Make your way to the back of the JuJu, take a step outside, and there sits the neighborhood's newest food hub: a sleek black trailer crammed between a barbed metal fence and a handful of tables.
The trailer is appropriately named Alley Burger, and it's the latest from Marcus Charles, whose various ventures include Local 360, the Crocodile, The JuJu, and Capitol Block Party. A recent trip to Portland, where stationary food carts are pretty much everywhere, inspired him to plant something similar at his Belltown bar.
Novelty factor aside (in contrast to Portland, Seattle's street food scene is decidely mobile), Alley Burger has its purposes. For years the kitchen-less bar sated its patrons with TV dinners; those looking for more respectable grub often ventured elsewhere, but no longer. It also addresses that eternal (and eternally baffling) issue that is this city's lack of late-night food—on weekends Alley Burger runs until 3am.
Burgers (and a meatless patty of black lentils, quinoa, and garbanzo beans) headline the menu, and there are several other options befitting a beer or three: fries and chili fries, nachos and chili nachos, hot wings, a "white trash" chili cheese burrito. The truly ravenous can request their portions extra large. Like at Local 360, the menu is informed by regional purveyors; the beef is Painted Hills, the cheese Tillamook or Rogue Creamery, the produce via Charlie's.
The trailer is indeed moveable but, like all those carts in Portland, will stay put. Hit the slide show for a look at the grub and the novel setup.