‘Blessed and highly flavored’: Big Slice’s Place serves food for the soul

Marquis “Big Slice” Ewings, owner of Big Slice’s Place food truck, takes an order outside Crossties Event Venue during the Home & Garden Show on Saturday, March 25, 2023, in downtown Texarkana, Ark. (Staff photo by Sharda James)
Marquis “Big Slice” Ewings, owner of Big Slice’s Place food truck, takes an order outside Crossties Event Venue during the Home & Garden Show on Saturday, March 25, 2023, in downtown Texarkana, Ark. (Staff photo by Sharda James)

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Marquis "Big Slice" Ewings never gave up on his dreams.

That determination lifted him out of homelessness and led to his opening Big Slice's Place food truck.

The truck's name comes from the nickname Ewings' mother gave him when he was a boy -- when he was always in the kitchen slicing up something.

"My mom went to culinary school; so did my brother. I came from a long line of culinary school graduates, and so it was just normal to follow in their footsteps. Cooking has been a big part of our family," Ewings said.

Ewings said the challenges he endured moved him to get his life together and to prepare a legacy for his children.

"It was a process in which my life took a dramatic turn. ... Once people began to wash their hands with me, it started getting darker and darker until I had to scream out to God for help, and it landed me at Restoration Hope," Ewings said.

Restoration Hope is a faith-based program to help men connect with God and to get them on their feet to become productive members of society.

"He had a slow start but a great finish," said Danny Stone, aftercare director at Restoration Hope.

Stone said "everyone has a second, third or fourth chance."

"Your chances never end until you're dead ... you're never a failure until you lay down," he said.

On the road to recovery, Ewings decided to get back to his roots and pursue cooking. What followed is Big Slice's Place.

Big Slice tacos are a signature dish available in shrimp, barbecue pork, and Philly cheese steak and served with Spanish rice and a special signature sauce.

Another popular dish is the smoked sausage wrap-around introduced by Stone. The dish consists of sausage from a Stonewall, Louisiana, company served in a bun.

Customers also can try deep-fried smoked turkey wings and a variety of cheeseburgers. There's even the doughnut burger -- a patty and toppings of choice between two lightly grilled doughnuts.

Big Slice's Place is catering events for now, but the truck will open at the beginning of spring with new updates.

"Blessed and highly flavored, I want people to come in and taste the fact that we are putting tender love and care made with the love of Christ" into the food, Ewings said. "I want people to walk away feeling like they've been fed in the spiritual world, and I want your belly to be full of nature."

Ewings food truck is planning a grand opening soon.

For more information, follow Big Slice's Place on Facebook.

photo Marquis "Big Slice" Ewings, owner of Big Slice's Place food truck, takes an order outside Crossties Event Venue during the Home & Garden Show on Saturday, March 25, 2023, in downtown Texarkana, Ark. (Staff photo by Sharda James)
photo Customers line up to place orders at Big Slice's Place food truck on Saturday, March 25, 2023, in downtown Texarkana, Ark. (Staff photo by Sharda James)
photo Big Slice's Place employee Kenny Barr prepares a barbecue brisket sandwich for a customer Saturday, March 25, 2023, in downtown Texarkana, Ark. (Staff photo by Sharda James)

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