In Central Arkansas, Hayne Begley is taking his vision of the perfect breakfast-oriented food truck to the streets. Launched in late 2018, Delta Biscuit Co. is the creative culmination of Begley’s more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant business, offering a menu of re-envisioned breakfast staples.
“The draw to Delta Biscuit Co. is of course the biscuit,” Begley says. “They are 4.5’ buttermilk biscuits, topped with familiar items that are all taken up a notch. We try to make each item we offer a unique take on delicious, Southern classics.”
The concept originally was dreamed up and introduced to the world of social media in 2016. In 2017, the biscuit eatery partnered with Honey Pies to host its first pop-up event. A year after working on the concept of their food truck, they had their second pop-up event in 2018 at Flyway Brewing, leading up to its official launch a few months later at Proof Bar + Lounge. The experience and careful planning of Delta Biscuit Co. has paid off – now the truck travels central Arkansas every week, offering a host of rotating items on their menu, as well as growing their catering business.
Begley noted that many may not know the logistics behind a food truck – the business is completely different than a typical restaurant.
“The amount of time it takes to make exceptional food, in a super small space is three times more than what you might expect,” Begley says. “Food trucks operate in the gray area between too small and big enough. Ninety-five percent of the products we have on the truck we make or spend significant time preparing. We are expected to have the same quality of food as any restaurant in town, but we can’t afford to have the same size staff.
“It truly is a labor of love.”
The Delta Biscuit Co. rotates its menu, serving classics such as their fried chicken biscuits featuring their five-ounce breasts that are brined for four hours before being breaded and fried on truck or their Brisket Hash – a dish combining potatoes, onions and peppers, smoked brisket and a fried egg topped with Hoff Sauce. Each recipe is slowly perfected by Begley, part of the reason the truck keeps a set fan favorite menu in addition to their rotated dishes. However, each dish is hard to beat – from their sausage-egg-and-pepper-jack-cheese-topped-with-jelly Madness biscuit to their Southern style Eleanor biscuit with pulled pork, Delta slaw and DBC barbeque sauce.
In addition to the everyday travelling goodness Delta Biscuit Co. provides to their weekly customers, the truck is also a source of catering opportunities. Begley explains that it is not well-known information that his company does in fact cater events – weddings, reunions, birthday celebrations and even corporate events, because “why provide a sandwich tray when you could provide a biscuit one instead!” He believes that his food truck is a unique chance to bring personality and taste to any event, and that is why they’re willing to travel accordingly.
“For each private catering event, I work with our clients to provide the experience and food they want,” Begley says. “Our clients aren’t presented with a set menu for them to pick from. Instead, I listen and try to provide options that I think are exciting and will help the event be remembered. Each event is truly a unique experience and menu.”