According to their Facebook page, Gambino’s Cajun Creole is a “New Orleans Style Food Truck.” I’d say that is an understatement. Gambino’s IS New Orleans home cooking.
Chef Kevin Gambino lived in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina, when he moved to Austin. His food truck is something else. I’m not a huge cajun food fan (or at least I didn’t think I was!) but the food from Gambino’s is absolutely delicious. I’m sold – I love cajun food now! The food at Gambino’s is all handmade from scratch (like, every ingredient) in the trailer. I was talking to Kevin and he said, basically, if he wouldn’t feed it to his 2 year old daughter, he wouldn’t serve it from his truck.
In addition to the usual gumbo, alligator bites, and boudin balls, Gambino’s has rotating specials. Today, the one of the specials was a “brunch bowl” made with mushroom and chicken hash, two poached eggs, topped with arugula and sausage gravy. SO. GOOD. I’ve heard he’s been selling out of his beignets (don’t forget the cafe au last too!) and I’m not surprised. He’s also going to start serving a kind of “mocktail” that’s made with Topo Chico and grapefruit juice. I don’t think it’s on the menu yet, but all the hipsters will go crazy for it.
Gambino’s is located at The Picnic (great location) on Barton Springs and they’re currently open every day (except for Wednesdays) from 11am-9pm.
I was lucky enough to be invited with some other food bloggers to taste and photograph some of the food. It was such a fun time! It was the first time I’d gotten together with other food bloggers who are all crazily standing on tables to get the shot they want!