FOOD: JEMIL’S BIG EASY in SEATTLE (byway of NEW ORLEANS)

JEMIL’S BIG EASY is yet another foodie’s dream come true here in Seattle. Jemil’s is a very appealing, authentic New Orleans food truck with a flavor and style so good that you’ve got to try it if you’re nearby or need to make a special trip to see them. The “Big Easy” truck is currently located in South Lake Union during the week and in Wallingford on Saturdays. From the moment you see the brightly painted yellow truck, to the friendly service and, of course, to the impressive selections, you know you’ve just suddenly popped into New Orleans hospitality and amazing fare. A catfish po boy has always been the way to my heart. Jemil’s catfish po boy is lightly coated, tender and quite flavorful. That first bite lets me know the chef is in love with his work. Wrapped in french bread with lettuce, tomato and dressing, this mighty catfish treat is a 100% delight. And, yep, they have other po boys too including shrimp and oyster!

But there’s so much more! Chef Jemil Aziz Johnson is a master chef. He’s been cooking for over twenty years in New Orleans, Seattle, Dallas and throughout Europe. He has won several awards including Best Entree and Best Dessert at the Bite of Seattle and Seattle’s Best Appetizer for his Crawfish Beignets. For those of you in the know, beignets are traditionally a sweet pastry. That savory variation is definitely welcome. The Big Easy truck is not currently offering this treat but, instead, try the Crawfish Monica, a cajun pasta dish out of this world. Or try the jambalaya, red beans and rice, gumbo, étouffée, or a sure-fire hit, the number one New Orleans sandwich that’s sure to please, The Muffaletta! And leave room for a bread pudding with whiskey sauce. I just can’t believe how lucky we are to have such an amazing food truck and catering service here in Seattle.

UPDATE: Keep on reading and viewing a few more pics.

So, I went back to get some dinner items: Jambalaya and Crawfish Monica! Plus Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. I can report that the jambalaya is packed with rich Cajun flavor. It’s a heavenly experience. It has just the right kick to it.

The Crawfish Monica will have you in paradise as you dwell upon the silky cream sauce, the spinach and mushroom, the crawfish, all dancing upon a bed of pasta.

And then, to top it all off, the bread pudding with whiskey sauce. It’s just a hint of whiskey, mind you, but that’s all you’d want. It is one of the best bread puddings I’ve ever tasted and I really enjoy that sort of stuff, you know, custards and such. What a truly authentic Cajun meal.

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