Street Eats: Where Ya At Matt's Mobile Tribute to the Big Easy

Allison Austin Scheff has the best gumbo she's ever tasted in Seattle at Where Ya At Matt’s food tru

The best gumbo I’ve tasted in Seattle comes from Where Ya At Matt’s food truck. Chef Matthew Lewis’ version ($8) features the holy trinity of celery, onions and bell peppers, and it pulses with heat from hunks of house-cured andouille sausage and Creole spice. A toasty brown roux gives it a creamy-smooth base. Lewis is a New Orleans native who worked at Seattle’s Toulouse Petit for a short time, and he knows his down-home stuff. It’s toacugh not to order the gumbo and a paper bag of hot beignets (three for $4) every time I go—but then I’d miss out on the whopping fried shrimp po’ boy ($8), packed with big sweet shrimp, shredded lettuce and little smear of aioli. It’s hard to order wrong at Where Ya At Matt. Though prices are on the high side, considering the only option is to hoof it back to the office with your lunch or park it on a curb, the food is outstanding, and the po’ boys can easily feed two. So, splurge or share. Lunch daily. Various locations; whereyaatmatt.com. $

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