I think I’ll have what you’re having…
I always get the falafel plate. I don’t eat meat, so that’s what I do. Maybe get a falafel sandwich.
I usually come here on Tuesdays; got in the habit when they had the food truck pulling up here, and since Cafe Degas is closed on Tuesdays, I used to grab a bottle of wine from Swirl and go over and sit on their patio.
I understand you don’t eat meat. Why?
I was on the road a lot. We play at BBQ places and juke joints [on the meat-riddled blues trail]. I don’t eat fried either; fried chicken. So just to feel better on the road I said, ‘I don’t eat this.’ That way, they figure out a way to provide something else. When you’re on the road, you have to eat whatever you can get your hands on. You don’t have time. You can’t stop. You’re from one place to the next. I started making my own power bars with pistachios, prunes… People tell me I should call them Jumpin’ Johnny’s Blues Bars and sell them to musicians.
Johnny Sansone plays Jazz Fest on Saturday, April 23 in the Blues Tent at 11:10 a.m.