Seattle magazine, as a side order of their October issue street food coverage, have cooked up a cool idea, a Mobile Chowdown featuring some of Seattle’s favorite food trucks: Marination Mobile, Skillet, Maximus Minimus, Kaosamai Thai, Gert’s BBQ, El Camion, Parfait Ice Cream, and Dante’s Inferno Dogs.
It’s this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 1616 W. Bertona in Interbay. There’s also an ongoing Twitter contest for followers of @mobilechowdown. They’re asking one question each day from October 1 until October 10, (total of 10 questions) all having to do with the food trucks or the prize providers. The prize is dinner for two at Tilth Restaurant, a night at the Sorrento Hotel, and a year’s worth of Seattle magazine.
This is all very good. For a start. But the obvious question is why can’t I have my street food in one convenient location all the time? (Convenient, by the way, rules out Interbay.) This kind of forward-thinking is one more area in which Portland has Seattle beat. First of all, Food Carts Portland shames us with its very existence and abundance of wagon-prepared fare.
But secondly, Portland has a street food corral downtown, where a wagon train of street food vendors have set up shop on the perimeter of what I vaguely remember to be a parking lot. This is a stroke of genius. Downtown workers are always in a rush to get a cheap lunch.
We still have the chance to one-up PDX on this, though.
We could line Occidental Square with carts (or run them down the center). That would give people (besides our wishfully labeled “transient” population) a reason to sit down and enjoy the tables and chairs set out there. If we wanted to progressive about it, we could even use the rent the city charged the carts to fund homeless services in the area. Who do we talk to about getting this going?