You may recall a while back that I mentioned my cousin’s food cart being featured on the Food Network’s Eat Street.
What started out as something to do on a lark by my cousin’s husband Michael and his friend Chester, both former professional chefs, has turned into a wildly successful enterprise, with two food carts operating in downtown Vancouver and, most recently, an indoor restaurant in New Westminster’s River Market (they own the crab shack next door, too!).
When we were out west, we were finally able to taste the southern barbecue goodness that Re-Up has to offer. If you were wondering, the food carts got their name from the proprietor’s favourite show, HBO’s The Wire. To “re-up” is to replenish your stash of drugs when dealing on the corner. And, as Michael says, this pulled pork is addictive, and the carts are on the corner, so it made perfect sense.
We made a visit to the new restaurant and enjoyed a fantastic family lunch.
Even baby Ari made an appearance, and Ando held onto her while my cousin Lindz had her own lunch.
We also got a tour of the premises, which included a gaze into the magic smoker.
And a sojourn into the freezer. Lindz wanted to see if the whole family would fit.
Where we got to look at stacks and stacks of bacon.
And brought some home with us.
We also enjoyed the commissioned graffiti that only restaurant employees can see.
I went with the traditional pulled pork sandwich for my lunch, and was not disappointed.
The Pie had two. He was mighty full.
The girls enjoyed biscuits with chili.
Tego especially enjoyed the fresh coleslaw.
And a pile of brisket on mashed potatoes.
Washed down with Re-Up’s own custom sodas.
At that point it wasn’t just Ari who needed a nap.