The team behind Gumbo Kitchen, the mobile Creole food truck that supplies smoky, deep-fried Louisiana-inspired comfort food, are putting down roots in Smith Street, Fitzroy with the brand new Po’ Boy Quarter.
The team have gone all out to keep the whole operation authentic, even ensuring that the tiles out the front of the restaurant are original New Orleans street tiles.
“It was really important to me to have these here,” co-owner Michael Cotter says of the tiles he had made specifically by a company who supplies tiles for New Orleans Parish (council), going a step further to incorporate the street name into the concrete walkway entry.
The tiles’ colour scheme of cadmium yellow, blue and ivory is used throughout, as a border and for the logo, offset with metallic black, brown and white to evoke a 1920s feel – the era in which the po’ boy was created. For now, only the cosy front dining and takeaway area is complete, but by November the back dining area – inspired by the distinct New Orleans shotgun houses – will be home to the cocktail bar, where diners can enjoy a classic sazerac or vieux carre.
Menu-wise Cotter, his wife Patricia Stanton and chef Kurt Medenbach have upped the ante on what they’ve previously been able to serve in the truck, now offering locally sourced, freshly shucked oysters (served fresh, Rockafella or deep fried), free-range southern fried chicken and organic pulled pork. “Think decent quality fast food, naturally with a po’ boy focus,” says Cotter.
A large side menu, including that Louisiana favourite, chicken and smoked sausage gumbo, offers vegetarian friendly options and a lemon icebox pie or bread pudding with chocolate and pecan sauce to finish. Until the liquor licence comes through and beer, wine and bubbles are available, you can stay hydrated with house-made New Orleans lemonade and American sodas.
Po’ Boy Quarter
295 Smith Street, Fitzroy
(03) 9419 2130