Thursday, January 31, 2013

Round ’em up, dish it out

    Food in Lafayette is world famous, which is why we were chosen as Best Food Town in 2011 by Rand McNally and Southern Living readers voted us “Tastiest Town in the South” in 2012.
Freetown Fries
    In addition to our award-winning restaurants is a new gourmet truck movement, a trend that’s been enormously popular with Lafayette’s fun-loving and festival-going populace. It began about two years ago and has been charging ahead by leaps and bounds, offering everything from chicken and waffles and boudin-enhanced dishes to gourmet hot dogs and French fries. Most trucks have Facebook pages and announce where they’ll be on a daily basis or, in the case of inclement weather, where they won’t be. Fans can also follow their movement on Twitter.
    A few places in town have become gathering spots as well. One is the parking lot on Johnston Street by the intersection of Arnould/Roselawn where several gourmet trucks have been gathering. During special events such as Mardi Gras and festivals, visitors will find gourmet trucks parked along the parade route and festival grounds.
    For a visit to all or most of the gourmet trucks in one place, E’s Kitchen in Parc Lafayette hosts a gourmet truck “Round Up” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. This Saturday at lunchtime (Feb. 2), E’s Kitchen will host the Gourmet Truck Round Up with participating trucks Viva La Waffle, Freetown Fries, Lil Chubs Grill, Kona-Ice of Acadiana, A Change of Heart, Munchies Lunchbox Express, Pelon’s Mexican Hot Dogs, LA stEAT, Acadiana Grilled Cheese Co. and Manhattan Food Co. Visiting from out of town for this event are Three Bones Catering and Beignet Roule. In addition, the Sour Sedans will perform.
    Most of the gourmet trucks in Lafayette also offer catering for special events.

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