Easy Creole Pops Up This Week


Easy Creole gumbo; photo from their website.

Grant Gooding and Jess McCarter could never find home-style Creole food in the Bay Area quite like it is in the Big Easy, that is, damn good and damn cheap. So they made their own: ~EASY CREOLE~ is starting a pop-up restaurant on Wednesday May 25th at The Residence (starts at 5pm, 718 14th St. at Church) and Friday May 27th at La Victoria Bakery (5pm-10pm, 2937 24th St. at Alabama) to serve up gumbo, étouffée, succotash, red beans and rice, and tasty vegan options too.

Eater has the menus here, and note, you don’t even have to BYOB. The Gooding-McCarter team will return to both places on a semi-permanent schedule once they get a feel for the demand. Additionally, they will eventually pop-up at Bissap Baobab (post-move), farmers’ markets, and food events around the Bay Area, and they have plans to start a lunch catering service.

Their signature dishes include vegan spinach and mushroom étouffée; chicken, sausage, and shrimp gumbo; and “Gumbo z’Herbes,” a traditional meatless dish enjoyed by Louisiana Catholics during Lent and on meat-free Fridays. They say they have the right balance of spicy and savory, and a secret twist that brings as much flavor to the vegan dishes as to the meaty stews. Keep up with Easy Creole on Facebook, Twitter, or join their mailing list.