When I moved away from Seattle two years ago, I left a city with a very small food truck scene. A few food trucks would sit curbside downtown for lunch, but they were largely absent from events and festivals and not a part of my every day life. Now, two years later, the food truck scene is growing in my favorite little Pacific Northwest city, and it’s fun to come home from San Francisco to see new food trucks on the streets of Seattle.
In fact, every time I call home, my dad raves about his new favorite spot in the city – Chuck’s Hop Shop – a beer store in Greenwood with more than 1,000 types of bottle beer and a different food truck every day of the week. When I found myself in Seattle this spring for a wedding, I was sure to make my family take me to Chuck’s to check out the new food truck hot spot in the Emerald City (although it took zero arm twisting on my dad’s part).
From what I can tell, Chuck’s Hop Shop started as a little beer store/mini mart (and by little, I actually mean ONE THOUSAND bottle of unique beers and ~40 on tap), and has since evolved into a place of community with tables inside and out to drink beers with friends, events like trivia and charity nights, and treats such as ice cream and a rotating food truck schedule every day of the week. The place was thrumming when I visited on a cold day in March, and people were literally spilling out the doors into the sun when I drove by last week during my trip to Seattle.
I visited Chuck’s Hop Shop on a Sunday, and was lucky to catch Seattle Biscuit Company as the food truck du jour. The boys from Seattle Biscuit Company have culinary roots in the south, but grew up in the Northwest – just like me! For a girl who was raised on her grandma’s homemade southern biscuits with every meal, to say I was excited to try this food truck is a mini understatement.
Seattle Biscuit Company offers sweet and savory biscuit combos – everything from bacon and egg breakfast style sandos with jelly (a likely combo) to peanut butter and apples or butter, honey and rock salt. What I love about the Seattle Biscuit Company is that while their biscuit recipe is pure southern staples like butter and flour, they’re “farm to biscuit” and use local Seattle ingredients such as Smith Brothers Farms for their butter, milk and eggs, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, and more.
As a fam, we tried the Honey Bert biscuit special with Port Townsend camembert cheese, Ballard Bee Company honey and thyme between two large fluffy biscuits, and the Willie Lee with bacon, egg, cheese and jelly between two biscuits. These biscuit sandwiches are HUGE and messy. It’s definitely not a calorie-light meal, and is super filling, so we were able to split two biscuit sandos between three of us.
My dad is already a huge Chuck’s Hop Shop fan, but throw in bacon and buttery biscuits with a frosty beer in a cold mug, and I think his head almost spun off.
Pssst, “Hi dad!” ^^
MY favorite part of the meal was the Cheerwine I ordered from Seattle Biscuit Company to go with my meal (sadly, it was a beer-free day for me). Have you heard of Cheerwine? I am IN LOVE. <emoji face with hearts for eyeballs>
Cheerwine is a cherry soda that’s from North Carolina. I had never seen or heard of it, but it’s oh so good! It’s cherry in a real cherry flavor way, not a super sweet fake cherry flavoring. I’ll be on the hunt for it in San Francisco!
Moral of the biscuit food truck story: if you ever find yourself in the Seattle area, head on out to Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Greenwood neighborhood for a stellar food truck meal paired with the beer of your dreams.