The tagline for the food truck Food Drunk (www.fooddrunknola.com) is "chef inspired, alcohol influenced cuisine," so it's fitting that this mobile vendor's latest regular deployment is the equivalent of keeping afternoon office hours at an Irish pub.
Food Drunk is scheduled to be outside Finn McCool's Irish Pub (3701 Banks St., 504-486-9080; www.finnmccools.com) from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays for the foreseeable future. On Wednesdays, the NOLA Truck (www.thenolatruck.com) will serve food there during the same hours.
Boo Koo BBQ remains the in-house food vendor at Finn McCool's, but it is closed for lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so the pub decided to invite food trucks for regular weekly visits. Finn McCool's co-owner Pauline Patterson says grilled cheese specialist Frencheeze (www.frencheezefoodtruck.com) is scheduled to join the rotation later in the summer, and a two-day food truck rally is in the works for Labor Day weekend.
Food Drunk has been serving dishes like smoked pork with habenero salsa on pretzel rolls, crawfish and crab mac and cheese and char-grilled oysters with garlic, andouille and panko. NOLA Truck specialties include Vaucresson hot sausage burgers, crawfish grilled cheese sandwiches and jalapeno hush puppies smothered with okra Creole.
Food trucks will be out in full force for a Fourth of July party at the Rusty Nail (1100 Constance St., 504-525-5515; www.therustynail.biz) beginning at 4 p.m. In a riff on all-American barbecue foods, four vendors (Foodie Call, Food Drunk, La Cocinita and NOLA Pie Guy) will compete in a hot dog contest, and there will be DJs, contests and a presidential dunk tank to release some partisan angst. For more details, visit www.myhousenola.com.