GoYaYa’s Gourmet Food TruckJessica | January 21, 2011
If you haven’t heard anything about the food truck “movement” in the past year or so, you’ve probably been living under a rock. I’m particularly proud of my city (Baton Rouge) for not being late to the game on this trend and supporting at least 5 (just off the top of my head) food trucks. Some folks may be starting to consider mobile food passé, but then one comes across a truck offering really unique fare, like the crepes from GoYaYa’s Gourmet Food Truck. Although really, it’s not so much a truck as a pulled trailer:
GoYaYa’s was started by Chef Kevin Black, who was inspired by the food carts he was exposed to while living in Taiwan. He says that experience and his education at the Culinary Arts Institute of Louisiana were the perfect combination to open a gourmet food truck. GoYaYa’s crepes are from rotating international cuisines varying from Greek and Vietnamese to classic French. I visited on an overcast day when they were parked under the Perkins Rd. overpass. Aside from being slightly muddy from the recent rain, the overpass is a great area for a food truck: lots of businesses around and ample parking. On my visit there were other diners, but no line (a combination of the holidays and the rain, I’m sure), so I quickly picked out my lunch choice: the grilled chicken caprese crepe (thin sliced grilled chicken breast, roma tomatoes, Mozzarella, pesto aioli).
I am really, really impressed by the quality of crepe you can get from a truck. The crepe was warm and of perfect texture–not soggy and not rubbery. The chicken caprese crepe was enormous and stuffed to the brim with fillings. The chicken was well-seasoned and juicy, the tomatoes were of good quality (especially for the winter), and that pesto aioli…mmmmm!! I could honestly barely finish this hearty crepe, but I also didn’t want to leave any of it behind. It was a really great meal.
GoYaYa’s serves a number of other savory crepes, like the Cuban and pulled pork, and sweet crepes if you have room for dessert. One thing I really loved about the mobile resto was their convenient seating area in back.
This is something I haven’t seen on any Atlanta food trucks that would be a welcome addition. Check GoYaYa’s website or follow them on Twitter to see when they’re flipping crepes in your neighborhood!