Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
One of the newest food trucks on the city streets is Snap (named for the “snap” a good hot dog makes when you bite into it).
One of the owners is originally from Chicago, and that’s what Snap’s specialty is: A Chicago Dog, although they have several types of hot dogs, including a Brooklyn Dog.
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Snap also has fries made with avocado slices instead of potatoes, but don’t worry – they have regular potato fries too.
We went for their specialties, a Chicago Dog for $5 and avocado fries for $5.
New Yorkers may not be familiar with Chicago Dogs, so let’s walk through one. An all-beef hot dog shares the bun with mustard, relish, onions, a pickle spear, tomato wedges, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt.
The Snap truck gets custom hot dogs from Brooklyn Bangers, which are made from organic hormone-free 100 percent beef brisket. Snap worked with them on a custom recipe that is as close-as-possible to the classic Chicago Vienna beef flavor, but made right here in Brooklyn.
The hot dog was a bit charred on the outside, but the inside was still juicy, and had a strong enough flavor to taste through all the toppings.
As for whether you should get all those toppings, that’s up to you. New York purists might only want mustard, sauerkraut and maybe relish, but millions of people love Chicago dogs, so we had to try one.
My personal taste is mustard and relish, but I did enjoy the raw onions and little sport peppers, which both added a nice kick.
When I was handed the avocado fries, I was told this was the last order they had – and it was only about half an order. Normally you get 5 large avocado fries in an order, but they only had 3 left, so she said they wouldn’t charge me for them.
I’m happy to get something for free, but I heard several audible groans from people on line behind me when they put the “Sold Out” sign over the avocado fries. Guess I got lucky.
The avocado fries were breaded with a panko-crust and fried, which gave the outside some crunch, but the inside was as soft as could be. This was an interesting juxtaposition of soft, creamy and crunchy.
Avocado often needs something to pick up the flavor, and the container of chipotle mayo did the trick. It gave the fries some spiciness and rounded out the flavor.
Another interesting thing about the Snap truck is it runs on bio-diesel, which is made from the old cooking oil they used to make avocado and potato fries. Their slogan is “Fueled By Fries”, and they mean it literally as well as figuratively.
There are 5 different types of hot dogs served at the Snap truck, including a vegetarian version that uses fried avocado slices with all the Chicago Dog toppings instead of a hot dog. They also have a burger and Belgian fries.
The Snap truck does not currently have a street vending permit, but you can find them at the Hudson Square Food Truck Lot on Wednesdays and the Long Island City Food Truck Lot on Fridays. They will also be at Pier 13 in Hoboken, and various special events in the area, such as Parked!