Public News (Houston) - - FRONT PAGE - by Matt Ver­non

Lynn Marks own’s Lyndley’s food truck.

Lynn Marks told me as a young boy he would watch his mother and grand­mother cook, for big groups of peo­ple. He re­mem­bers the ac­co­lades they would re­ceive and the words of en­cour­age­ment we all love to hear. His in­spi­ra­tions were like ma­gi­cians of cui­sine. He would hear; “how did you do this?” “What’s your se­cret?” “How did you get this to come out so good?” As a child, he re­mem­bers the en­cour­ag­ing words and how they made him feel. It felt good that oth­ers rec­og­nized when love and pas­sion were put into the dishes that were made.

Like most of us, Lynn didn’t jump on his call­ing right away. He got a job as an in­spec­tor in the oil and gas in­dus­try. He worked for some­one else to pay the bills and to feed his fam­ily, al­though he did still dab­ble in the culi­nary arts. He re­mem­bers fondly work­ing at Blue­bon­net Café in Old Town Spring in the 1980’s. An eatery that has been long gone and for­got­ten by most, ex­cept him and the mem­o­ries and the food that he cre­ated there.

Lynn be­came more ma­ture and his kids grew up. but his love for food, how­ever, never abated.

A lit­tle over 2 years ago, Lynn spent his life sav­ings on Lyndley’s, a beau­ti­ful BBQ truck. He de­signed it him­self, with an enor­mous slow smoker on the back end and T.V’s on one side. He had a com­pany in Geor­gia spe­cially make it just for him. There are no other food trucks that are any­thing like it. Once com­pleted, he drove to Geor­gia, paid cash and hooked it up to his truck and drove it back to the great state of Texas. Lynn had a dream of mak­ing great BBQ and he rode that dream all the way through.

He started do­ing cater­ing and took his new truck to events, like Bare­back. Even­tu­ally, he wound up as my friend and neigh­bor at Bernie’s. There was al­ready a BBQ truck at Bernie’s, so Lynn had to come up with a back-up plan. He started serv­ing Ca­jun food that was truly le­git! I re­mem­ber having the best Moun­tain Oys­ters of my life there. I wish he still served them!

Af­ter a few months, he left Bernie’s and reemerged at Cash County Line. I knew how good his food was and wanted to check how good his BBQ was. I or­dered some to take home and I was hooked. Lynn is a mas­ter smoker, yet if you ask him he says he’s just an old man who likes to cook. Lynn Marks be­lieves in his dream of serv­ing great BBQ and his food is what dreams are made of. He can be found of­ten at Dea­con Baldy’s 5447 FM 1488. Fol­low him on Face­book for his sched­ule and de­li­cious spe­cials he’ll be fea­tur­ing. Tell him Matt sent you!


Matt Ver­non

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