Local food cart named 2012’s “Sexiest Mobile Food Vehicle”

The International Food Society at their annual conference in New York has named Hot Dog Mike’s food cart 2012’s Sexiest Mobile Food Vehicle. This marks the first time the award, coveted among street vendors, has been presented to a hot dog cart.

“There is just something about that cart. Maybe it is the always shiny chrome, maybe it is the stickers that feel like tattoos on a perfect body, or maybe it is the bright colored umbrella that gives a bit of fun to an otherwise suave cart,” says award chairman Richard Hitachi. “Whatever it is, I like it. I never get tired of looking at that cart.”

Michael Juiliano who started the cart almost 2 years ago in Little Rock was shocked and honored to receive the award. “Honestly it is a humbling experience. You pour so much of your time into making the cart look as good as possible. Then someone comes along and recognizes your work. It is a dog slinger’s dream really.”

Last year’s winner, Los Angeles based Komodo Truck, was also struck by Hot Dog Mike’s cart’s stunning looks. “Everything about it makes you want to sink your teeth into that cart’s dogs,” says Komodo Chef Erwin Tjahyadi. “This is the type of cart that all the other food trucks wanted to ask out to the prom.”

As a part of the award a replica of Hot Dog Mike’s cart will be added to the Mobile Food Hall of Fame. The Little Rock Downtown partnership and the City of Little Rock will host a parade in the cart’s honor later this fall in downtown Little Rock. After which a portion of 4th street will be renamed Hot Dog Avenue. The city says details of this event and future street section are forthcoming.

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13 Comments

  1. March 17, 2012 at 7:47 am — Reply

    “ah–hmmm. Is this thing on?…I’d like to first and for most thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ. I’d also like to thank The International Food Society, Mr Hitachi and the Academy for such an honor. Last but not least I’d like to thank you all, the fans for keeping my light bill paid and my car and cart in my possession. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. If my cart could talk I’m sure she would say, “I’m in shock. And I’m so in love with my brother right now, he just held me and said he loved me”…Hi MOM!

  2. Kcoryat
    March 17, 2012 at 8:27 am — Reply

    This is hysterical.

  3. Joanbcourtney
    March 17, 2012 at 10:32 am — Reply

    Way to go Hotdog Mike!!

  4. Blairhagin
    March 17, 2012 at 11:01 am — Reply

    Congratulations Uncle mike ūüôā

  5. Macylacy
    March 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    Way go to, Mike! Didn’t I tell you yesterday and EVERYBODY loves ya!

  6. Kimjuiliano
    March 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    So proud of you!  :0)

  7. Alita Mantels
    March 18, 2012 at 4:18 am — Reply

    Thanks for bringing such an honor to Little Rock, Mike!¬† (Now let’s hope more Little Rockers bring you business.)¬†

  8. Heathjuil
    March 18, 2012 at 9:23 am — Reply

    U rock bro.Congrats!

  9. Bobbydogs
    March 18, 2012 at 9:55 am — Reply

    Keep up the great work. YOU ROCK!!!!

  10. March 19, 2012 at 8:16 am — Reply

    Congrads to you on a very well deserved honor!!  Moving on up you are!

  11. India Jones Chow Truck
    March 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm — Reply

    Hey Mike congratulations ! All mobile vendors nation wide¬†smiling. …and Amen.

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