Owner/Chef Matthew Lewis, a New Orleans native, loved to help his mother and grandmother in the kitchen as a small child. He followed his passion for food after college, working under several top chefs and graduating from the Culinary Institute of America (second in his class). He worked in a couple of Seattle-based restaurants before opening Where Ya At in the summer of 2010.
|It's normal to see lines for Matt's food at peak lunch hour!|
(At Starbucks HQ)
|Menu in mid-October 2011|
Note the pumpkin items on the menu...especially the Pumpkin Beignets!
|Small Gumbo (Where Ya At)|
|Pumpkin Beignets (Where Ya At)|
And then I got to the pumpkin beignets, which I'll basically sum up as unfairly good. It made me so happy that I don't have to travel to New Orleans to get the real deal. The pumpkin pie sauce was off-the-charts awesome, and even though remnants of the powdered sugar got on the table -- and heck, even on me -- it was well worth every penny spent.
Other popular menu items include the po'boy, a traditional sub sandwich from Louisiana. You can get oysters, shrimp, roast beef, "Big Bold Creole Pork," portobello, catfish, andouille sausage, or a "Peacemaker" (fried oysters, bacon, Mama Lil's bread and butter pickles, and lemon aioli). Matt even slings up muffulettas, jambalaya, red beans and rice, shrimp and grits, and more!
This is a truck that I highly recommend and makes me wish I was raised in Louisiana. Just killer food. 8.5/10