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With food trucks serving huge varieties of ethnic foods and gourmet fare it’s not unusual to sometimes overlook local food trucks who have been serving out native food to their local communities for years before the food truck phenomenan hit.

In Cleveland such a food truck is Seti’s Polish Boys. For the last ten years Seti and his wife have been serving up a sandwich invented in Cleveland – The Polish Boy. A Polish Boy is a Kielbasa sausage placed on a bun and covered with french fries, barbecue or hot sauce and cole slaw.

Iron Chef and Clevelander Michael Symon citied the Polish Boy as the “Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network when he featured the Polish Boy from Seti’s.

Iron Chef Michael Symon getting a bag of Polish Boys to go!

The Seti Polish Boy starts with the sausage being slow grilled. Then once you place your order it is then quickly deep fried before being added to the bun with hand cut french fries, their homemade bbq sauce and cole slaw. Although not totally traditional Seti’s offers chili and cheese as options to your Polish Boy.

Seti’s also serves jumbo beef hot dogs (prepared in the Polish Boy style if desired), Polish Dogs (onions, relish and mustard), BBQ Slaw Dog, Chili Cheese Dog and hand cut fries available with chili, BBQ sauce and cheese, or bbq sauce as toppings.

I wouldn’t be at all suprised if other food truck operators come to Cleveland to try a Seti’s Polish Boy and try to replicate the concept in their city!  Philadelphia Cheesesteaks, Chicago Italian Beefs, and Cleveland Polish Boys – great sandwiches wherever you are!

Seti’s Polish Boys – Cleveland, OH

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Update:  The Hodge Podge Food Truck “Integrity… Learn It!” t-shirts are now available!  Go to to order yours!

On September 11th’s episode of The Great Food Truck Race (on the @foodnetwork) host Tyler Florence (@tylerflorence) reveled that New York’s Korilla BBBQ (@korillabbq) had added extra money to their daily receipts in an effort to “cheat” the contest.  With their heads down the Korilla team left the show before they found out that if they had NOT cheated they would have come in third place and would NOT have been eliminated.  If Korilla BBQ had not been disqualified Cleveland’s Hodge Podge Truck would have went home.

As part of the episode Chef Chris Hodgson of the @hodgepodgetruck and @dimanddensum stated, “Integrity, Learn It.”  Today Chris Hodgson announced on his Twitter and Facebook pages this new t-shirt:

What do you think of the t-shirt?

No word yet if the Hodge Podge Truck will put this shirt into production.  If they do we’ll ask Chef Chris for the first shirts off the production line as give-aways to you food truck fans!

See our other posting about the Hodge Podge Food Truck at

Update:  The Hodge Podge Food Truck “Integrity… Learn It!” t-shirts are now available!  Go to to order yours!

Hodge Podge Truck – Cleveland, OH

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It’s has been a few months since the Hodge Podge Truck launched.  The truck’s first public appearances was as a contestant in the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race.  Tune in tonight (August 14, 2011) to see the first episode of this season’s Great Food Truck Race.  Good luck to the Hodge Podge truck and all of the other contestants!

(Originally posted on April 23, 2011)

Today is the first day for Cleveland’s newest food truck – in Las Vegas.  Chef Chris Hodgon of Dim and Den Sum fame (@dimanddensum) has launched his second food truck as part of a food truck extravaganza in Las Vegas (we believe as part of the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race).  Details are sketchy about the trucks involved in this seasons episodes so it is unclear when the Hodge Podge Truck will make it’s first Cleveland appearance.

Former Clevelander and current Las Vegas food blogger Kathy of reports that business was extremely brisk at the Hodge Podge Truck with Chef Hodgson and his team “working their tails off.”  Thanks to Kathy for the first known photos of the new Hodge Podge Food Truck!

Standing in line at the Hodge Podge Food Truck

Note that the chalboard sign says “Rockin’ The C-Town Love.”   Us Clevelanders are a proud lot!  Chef Hodgson clearly has great culinatry skills but is also very active in supporting Cleveland as well as several area charities. 

Hodge Podge Truck Hot Dog

It’s the Hodge Podge Hot Dog! 

Food truck fanatic Michelle from also stopped by the Hodge Podge Truck and sent along some more photos!  Here is todays menu, it includes Chef Hodges legendary Tater Tots.

The menu at the Hodge Podge Food Truck

It seems the menu has a lot of comfort food items including the Chef’s Steak (Filet) with some mac n cheese goodness.

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Cleveland’s Dim and Den Sum food truck has received national recognition for their creativity and flair, they are among the best known food truck brands in the U.S.   National magazines have profiled Chef Chris Hodgson and his truck numerous times. 

Like many food trucks, from various cities, Dim and Den Sum has been embroiled in a dispute with the city they serve over where they can serve.  It seems that although Dim and Den Sum has a permit to be able to set up shop in downtown Cleveland, the permit prevents them from doing so in areas where their would be enough people to support the business.

This controversy came to the attention of the mainstream media when Chef Hodgson announced via Twitter that if he was unable to service the more populated areas of downtown Cleveland that he would be out of business in “four weeks.” 

Dim and Den Sum has become a Cleveland favorite and enjoys a great following!  There is a  groundswell of Dim and Den Sum support!

To bring more attention to the cause Dim and Den Sum has released a limited edition t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase: “STREET SNACKS ARE NOT A CRIME.”  The shirts (pictured above and modeled by Chef Chris) are sure to be a popular site around Cleveland!   The message will resonate not only in Cleveland but in all locations around the country where the food truck revolution is met with governmental resistance.

Cleveland’s WJW-TV (Fox 8) reporter Mark Zinni has done a great job keeping Clevelanders up to date on the fate of Dim and Den Sum and other Cleveland food trucks.


We hope that all of the attention will help all of the Cleveland food trucks (including Dim and Den Sum) maintain a presence in Cleveland.  This city has already seen another of it’s icons move to Miami and they don’t want to lose another one.

If you would like one of the “STREET SNACKS ARE NOT A CRIME” t-shirts contact Dim and Den Sum.

Dim and Den Sum – Cleveland, OH

Twitter: @dimanddensum

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(Note: For a review and recap of Cleveland’s C-Town Chow Down including photos visit

As the food truck phenomena continues it is great to note that two cities are having food truck oriented events for the very first time!

This coming Sunday (March 27) the C-Town Chow Down will take place in Cleveland’s Lincoln Park (Tremont neighborhood) from 11am – 3pm.  Leading the charge in will be nationally recognized  Dim and Den Sum gourmet food truck. Check out the “Convoy of Cleveland’s Finest Food!” with these food trucks:

Dim & Den Sum: Twitter: @dimanddensum

Seti’s Polish Boys (Michael Symon’s favorite Polish Boy):

Cakes Plus/Traveling Treats: Twitter: @cptraveltreats

Umami Moti (great Pad Thai):     Twitter: @umamimoto

Jibaro: Twitter: @jibaroworldeats

Pranzo Forno Wood Fired Pizza:

Oh! Babycakes:

StrEat Mobile Bistro: Twitter: @streatmobile

Details can be found at:!/event.php?eid=111832328895274.

Meanwhile, down in Orlando Mark Baratelli has put together a new event for that city: The Food Truck Bazaar.  This event takes place on Tuesday, March 29th from 7-10pm at 4400 S. Orange Ave. in Orlando.  Trucks participitating in the Orlando even include:


Big Wheel Provisions Truck


Downtown: Corner of Orange and Washington. Tues – Fri 11:30am – 2:30pm, Thurs – Sat nights 10pm – 3am-ish. Big Wheel Provisions is a food company that uses only local ingredients and meat in the private food events, catering jobs and prepared meals.


The Crooked Spoon 
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W Fairbanks Ave., Orlando, FL | 407-927-1587
They serve gourmet American food (breakfast and lunch) described as “traditional fare with a twist” from a concession trailer. The prices range up to $10. Accepts all major credit cards. Executive Chef/Owner Steve Saelg; Sous Chef Allison Henschel.
Winter Park Fish Company


Shipyard Brewery

At events around town, this Winter Park-based restaurant usually features a giant beer truck with a small food truck owned by a separate company serving lobster products. But since no one can serve alcohol at this iteration fo the bazaar, they will just be bringing the lobster truck with them.

The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck

Opens March 2011
Locations: Downtown Orlando, Thorton Park, College Park, Audubon Park, Ivanhoe Village, Baldwin Park, Winter Park, Maitland, Sanford, College Campuses, Farmers’ Markets, Special Events and Occasions, Catering Orders



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This truck is open 7 days a week in a gas station parking lot on Colonial at Primrose, next door to the retro-looking McDonalds. They serve terriyaki, korean taco and korean sub “boxes.” All boxes come with two fried rolls, 2 cream cheese dumplings, 2 rice balls and house salad with ginger dressing.


Red Eye BBQ

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You can find this truck almost every Saturday at the Dr Phillips Farmers Market and also a few nights per week at World Of Beer at Dr. Phillips. “We got into the BBQ biz out of the love for smoking meats in our backyard over the last 11 years and after taking 3rd place in people choose at the 2nd annual Orlando BBQ contest and competing with some top names in Orlando we decided to do a food truck as it was a fun way to get our name out on the street and see where that may take us in the future.”

The Taco Lady

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Located in Ocoee, FL, they serve Mexican Tacos Friday thru Sunday 7pm-2am and Sundays 5:30pm-12am. Cash only. 407-506-6570.


Pupusas (Spanish Food)

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Congratulations to Dim and Den Sum as’s Food Truck Of-The-Week!

(02/17/2010 – NOTE: With the worst of Cleveland’s weather over (hopefully), Dim & Den Sum has once again hit the streets!  Welcome back!)  

Also, congratulations to Chris Hodgson and  Dim and Den Sum for being named one of Cleveland’s Top 25 Restaurants You Can’t Live Without by Scene Magazine and our favorite super food writer Doug Trattner –  @dougtrattner.

Along America’s North Shore there is this town called Cleveland.  Yeah, that Cleveland, the city that is the brunt of many jokes, the city where the river caught fire, the city discarded by a somewhat famous basketball player.  But this city called Cleveland is also home to Iron Chef Michael Symon and the wonderful Lola and Lolita restaurants.  It is also home to another fine dining experience – Dim and Den Sum.

Dim and Dem Sum chef Chris Hodgson is a Clevelander who improved on his already great culinary prowness by heading first to the west where he greaduated from Scotsdale Le Cordon Blue to the East where he worked at some of new York City’s best.  After getting off work at 3am Chris often hit up the local taco truck for some late night snacks.  It was a great concept, great food at a price that all could afford.

Dim and Dem Sum has a short menu, but it is filled with flavors and quality ingredients one would not expect to find at a food truck, and especially not in blue collar Cleveland.   The menu changes on a regular basis but can include such favorites as Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Dumplings, Curry Duck Taco (Curry duck confit, housemade tortilla, grape, cherry tomato salso, sweet purple cabbase slaw),  and the always popular Gravy Potato Tots with Amish cheese curds and gravy.  Add foie gras to your tots if you prefer.

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Another popular item has been the PBLT, pork shoulder confit, thick cut house smoked bacon, tomato jam, arugula, and sriacha mayo.

Like I said, not stuff you’d expect to find off a truck!.  Currently the Milk Braised Pork Bahn mi is popular (pork, serrano, bologna, radish, cucumber and cilantro.). 

Dim and Den Sum is often located at the Cleveland Clinic’s Farmer’s Market or the Cleveland Institute of Art.  Wherever they are you can count on great food, creative items, and friendly people. 

Clevelander’s are in love with Dim and Den Sum, they are also optimistic that Chef Hodgson won’t take his truck and his talents to South Beach!  Finally, Cleveland has a winner!

Original publication date: 09/21/10

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Dim and Dem Sum – Cleveland, OH

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