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Seafood and/or Cajun themed Food Truck a good idea in Raleigh area?

humanfactors Jun 3, 2013 10:39 AM

Hi all,

I have long considered taking a shot at starting a food truck business. The food I love to cook, and cook best, is seafood. I make an awesome gumbo!
I was wondering if you think a seafood themed food truck could be successful in the Raleigh area.

Things I might serve: Gumbo (Shrimp/Chx/Andouille), Shrimp po'boys, Lobster rolls, NE Clam Chowder, fish taco's, mussels in white wine sauce, etc...

Any thoughts, feedback, etc... would be appreciated.

  1. meatn3 Jun 3, 2013 11:07 AM

    I have seen a food truck at the weekend flea market at the State Fair Grounds that has a seafood focus - all fried iirc.
    Might be worth taking a look at from a market perspective.

    Not food trucks, but I have seen Cajun food concessions at
    outdoor art shows. They always seemed to draw a very large crowd.

    Personally I tend to order food which can be eaten without utensils from food trucks since it is usually consumed while standing/walking. I also have a reluctance to eat anything messy or sticky unless there is a means of washing up easily. But I'm not really the prime food truck demographic...

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    1. re: meatn3
      humanfactors Jun 3, 2013 11:42 AM

      Thanks - I will check out the truck at the flea market (I go almost weekly).

      Good feedback on the food type. I think something like mussels might be hard to eat and phew where to throw away the trash.


      1. re: humanfactors
        dbird Jun 5, 2013 08:59 PM

        I'd love to see a fish oriented truck but the New Orleans thing was played out in the early 1980s, and while I'd love to see some one offering top notch lobster rolls (nothing like that in the area. Maybe a branch of Luke's?) I would be put off by a menu as eclectic as the one you suggest (lobster rolls to tacos to gumbo? can you really do all of these well?) A partnership with a local fish purveyor (eg Core Sound, Locals) or other guarantee of fresh and sustainable would help establish your credibility, and is what I would look for.

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      Jeanne Jun 3, 2013 03:49 PM

      Just caught the end of Eat St featuring a cajun food truck in Seattle. They made gumbo, shrimp po'boy, oyster po'boys, pulled pork sandwiches and beignets. Looked fabulous to me.

      If you don't want to do it in Raleigh come on over to Durham!

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      1. re: Jeanne
        humanfactors Jun 3, 2013 04:01 PM

        Yes I'm leaning towards food like you get in New Orleans. I would skip the pulled pork and go with a muffuletta sandwich instead. Of course red beans and rice, hush puppies too.

        1. re: humanfactors
          meatn3 Jun 3, 2013 04:18 PM

          Mm mm-beignets and chicory coffee!

          Shrimp Creole might be good. It's not roux based so the sauce can just simmer away and then add the shrimp to order.

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