Local Lunch Gals: Delacata Soul Food
The blue skies and 84 degree temperatures on Friday, the 13th of July, had the Local Lunch Gals outdoors for the entire day. Maria and Jennifer, along with a high school friend visiting from Idaho, had a fabulous lunch on the patio at Oregon Electric Station. I wasn’t able to join them, but later in the afternoon, a friend and I went to Sweet Cheeks Winery to take in the view of the valley while chilling out with a glass of Sweet Cheeks Pinot Gris and indulging in a delectable meal.
Although I’ll soon be writing all about Lunch Gal Maria and Lunch Gal Jennifer’s good time at Oregon Electric Station, for now I’m excited to write about Delacata, a local food cart that just happened to be set up at Sweet Cheeks Winery on Friday. Delacata serves up authentic and absolutely savory soul food.
When we arrived at Sweet Cheeks around 5 pm, there were only a couple patio tables left in addition to some picnic tables that were set out in front of the Delacata food cart. With our bottle of Sweet Cheeks Pinot Gris and a galvanized bucket of ice to keep it chilled, we sat down and each poured a glass of wine. With the Delacata cart in full view from where we sat, and no one in line, we decided that it was the perfect time to check out their menu. Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect – as we were ordering, a long line started to form behind us.
Listed on their chalkboard menu for Friday was:
- Catfish & Fixin’s – cornmeal breaded catfish, fried, served with jalapeno cheddar hush puppies, cilantro-lime coleslaw, and dill aioli sauce.
- Bayou Shrimp PoBoy – Cajun shrimp piled on a buttered PoBoy, organic lettuce and tomato and homemade remoulade.
- Cajun Chick’ N’ Wich – chicken breast breaded in Cajun flour, fried, served with lettuce and tomato on the bread of the day and with sauce of the day. Served with your choice of fries
- Slug Burger and Fries – Angus beef mixed with spices and potato flour, fried, served on a buttered bun with ketchup, mustard, pickle and cheese. Served with your choice of fries.
- Jalapeno Cheddar Hushpuppies
- Crackin’ Grattons
- Your choice of Fries (rosemary-sea salt, cajun, curry, Greek)
- Deep Fried Pickle Chips
- Cane Sugga Sweet Tea or Blu-Raz Lemonade
Everything listed on the menu sounded divine, so making a decision was tough. We settled on sharing both the Cajun Chick’ N’ Wich and the Shrimp PoBoy, along with two sides of fries: rosemary-sea salt and Greek.
In spite of the crowd that was quickly forming around Delacata, our food was ready rather promptly. We were called by name when our order was up, and we eagerly grabbed our plates. From their line-up of assorted hot sauces, we poured a couple different flavors into small cups for to try as french-fry-dipping sauces, and we sat down with our scrumptious looking meals.
I tried the french fries first. Perfectly fried to a crispy golden brown, both the Greek and rosemary-sea salt were topped with their appropriate seasonings and each was packed full of flavor. The Chick’ N’ Wich sandwich had two healthy-sized boneless chicken tenders that were crunchy on the outside and super juicy on the inside, a tomato, some lettuce and a tasty sauce that we thought resembled a lightly seasoned remoulade with flavors similar to thousand island dressing – all stacked inside a soft bun. It was deliciously outstanding – there was not even a single crumb left when we were through.
The Shrimp PoBoy was really delicious too. The shrimp was plentiful and fried to perfection using a flavorful light batter. Piled high inside a hoagie roll with lettuce and tomato slices, the delectable remoulade pulled all the flavors together very nicely. As messy as it was to eat (this PoBoy required a fork), there wasn’t a single crumb left – just like the Cajun Chick’ N’ Wich. We enjoyed the food so much that we forgot to leave room for the warm bread pudding with Sweet Cheeks Vintage Riesling, but Delacata will be at Sweet Cheeks again, and we’ll be sure to save room for dessert next time.
Each of these two entrees, both the chicken and the shrimp, paired perfectly with the Sweet Cheeks Pinot Gris. With our stomachs and glasses full, we kicked back and relaxed while looking out over the vineyard and valley. More than once, we said, “Life is good.”
Delacata’s slogan is: devoted to the pursuit of fine southern cuisine. They have certainly accomplished their pursuit: Delacata’s southern cuisine is positively fine cuisine. The Lunch Gals will be enjoying Delacata as often as possible, and we’ll be bringing our friends and families.
Find Delacata Tuesday through Friday, 11 am – 2:30 pm, at the corner of Olive and 8th. Friday nights, Delacata can be found at either Sweet Cheeks Winery or LaVelle Vineyards, and on Saturdays from 12-5 pm, they set up at Oakshire Brewing Company. For details and specials, visit their Facebook page, Delacata.