Crawdaddy’s brings back drive-by dining next week: One of the dining success stories in Northwest Georgia is what Joan and Dereck Brady have done with the Crawdaddy’s Cajun and Creole Cuisine brand. They started as one of the first food trucks in Rome and grew it into one of the more successful restaurants in downtown Rome. Today, Crawdaddy’s offers dinner starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday nights as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
But for the folks who miss lunch service — and don’t have time to travel downtown — an old friend is returning. Starting Monday, that familiar Crawdaddy’s food truck will be on the move again, complete with daily menu postings.
Here’s why: “Folks don’t like coming downtown for lunch. The time involved can make them late getting back to work. We’ve had so many requests to bring it back. Even after almost four years in the restaurant, they still are asking. We thought it was time. It will allow us to do more catering, also. We have a unique angle in that regard. We can pull up to an event and provide hot food rather than food that has been prepared elsewhere.”
Here’s the schedule; click here for the menu each day:
- Monday – Bargain Hunt parking lot Shorter Avenue.
- Tuesday – Rite Aid parking lot, Shorter and Division.
- Wednesday – First Bank Mortgage, Third Street, downtown.
- Thursday – 2750 Cedartown Highway – Auto Repo
- Friday – Apria Healthcare – Martha Berry.
- Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays.
Speakcheesy ready for food truck season while ‘Hoptimist’ wows ’em at Rome City Brewing Co. Hillery Sawyer doesn’t stand still — or apparently sleep.The queen of the Speakcheesy food truck says she’s back on the road next week and that’s on top of her Friday-Sunday gig as the “Hoptimist” (get it?) at Rome City Brewing Co.
Sawyer and co. are serving lunch and dinners at 333 Broad St. in the Tap Room above the brewery built by Jay Shell and Dr. Trent Prault on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday (brunch only, noon-6:30 p.m.) The Tap Room is open Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday beginning at noon.
What’s on the Hoptimist menu? The burger and grilled cheese menu as well as a few specials and some Sawyer’s favorites. A recent favorite is the The Noodle (a Chipotle Catfish burger); smoked pork tacos; and Chili and a cheese.
Recent Sunday brunch menus have included Waffalotta Cheddar (scrambled eggs, bacon and cheddar between waffles); Tornado Toast (spin on French toast); and The Duck (uniquely done Scottish Egg) among others.
As for the Speakcheesy trailer: Sawyer says it can be spotted all over Floyd and Polk counties (and beyond). “Food truck season will truly roll out for us starting April 1,” she adds.
A taste of spring break: For those who can’t get to Florida and all those slices of key lime pie this week, we offer a staycation sub. Try the new Frosted Key Lime at Truett’s Chick-fil-A and other Northwest Georgia locations. An early reviewer described it as a slice of key lime pie in a cup. Said reviewer was dead-on.
What’s in it? It is a “hand-spun combination of Chick-fil-A’s signature IceDream, Chick-fil-A Lemonade (or Diet Lemonade) and natural, sugar-free lime flavoring made from a blend of key limes, kaffir limes and Persian limes. Frosted Key Lime gets its green color from a mix of nutrient-rich ingredients, including spirulina and turmeric.” Or easier to digest: It’s good. Prices start at $3.35.