Don’t got a lot of time? Don’t got a lot of money? Gotta pick up some plywood or order your kitchen cabinets?
Have I got a place for you: The Curbside Bistro at The Home Depot.
Why didn’t I think of this!?
Well, the Tormala family did. And now their little hot dog stand is a welcome oasis after you’ve run yourself ragged choosing that special shade of robin’s egg blue.
Serving “gourmet street food,” the red and yellow welcoming umbrella boasts “Nathan’s Famous Style Hotdogs.”
New York expatriates will salivate when they hear there’s a Nathan’s just for us Sequimites.
If you haven’t already discovered, Nathan’s are mighty tasty, just bursting with flavor. At the Curbside you have several choices of the grilled all-beef frankfurter to delight your taste buds. The Chili Dog is done up with chili, cheese and onions ($4.50). The New York-style is laden with hot deli mustard, fresh deli sauerkraut and sweet red onion sauce ($4). The Chicago-style boasts tomato, dill pickle, sweet relish, hot deli mustard, pickled peppers and celery salt ($4.50). The Texas-style is covered in chili sauce, jalapeño, chopped onion and hot deli mustard ($4). Tokyo gets into the act with teriyaki glaze, shredded cabbage and miso dressing ($4). For the boring, like me, there’s Nathan’s Standard Plain ($2.50). All dogs and sausages come with optional fresh deli kraut and onions.
But that’s not all.
On a busy running-errands day, I recently dined on a chicken Curbside Greek Gyro ($5) and made it a combo by adding chips and a beverage for only $1 extra. There was no charge for the cup and ice, thank you very much. Kuzina meats supply the ingredients for this traditional Greek fare.
Ask 10 people how to pronounce “gyro” and you’ll get 10 answers. I was told it’s “hero”, others say “jy-ro” or “gear-o.” Ah, but the Internet is the answer to all things and my audio search came up with “year-o” with a rolling “r.” At least that’s the way the Greeks pronounce it and they should know.
No matter, the strips of either beef, lamb or chicken come with fresh tomato, onion, cucumber, Tzatziki dressing and feta cheese all wrapped in soft pita bread, a virtual medley of satisfying piquancy (your new word for the day!).
But wait, there’s more.
For the gourmet, scarf up one of their premium grilled specialty quarter-pound gourmet sausages, served on “gourmet buns” (a large sandwich roll) with specialty toppings if you wish. There’s the Longhorn Smoked German Sausage ($4.50), the Classic Kielbasa ($4), the Fulton Chicken Apple Gouda Sausage ($4.50), and for the vegans the 100-percent vegan Field Roast Grain Meat Sausage ($4.50). And then, for the truly famished, there’s the Monster Dog ($5.50) and Mikey’s Special Chili Monster Dog ($6.50) both featuring a full half-pound kielbasa.
Their newest offering, the Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich, served on their gourmet sandwich roll with your choice of toppings, has become a new favorite ($7.50).
For an extra buck add soda and chips. Specialty chip and soda lovers will be happy to know the Curbside Bistro offers Thomas Kemper sodas and Tim’s Cascade Potato Chips, prized for their crunchy, salty flavor. They also carry Lay’s so I had my favorite Fritos with my gyro.
Move over Starbucks: The Curbside serves Seattle’s Best French Roast Coffee (10-ounce $1, 20-ounce $2), hot chocolate and hot assorted teas ($1).
For the sweet ending, who doesn’t love Famous Amos’ Chocolate Chip Cookies ($1)? And you can have those as one of your combo choices.
Take-out is available, so you can call ahead and have it ready and waiting when you arrive. You’ll see the Curbside cart at the upcoming Lavender Festival and other local events, fairs and markets. Having a party? They cater, too.
This little mom and pop is just what you’ve been looking for, after you finally found that thingamajigger to finish your weekend “honey do” projects.
Shelley Taylor and her husband relocated to the peninsula from California. By her own admission, Taylor likes to eat. Reach her at email@example.com.
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