Atomic Dawg's food truck is going kosher this Thursday for the Chabad House of Greater Downtown Detroit's Purim celebration. The company's vintage Airstream trailer has been outfitted with a rabbi-approved menu adapted by chef Cari Rosenbloom to mirror the Berkley restaurant's original menu.
Under the supervision of Rabbi Yisrael Pinson, the food truck has been "koshered," a procedure that involves burning and removing all residue from cooking surfaces. "There are strict requirements that we don't use the truck after it's koshered," Atomic Dog owner Joel Martin tells Eater. Many of the surfaces in the trailer come apart to prevent dairy products from coming in contact with meat, he adds.
The House, Detroit, and Bbq dawgs will be available with all-beef kosher hotdogs, as well as vegan-optional chorizo or Italian sausages. Sides of veggie chilli, housemade salt and pepper chips, citrus slaw, and Mexican hot chocolate will also be available. One exclusive Purim-inspired item on menu is the pulled brisket hamantash—a variant of the three-pointed cookie traditionally eaten during the Jewish festival.
This is one of the first major events for the food truck, which was completed last fall. While the kosher menu isn't permanent, Martin says they're likely to do similar events in the future.
The food truck will be parked at 278 Mack Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.