Have you been searching the streets of the Dayton area looking for the Zombie Dogz food truck? Haven’t been able to find it yet? Well, residents of Waynesville were able to get a glimpse of the gourmet hot dogs created by the creative team of Zombie Dogz. What did they think of the dogs of Dayton?
Thier logo is, “Gourmet hot dogs so good, people are dying to get their hands on one!” But, is that how Waynesville residents felt about the dogs that rolled into town?
Food trucks have taken over the streets of the area with everything a person can think of. From gourmet cheese sandwiches to overstuffed Cuban sandwiches. These special trucks offer an alternative to fast foods but also create an opportunity for the chefs that may not have been available before. Patroning food trucks supports local entrepreneurship and local food. Some are to die for, but is Zombie Dogz one of them?
Owners, Dave and Lee VanArsdalen, husband and wife, brings their love of horror and bloody gore flicks to the Dayton area with their gourmet dogs. Dave is a Porsche technician and mechanic. Lee is a special effects makeup artist and a professional mixologist with years of restaurant and bar experience under her belt. She is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management and lets her husband take care of the day-to-day operations of Zombie Dogz.
Zombie Dogz’s mission statement is, “To offer a unique “curb-side” customer experience combined with food and drink that meets the highest standards of quality, freshness and seasonality. To consistently provide our valued guests with impeccable service by demonstrating friendliness, graciousness, efficiency, knowledge, professionalism and integrity in our work. To create and maintain a business that is comprehensive and exceptional in its attention to every detail of operation. To develop lasting relationships with customers, creating a niche following. To keep our concept fresh, stimulating and on the cutting edge of the mobile food service industry.”
Zombie Dogz was scheduled to stop in Waynesville in October. So residents had a little notice of the date and location of its stop. On the day of the event, lines formed and the crowd was impressive. Fans waited in line for an average of an hour to enjoy the much anticipated food event in the Village. Many fans left the food truck with four to eight orders. The thrilled built as the line inched closer to the ordering station. But, did their presence shine or haunt the village residents?
First disappointment: Limited Menu
The menu was limited to only four out of the normal 18-19 regular gourmet hot dogs. The four dogs offered were the Nibbler, Greek Freak, Killer Cheesesteak, and Killer Gauge. I’ve been told that this is not unusual for an event such as Waynesville’s event or other special events. But it was a huge disappointments for a number of fans that showed up to experience the best in hot dogs.
Second disappointment: Texture of Dog
One bit into it, and I knew I couldn’t finish the treat I waited so long to get. The toppings (chili and cheese) were amazing. The chili was thick, rich and delicious. The dog was warm, bun soft but the dog was rubbery and more of a sausage dog. I was looking forward to a Kahn’s dog, but was presented with something more of an Oscar Mayor. I quickly turned my dinner to my husband and left hungry. But, I wasn’t alone.
“I couldn’t finish it. I hated the texture of the hot dog,” Tiffany from Xenia said. She ate the toppings (buffalo pulled chicken, celery, blue cheese and ranch) but left the dog.
“I would have eaten another one if the dog was as good as the toppings,” Dan from Waynesville said. “They even ran out of flavors of chips and soda selection before I got to the end of the line. So, not only did I get a meal that was not up to my standards, I didn’t get anything else I wanted. But, the excitement was nice to experience.”
They were not the only disappointed ones in the crowd. I saw others eating only the toppings but not the dog. This concerned me because I really do want businesses to succeed, especially when they seem to have such a following. So, I reached out to the owners to see if they ever considered changing the dogs. They replied, “We’ve never considered it, because really no one ever complained about them. It’s never been raised to our attention to want to change them.”
Third disappointment: Availability
The sodas were in coolers. One cooler for water, one for sodas. The selection was slim. To complete the hot dog experience, chips were available for purchase but the pickings were slim.
One a positive note: They were efficient, polite, and accepted credit. It was exciting to see Zombie Dogz making an appearance in Waynesville and the increased traffic really did help the local shops that agreed to stay open late.
What are your thoughts about Zombie Dogz traveling food truck?