"Late nights are always a trip. The things we've seen."—Evan Mayer and Jonathan Amato of Crisp Creperie
For one reason or another, food trucks in Seattle have traditionally stuck to lunch. Rare has been the four-wheeler that serves outside the 11–2 timeframe. Slowly, though, that is starting to change.
There are now enough doing dinner to certifiably call it a trend. On Fridays the brand new Monte Cristo parks at 12th and Spring from 7 to 11pm. Hardly a Saturday evening passes that some truck—Snout and Co., Cheese Wizards, Seattle Bisicuit Company—is not outside the Hilliard's taproom in Ballard. Over on the Eastside Tuscan Stone and The Box are it at until 8 and 9, respectively.
Others are taking it up a notch and pandering to the bar crowd—a notable development in itself, but also because this city is seriously bereft of late-night options. Last month Marcus Charles planted a stationary cart, Alley Burger, behind his Second Avenue bar, The JuJu. Weeknights it's open till 2am. Weekends? 3am. On Fridays and Saturdays Off the Rez is a fixture in the Pike Pine corridor. Starting at 10pm you'll find the Native American-inspired truck at 1005 East Pike slinging a hungry bargoer's answered prayer: frybread.
Soon James Barrington plans to dedicate one of his Halláva Falafel trucks to the witching hour. And within the month the aforementioned Mayer and Amato, who already cater various midnight gigs, will do a regular after-hours stint on Ballard Avenue with a menu that's guaranteed to stick:
"Lots of whiskey maple. Our smoked chocolate bacon mousse we team up with Hot Cakes for, as well as our maple bacon shake. So pretty much lots of bacon, maple, and booze."