I have not been to a food truck in years simply because I live way up town and they are just not any in my area. There is a food truck that sets up down the block from where we see Mardi Gras parades on St. Charles Avenue. Got a great Philly Cheese sandwich there, too.
Recently a new food truck,Empanada Intifada, owned by Taylor Jackson and began operations in 2011, has been named one of the top 101 food trucks in America.
Food Truck Love in New Orleans – Empanada Intifada
As an article on The Daily Meal tells it:
Launched January 1, 2011, the creators strove to create a top-notch food experience by serving local, seasonal — and superb — empanadas out of a 1981 Grumman Step Van that is the self-proclaimed first Solar-Electric food truck in the city.
‘What’s the story behind the origin of your truck’s name?
In addition to being one of like two words that rhyme with Empanada, Intifada is our favorite word for “revolution.” It literally means a “shaking off” and seemed to fit the feeling of starting the truck, in which we shook off the suits and cubicles of our jobs in corporate settings.
What’s your signature dish? Is it also the most popular one?
Our signature dish, which is also our most popular, is the Mestizo Meat Pie, a blend of the Argentine Mendoza empanada and the Louisiana Natchitoches Meat pie, with smoked beef brisket, ground round, the Cajun Trinity (celery, onions, and garlic), olives, egg and potato.
What’s the inspiration for your cuisine and recipes?
We are natives of the American South and long-term residents of South America and countries around the world, and we draw inspiration from the dynamics among cuisines, particularly southern soul food and Latin American flavors.
Now food trucks seem to sprouting up everywhere. Had a bunch of ’em show up after Katrina that catered to Latino workers that were here helping with the recovery. There were a lot of these trucks in Metairie but local restaurants complained and the city council voted ’em out.
Ray Nagin, mayor at the time, in probably one of his most lucid moments, told them all to come over to Orleans Parish and set up shop. Which they did. That kind of shows the difference between Jefferson Parish and Orleans. New Orleans is a lot more welcoming and inclusive when it comes to those kinds of things, and especially when it comes to food. Cause, you know, we love our food, and celebrate the influences that the food cultures of other countries have had on our own.
Running a food truck in New Orleans is not without it’s problems since their are too many regulations that hamper their development Bt these folks are trying to change that.
Congrats to owners for being counted as one of the best in the country and one of the best in New Orleans.
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