Street Eats

A Slice of Cartopia on the University of Washington Campus

The UW rolls out its own version of the food cart pod.

By Christopher Werner October 7, 2010

Students make their way to the food carts lining Red Square. Oh, to be in college again…

Portland has its food cart pods, and now so does the University of Washington.

Three vendors—Hot Dawgs, Síganos, and Red Brick BBQ—are lining Red Square, creating the sort of kitchen cluster Seattleites are clamoring for. A fourth, Motosurf, should roll out October 8 or 10, says Laura Allen, a UW programming coordinator. The curb community is a response to the closure of food pit the Husky Den, part of the multi-year HUB Remodel Project, Allen added.

Fans of Marination Mobile and Fusion on the Run will dig the island-style menu of Motosurf (spam musubi, Kahlua pork sliders), while Síganos deals in Mexican: burritos, tacos, and—nom nom—hot tots with chipotle sour cream. Hot Dawg carries all manners of wiener—beef, vegetarian, chicken—and Red Brick BBQ touts “huge eat-with-a-fork” sandwiches with saucy slaw.

The carts set up weekdays 10:30-3:30, and, here’s a first, doesn’t accept cash, just cards. Plan accordingly: “They get slammed,” Allen says.

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