Motorists streaming off the South Ferry onto Route 114 may not yet have noticed that orange truck sitting in the parking lot of the Vine Street Cafe. But there they will find a full service lunch spot featuring gourmet hot dogs and more.
“We only started about three weeks ago,” explained Vine Street Cafe chef and owner Terry Harwood.
According to Harwood, the idea for Shelter Island’s first food truck came from another popular restaurant on the mainland.
“A lot of what we do is inspired by what the North Fork Table [and Inn] guys are doing over there. That’s why we’re doing it in our parking lot,” he said.
What they’re offering is artisanal all-beef hot dogs with hand-rolled brioche rolls. Lobster rolls are also on the menu, as well as a pulled pork roll and chicken salad roll. The truck also serves five to six different salads as well as several vegan items.
Now these aren’t your typical dirty water dogs as Harwood has taken his attention to detail in the kitchen and transfered it to the truck. Think guacamole dog or a kimchee sauerkraut dog.
“Along with the lobster roll, the guacamole dog is one of our best sellers,” Harwood said.
That menu item is meaty and the casing crisp as you bite into it. The guacamole is tangy and the fresh cilantro and shredded carrots on top add a touch of crunchy texture. The brioche roll is worthy of eating all on its own.
Who knew hot dogs and guacamole went so well together?
“We just wanted to get it started and do as much with it for the summer,” said Harwood. “We’re still looking for a name, but right now it’s the VSC Food Truck.
“We’re going to do it every year and we may add to the concept as we go along,” he continued. “In the fall and winter, we’re going to keep it open on weekends serving coffee, hot chocolate and hot dogs.”
Harwood, who also owns Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill, is open to the possibility of bringing the truck over to Greenport in the off season.
“We thought about that,” he said. “We’ve got to see if we can do it, you don’t see too many food trucks over there except for the festivals.”
The VSC Food Truck is located at 41 South Ferry Road, outside the Vine Street Cafe. It’s open every single day from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. all summer.