A food truck in Paris has secured a brick-and-mortar location to offer their food at 127 Lamar Avenue downtown.
Started in 2016, Street Eats has been set up at various local festivals and events.
“We found a home at the Paris Farmers Market and began setting up on Saturday mornings serving our unique blend of street food,” said owner Audie Earley. “After attending the planning sessions last year for the revitalization of our downtown, we knew we wanted a shop downtown. We were fortunate that one of our customers from the Farmers Market had a similar vision for downtown and loved our gelato. Glee Emmite purchased a building with plans for an Airbnb loft apartment. Her vision also included a gelato shop for the first floor. She began renovations and several months later, here we are.”
Earley said their vision for the shop is to take customers on a food journey by offering different street foods from around the world.
“We offer a treat made famous at the Minnesota State Fair: Fudge Puppies,” he said. “Our version is a Belgium waffle on a stick served with your choice of caramel, chocolate, or strawberry sauce – all homemade and topped with fresh homemade whipped cream, fresh fruit, or candy bits. The next street food we developed was our take on street corn. We start with a fresh roasted ear of corn and coat it with our homemade elotes sauce made with our own blend of freshly ground chili powder. We then coat it with a layer of Cotija cheese, and finally sprinkled with a bit of chili lime. We then take you on a trip to Italy with our homemade gelato. Gelato is ice cream made the Italian way. A lower fat version of typical ice cream, gelato is made with fresh ingredients with specialized equipment to give it the proper texture and taste. All of our gelato is made fresh weekly with ingredients processed in house using our own homemade recipes. Unlike some chain gelato shops, we do not use any industrial supplied mixes in our product. We have fresh fruit on Tuesday and gelato on Wednesday. Finally, we come to our gourmet tamales.”
These are not your normal tamales, he said, but rather tamales from around the world.
“These are not your typical pork with red sauce or chicken with green sauce tamales,” he said. “We see our tamales as a palate that gives us the opportunity to introduce even more flavors from around the world. We have a roasted corn with Hatch Chili Tamale that takes you to the American Southwest, a Carolina Pork Rib Tamale inspired by the mustard based sauces from South Carolina, Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tamales invoking images of sandy beaches and the sound of steel kettle drums, and finally our Moroccan Chicken Tamales. This North African flavor is made with fresh roasted chicken, green olives, citrus, dried fruit, and our homemade Ras el Hanout spice. Ras el Hanout translates to “head of the shop” and literally means the best spices a shop has to offer. Most of us will never have the opportunity to travel to some of these food destinations. It is our hope to provide Downtown Paris with a location where we can all enjoy the flavors the world has to offer.”
Earley said he wants to create a street vendor atmosphere while still offering the benefits of a brick-and-mortar shop.
“Once you get your order, we hope customers will have the urge to take a stroll down the streets of downtown Paris and see what other businesses have to offer,” he said.
Set to open Thursday, their hours will be Thursday-Friday from 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.