Let’s not forget the side of crispy fries hot & ready when served. Mary asked me if I wanted ketchup or homemade fry sauce. I opted for the FRY SAUCE! (note: I knew nothing of this thing called fry sauce until I moved to the Mountain West. Now, I’m hooked!)
James and Mary instructed me to go to my car & eat because it’s best when eating the burger HOT & FRESH. I followed said directive, headed to my car, and took my first bite.
I’ll admit: the burger could not completely fit in my mouth. But boy, that first bite was juicy, packed with flavor, and brought me back to this time of family summer BBQs. I see why she’s the Queen of the Grill.
And let’s chat about the homemade fry sauce. Mary did share her secret in giving it its unique flavor (which I won’t share ;))
All I could say while slowly chomping away at this Western Burger was OMG, OMG, OMG! This is ahhhhmazing! It didn’t matter that slices of the avocado was spilling onto the fries. It didn’t matter my hands were dripping, and messy, and absolutely worth licking. It didn’t matter that I was (thankfully ) sitting privately in my car because it would have been utterly embarrassing to eat in front of others.
If you want that authentic burger fresh off the grill, made from the heart of Mary to the point where you think you’re her family, stop by MakyJames Grill. As James said, EMBRACE THE MESS!
MakyJames Grill: What’s On Your Bucket List?
At the end of our conversation, I asked James what would be the first place he would suggest to someone visiting Boise for the first time?
I laughed and said, what would be the 2nd place he’d suggest.
Definitely Camel Back because of the view you get of Boise.
Grab your MakyJames Grill burger, eat in your car, then drive over to Camel Back to burn it off + get an awesome view of Boise!
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This post has been sponsored by MakyJames Grill, but all my opinions are my own.