by Keith Kanderski
Cleveland, Walnut Wednesday – May 6th
The passageway to summer in downtown Cleveland starts with Walnut Wednesdays, on the corner of East 12th and Walnut. This event is a gathering of food trucks and typically includes performances by local musicians. It will happen each and every Wednesday from May 6th – September 30th from 11am – 1:30pm. The goal is to patronize a different truck each week.
The hazy, fog-filled morning started to give way, and the sun peaked through the clouds as the first Walnut Wednesday was getting under way. I got there early (5 – 10 minutes after service began). The lines were not unbearable, but there were a good number of people already.
The menu consists of dogs and sandwiches, with sides of tots (regular or Cajun) or chips. They also provide Coca-Cola products to drink. Their claim is that they have the best dogs in Cleveland. To be honest, my hot dog eating is usually confined to a baseball game and the occasional trek to Happy Dog. With Happy Dog, I love their veggie dog, and you get to choose your toppings, so they are very difficult to beat.
I knew they had a good menu when I kept changing my mind. With my first pass, I was comparing the other trucks’ options against the Brisket on a Roll. As I waited in line, I thought, with the name of the truck being dog-centric, I’m going to get a hot dog instead, so I decided on the Adam Bomb. As I walked up to the window, I found myself ordering the Rock Out Dog instead, with regular tots and a Diet Coke.
Starting with the tots, they were regular tots. Nothing too special. However, many times, I feel sick after eating tots because of the oil or whatever. I did not feel sick after eating these, which is a good thing. They were light and perfect. The dog was…oh man…it was great. I will have to put a River Dog and Happy Dog side-by-side to compare, or I can cop out and say River Dog is the best meat dog and Happy Dog is the best veggie dog. This was a great combination, especially when biting into that creamy avocado. Also, doing dogs out of a food truck seems like a no-brainer. I’m shocked that I don’t remember seeing a mostly hot dog truck before (unless they don’t want to compete with the street vendors). The only suggestion I would make is having individual napkins available, instead of just that small napkin that comes with the plastic utensils. The aioli was a bit drippy, and an extra napkin would’ve been appreciated.
Which trucks will be there next week? What will be on their menus? Which one will I try? Tune in next week. Same truck time. Same truck channel.