No lunch plans on Tuesday? Let me fix that!

The trend of food trucks continue and thankfully there are a few more available to us in the South Bay. Two somewhat new trucks are the Louisiana Territory and No Way Jose. Both trucks were started by the well known local catering company, Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme. I’m officially warning you now – this post is long and filled with photos of food. You might end up having to get a snack after reading this post!

Louisiana Territory

After checking out the calendar on the LT site, I picked a Tuesday to try out the food. The closest location near my job (I work near downtown San Jose) was up at the Netgear campus around Montague Expwy and First St. Easy to get to and plenty of parking was available.

As my coworker and I drove up we noticed the truck right away – a large banner on top of their truck had a picture of a alligator declaring they were “Back!” You see, Louisiana Territory used to be a restaurant located in Mountain View. After eight years in that location the owners moved it to the Pavilion in downtown San Jose.. and well.. it failed. (Stories I’ve heard about the Pavilion have never seemed too positive, unfortunately.) Just recently they decided to give it another go – this time as a gourmet food truck. Brilliant idea, I say!

So what does the LT truck serve it’s oh-so-hungry patrons? Cajun food of course! They list their entire menu on their website but the truck offers a different mix each time. I think that’s a great way to keep it fresh for repeat customers.

There was a small line already formed outside of the truck. Actually it was a few feet AWAY from the truck which honestly I haven’t seen before. I’ve been around a lot of food trucks in the last few months (Downtown San Jose, SF’s Off The Grid, and Oakland’s Eat Real Festival) and this was the first time I didn’t stroll right up to the window. There was a woman ready with a clipboard standing near the end of the truck near the menu to take our order. It’s a little mix of servers at a restaurant and food truck dining. There were also three standing tables nearby. My favorite bit about the truck – the jazzy music they pumped out for patrons. They really were able to give the small space a nice atmosphere for customers to eat.

My coworker and I looked through the menu and for the sake of being able to do a decent review, we opted for two different meals. While my personal diet frowns upon eating rice (long story, you can read my personal blog if you’re that curious) I decided to get the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. I had originally asked if there was a dish that could be without the rice – and it was suggested that I try the Shrimp & Sausage Creole (and hold the rice that it is usually poured over) OR the Bend Bowl (´╗┐Beans & Rice, garlic hummus, cheddar cheese, scallions, avocado, cilantro, fage yogurt, & Srirachi chili sauce) again, without the rice. However, I’m a sissypants to most things “spicy” and decided I’d battle it out with the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. My coworker picked the Blackened Chicken Po Boy. In addition to our meal, we were graciously offered a beverage to try. One of their homemade drinks; either their Ginger Ale or their Tropical Storm Punch. Again, because of my personal situation I could not try their Ginger Ale (though I hear it’s quite tasty) and opted for the TSP.

The foods!

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo: $5
Fully of spicy flavors but not super hot
GIANT chunks of chicken and sausage. I was pleasantly surprised by this.

Blackened Chicken Po Boy: $6
The bread was soft yet crunchy in all right right spots and to our surprise, the bread didn’t seem to have any additional openings. It seemed like it was cut at the top and stuffed full of chicken, tomatoes, lettuce and “special sauce.”

The chicken was seasoned and the veggies were very tasty – overall a great mix. It was a really great sandwich and the next time I hit up the LT I will try either their Shrimp Po Boy or their catfish one.

Tropical Storm Punch: $2
I expected it to be super sweet but it wasn’t. It had a mellow sweetness to it and didn’t bite back with it’s mix of passionfruit, guava, orange and lemonade.

No Way Jose

No Way Jose

After my yummy adventures with the Louisiana Territory truck, two other coworkers were eager to join me in my next food truck excursion – this time PSRT’s other truck, No Way Jose. NWJ’s theme is mexican cuisine. Before leaving, I let my fiance know where/when to find the truck and he got some of his coworkers to come along as well.

The truck is painted in flashy colors and featured some of the same tables that the LT truck had. Unfortunately, there was no music (aww bummer.) **UPDATE A stereo has been installed!** I ordered the Monterey Quesadilla and my coworkers bought the Mission salad and the Santa Maria burrito. The overall consensus was that we enjoyed them! DEEELISH. Lots of meat and full of flavor. Plus the prices were pretty good for the portion.

Monterey Quesadilla $3

Chile verde chicken – saucy, flavorful, and plenty of meat. I don’t like over-packed messy quesadillas, and even though I knew that the chile verde would be saucy it didn’t overpower the tortilla at all. Delicious and I’d totally order it again.

The Mission Salad $6

Huge chicken salad in a crispy shell. My coworker added a little bit of pico de gallo for extra flavor (they had a little salsa bar available for customers to add what they liked) and totally enjoyed her meal.

Santa Maria Burrito $6
Large chunks of chicken packed this burrito. My coworker is a typical male that can pack away hefty burritos and sandwiches and the only thing he mentioned to me was he wished it was bigger – yet it was still a very decent size. I didn’t get a picture of it because he devoured it so fast!

Because my fiance and his coworkers were there as well – there were a few more opinions available on different menu choices:

The Nuevo Mexico Tamale Pie $5
Tamale Pie
I took several bites, I couldn’t help it – it was pretty good. Here’s their description: Tamale pie with fresh masa, roasted corn, shredded pork and earthy, flavorful red chile sauce.

The LA Fish Taco $1.50

The fiance says “It was good. Fish was cooked well. Tasty. It wasn’t fried!”

And last but not least…

Cajun Chimichanga $6

“Red beans & rice, jambalaya, blackened chicken, wrapped in a warmed flour tortilla and deep fried!” It’s a mix of their two trucks – which I thought was a pretty cool idea. I didn’t get to taste it myself but was told that the person who ate it did comment that he felt it needed a bit more meat inside, but overal it tasted good.

Man I’m hungry just going through this list.

Where can you find these truck?

Louisiana Territory
Tomorrow Tuesday, September 28th
Netgear parking lot!
350 E Plumeria Drive
11:30a – 1:30p
LT FacebookLT Twitter

No Way Jose
Tomorrow Tuesday, September 28th
3101 Park Blvd, Palo Alto
12:00a – 1:30p
NWJ Facebook

5 Comments so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on September 28th, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    Great article! No Way Jose had a stereo installed recently…so now there’s music with that truck too…

  2. Jennifer Bullock (jennifer) on September 28th, 2010 @ 8:56 am

    Mike- that’s great to hear! (Pun totally intended.) I’ve updated the post.

  3. RandallW (unregistered) on September 28th, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    Do you have a running list of SouthBay food trucks? I feel like majority of the Bay Area ones are up in SF or the Pennisula. A resource like this for SJ/Milpitas/Santa Clara crew would be golden!

  4. Jennifer Bullock (jennifer) on September 28th, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Randy -We’ve got a few posts so far but I will definitely make a short list and post that for everyone to keep track with.

    Here are the other posts:

    Thankfully when there are some events downtown, some sneak down here like the Southern Sandwich Co. I hope they return soon because their pulled pork sandwich was amazing.

  5. Cynthia Corral (pischina) on September 28th, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    Maybe we should have a food truck category. If they’re becoming more popular around here I’d love to be able to easily find our list of reviews.

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