Food trucks are becoming more popular in New Orleans

Published: Jan. 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:44 AM CST
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New Orleans, La -- Food trucks are a street-food sensation in cities like Los Angeles and New York.

Now, a Detroit native, who relocated to New Orleans is starting to make her mark here as the food truck craze grows.

You put good food, music and New Orleanians together in a unique neighborhood and you've got the latest twist on the food truck craze in the city...the food truck round-up.

"It's a beautiful thing, all these trucks need a place to go. They all got good food," says New Orleanian, Matt Ribachonek.

Detroit Native, Barrie Schwartz moved to New Orleans while unemployed and was looking for an new entrepreneurial opportunity.

"My goal is to highlight different areas of New Orleans utilizing innovating mobile food that's relatively inexpensive and brings a lot of different people together," says Schwartz.

The idea of gourmet-quality, affordable food from a truck is on the fast track to add flavor and culture to what's uniquely New Orleans.

Taylor Jackson bought his food truck for $1,600.

He says there are strict regulations in place, the trucks aren't allowed to sit on one place for more than a half hour, they can't be within 600 feet of a restaurant, school or church.

"Those things are starting to change. We're really seeing a lot of movement in City Council. We're hoping that in the next month or so the food truck coalition is going to get a vote from City Council on getting a more progressive set of statutes in place and once that happens I think we'll see the success of food trucks," says Jackson.

Schwartz is planning a St. Patrick's day event and she hopes to begin highlighting a different New Orleans neighborhood each month.