I want to share with y’all another food truck I had the pleasure of enjoying at a recent event we were attending here in the Panhandle of Florida. But first I have to share a little about my food heritage. I call Mississippi my home state, but the state of Louisiana will always hold a piece of my heart. While I haven’t lived there as an adult I was born there. I also grew up close enough that it was only about an hour to cross the river at Vicksburg and visit friends that lived just across the way. My mom grew up in Baton Rouge and still has family in Louisiana. She gave me a love for all things Cajun growing up. We visited yearly to enjoy Mardi Gras or to just get some good food. We still message each other whenever we find a place that tastes authentic or if we find a good recipe to try. Aside from cooking those wonderful dishes myself it is hard to get a true Cajun meal outside of Louisianna. I’ll be honest I am picky when it comes to Cajun food. You can’t just throw in some spices, toss in crawfish, or grill fish with peppers call it blackened and say it’s a Cajun dish. True Cajun dishes come from the knowledge passed down from generations of cooking with these ingredients. You can taste the love being shared in the dish. Hopefully my dishes give some of that same love.
Back to that food truck I had the pleasure of visiting! Mrs. Tonie’s Gumbo House is legit Cajun food!
In fact, while talking to them I found out they are from the same area my mom was living when I was born. Every single person working had a smile on their face and seemed genuinely happy to answer any questions.
I was hesitant at first to try their food, because like I said I am picky about my Cajun! I however was blown away and quickly devoured every bite! I wanted to try everything, but I stuck to the Etouffee and Beignets. I lucked out and got to them before they had a line 10 deep but came back for pictures and watched as they continued to feed the crowd.
The Etouffee had a touch of heat, but not so spicy to make it overpowering of the other flavors. You can taste the perfectly cooked roux in this dark creamy sauce filled with fresh tasting crawfish. You know how sometimes you get a dish with crawfish, and it tastes extra strong, that’s usually because they aren’t fresh. Thankfully Mrs. Tonie knows how to serve them right! I also got some of their freshly fried Beignets.
For those that don’t know what that is, it’s a type of bread dough that is fried in square shapes. When it fries it puffs up and often ends up with a fluffy center and some air pockets. You then dowse it in powdered sugar and enjoy with your favorite hot drink of choice. Café Du Monde in New Orleans has made itself famous for all those visiting to enjoy their coffee and a plate full of powder sugar covered Beignets. At Mrs. Tonie’s you can find that same chicory coffee and dessert. I fully plan on trying out all of the other items on their menu the next chance I get. They attend a few markets and event venues here in the panhandle, so if you are visiting or live here, they can easily be found. Simply follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or their website. Trust me you won’t be disappointed in anything they make!