Gleeful tweets from the new Chestnut Hill location of Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack had us dreaming of frozen custard and the perfect classic burger. For a lighter take, Clover Food Lab’s fleet of trucks, and their several brick and mortar locations, dole out vegetarian food on the fly. Rosemary fries are a big hit at lunch and during the afternoon snack rush, according to manager Brett Mickael, who tells us they’re made from Prince Edward Island potatoes, cut up and soaked for about 10 minutes before they hit the deep fryer. Rosemary is added for the last 15 seconds to infuse them with earthy flavor.
For your sweet tooth, look out Dunkin’. Apparently customers want homemade doughnuts like their grandmothers made, but in fun new flavors like maple-bacon and hibiscus cherry. The crazy-popular Union Square Donuts in Somerville realized they had to act fast, as they were selling out within hours of their daily opening. After less than two months in business, the shop is moving to a new location down the street so they can amp up production and meet demand for their “Donut Nation,” as they affectionately call loyal customers.
Boston Super Dog (formerly known as Speed Dog) might be the original fast food truck. Two years ago, Gregg Gale traded in his yellow trailer for a truck, switched up the name, but kept his behemoth custom-made hot dog the way it’s been for years. Ketchup, mustard, relish, BBQ sauce, chili sauce, and bean-less chili are all Gale’s own recipes. The counterperson suggests we get it “loaded” with all of the above plus chopped onion. If you’ve never been, consider yourself forewarned: Dress in a poncho and arm yourself with wet wipes. While I was inhaling the super-dog on a sunny sidewalk recently, a passerby stopped me mid-mouthful to ask incredulously, “Where did you get that?”
Clover Food Lab
7 Holyoke St., Harvard Square, Cambridge
Union Square Donuts
16 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville
Boston Super Dog food truck
46 Newmarket Square, Roxbury
Pictured: Boston Super Dog food truck