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Desert Storm Hero Opens Greg’s Good Eats

By Tim Greco


Pictured l-r Tania, Ranger and Greg McElhattan 
Tim Greco Pictured l-r Tania, Ranger and Greg McElhattan Tim Greco Philipstown has a new convenient, affordable way to get good, healthy food before or after you hit the many hiking trails our beautiful community provides. Last Saturday, Nelsonville residents Greg McElhattan and his wife, artist Tania Dirks, opened a mobile food truck venture called “Greg’s Good Eats.”

During the week, Greg stays busy at his full-time job working as a chef at Castle Point, but his plan is to bring his culinary skills out to the trail for hungry hikers on the go.

Their truck is a simple white food truck that includes a deep fryer, grill, refrigerator and freezer. The menu and accompanying prices are displayed on the side window next to where you order.

An American flag attached to the truck is proudly on display, but more of that later.

With the anticipation of the Fjord Trail eventually being built, projected to link Cold Spring and Beacon, McElhattan and Dirks are taking advantage of what Philipstown Supervisor Richard Shea predicted when talking about the trail, that local people could provide food to hikers and make money at it (although he had mentioned selling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, not a full food truck). As a matter of fact, McElhattan and Dirks have kicked it a notch up and seek to provide healthy food.

Tania will be on site working as the runner, going from the truck to the store to replenish the food when it’s running low. “We both know what our specialty is. Mine is not cooking, I’m more of the paper pusher,” she said. The couple was considering opening a brick and mortar restaurant, but they felt they might be more successful bringing the food to where the hikers were. And I can report that on their first day, the truck sold completely out. Look for the truck in the Breakneck Ridge area, among other points nearby.

Greg said that he is happy providing the hikers an alternative to typical fast food. The simple menu consists of wraps and burgers like Breakneck Caesar Wrap: Grilled Chicken Breast, Parmesan Cheese, Lettuce, Croutons and Caesar Dressing, for $7. He also will serve a Greek Chicken Wrap, Grilled Fajitas Wrap, and Baja Grilled Chicken Sandwich, among other specialty sandwiches. Fear not, you can also get a hamburger or BLT, too.

They also plan to carry trail mix, some baked goods, water, coffee and the like for hikers. Greg’s Good Eats will also be happy to cater any local event.

Back to the flag waving proudly on the truck – Old Glory has a very special meaning to Greg, a Tennessee native, because he served in the U.S. military back in Desert Storm, for 14 years. His tour of duty started in 1991. Operation Desert Storm, popularly known as the first Gulf War, was the successful U.S.-Allied response to Iraq's attempt to overwhelm neighboring Kuwait. Greg said that he had seen his fair share of action fighting in the war. He is also a world traveler, speaks German fluently and is proficient in sign language. Because Greg is a veteran, he just needed to pass the board of health inspection and be certified in Putnam County.

The food trucks hours will be 8 am until whenever the hikers leave. For more information, like Greg’s Good Eats on Facebook or call him at (845)-702-1066. Their website is Gregsgoodeats.com.

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