Take everything you know about vegan food and throw it out the window. Not Ya Average Leaf is a game-changing Birmingham food truck offering unique and tasty 100% vegan dishes. From spring rolls to cheesesteak to red velvet cake, you’ll be coming back for more – trust me. Read on to learn all about it.
When Koko Nunn was nine years old, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that severely affects the digestive system. It is incurable, but the symptoms can be relieved with medication.
Throughout her life, Koko has been to and from hospitals. After undergoing surgery in 2019, doctors told her the condition was gone. To celebrate, she ate all of her favorite foods she couldn’t eat with Crohn’s such as meats, cheeses and desserts.
Unfortunately, she was rediagnosed shortly thereafter. Missing these delicious foods, Koko turned to cooking to create vegan versions of her favorite comfort foods.
“I woke up one day and decided to go vegan. I started making different foods and posting them on social media. After people asked in the comments if they could try it, I started selling vegan plates from home and it exploded.
Koko Nunn, Founder + Owner, Not Ya Average Leaf
When her posts started gaining traction, a restaurant owner contacted her and asked if she wanted to rent out her restaurant on Tuesdays to make vegan tacos. After that, she took Birmingham by storm within months with pop-ups all over the city.
With her success, she decided she needed her own business – and the Not Ya Average Leaf food truck was born.
With food as good as this, you’d think Koko had been cooking her whole life. Turns out she learned to cook on a whim. She joked that her mother didn’t even know how to boil water, so it definitely wasn’t a family tradition.
Once she decided to go vegan, she started experimenting with different recipes and clearly mastered her craft.
His advice for anyone looking to start their own business? Be patient.
“There were so many times I thought it wasn’t worth it. The longer you remain patient, the more good things will come. Sometimes things don’t happen at “our time”. Be true to what you really want to do, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Focus on what you want to do.
Try it for yourself
Even if you’re generally not a fan of vegan foods, you have to give Not Ya Average Leaf a try. Koko told me that every day people let his food truck pass after realizing he was vegan. Don’t be that person! Take a bite and you’ll see what it’s all about.
She graciously let me try a bit of everything, so let me give you a rundown of my favorites. The cheeseburger pictured above is their “loaded burger,” with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and a special sauce. YUM.
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the cheesesteak egg roll was perfectly crispy and incredibly delicious. The buffalo shrimp egg roll was also tasty.
The wings were amazing, mainly because of the fantastic sauces. Instead of a bone, the wings come on a little wooden stick, so you get that experience of eating bone-in wings without the meat!
Finally, the loaded hot dog was as good as the real thing, topped with vegan steak, mustard and barbecue sauce.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a complete review without dessert. The photo above is no ordinary egg roll – it’s filled with peach cobbler! They were warm, gooey, and everything you would expect from a classic cobbler. Next we have the red velvet cake. I would eat the frosting by the spoonful if I could – 10/10 recommended.
To try Not Ya Average Leaf for yourself, follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see where they park next!
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