Another must-go food truck on my list was Where Ya At, first introduced via Eat St. (who says TV isn’t informative?), specialising in Creole Soul Food. I don’t know if I’ve ever had creole food (it’s not very common in Calgary nor was it common during my childhood in Jasper), so I was anxious to track down this truck and get my hands on some delicious eats from Louisiana.
Mind you, this was after a big lunch and a few pastries later, so I opted to try at least the Beignets (French doughnuts) because… DOUGHNUTS. ‘Nuff said.
We tracked the truck down to its regular Monday spot (location changes everyday) – Belltown Chase Bank on 1st 2701 First Ave. It was about 30 minutes until closing, but there was still a healthy crowd ordering and waiting for food.
It was pretty awesome to see Matt taking the orders. I admit I was slightly starstruck. I didn’t want to be lame and ask to take a picture. As an introvert, I try to avoid making an ass of myself in public (I mostly do it in private where there are no witnesses). So we just ordered ourselves a bag of Hot Beignets and waited excitedly for our turn.
Three large beignets, piping hot and covered in tons of icing sugar, came in an unassuming paper bag. The portion size was perfect – three beignets for three people. These are no dainty doughnuts, though. They’re substantial in size and quite possible the best doughnuts I’ve ever had the pleasure of devouring. The doughnut themselves weren’t too sweet, which worked well with the thick coating of icing sugar on top. The texture was incredible – soft but chewy, not too dense and still fluffy. We made a nice icing sugar mess on the sidewalk where we ate, but there were already remnants of beignets eaten before us so I didn’t feel too bad.
If I had even a tiny morsel of space left in my belly, I would’ve loved to try some of the other offerings, especially the Shrimp Po’ Boy. Alas, the beignets would have to do for that day, but I made a mental note to track it down before the end of our trip.
Lucky for me, I didn’t have to wait long for a second taste – we went back the next day as our first stop in Jason’s Epic Food Tour (more on that in later posts). The truck was at SoDo Starbucks Headquarters, 2401 Utah Ave. S (on a side note, it was pretty cool to visit the Starbucks headquarters).
This time, there were four of us and we had to be mindful of our portions at each stop of this tour. We decided to share a Shrimp Po’ Boy (which they nicely cut into 4 portions for us) and a small Jambalaya.
YUUUUUUUM! Lots of crispy fried shrimp coated in cornmeal with a nice mix of accompaniments on a fabulous french baguette. It would be quite a feat to finish an entire sandwich on my own so I was glad to share it with three others.
I’m so glad that I was able to go back to try a couple of savoury items. This truck is worth more visits so I’ll be tracking it down the next time I’m in Seattle.
Where Ya At
Various locations in Seattle (posted on website)