This food cart looks good enough to eat

hot dog cart
© arquimaña via Designboom

The classic hot dog cart is pretty boring and utilitarian, and they mostly look alike. But in Bilbao, in the shadow of the Guggenheim designed by Frank Gehry, you can't just have any hot dog cart. So industrial designer arquimaña came up with the Salchibotxo, a very attractive one that can hold 500 bottles of beer and cook up 500 sausages.

It sells only local artisanal sausages and regional beer. The fold up screens are a lot nicer and probably longer lasting than the usual umbrellas we see on traditional food trucks, but most food trucks are made of stainless steel so that they can be easily cleaned and sterilized; this one has a lot of wood.

And it has a tip slot! It's nice to see the same old, same old get redesigned and reinvented, putting nicer stuff in our streets and better hot dogs in our faces. It would be interesting to see if there is a Bilbao effect for hot dog carts; does good design make a difference in sales?

This food cart looks good enough to eat
Most hot dog carts are ugly and utilitarian. This one's not.

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