Eat St. On Location: Bayou Bound

New Orleans has so much more to offer than gumbo and grits. This Louisiana gem is also home to a fleet of fabulous food trucks serving exceptional gourmet-style meals. Join us as we venture into the heart of the Bayou State to visit six of Nawlins’ most talked about food trucks.

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La Cocinita

Date: Monday, November 4

Location: LSU Health Sciences Center (Perdido St & Bolivar St., New Orleans, LA)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

La Cocinita is New Orleans’ favourite “little kitchen”, serving up traditional Latin American street food such as patacones (fried plantain sandwiches) alongside Louisiana remixes like Cuban po-boys. Many dishes are inspired by Chef Benoit Angulo’s love of late-night street eats in his hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. La Cocinita was named one of The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Food Trucks in America 2013 and is a favourite for any die-hard NOLA foodie!

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What they will cook for us:

Patacones Criollos: Crispy green plantain sandwiches stuffed with adobo-braised chicken, chile-roasted sweet potato puree, topped with chipotle crema and cotija cheese.

Roasted Poblano Pepper Sliders: Roasted poblano pepper & beef patties topped with Spanish chorizo and corn relish, griddled queso fresco and creamy roasted garlic sauce on French rolls.

Cuban “Po-boy”: Pressed French bread sandwich stuffed with lechon (braised pork), Chisesi’s ham, Chihuahua cheese, pickled okra and Creole mustard crema.

Venezuelan Arepas: Venezuelan cornmeal patties stuffed with muchacho (Venezuelan- style brisket), grated queso fresco, purple cabbage-cilantro slaw and guasacaca (Venezuelan guacamole).

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Lola Deux

Date: Tuesday, November 5

Location: Lola Restaurant (517 N New Hampshire St., Covington, LA)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

Lola Deux is the mobile extension of Lola, a celebrated restaurant serving contemporary Louisiana cuisine. This equally mind-blowing truck is run by acclaimed chefs Keith and Nealy Frentz, who have made a name for themselves by serving giant sandwiches packing serious flavours and gourmet, scratch-made ingredients. Try their Hot Mess, their Bacon Marmalade BLT, or if you’re brave enough… their Mother Trucker!

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What they will cook for us:

The Mother Trucker: Pulled pork, coleslaw, hand-cut white truffled fries, tender brisket, provolone, housemade pickles and Creole mayo on a Po-boy roll. It may look like a mother — but it’s made with the freshest gourmet ingredients.

The Hot Mess: Local ham, housemade pimento cheese (cheddar, mayo, Creole mustard, roasted red pepper, mayo, heavy cream, seasoning), housemade pickles, and spring greens on housemade white focaccia.

Bacon Marmalade BLT: Housemade bacon marmalade, crispy Southern fried green tomatoes, spring greens, and mayo on housemade white focaccia.

Bread Pudding Pancake: A decadent way to start your day! French bread, egg, cream, bourbon, cinnamon and sugar formed into pancakes. Topped with (even more) bourbon in a white chocolate sauce.

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Foodie Call

Date: Wednesday, November 6

Location: The Rusty Nail Bar (1100 Constance St., New Orleans, LA)

Filming time: 5:00 p.m.

Foodie Call is your one-stop shop for the fun street renditions of classic Cajun cuisine! The Brothers Theard put their 30 years of combined fine dining experience to work to crank out legitimately high-end Cajun cuisine like old school duck etouffee and even turtle soup! Beloved by critics and regular folks alike, they recently snagged a pair of Vendy awards and The Daily Meal named them one of 2012’s Best Food Trucks in America.

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What they will cook for us:

Duck & Grits: Traditional Duck Etouffee stew (ground duck in a tomato base stew with onion, pepper, celery, and Creole spices) smothering crispy fried polenta cakes and topped with a fried egg and a toasted biscuit. A big heap of hearty southern comfort!

Porchetta Sandwich: Bacon-wrapped pork loin on ciabatta bread, dressed with fresh greens and fig mustard.

Crab Cakes: Crispy, tender crab cakes topped with crispy prosciutto, red pepper aioli, citrus segments, and micro greens.

Turtle Soup: This is the essential “Big Easy” in a bowl! Classic NOLA soup with ground turtle, spinach, tomato, pepper, whole ground lemon and a blend of spicy sauces. Topped with a poached egg.

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Taceaux Loceaux

Date: Thursday, November 7

Location: Audubon Park (Tchoupitoulas St & Exposition Blvd., New Orleans, LA)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

Taceaux Loceaux is the hippest truck in NOLA, serving internationally-inspired tacos with Cajun accents (as evident in their Cajun spelling of “Taco Loco”). With bold tacos such as the “Messin’ with Texas”, this truck is making a big impression. Need proof? Just look at their long lines during meal time or check out the many awards they’ve won since opening up. Gambit Weekly named Taceaux Loceaux the Best Food Truck of 2013 and Smithsonian Magazine hailed them one of the 20 Best Food Trucks in America.

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What they will cook for us:

Messin’ with Texas: The one that started it all. Maribeth’s secretly seasoned slow-roasted brisket, cabbage, radish, cilantro, crema, and salsa picante. Maribeth’s family is from Texas and she wanted to “mess with” Texas’ usual brown gravy + onion brisket by braising the meat and adding more heat!

Pork Torta: Spicy 4-hour braised pork with fresh tomato, jalapeño slaw, and zesty veggies on a toasted bolillo roll.

Poblano Shrimp Taco: Succulent shrimp poached in butter and poblano peppers, drizzled with pepita (pumpkin seed) crema, cabbage, and cilantro.

Sopa Macho Morracho: Beer, cheese, homemade chorizo, potatoes, cream, jalapeño, and onion – a satisfying soup topped with tortilla chips.

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FrenCheeze

Date: Friday, November 8

Location: Tulane Medical Center (1415 Tulane Ave., New Orleans, LA)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

FrenCheeze is a temple to all things cheese, butter, and bread. Owners Jason and Myrialis King are nothing less than obsessed with grilled cheese. In fact, Jason knew that Myrialis was the one for him when she recounted a childhood story about how she used to break out of her crib and go to the refrigerator to nibble on cheese. That tender tale cemented their relationship and eventually led to the creation of FrenCheeze. Their love of the gourmet gooey stuff has now spread throughout NOLA, earning them a spot on Thrillist’s 10 Best Food Trucks in New Orleans.

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What they will cook for us:

The Gary: The hands-down favourite. Goat cheese, grape jelly, and applewood smoked bacon on a buttery croissant.

FrenCheeze Sliders: Angus burger patties topped with hoisin sauce, creamy sriracha, crispy fried avocado slices, and melted muenster cheese.

Crawfish Etouffee Balls: Classic New Orleans crawfish etouffee rolled in rice and deep-fried. Served with a smoked gouda sauce.

Good Morning: Creamy marscapone cheese, rich Nutella, and maple syrup-soaked strawberries nestled between two slices of French toast.

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Viva La Waffle

Date: Saturday, November 9

Location: Parc Putnam (830 Lafayette St., Lafayette, LA)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

Viva La Waffle is the place to go for waffle worship! It’s everything you ever dreamed of having for lunch (wontons, banh mi, even an entire crawfish boil) – in a waffle! Chef Collin Cormier is the king of Lafayette street food with 15,700 Facebook followers and counting! Viva La Waffle was named The Times of Acadiana’s Best Food Truck 2012 and Best New Restaurant 2011.

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What they will cook for us:

Bayou Banh Mi Waffle: Collin’s own homage to Louisiana “cochon de lait” pig roast-offs, but with a twist! Roast pork, pickled carrots, fresh cucumber, cilantro, and chili garlic mayo.

Wonton Waffle: Savory cream cheese filling studded with pineapple, ginger, green onions, chilis, and lump blue crab – topped with crispy chow mein noodles and sweet chili dipping sauce.

Crawfish Boil Waffle: Cheddar waffle stuffed with sauteed crawfish tails and “crawfish boil” hash (potato, corn, sausage, onions, peppers) and Creole dipping sauce.

Viva Las Vegas Waffle: Truck-candied bacon, banana, peanut butter, and homemade berry compote. All hail the king!