Gallery: Snapshots from the First New Orleans Vendy Awards

Ms. Linda's Soul Food
Ms. Linda's Soul Food

Creole flavors meet ramen noodles in Ms. Linda's famous ya-ka-mein.

Hot Tamale Mama
Hot Tamale Mama

Slicing up tamales for samples

La Cocinita
La Cocinita

La Cocinita ran out of braised pork before I made it up to their window, which was fine with me, because instead I got to sample their hot roasted corn arepa with avocado and cojita cheese. Smoky, salty, and creamy, it needed no meat to be a satisfying bite.

Fat Falafel
Fat Falafel

I've spent the last few weeks telling anyone who will listen that this new Fat Falafel truck makes the best falafel sandwich south of the Mason-Dixon line, so I was more than willing to line up for a sample of hot-from-the-fryer falafel with an eclectic carrot and beet salad.

Fat Falafel
Fat Falafel

The Fat Falafel team in action.

Fat Falafel
Fat Falafel

They were also serving up fries topped with Toum, a creamy Lebanese garlic sauce.

The Music
The Music

And of course, it can't be a New Orleans festival without some music!

Lines and More Lines
Lines and More Lines

Waiting in line was a common theme of the Vendys. Here, people queue up to get into the event.

Taceaux Loceaux
Taceaux Loceaux

Local favorite Taceaux Loceaux served up several samples, including a brisket, shrimp, and vegetarian tacos.

Brisket Taceaux
Brisket Taceaux

The "Messin' with Texas" brisket taco was one of our favorite bites of the evening: tender, fall-apart brisket complemented by a crunchy radish and a creamy sauce to tie it all together.

Woody's Fish Tacos
Woody's Fish Tacos

Woody's Fish Tacos has been a fixture of the festival scene for years.

Woody's Fish Tacos
Woody's Fish Tacos

Fish taco with a crunchy cabbage slaw

Ms. Linda's Soul Food
Ms. Linda's Soul Food

Another standby of New Orleans street food, Ms. Linda is a living legend for her ya-ka-mein, a spicy beef stew featuring Asian noodles and hard-boiled eggs.