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(AL.Com) New Orleans po' boy food truck coming to Birmingham

The owner of the NOLA Ice snowball truck is cranking up another New Orleans-themed food truck in Birmingham.

Kelli Caulfield, who has owned and operated the NOLA Ice truck since 2011, plans to debut her New Orleans po' boy truck Broad Street Peaux Boys near the end of August.

Caulfield, a New Orleans native who grew up in Birmingham, has also operated The Boxcar at Railroad Park since 2016.

"I'm not a chef, and I don't pretend to be," Caulfield said in a media release. "But I know the process, how it should look, and above all, how it should taste. I started NOLA Ice because I couldn't get to New Orleans often enough, and nothing called snowballs here tasted anything like what I ate spending summers in New Orleans as a child.

"After almost 30 years of calling Birmingham home, I still can't find a local po' boy like the ones that are so easy to find in New Orleans. So I decided to bring what I love, what I grew up with -- a very special taste of the Big Easy to the Magic City: Broad Street Peaux Boys."

Some of the po' boys on the Broad Street Peaux Boys menu include the Parkway (with fried shrimp), the Acme (with fried shrimp and oysters and a Tabasco-infused mayo), the Jean (with a hot sausage patty), and the Southern (with fried green tomatoes, Creole pimento cheese, red onion and remoulade sauce).

Others are the Cassie (with a choice of fried shrimp or oysters tossed in Buffalo sauce and topped with red onion and blue cheese crumbles), the Biggie (with slow-roasted roast beef, topped with fried barbecue shrimp and red onion and served with horseradish cream on the side), and the Hollett (with slow-roasted roast beef soaked in brown gravy).

The menu will also feature the General Lee, a crawfish grilled cheese sandwich that Caulfield serves at The Boxcar at Railroad Park on Wednesdays.

Michael Brady, who previously worked at GianMarco's restaurant in Homewood for 15 years, will be the director of food operations for the Broad Street Peaux Boys food truck.

Caulfield and Brady attended John Carroll Catholic High School together.

"Michael knows this industry," Caulfield said. "What he's already done with the menu is amazing, and having him aboard for this venture is not only a blessing but extremely exciting. I've known Michael since our days of roaming the halls at John Carroll. He's a solid guy and an excellent chef. I hit the jackpot getting this guy to join our team."

Damon Treadwell, a longtime friend and a collaborator of Caulfield's, is also a partner in the new food truck.

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