Eat on the Street
I give a gigantic two thumbs up to the ordinance before the City Council that would expand street vendor opportunities. It’s a relatively inexpensive way for folks to start up a business and it can be a good way to discover food most folks wouldn’t otherwise try. (Although so far vendors in Lincoln have been pretty conservative, to my knowledge.) Sidewalk vendors sometimes get a bad reputation for being shady or unsanitary. Personally, I like that I can see exactly how the vendors handle the food. You should be more worried about restaurant kitchens where you can’t watch the food preparation process than about vendors where you can see their every move.
I sampled a couple sidewalk vendors when I worked Downtown. My favorite was the brat guy who stood outside The Cookie Company. Mmm, those were some tasty brats. Is he still around? I’m so rarely Downtown at lunch or late at night these days that I’m not up to date on the current vendors.
I know this is somewhat different, but I’m very curious about the folks who sell barbeque from the parking lot at 16th and N. I’ve never seen any customers there. Instead, there’s typically somebody manning the food, and one or two folks singing blues and/or playing a harmonica. Have any of you sampled their food yet? Do you know who they are or what they sell?