Maximus / Minimus

June 5th, 2009 by Eric

Who would have thought that Seattle would have not one, but two retrofitted Airstream trailers serving delicious street food?  Not I.  So when fellow food-blogger Keren Brown announced that this month’s blogger get-together would be at the newly-opened “pig truck,” aka Maximus / Minimus, we couldn’t wait to go!

The line for pork sandwiches

Maximus / Minimus is the brainchild of Kurt Beecher Dammeier – yes, the same person behind Beecher’s Cheese and other Seattle food endeavors.  Kurt explained to our group yesterday that his son, Max, has been getting more rambunctious lately as he approaches his teens, so Kurt has taken to calling him Maximus.  Kurt liked the name, and as he’s been working out a plan for bringing his pulled pork sandwiches to the masses, he thought about using it.  But, that word alone wasn’t quite right, until one day he thought about adding Minimus after it, and suddenly the yin-yang theme crystallized: offer every item on the menu as either Maximus (hot and spicy) or Minimus (sweet and sour).  Couple that with the pork theme, and you’ve got yourself a pig truck.

The “SOMEPIG” mobile; a Minimus cup of Hibiscus Nectar; the menu
The “SOMEPIG” mobile; a Minimus cup of Hibiscus Nectar; the menu.

Vegetarians and vegans need not fear a visit to the pig truck, because there’s a veg sandwich with fennel, onions, and bulgur on the menu, which we hear is quite tasty.  Sides include chips (thinly sliced potatoes, beets, and sweet potatoes fried in rice oil, with fried green beans and jalapeños on top) and slaw (spicy or sweet, of course).  In the eco-friendly cup, pull yourself some Hibiscus Nectar or Ginger Lemonade from the spigot built into the side of the truck.

Sculpted metal pig’s ear; reflection of the sandwich line; one of everything
Sculpted metal pig’s ear; reflection of the sandwich line; one of everything.

So, how was it?  Keep in mind that this was just the second day the truck was open.  Dawn and I got chips (no min/max choice here), plus min and max versions of the pork sandwiches, slaw, and drinks.  The difference between the Minimus and Maximus pork sandwiches was subtle.  The Min was a little sweeter, and the Max not spicy enough for our taste.  Kurt told us that we can order “extra hurt” on the Maximus to make it spicier; I’ll do that (or maybe even a “double hurt”) next time, but I hope they make the Maximus spicier by default.  The veggie chips were crisp and nicely seasoned.  The Minimus slaw (sweetened with tamarind) had the edge for me, and we both preferred the hibiscus nectar Minimus drink.  All-in-all, it was pretty good.  We ordered too much food, so I’d recommend splitting slaw or chips with someone.  Will we go back?  If we’re in the area, say before a downtown show, then sure.  And it would certainly make a good stop for downtown lunch.  But I don’t think we’d make a special trip there just for the truck – for us, Skillet still has the edge on Seattle street food.

Maximus / Minimus
2nd & Pike, Seattle
(206) 601-5510

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6 Responses to “Maximus / Minimus”

  1. Lorna says:

    What a fair and thoughtful write-up. I would agree with you re: the verdict on the food. It was fine, but I’ll probably give it another month or two before I try it again to see if it’s improved.

  2. Michael Bruchas says:

    I have to agree with Rebekah Denn on the license plate! Clever-indeed! I’m intrigued by the growing popularity of food trucks and mobile food in the Northwest. We were blown away by them in PDX. There are literrally parking lots full of them. Many on our list for the July trip, including one that Kye and Eric heard about from locals, in which a burger is served with two grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun! (yeah, I know!)

    I love pork sammy’s, but I think Robin and I will wait a few weeks before checking out Max/Min.

  3. Kairu says:

    That bus is the awesomest thing I have ever seen. It’s like the Catbus from Totoro, only better, because even if it doesn’t find lost sisters, it serves sandwiches. I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m in the neighborhood.

  4. colin reedy says:

    slight correction: Maximus is not a modified Airstream. it was built off a very square 8×28-foot lunch truck. believe me, there were days I wished they’d given me a nice curved Airsteam.

  5. Eric says:

    Michael: I’m all for checking out the truck serving burgers between grilled cheese sandwiches! Sounds ridiculously good.

    Colin: thanks for the correction, and wow, nice work! That truck is a real head-turner.

  6. Scott says:

    A very nice writeup, and terriffic photos!

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