Take everything you know about vegan food and throw it out the window. Not Ya Average Leaf is a game-changing food truck based in Birmingham, offering unique and tasty dishes that are 100% vegan. From cheesesteak egg rolls 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, an inflammatory bowel disease that seriously affects the digestive system. It is incurable, but symptoms can be relieved with medication.
Throughout her life, Koko has been hospitalized on and off. After an operation in 2019, doctors told her the disease was gone. To celebrate, she ate all of her favorite foods that she couldn’t eat with Crohn’s, like meats, cheeses, and desserts.
Unfortunately, she was re-diagnosed shortly thereafter. Koko missed these delicious foods and turned to the kitchen to prepare vegan versions of her favorite dishes.
“I woke up one day and decided to go vegan. I started preparing 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’s exploded.”
Koko Nunn, Founder and Owner, no ordinary paper
As her posts gained momentum, a restaurant owner reached out to her and asked if she would rent out her restaurant on Tuesdays to make vegan tacos. After that, she took over Birmingham 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 this good, you’d think Koko has been cooking all her life. As it turns out, she taught herself to cook on a whim. She joked that her mom doesn’t even know how to boil water, so it definitely wasn’t a family tradition.
When she decided to go vegan, she began experimenting with different recipes and clearly mastered her craft.
Your tip for everyone who wants to take the step into self-employment? Be patient.
“There were so many times I thought it wasn’t worth it. The longer you remain patient, good things will come. Sometimes things don’t happen in “our time”. Stay true to what you really want, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Concentrate on what you want to do.”
Try it yourself
Even if you’re not usually a fan of vegan food, you have to try Not Ya Average Leaf. Koko told me that every day people walk past her food truck after realizing it’s vegan. Don’t be that person! Take a bite and you will see what the hype is about.
She graciously let me try a little bit of everything, so allow me to give you a rundown of my favorites. The cheeseburger pictured above is their “Loaded Burger” with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and special sauce. Yummy.
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the Cheesesteak Egg Roll was perfectly crispy and incredibly tasty. The Buffalo Shrimp Egg Roll was delicious too.
The wings were amazing mainly because of the amazing sauces. Instead of a bone, the wings are on a small wooden stick, so you get the boneless wing meal without the meat!
Last but not least, the loaded hot dog was as good as the original, topped with vegan steak, mustard, and barbecue sauce.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a full review without dessert. The photo above is no ordinary spring roll – it’s filled with peach cobbler! They were warm, sticky, and everything you could want from a classic cobbler. Then we have the red velvet cake. I would eat the icing by the spoonful if I could – 10/10 recommend.
To try Not Ya Average Leaf for yourself, follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see where they park next!
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