Rockin' Ricks has been out on the streets of Dallas for a couple of months now, but generally is not in areas that I have easy access to on a regular basis. Over the last couple of weeks, they have been doing service in Irving, so I was able to visit during lunch this week.
Before the truck ever hit the streets, I had exchanged several emails with the owner and was under the impression that this was a Cajun truck. When I got to the truck I was confused because even though the truck has a crawfish logo and beads and a Krewe doll for decoration, the variety of the menu did not immediately make me think "Cajun." After I returned to the office, I checked the Rockn Rick's website and sure enough, the truck is described as "All-American cuisine." With a menu of Philly cheese steak hamburgers, po-boys, hot dogs, salads and gumbo, I think this is an accurate description.
Because I went to the truck believing it was Cajun, I had already decided to order the shrimp po-boy and the gumbo. Having grown up on the edge of Cajun country, and having spent my entire life eating shrimp and gumbo, these were going to be items that I hold to a high standard.
First up, the shrimp po-boy. I was surprised when I picked up my order that the shrimp was grilled. It never crossed my mind that the shrimp wouldn't be fried. That said, the grilled shrimp was good and the remoulade sauce was some of the best I have ever had. With a fully dressed sandwich, I have no complaints about the lack of extra calories and fat.
The bread also threw me, since I was expecting the traditional French loaf but here it was more of a triangular bun. It was very fresh and tasty, so again, no complaints, just not what I had expected.
I was pleasantly surprised with the gumbo. It was full of large pieces of white meat chicken and sausage and a nice base of white rice. The flavor was full but not overly complicated. I, personally, like my roux to be a bit thicker and darker, but that is very much a personal preference and this roux was better than a lot that I have had at high-end seafood restaurants.
Once I managed my expectations, with the understanding that this truck serves "All-American cuisine," I can say that I enjoyed this truck and look forward to trying other menu items.
Rockn' Rick's is usually found in Dallas, and is working hard to be able to operate in its home-town of Forney. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out where they will be and go try their all-American menu. It's not Cajun but it is tasty.