It’s Sunday evening, and I’m trying to catch up on the last few days of MoFo. We had it all planned out, but life has been hectic!
It’s time to talk about Thursday nights! For the last few months, we’ve been having Thursday night date night. Date night is the best! Here in Seattle, we have tons and tons of wonderful vegan options, but we definitely have our favorites, and we love our traditions, so we follow the same pattern every Thursday.
We love hot dogs! Lucky for us, we can get some every Thursday night from our friends at Cycle Dogs. That’s right, we have access to a 100% vegan hot dog cart pulled by a bicycle! On Thursday nights, Cycle Dogs sets up shop at Lantern Brewing, home of some very tasty beers. We also love beer, so it’s a perfect fit.
The hot dogs are always great – inventive, inspired, and of course, delicious. They all start with a bun that has been slathered in Earth Balance before hitting the grill and getting all good and toasty. Into the bun goes a grilled Field Roast frankfurter. On top of that, there are toppings, and this is where it gets really good. The regular menu includes such favorites as the Seattle Dog (cream cheese and grilled onions) and the Elote Dog (corn, mayo, green onions, and cayenne pepper). As if that wasn’t enough, there are daily and monthly specials, which have included the Vegas Strip Dog (a hot dog topped with fried chicken, bacon, french fries, chao cheese, cream cheese, and cherry peppers), the Summer Lovin’ Dog (grilled peaches, grilled onions, cream cheese, and balsamic vinegar), and the Shindiggity Dog (a Chicago-inspired dog with tomato, pickle, onion, and relish).
Now, that doesn’t end Thursday nights! There’s still time for dessert. After we finish our hot dogs and beer, we head over to The Cookie Counter for sweet treats. The friendly folks at The Cookie Counter started out by selling ice cream sandwiches out of the back of a classic VW bus. Now, they’ve moved into a brick and mortar location and expanded their offerings to include cakes, cookies, and pies, along with the aforementioned ice cream sandwiches. Everything is always so, so good. There is no vegan deprivation here!