December 07, 2011

Off the Rez food truck

Off the Rez, Seattle’s Newest Food Truck

The city gets its first mobile outfit serving Native American eats

By Christopher Werner
Food trucks serve many purposes. They’re go-tos for a quick tasty lunch, start-up vehicles for cash-strapped cooks, a foundation for brand building. And some, like Off the Rez, fill the holes in the local dining scene.

The outfit of Mark McConnell and Cecilia Rikard, with Portalis sous Donovan Macinnis helming the kitchen, Off the Rez is inspired by Native American food—a cuisine long absent from menus here. McConnell grew up in Ballard on the Indian tacos and frybreads the truck will serve upon its debut in two weeks (give or take).

McConnell says he originally endeavored to open a restaurant but in January opted to pursue a mobile operation. He purchased the truck in April, and a buddy who builds custom motorcycles helped deck it out. A mural of a chief in a war bonnet wraps around one side. Flanking the back is a fellow smoking out of a peace pipe, a scene of Seattle behind him.
Comment:  Unfortunately, the images chosen are stereotypical and have nothing to do with Seattle's Indians. Frybread isn't endemic to the Pacific Northwest either, although it's undoubtedly spread there. So the business seems to be serving inauthentic food in an inauthentic van.

For more on the subject, see Grocery Truck at Santo Domingo and LA's First Native Food Truck.


Caddoman76 said...

Actually I love the truck, its urban native art. Its upbeat, new to the city and so they obviously wanted to show "The New Thing" of choices of food in this over populated city of Mexican and BBQ pits. Mark is a Blackfoot from Montana. He is a smart guy for persueing his dream, so your inequal comments arnt needed or appreciated. At least hes doing something and reppin for native people everywhere. As far as frybread.....frybread has been in the northwest longer than YOU have been alive so, how does that make it non native to this part of the country? where as BBQ and tacos is? and what would you rathur him or the other types of food drive around in feeding your closed minded and like minded mouths...covered wagons and riding on the backs of mariachi bands? Accept it ,Try it, Love it and SHUT UP!!!! Native Americans are a beautiful people. Who are you to say they are mostly all fat due to the food we eat? I seen the extra lil comment you left on the "LA's first native food truck" post. Look at your race and count the overweight population , I bet you have more per capita than we do!!!!! Good luck Mark!!!! The natives in Seattle support you! And Rob, go back to your own country and quit crticizing the real Native people of MINE. HOKA!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I accidentally my standards onto modern Indian artists, is that bad?

dmarks said...

Well, your grammar is so bad that I could not figure out your question.

Rob said...

Fifty or 100 years doesn't make something "native" to a region. If it did, I'd be a Native American just like you.

If you're ignorant of frybread's harm, read the following postings:

Frybread = prison food
Frybread = "impending doom"
"One of the 50 fattiest foods"
Jillian tosses the frybread

Let me know when you can address them, okay?

As for the truck, I mainly criticized its stereotypical image. If you can't address that point either, feel free to get lost. Your irrelevant comments are the only ones not needed here.

Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:

Meet Off the Rez, Seattle's First Truck To Serve Native-American-Inspired Food

​The Truck: Off the Rez, which has an ever-expanding schedule that can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

The Fare: Native-American-inspired cuisine, like fry bread tacos.

The Stop: Stumbling upon the turquoise truck, which according to owner Mark McConnell, used to wheel around linen, is like finding an oasis of comfort food in the form of savory, flavor-rich fry bread tacos. In a scene inundated with trucks toting pulled pork sandwiches, burritos, and Pad Thai, Off the Rez has made its mark as the first Native-American-inspired food truck to pop up in the Seattle area.