Bonafried Truck launches Thursday at Rusty Nail.
New Orleans’ newest food truck, Bonafried Truck,
launches Thursday (Feb. 4) at the Rusty Nail (1100 Constance St.). The project, from couple Stephen Maher and Rebecca Elizabeth Hollingsworth, specializes in Belgian fries and dipping sauces and offers pub-style fare including sliders, chicken sandwiches and wings.
“It’s sort of like a greasy spoon diner with a focus on french fries,” Maher says.
The couple is running the venture – the first of its kind for the pair – out of a Hostess bread truck they hauled here from Houston last year. Hollingsworth is as an actor and Maher works as a stationary engineer, which he says came in handy when repairing and restoring the 27-year-old vehicle.
Maher has worked in bakeries, concession stands and restaurants and says the food truck idea was hatched as a way of getting into a more creative field. The pair experimented with the concept at several pop-ups throughout the city, including stints at the since-closed Indywood theater on Elysian Fields Avenue, after which they decided to go full-throttle with the truck.
The fries are fresh-cut, soaked in a salt and sugar brine solution, double-fried and sprinkled with sea salt. Dipping accoutrements include chimichurri and lemon-garlic aioli, as well as mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup.
The truck's first event follows the Krewe of Muses parade Thursday at Rusty Nail and on Saturday night it will be at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret St.). On Lundi Gras it will be at AllWays Lounge (2240 St. Claude Ave.), and at the Kingpin (1307 Lyons St.) on Fat Tuesday.
The regular schedule for the truck is as follows: Thursdays at Gasa Gasa, Fridays at 45 Tchoup (4529 Tchoupitoulas St.), Saturdays at the Kingpin and Sundays at the Rusty Nail.
Follow the truck on Twitter @bonafriedtruck.