|The LaLa's hot dog|
As you already know, the hot dog cart is owned by Brendan Flannery who is opening LaLa's Ice Cream & Hot Dogs in Ellicott City. Due to local ordinances, no one may put a food cart on the street in Ellicott City unless they also have an established business.
Therefore, Brendan decided to get the business going by opening his first cart in Owen Brown. After the brick-and-mortar place is open on Main Street, Brendan plans to put one of his carts on Main Street as well. Friday, the cart was manned by Justin McCabe, but they have a crew of people who will work it in combination.
LaLa's hot dog cart
Of course, I had to get a hot dog, for the picture mind you, and Brendan made me a custom beauty. I hate him for it, but I ate it anyway. Brendan made me a dog not from the menu -- 1/4 lb beef caseless dog, with tomato sauce, pickled onions, bbq sauce, mustard, ketchup, on a sesame seed bun.
It was great. You have two choices: KEEP the wrapper on the dog and eat it while making a mess and having a great time; or rush home and eat it with a fork and knife, but that probably violates the spirit of the hot dog eating universe. One thing is certain - if you pick the dog up off the wrapper and think you are going to use the bun as a vessel, you will quickly learn that those things that make you dog taste so good have also caused the vessel to spring serious leaks!The first cart is open noon to 8 pm seven days a week at the Owen Brown village center on Cradlerock Way just off Broken Land Parkway. Brendan told Rob that they're aiming to open a second cart this week just off Route 100 at the Route 103 exit in the park at the intersection of Long Gate Parkway and Meadowbrook Lane. For more photos, check out Rob's Picasa page.