A few weekends ago a friend of ours made an impromptu visit to New Orleans. Pleasantly surprised by his decision to spend the weekend with us, we decided to celebrate his arrival by going to Bridge Lounge on Magazine to have drinks and enjoy some food from one of the newest food trucks to hit NOLA’s streets.
Geaux Plates, owned and operated by our friend Andrew Gomila and his business partner Henry Pulitzer, is a food truck that offers taste-bud tantalizing things such as classic jambalaya, root-beer braised cochon de lait po-boys, and “Fancy Ass Grilled Cheese” sandwiches with melted Gruyere, grilled portabello mushrooms, and red onion marmalade. The menu has something for the food snob and drunken slob in all of us, and nothing is over eight dollars.
My snobby side likes the Bayou Bahn Mi sandwich, which is a slightly kicked-up version of the Vietnamese classic. Lemongrass chicken and boudin are combined together with cilantro, pickled carrots, jalapenos, and cucumbers on a fresh Vietnamese baguette for a memorable blend of spicy flavors. Have it topped with a fried egg and prepare yourself for minor obsession. And though my days of drunkenly shoving F&M’s cheese fries into my face are behind me, I know my slobby side would definitely enjoy their Breaux Bridge Breakfast, which consists of a savory boudin cake topped with a buttery fried egg. This is how grown-ups do drunken dining.
Geaux Plates is currently hittin’ the streets on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and variate between serving outside of Bridge Lounge and Rendezvous Tavern. To find out their exact locations, just “Follow” them on Twitter or “Like” them on Facebook. Both cash and cards are accepted, and praise is much appreciated. As for me, I think this gourmet food truck trend is not only fabulous but just additional proof that in New Orleans, the opportunity to enjoy good food is literally around, and parked on, every corner.