Compared to other American cities, New Orleans is relatively new to the food truck scene. However, the concept fits well with the city’s dining culture: in New Orleans, good food doesn’t necessarily mean expensive. Enjoy everything from traditional Creole fare to gourmet grilled cheese from our list of favorite trucks.
Food Drunk describes itself as serving ‘chef-inspired alcohol influenced cuisine’. During carnival season of 2014, Food Drunk introduced its most famous menu item, the King Cake Burger. King Cake is a traditional New Orleans sweet brioche, covered in yellow, green and gold icing, served during carnival season leading up to Mardi Gras day. The King Cake Burger features aged cheddar on brisket between a sweet king cake bun. Food Drunk’s menu changes regularly, but keep an eye out for updates by following them on twitter at @fooddrunknola.
+1 504 265 9963
Fat Falafel offers a completely vegetarian menu of falafel dishes flavoured with fresh spices and herbs, and garnished with pickles, slaw, hummus, and Lebanese toum. The falafel is made from a combination of fava beans and chickpeas, with garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, and a dash of cinnamon. Here, they admire the ‘simplicity of the falafel ball,’ and think it pairs best with fresh french fries. Find them on twitter at @FatFalafel.
+1 504 300 9126
La Cocinita, or ‘The Little Kitchen’, serves Latin American street food including traditional Mexican tacos and other types of South American fare like patacones and arepas. The menu allows patrons to customise their meal in four steps by choosing a vessel, a protein, and a sauce with the opportunity to add on extras such as avocado at the end. You can find La Cocinita all over the city any time of the day or night by checking the @LaCocinita Twitter handle.
+1 504 309 5344
Serving fresh empanadas made with local ingredients, Empanada Intifada is the first solar-powered food truck in New Orleans. EI’s empanadas are always ready quickly and are served with a side of salsa. Empanada Intifada is primarily based in the Bywater neighborhood, but follow them on Twitter at @EmpanadaIntifad for exact whereabouts and menu.
+1 504 684 5358
The Cluck Truck is known around New Orleans for its delicious southern style fried chicken served with fries, biscuits, and waffles. But to the surprise of many, The Cluck Truck chef and owner hails from Italy rather than the American South. The Cluck Truck serves bone-in fried chicken or chicken tenders, always tossed in DiSomma’s homemade seasoning. The wings are fried to order and customers can choose to toss them in a variety of sauces.
Foodie Call, have taken their skills to the streets of New Orleans, serving gourmet, seasonal food, that is made to order and cooked from scratch. The burger, made with freshly ground beef and complete with homemade condiments, is Foodie Call’s staple menu item, but the other menu items change based on what’s available at local farmers markets. The Theard Brothers often call on their fine dining background, serving delicacies like arancini and porchetta. Foodie Call is on Twitter at @FoodieCallNOLA.
St. Clair Wood Fired Pizza truck offers pizza made in a wood-burning oven right on the truck. The dough is hand tossed and cooks in two minutes inside the oven, which can reach temperatures as high 1,200 degrees. St. Clair serves traditional pizzas, but they also offer more adventurous toppings like arugula and sweet fig glaze. In addition to pizza, the truck offers Italian-style sandwiches. Follow them on twitter at @StClairPizza.
Taceaux Loceaux name uses the Cajun French ‘eaux’ ending, seen on shops, restaurants, and signs all over the city and throughout Louisiana. The truck itself is easy to spot on the streets of New Orleans as it is covered in bright, folkloric prints and drawings. Taceaux Loceaux is one of the oldest and best-known food trucks in New Orleans, operated by Maribeth and Alex del Castillo. The menu uses traditional Mexican tacos as a base, but offers creative fillings. Find out more specifics by following them on twitter at @TLNola.
Calling to mind the Belgian tradition of serving fries complete with a variety of toppings out of trucks at music and cultural festivals, The Fry Bar offers made-to-order french fries with fresh garlic, herbs, and sauces. You can find The Fry Bar around New Orleans at markets, festivals, and outside of popular bars. Follow them on twitter at @TheFryBarNOLA for exact times and locations.
The outside of Frencheeze Food Truck is covered with drawings of french bulldogs, but the kitchen inside is dedicated to producing innovative variations on the grilled cheese sandwich. The Bootz is the simplest sandwich, but Frencheeze also offers more complex variations on the beloved sandwich.