The mortar-to-mobile trend continues to pick up speed, and details of one upcoming entrant—the Narwhal, a food truck of Renee Erickson and partners—have us particularly giddy.The truck, a converted 1960 Divco dairy van that's sat in Monroe for the past year, will make it ways to Seattle on March 31. The next day employees of Erickson's three establishments (The Whale Wins, Walrus and the Carpenter, Boat Street Cafe) will fire it up for a test run, with other trials to follow.
Eventually—Erickson estimates in June—the Narwhal will make the rounds, one hopes with toothy tusk in tow. The truck will serve as a catering vehicle but also appear at Queen Anne Farmers Market and Hilliard's brewery on Sundays, both regular pitstops of local food trucks.
Not surprisingly the menu sounds delightful: fried oysters, smoked fish, oyster bisque, and maybe oyster po'boys. Whether raw bivalves will be on board during public outings is unknown—the health department is a little leery of the idea, says Erickson. Dessert? Alas, she made no mention of her stellar bread pudding or butter-roasted zucchini bread.