The Baton Rouge food truck scene got a shot of life with the debut of Rock Paper Taco.
Olive or Twist co-owner Josh Duke opened the food truck about a month and a half ago near Tin Roof Brewing Co. at 1624 Wyoming St. Chris Lavalais, a former manager/bartender at Olive or Twist, runs the day-to-day operations of the taco truck.
At Rock Paper Taco, you won't find your everyday tacos. First off, these tacos are all named after Baton Rouge streets and areas. Then, there are the ingredients.
For example, there's the Airline, with roasted buffalo cauliflower, shredded cabbage, avocado lime crema, charred jalapeños and cilantro. The Perkins Palm taco features country fried steak, mashed red potatoes and country gravy. The Staring has fried chicken, a chunk of a Belgian waffle, maple butter and Steen's cane syrup.
"It's catching on," Lavalais said of the tacos, mentioning the first night of business was slammed. "It was a long, wild night."
Lavalais said a restaurant could be in Rock Paper Taco's future, but for now, he is focused on bringing the food truck culture back to the area.
"We had that culture with roundups, and it faded," Lavalais said. "We're bringing something unique to this area, and I hope the food truck scene takes off again. We're here, and we're going to take off. We want the other food trucks to come back and thrive. That will make us all better."
Business hours for Rock Paper Taco are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. rockpapertaco.com.
Tiffi's Bakery opens on Bluebonnet Boulevard
If you have a sweet tooth, you might want to visit this new bakery.
Tiffi's Bakery opened about two weeks ago at 9618 Jefferson Highway, Suite B, in the former location of Room For Dessert.
Stephany Quintero owns and runs Tiffi's, which offers cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, and wedding, birthday and coffee cakes. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. facebook.com/tiffiscakes28 or (225) 239-5561.
Now open: Mid City Craft Wine & Brew
Mid City Baton Rouge's food and beverage scene continues to boom. Another piece of evidence is the opening of Mid City Craft Wine and Brew.
Gabe and Jacob Daigle's wine and beer shop opened last week during the Hot Art, Cool Nights festival. The shop is located at 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 1C, next door to Brew Ha-Ha! in the Goodwood Village Shopping Center.
Mid City Craft features a wide selection of family-owned wines as well as local, regional and harder-to-find craft beers. Behind the counter is a small selection of spirits.
To go along with the hangout vibes, the store is already hosting tasting events. Customers can expect free wine tastings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Next week will feature French wines with New Orleans distributor Uncorked.
Business hours at Mid City Craft Wine and Brew are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. facebook.com/midcitycraft, midcitycraft.com or (225) 448-5848.
Take a look inside White Star Market
The time has come: White Star Market has opened its doors.
The highly anticipated food hall at the Square46 development at 4624 Government St. opened at 7 a.m. Thursday. Business hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Before you visit, here is a handy guide to the vendors at White Star Market.
- Gov't Taco: signature tacos (Magna Carrot veggie and Bovine Bureaucracy, say what?) from Jay Ducote
- Jolie @ the Market: the second location of Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar
- Mike Mangham's Southern Plate: breakfast and bistro fare, sandwiches, salads and soups from the Baton Rouge chef/restaurateur
- Rêve Coffee Roasters: the popular downtown Lafayette coffee shop makes its Baton Rouge debut
- Chow Yum Phat: Chef Vu Le serves up bao buns, ramen, pho and Asian street food with quite possibly the greatest name of such a restaurant
- Dat'z Italian: the wood-fired pizza trailer from Joe and Shelly Forté gets a standing location; also expect lasagna and cannolis
- The Big Squeezy: cold pressed juices, acai bowls and healthy snacks from the Baton Rouge-born business
- Fete au Fete: Creole dishes, crawfish poutine and muffulettas from chef Micah Martello
- Mouton: craft cocktails, beer and wine, run by Level 1 sommelier Scott Higgins
Upcoming food events you can't miss
- Get your soul food fix at the inaugural Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival. The free event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at the Riverfront Plaza, 300 S. River Road in downtown Baton Rouge. In addition to good food in a family friendly environment, the event features music from Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor and will honor Chicken Shack owner Joe Delpit with a pioneer award. VIP ticket packages range from $25 to $100. brsoulfoodfest.com.
- Secret Lair Taqueria will prepare a selection of tacos and appetizers during Parish Brewing Company's release of the dry double-hopped IPA, Bloom. The release starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Broussard brewery, 229 Jared Drive. facebook.com/secretlairtaqueria, facebook.com/parishbrewingcotaproom.