Of Lucky Dogs and Pizza
I was on Bourbon Street a few weeks ago after the Abita 20th Anniversary Party. Now I love the French Quarter, but Bourbon Street is not usually my cup of tea. I tend to stay towards the darker, seedier, less tourist friendly joints in the French Quarter. Like Dejavu (the restaurant/bar, not the strip club) or One Eyed Jacks.
Well, this time I had a bunch of friends from Baton Rouge with me and Bourbon Street is where they wanted to be. When we got down there, all of the drunks that were with us decided they were hungry. They wanted food, and they wanted it in a hurry. I told them that there were pretty much two choices for quick food in the French Quarter: Lucky Dog, or pizza by the slice at some corner place. Not being brave enough to tempt fate, my friends all agreed on Pizza.
This experience re-awakened a question that I have been asking myself for quite some time. It is a question that might have been brought up by another Metblog author, but if it was, I could not find it, and I think it needs to be revisited. Why are Lucky Dog vendors the only street vendors in the French Quarter? Wouldn’t it be really great if there was actually a variety of different kinds of foods that street vendors in the city sold? Think of all the great regional foods that would lend themselves perfectly well to being sold out of a cart. Jambalaya, etouffe, BBQ, just to name a few. During the cold winter months, how great would it be to be able to get a cup of corn and crab bisque from a street vendor on Bourbon Street.
I don’t know if this is correct, but I seem to vaguely recall being told once that Lucky Dog has a contract with the city making them the exclusive street vendors in the French Quarter. If that is correct let me go on record stating how horrible I think it is.