Times photo by Marty Bachman Cari Gregerson (left) and Wendy Hecker, working the High Desert Deli food truck, which is now located on Great Basin Highway across the street from South Fork Hardware.

Times photo by Marty Bachman
Cari Gregerson (left) and Wendy Hecker, working the High Desert Deli food truck, which is now located on Great Basin Highway across the street from South Fork Hardware.

The High Desert Deli food truck has opened its doors on Great Basin Boulevard across the street from South Fork Hardware store on Monday. Owned by John and Wendy Hecker, the deli offers a variety of tasteful breakfast and lunch cuisine. The food truck, which has been a feature at events such as the Bristlecone Bowman Archery Shoot, The Great Bathtub Races, Bath Lumber’s Home Show and the recent “cavers” convention, has settled on a more permanent location, providing edibles to locals looking for a change in their dining routine.

“We want to bring great food, great service and another choice to Ely residents,” said Wendy Hecker, who decided to open full time to fill the void as her husband left for a two-month hunting trip. With a new grandchild to care for though, Wendy said she’s working on her granddaughter’s schedule, with the deli open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The breakfast menu offers a burrito with egg, sausage, cheese, sauteed onions, bell peppers and potato wrapped in a flour tortilla for $4, or a breakfast sandwich with egg and cheese on an English muffin for $3 (add sausage for $1 more).

Five different hamburgers fill out the lunch menu, but what separates High Desert Deli’s burgers from others in town is they hand grind the chuck.

“It has a wonderful flavor,” Wendy said.

There’s the classic burger, the double hamburger, a green chili burger, “The one and only Patty Melt,” and the French burger. Burger prices range from $6.50 to $8.50 (cheese on all, 50 cents extra).

From the deli, the Hecker’s are offering a “Lunch on the Run” special; a pack lunch that includes a ham, roast beef, turkey or chicken salad sandwich on a hoagie bun with lettuce, tomato and onions for just $10. The meal comes with chips, a cookie, water or a soda.

Today they’re offering a special of shrimp and french fries for $10.

“Look for our weekly specials in the future,” Wendy said.

There’s a Philly cheese steak on the menu that comes with onions, green peppers, provolone cheese on a hoagie roll.

For the little ones, there’s a kids menu with corn dogs, foot longs, chicken fingers, grilled cheese, burgers and fries with prices between $1.50 and $3.

Side of fries, onion rings and chips can also be ordered.

The truck carries your normal variety of sodas and juices, Red Bull, Monster and Mango Twisted Tea, but they’ve also added Italian Soda, a bubbly natural soda in flavors such as berry-lime, raspberry, cherry, mango, lime, orange, blackberry and peach. Prices are $2.25 and $3.25.

Cremosas, Italian soda with half and half, come in raspberry, chocolate covered cherry, chocolate covered raspberry, orange cream, raspberry cream and mango cream. A small is $2.25 and a large is $3.25.

Need a pick me up? The truck carries hot or iced espressos, Americano, cappuccino, latte, mocha, vanilla latte, toffee nut latte, cinnamon dolce latte, caramel latte, and hot chocolate, with prices between $2 and $3.75.

“We have a wonderful espresso bean that’s smooth and flavorful,” she said.

Filling out the menu are candy bars and ice cream.

Wendy said their original plan, before the granddaughter came into their lives, was to cater to miners and prison employees who had limited food choices at 3 a.m., when many of them get a lunch break.

“My husband was a miner for 20 years and understands the trials that miners have for lunch options at that time of the morning,” she said.

While the hours have changed, Wendy said she hopes she can still find a way to service the mine workers, suggesting she will take pre-orders and deliver them in time for lunch.

“Miners can order the day before and I can have it ready for lunch and deliver it to the mine shack,” she said, offering though that it was currently just a plan that was not yet sanctified by the mine owners.

Wendy said she hoped locals and those passing by would take a moment to stop and visit the food truck and test out the choices offered.

“Everything’s made to order fresh,” she said. “There’s nothing holding and the price is right.”