Hi all! Headed down in June (getting married...WOOHOO!) and would like to know if there are any street food vendors...It's our second time down and we will be planted at Coop's, but would like to sample the local fare on the street if available?
Thanks in advance!
Jack And Tara
How about a Lucky Dog from a genuine hot dog-shaped cart? Lucky Dogs have been around since 1947. I've been around longer than that...but I haven't eaten a Lucky Dog.
Lucky Dogs (hot dogs) are the street food of the Quarter usually consumed late at night/early in the morning after a major consumption of adult beverages. Woofing down a few Lucky Dogs on your wedding night would definitely make it a night to remember. To be completely honest thousands have eaten Lucky Dogs but few have died.
I would have a roast beef poor boy instead. Congratulations on your wedding.
NOLA is not a street food town--you won't find carts, kiosks, or vans like in some cities. We do have a few taco trucks, but they're not in tourist-friendly areas (usually parking lots of closed businesses). I hear tales of a late-night food vendor scene that materializes on Frenchman in the wee hours, but I go to bed too early to know about that.
Skip the Lucky Dog--they're bad. Really bad.
re: Hungry Celeste
HC - I actually ate at one of the street food vendors on Frenchman, it was a BIG bbq grill towed by a pick-up called 'biddles with the kibbles' or something along those lines - ordered the bbq sausage sandwich and ate it at the Apple Barrel and it was simple but good. There was another vendor across the street that had a good menu but we didn't have a chance to taste test - they put up tiki torches around the area for 'mood' lighting. Both vendors were in the Cafe Brasil area.
Lucky Dogs have a monopoly on street food vending in New Orleans, and I'm sure a lot of money changes hands every year to keep it that way. Hey, this is New Orleans, cher...
When I was a kid, there were rolling tamale carts Uptown. The vendor would pluck the tamales from a metal steamer, and each tamale was wrapped in newspaper. We'd buy half a dozen, then sit in Octavia Park and eat them in happy silence. More than pralines or Roman Candy, tamales were my favorite street snack!
If ever there was a city that deserved great street vendors, it's New Orleans. Street food would sell like gangbusters in University neighborhoods and the CBD. (Street vendors have become wildly popular in NYC. One vendor has made his reputation selling chocolate bread pudding!)
I guess the Pie Lady counts as a street vendor. According to her call, she makes sweet and savoury pies. I've had the sweet potato and it's pretty good. Unfortuantely I have no advice on where or when to catch her, other than listen up for her calling out "Pie Lady" in the streets of the Quarter. I see her a few days a week on Chartres St by the court house.