All food trucks are not created the same. In the growing business model food trucks, there are many great ones out there, but because of their specialty, 5th Bayou Boudin and More believes they stand alone. Nestled away in a parking lot in the 3200 block of Collinsworth Street off S. University in Fort Worth you will find this food truck prepared and ready to serve its customers the best Cajun food on wheels. Bold enough to take Louisiana cuisine down a different path, 5th Bayou wants to guide your taste buds down the bayou sides of South Louisiana right here in Fort Worth, TX.
Owners Gary Artis and Kenneka Scott launched the business in November 2020. After spending a few years working in different industries, the Franklin, Louisiana native, Artis decided it was time to step up his game and commit to his dream. He always had a passion for cooking and started by preparing barbeque and small dinners for friends and co-workers. A conversation with Scott led to a decision to try their hand at being entrepreneurs and investing in themselves and the food truck service industry. “We were a bit nervous at first, not knowing how things would turn out. This was our first rodeo as entrepreneurs,” says Artis. “I was more nervous than he was,” says Scott, “but we had faith that God would honor the desires of our hearts.”
“There are other Cajun food trucks, but what makes us stand out is that we are the only ones who craft and sell boudin,” said Artis. Our most requested items are the Bayou Dog and the Bayou Balls made with boudin,” he said.
Although born and raised in Louisiana, it wasn’t until a few years ago that Artis begin making boudin. “I wanted to bring something different to the industry, so I learned to make boudin. But, we didn’t start selling until Kenneka gave her approval as the taste tester,” said Artis.
Prior to purchasing the food truck they would set up a tent in the parking lot across from the Ace Hardware store in the southwest part of town and sell boudin. “We would set up on the weekends and make just enough boudin to sell out each day,” said Artis. It was during this time they realized two things. The first was that that they could provide food at a higher level, and the second was that they couldn’t do it without the other.
Their business, like many others, was birthed by the pandemic. Gary lost his job working in the logistics industry that services the oil industry. After he was laid off they both decided they should fully invest in the food truck. “We were fully aware of how the pandemic had affected the food service industry, but we believed in what we were doing,” says Scott. So, in November 2020, 5th Bayou Boudin and More officially opened for business. The name was taken from the street where Artis lived in Louisiana and where he learned to cooked.
The food truck is only open a few evenings during the week and on weekends. While Scott, a Fort Worth native, still works a full-time job during the week, she says their commitment to the success of the new business venture is unwavering. “No days off,” she says. We are inspired every day when we see and think about how people continue to enjoy what we prepare and serve.” Artis and Scott use the following to describe their food: It’s unique, it’s Cajun, it’s simple, it’s delicious, it’s satisfying.
As with many food truck owners, they plan to eventually have a brick and mortar building for their business and they plan to get there one customer at a time.
Location & Hours
3228 Collinsworth St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Thursday & Friday
Saturday & Sunday
Order online: https://5th-bayou-boudin-and-more.square.site