SEATTLE, WA – Splash on over to the city’s first floating food truck.
Chris Rice (bartender at Ethan Stowell’s upcoming Rione Xlll) and Emma Schwartzman (an alum of The Corson Building and Boat Street Cafe, as well as Stowell’s restaurants) are operating “Summer Dog,” a hot dog boat most commonly found on the water near the UW Waterfront Rec Center or the Arboretum, though yesterday they were also trying out the South Lake Union waterfront park. The 24-foot pontoon boat is “like a floating playpen,” said Schwartzman, albeit one equipped with a professional grill and fridge. It’s got the same permits as any mobile food unit, she said, “ours just happens to be on the water.”
How it works: They tie up at a buoy and take orders from any kayak, stand-up paddleboard, sailboat, motorboat, or other vehicle for people to float their way. They tie up together, take orders, and hand over the finished food. “They’re within arms reach.”
The food is “very straighforward,” Schwartzman said. They’re selling $6 dogs “just like your downtown street-meat-style hot dogs,” including pork and Kosher beef and veggie dogs and bratwurst, served on Franz buns. There’s “every kind of classic condiment you can think of, including the requisite cream cheese and sriracha.” Rice is the grill chef and “likes to get a nice caramelization and char” on the dogs, while Schwartzman handles toppings. Drinks are $2 standard sodas; think Coke, Fresca, root beer.
Find the entire article by Rebekah Denn at the seattletimes.com <here>
Photo courtesy of Summer Dog