While the the Brawlin’ Betties were doing their Roller Derby thing and crowds were cheering for girlie action on skates, Georgia’s rolled out their own version of saucy, sweet and spicy action on wheels. Crowds lined up to check out Santa Barbara’s newest food truck. Georgia’s did not disappoint, offering satisfying comfort food with gourmet flair. Delicious BBQ ribs that fall off the bone and have just the right amount of heat to be sassy and fantastic pulled pork that will bring you right back to those lazy Memphis backyard BBQs with mom and dad and all the cousins. Burgers hit the spot, served on a fresh brioche bun with all the trimmings and a range of extras that will have you trying new versions each time you order. And hush my mouth but the hush puppies are simply yummy, perfect two bite pieces of corn batter with a cheesy, bacony surprise. Don’t even get me started on the Mac-n-Cheese - just like mom used to make with rich thick cheese and a crunchy top. Now I’m hungry again!
The Truck continued to gain momentum throughout the last couple of weeks with well attended lunch stops at Jordano’s on Eckwell, Cottage Downtown and Mentor off Hollister, as well as stops on Castillian, at Yardi’s off Fairview and along Ward at Channel Technologies.
Their latest stop was at the Edible Santa Barbara event Friday night in front of the Carr Winery and Telegraph Brewing at 414 N. Salsipuedes, where a steady crowd was delighted with the unusual and tasty offerings including an off the menu special of fried picked string beans courtesy of Brad at Pacific Pickleworks. And, if you happen to be a vegetarian, don’t go running from the truck, just say “Hippy style” and you will be introduced to their veggie menu for a no meat treat.
Chef Brian Parks, formerly Executive Chef of the Coast Restaurant at the Canary Hotel, has the cooking credentials and professional training to serve haute cuisine with the best; he also has a passion for comfort food and the smokey, spicy-sweet flavors that make simple food memorable. He and his wife Alissa, who has years of restaurant experience and trained at SBCC Hospitality program, decided to make their dream a reality and have been working on the details for the past year. The preparation shows in all the details. The truck, designed by Sidekick Creative, is stunning in mat black with lots of red detail and eye-catching graphics. Georgia, who is prominently displayed, represents that sweet southern country girl serving up the ‘Q, — saucy enough to keep you interested but sweet enough to be welcome at your family gathering.
While it’s not always easy to catch up with a restaurant that is often in motion, Georgia’s Smokehouse is using all manner of social media to keep you connected so you can get your next BBQ fix with all the fixin’s. They have a calendar available online with all their stops and special events. Look for them online at georgias-smokehouse.com, facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Georgias.Smokehouse.Truck?ref=stream (or just type in Georgia’s Smokehouse) and on Twitter at @georgiastruck or call at 805-845-4854. They also do catering and can bring their kitchen right to your door.
To view many satisfied customers with Georgia’s on their mind, see the slideshow at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjFpu22posg&feature=em-share_video_user/.