New food truck brings cultural cuisine to Destin

Savannah Vasquez
Coastal Chow owners Seth Glenn and Tyler Huisken just opened up their Caribbean/Asian food truck in Destin.

Niceville locals Tyler Huisken and Seth Glenn are taking Destin by storm with their new Caribbean/Asian food truck Coastal Chow.

“We’ve known each other since we were 14, we went to high school together,” said Huisken. “In high school, we tried selling hot dogs out of a bag on the beach. Seth is a chef and he’s always loved cooking, and I love food so we wanted to do our own thing. We like the food truck idea because it’s a great outlet for food creativity.”

Glenn, who attended culinary school in Panama City and is the chef of the duo, said the idea for the food truck spawned from his recent travels across the country.

“I spent the last year and a half travelling all over the U.S. with a travelling health company, and all the while I was expanding my palate,” he said. “The last stop was in San Francisco and they have a huge food truck scene there.”

The friends explained that food truck culture has recently become a big deal on the west coast, and has become known for gourmet-style foods in a fast, friendly environment.

“For a long time food trucks had a bad rap as roach coaches,” said Glenn. “But now they are known for gourmet foods and you can meet the owners, it’s a really personal experience.”

“We are trying to shift that paradigm here in Destin,” added Huisken. “We make everything from scratch.”

When asked how the two settled on Caribbean/Asian cuisine, Huisken said they wanted to bring a new flavor to the Emerald Coast.

“I lived in Guam for two years and it is a multi-cultural hub of Asian cultural influence,” he said. “We are excited to bring a different flavor to the area, something people haven’t tried before.”

With the menu sporting words like bao buns, kimchi, lumpia and bulgogi, the pair at Coastal Chow said they get a lot of questions about what menu items are.

“People are always asking, ‘What’s a bao bun,’ and surprisingly, ‘What’s lumpia,’” said Glenn.

He explained a bao bun is a Taiwanese steamed fluffy white bread filled with your choice of meat and veggies and their house-made sauces or salsa. As for lumpia, the fried snacks are akin to Chinese egg rolls with meat and veggies wrapped with a thin rice tortilla.

“People love lumpia,” said Glenn, “It’s just one of those things that is so addictive.

“We are keeping our prices low to inspire people to get out of their comfort zones and try something new,” added Huisken. “So far the feedback has been great and we’ve been seeing repeat customers every day.”


Coastal Chow is located in the Destin Home Depot parking lot at 4385 Commons Dr. West, Monday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To see where else they will be, visit them on Facebook at


Take a gander at the unique Caribbean/Asian food fare at Coastal Chow with signature Bao buns stuffed with jerk chicken, bulgogi or pork belly. For your side try Pilipino lumpia or a fried rice ball.

Price Range: $3-$5