Broddogs and Char Char Bar & Grill have celebrity status (as far as celebrity applies to food trucks) in their hometowns of Canberra and Wollongong respectively. Soon Sydneysiders can dig into their signature hot-dogs and ribs when these food trucks start serving this week.
Broddogs is the second venture by Sascha Brodbeck and partner Joelle Bou-Jaoude, who first opened Brodburger, a food-truck-turned-restaurant, in Canberra’s historic Glassworks. Bou-Jaoude’s sister Josie Bou-Jaoude will run the Sydney food truck. The hot-dogs are made using buns that are baked daily, and dogs from a local German butcher. The menu will include the New Yorker (a hot dog with sauerkraut, triple-smoked pork belly, corn relish and American mustard) and the Chilli Cheese Dog (with chilli beef, fondue cheese sauce, corn relish and shaved gruyere cheese). There will also be gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Josie says the team decided to, “Give Sydney a little taste of Canberra.” It has also created a replica of its recognisable red caravan. It will be parked in Chatswood’s Charlotte Lane, which will feature street art by local artist Anthony Lister. Josie has also confirmed that Brodburger will follow in the near future. “We are still in the process of deciding whether it will be a massive caravan or an actual restaurant,” she says.
Char Char Bar & Grill in Wollongong is known for its ribs. “Eighty per cent of our trade is ribs,” says owner George Geagea. After customers kept asking him to bring them to Sydney, Geagea decided to open a food truck. “The food truck means we can get around to more than one suburb,” Geagea explains. “We can share the love.” The food truck will initially travel between Summer Hill, Baulkham Hills and Wollongong, with plans to include the northern beaches, the Shire and the west in early 2016.
The truck will serve Char Char’s signature pork and beef ribs. It will also serve burgers and rotating specials, such as flame-grilled barbeque chicken wings and a Southern fried–chicken burger. Twelve shakes will rotate; the first is the Crunchie Shake, made with ice cream, crushed Crunchie and sprinkled with Flake.
The two new trucks add to the three launched in Sydney earlier this year, a sign that the culture is alive and healthy.
Charlotte Lane, Chatswood
Mon to Wed 11am–9pm
Thu to Sun 11am–11pm
Char Char Food Truck
Open from 6pm in all locations.