As an Air Force boom operator, Jessie Stament’s responsibilities once involved gassing up planes in mid-flight.
Today, his work at Re- fueler’s Mobile Cafe speaks to a similar mission: providing nourishment to travelers so they can finish the day’s duties.
Now that the short-lived Filipino Cafe and Bakery has shuttered, Refueler’s and Luz’s Place are among the few places dedicated to Filipino food or Filipino fusion food in the Charleston area.
You’ll have to travel down Remount Road in North Charleston to find Luz’s.
Refueler’s will find you.
It’s of the mobile truck-meets-trailer type, visiting various locales throughout Charleston.
Check the refueling schedule at www.refuelers.net for details.
Refueler’s offerings include traditional Filipino tastes like lumpia ($2 for 3 or $4 for 5), freshly prepped, crunchy, Asian-style egg rolls with ground pork or ground beef, carrots and onions; thin rice noodle pancit dishes ($8.50); and chicken and pork adobo cooked with soy sauce, vinegar and spices.
But Refueler’s best flight meals might be of the fusion varieties.
There’s the cleverly titled Fili cheesesteak ($8.50) featuring shaved ribeye, Havarti cheese and horseradish mayonnaise, and the pork sisig ($7.50), a sassed-up plate with a spicy citrus marinade, Thai chili peppers, onions and a fried egg perched on top.
Refueler’s also gives a nod to Minnesotans, as it patties up a Juicy Lucy cheeseburger ($7.50), the cheese stuffed inside the beef.
All told, Refueler’s wagon travels well, pulling from several inspirations to offer its passengers a safe and satisfying journey, flight or no flight.