New Orleans' newest mobile food vendor, Bonafried Truck, launched Feb. 4 at the Rusty Nail. The project, from couple Stephen Maher and Rebecca Elizabeth Hollingsworth, specializes in Belgian fries and dipping sauces and offers pub-style fare including sliders, chicken sandwiches and wings.
"It's sort of like a greasy spoon diner with a focus on french fries," Maher says.
The couple is running the venture out of a Hostess bread truck they hauled from Houston last year. Hollingsworth is as an actor and Maher works as a stationary engineer, which he says came in handy when repairing and restoring the 27-year-old vehicle.
Maher has worked in bakeries, concession stands and restaurants and says the food truck idea was a way of getting into a more creative field. The pair experimented with the concept at several pop-ups throughout the city, including stints at the former Indywood movie theater on Elysian Fields Avenue, before going full-throttle with the truck.
The fries are hand-cut, soaked in a salt and sugar brine, double-fried and sprinkled with sea salt. Dipping sauces include chimichurri, lemon-garlic aioli, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup and others.
The truck is at the Kingpin (1307 Lyons St., 504-891-2373) on Fat Tuesday.
Its regular schedule: Thursdays at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret St.; www.gasagasa.com), Fridays at 45 Tchoup (4529 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-9066; www.45tchoup.com), Saturdays at the Kingpin and Sundays at the Rusty Nail (1100 Constance St., 504-525-5515; www.therustynail.biz).
Follow the truck on Twitter at @bonafriedtruck.