Mobile Eats: Sausages, Hot Dogs, and Salmon Burgers, Oh My!

12, Jul, 2012 Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Beantown Franks ‘n Spuds finds success by focusing on sourcing sustainably and offering cheap, fast, delicious food. – By Lauren K., Summer Intern


Beantown Franks 'n Spuds

Nate dishes out some summer classics.

“Kids have fun playing in the fountain—they see us and get sucked in—they want a hot dog!” So says Nate, of Beantown Franks ‘n Spuds, a hot dog cart in its third season on the Greenway.

I passed by on their first day serving salmon burgers. “I have a background in commercial fishing in Alaska,” Nate explained, “so I made the connection with the guys I used to work with. They make the burgers with very fresh fish!” As Nate cooked my lunch, we discussed food sourcing, menu items, and mobile food vending in Boston.

Q: What are the advantages and challenges unique to running a food cart?

A: “We are more nimble—I have this sandwich board and if I want to try a new menu item, I put it on the board and see what works.

“The main challenge is packing up the equipment, putting it in a van, and driving it to Somerville every night. Having a weather-dependent business is unsettling, but on a day like today (he motions to the activity at Ring’s Fountain), its 100% worth it.”

Q: What’s your favorite Beantown menu item?

A: “The salmon burger! Well, the salmon is new today, so yesterday my favorite menu item was the spicy smoked sausage. We get the meat from Pearl Meats, a company in Randolph, and it’s just fantastic.”

Q: How should I eat my salmon burger?

A: “It barely needs anything—I’d suggest a bit of mayo.”

And he was right, this salmon burger hits the spot!