Purple People Eatery Food Truck – CLOSED

I had been anxiously awaiting the Purple People Eatery’s debut. Even though the food truck did not debut until mid-February 2011, it was built in Mississippi a few months beforehand.

The Purple People Eatery food truck’s name comes from a comedy science fiction movie named the Purple People Eater. The more pedestrian street food offerings available at the time must have inspired them to create a quirky menu. Now it all makes sense to me.

Purple People Eatery Menu

Purple People Eatery Food Truck Menu
Purple People Eatery Food Truck Menu

Chefs David Shipman and Michelle Duncan, who are the folks behind the food refer to their grub lovingly as “slamminstreet food.” As someone who’s eaten every dish on the Purple People Eatery menu, I agree with that assessment.

Burger fans will be happy to see four Blackened Bison Burgers available. But of course, you can’t go wrong with either the Truffled or the Black and Bleu Bison Burgers. The Black & Bleu is my go-to dish.

Marcela swears by their Pork Carnitas Tacos. It’s the only thing she orders with an occasional Street Potato JoJos side. That combo is an excellent one-two comfort food punch.

If you’ve got room left in your stomach, order the Mac N Jack (Purple People Eatery’s version of Mac & Cheese) with four kinds of cheese and broccoli; gotta keep it semi-healthy!

Mac N Jack from the Purple People Eatery Food Truck
Mac N Jack
Pork Carnita Tacos from the Purple People Eatery Food Truck
Pork Carnita Tacos
Black & Blues Burger from the Purple People Eatery Food Truck
Black & Blue Bison Burger
Truffled Blackened Bison Burger from the Purple People Eatery Food Truck
Truffled Blackened Bison Burger

2012 Best Food Truck Breakfast Champ

Purple People Eatery Food Truck
Purple People Eatery Food Truck at Tobacco Road

On Saturday, February 4th, 2002, Tobacco Road hosted my first and only Best Food Truck Breakfast event. Purple People Eatery bested the competitors with their Quail Egg Mini Waffle Sandwiches:

Mini blueberry waffles with black forest ham, bacon, American cheese, quail egg, and topped with maple syrup

Tobacco Road Breakfast Champs from the Purple People Eatery Food Truck
Tobacco Road Breakfast Champs

Sour Orange Oregano Aioli Recipe

Street Potato JoJos from the Purple People Eatery Food Truck
Street Potato JoJos topped with Sour Orange Oregano Aioli

Purple People Eatery drizzles the Sour Orange Oregano Aioli on their sweet potato fries


  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 18 teeth peeled garlic
  • 1 cup fresh oregano leaves
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed sour orange juice
  • 3 cups blended oil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place whole eggs, egg yolks, garlic, oregano leaves, sour orange juice, salt and pepper in a blender
  2. For 1 minute blend until all ingredients are thoroughly pureed  
  3. Slowly drizzle in oil while blending until mixture is thickened to the consistency of mayo
  4. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary


This sauce is perfect for use as a topping for Latin-inspired dishes such as tostones, yuca fries, or sandwiches like pan con lechon.

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