Main Location: Minneapolis
Originally “Twisted Sister” House of Hunger, a recent lawsuit by an 80’s rock band of the same name has forced them to drop the name.
A whiteboard menu on the side of their ubiquitous steel-plated (least in color) truck, Hunger focuses their menu on common Street Food items. Options include Phillies, BBQ Chicken/Pork sandwiches, Hot Dogs, and a few Tacos, all with various topping combinations. Of note is their Polygamy Sauce, a spicy basting of Sirachi Mayonnaise flavored with garlic and other basic seasonings, found on many of their more popular items.
I actually had the luck to visit them in their very first week of opening, when they were doing a free order of fries with sandwich purchases. Starting the blog, I made the hard choice to wait and visit again before writing a review, with such a drastic change of menu design since then. Did you know they used to have desserts? Don’t think they made it themselves, but they were fun options (like those cheesecake pops), and I’m still a bit sad I don’t have the chance to try them.
Overall, my visit came on a lucky day. Of the three Trucks on Marquette Monday, two just happened to be ones I needed to taste. (I’ll be posting my review of Melch’s Meat Wagon within the next two days)
With the varying options, it’s hard to tell if Hunger has a specialty, but if one was forced to lay claim it would have to be the Hot Dogs. You only get one, but these are BIG Dogs, Deep-Fried and served in the kind of bun one would normally attribute to a grinder. On my second visit, I ended up with the “Dirty D,” one of these sinful dogs topped with a giant pile of steak and pulled pork, two types of cheese, grilled onions, and slathered in their spicy Polygamy Sauce (figured it was a good item to get a better overall sense of them).
Pork and steak tasted good, the Polygamy’s very reminiscent of a quality Buffalo Wing hot sauce, though not too much more than that. Very good all-beef hot dog, stood up to the other flavors well enough, but if I were to say one thing about the dish as a whole: if you’re gonna deep fry a hot dog, then DEEP FRY that hot dog! The outside was crispy and nice, but I want you to RIP that f@$%er, get it almost black, really go at it. You’re already going to the point of differentiating it, go full-throttle, especially when the whole theme of your Truck is Sin.
That said, they toast the bun just like they should, maintaining some nice crunchy texture where the sauce hasn’t soaked in. I haven’t gotten their fries, partly due to my first visit try of them was disappointing, but from what I saw on other plates it looks like they’ve improved nicely (can tell they’re still the larger, soft style). Speaking of original tries, I do remember that the pulled pork was smoked nicely and had good flavor to it.
Not the neatest of food items, items are often pulled and messy, particularly the meat-topped hot dogs. All of the food is served in those big, styrofoam go-to containers, so even if there are easier holding items, they aren’t served to be street-eaten.
A solid set of $7 and $8 offerings, with most hot dogs set at $6 (the Dirty D is the main exception at $9). Overall a very decent and solid price point for Food Trucks, though I still find the price for dogs to be very dubious. On the one hand, they ARE big enough to almost be a sandwich in themselves, but on the other you’re still only getting ONE hot dog for $6. At the end of the day, it’s probably up to you to determine the price worthiness. Fries add a noted extra couple dollars to cost.
Fried/Griddled/Toasted to order, the wait is typical and as to be expected. Though I wouldn’t mind waiting a bit longer for that dog if it was a nice Ripper like the famous Rutt’s Hut in Jersey.
The TOE: 6.5
House of Hunger has created quite the little following behind them, and there’s a reason for that. They’ve got a bit of their own attitude, some style, a recognizable truck design on the street, and a unique list of hot dogs. However, for me there has always seemed to be something lacking; not that they don’t have any. They’re more a soft, general tone of Food Truck aura hanging just underneath the bright shine of other notables. If I were to say why, and I don’t think there’s just one, it might be tied to the actual menu. Though the food is tasty, and some items are interesting, the selection is just very “General.” Tacos, philly, pulled pork… how many other trucks do we see these? For me, all I can feel from this is a sense of mediocrity; not to say that in an insulting way, it just doesn’t create that sucking draw as certain other Trucks.
Not the best on-the-go when in Minneapolis, but if it’s located at an event or other situation you’re able to sit down (avoid taking back to an office unless you have something to protect your nice suit) then go right for it. BBQ Pork is a go-to, though I think Hot Dogs are my first-visit choice; go for the $6 options, far as I can see the best value for the price, particularly the Pit Bull Dog (topped with that Spicy Pulled Pork).
Fries are up to you if you want to spend the money, but I think there are better options for that choice on the street.