More to Eat on the Street

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1
I hear they'll be serving street food in the Billionaires Tunnel.

Fricasseed sewer rat on a stick.

And fried turtle jambalaya.
2
Riya - the jump & permalink aren't working...

As many already know, Portland's food carts are typically rooted on either rented parking spaces near sidewalks or in underutilized land parcels (usually vacant lots where a house or business used to be or construction project that did not have enough financing to complete). I cannot remember a street cart there found literally on the sidewalk. Seattle could easily replicate this by using its myriad of underutilized parcels (the block long parcel on Pine where Cha Cha/Kincora/Bus Stop used to be comes immediately to mind...) for food cart pods. Let's do this and get people back to work doing what they'd love to do!
3
My first job in Seattle was selling popcorn off of a cart at the Rainier Bank Tower. In my day, we were at the corner of 4th and Union, but later they moved the cart to the main entrance on 4th.

It was a great job - lots of fun and really good tips. I've often wondered why it went away.
4
@2, I'll check. thx!
5
You quote Johnson as saying "Belltown and the Pike Pine area already have a robust street food scene"

Where? The only choices I can think of is the corn guys next to Vita & Maximus down near the Market... 2 vendors a mile apart does not a robust street food scene make.
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I hate to agree with CT @5, but they're right about Belltown street food vendors. Not about Pike/Pine tho.
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Sounds like good ideas all around, but I do worry about putting rent-paying cafes out of business. I hope the City finds a way to create a relatively level playing field for street food vendors v. the fixed-site establishments.
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Sounds like good ideas all around, but I do worry about putting rent-paying cafes out of business. I hope the City finds a way to create a relatively level playing field for street food vendors v. the fixed-site establishments.
9
Oh, compulsive ball scratchers of Calcutta, will you ever hear the end of it?

Listen. There are a shit ton of complaints by Dan Savage, Charles Mudede, Dominc Holden etc etc etc about goose shit. Slog hates goose shit almost as much as pit bulls and logic.

Well, the goose shit you find in Seattle park lawns and sidewalks is nothing other than reprocessed human food waste. Seattle people by the hundreds of thousands dump their lunch trash on the ground, all the geese in the Pacific Northwest hear about the good eats to be found, alter their migration path accordingly, eat the food waste, and shit it out. That's the cycle.

So I love food carts too but you all need to sit down and think about what you're asking for. Is there a way to have more street food for people and less for geese? Or are you just asking for more green goose turds?
10
The only food I eat out of a truck is Ice Cream, and in India the only food vendors to trust are the roasted corn guys.
11
where does one find Torta Guadalajara, yo?
12
I love food carts, I really hope they are legalized, but require them to use compostable plates & utensils and provide compost bins please.
13
Yuck. There are so many dirty Seattle restaurants; I can't imagine what a health hazard these carts will be with looser regulations and less vigilant inspections. Not to mention all the garbage bound to be produced that will neither be recycled nor composted but more likely dumped on the street.
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DANGIT. I missed the workshop. Were there any handouts?! Meeting minutes?! Will they have another meeting? I hope I hope I hope this happens.
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I love eating on the streets. I think some of the best food I have had on vacations were from street vendors. There are also a lot of start up business opportunities with street vending. I actually think you could make quite a bit of money with vending. There are not a whole lot of overhead costs. I think I have almost convinced myself about starting one. I think it would be a fun job.

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