Ballparks, backyard barbecues, boiled and chopped up on children’s dinner plates next to a dollop of ketchup–hot dogs are ubiquitous summertime fare, though often underappreciated. Their full potential has been realized only by a select few, and while Chicago dogs, Coney Island dogs, and Seattle dogs are classic iterations on the tube meat theme, it’s our opinion that the hot dog reached its full potential as Cobra Dogs. Cobra Dogs became a snowboarding institution during the aughts, when Trail Grove parked his ketchup red and mustard yellow food truck next to the High Cascade dodgeball court. For years, Cobra Dogs supplied the most sought-after after-riding sustenance to the snowboarding community, slanging Cheddacondas and All-Beef Boas to uber-pros, grommet campers, industry desk jockies, and everyone in between. In addition to the quality meats and variety of toppings, the staff was what made Cobra Dogs so special. Matty Mo, Wiz aka Alex Sherman, Lauren Rudin, Ted Borland, Nirvana Ortanez, Ben Bilodeau–the list of influential dog makers goes on. Of course, Spencer Schubert is a longtime favorite staffer who spent summers in the truck, and now, Spenny, alongside Derrek Lever and Wiz, have reignited the flame (literally, they’re grilling some of the dogs, now!) and brought Cobra Dogs back. The truck has been serving up Corbra-style goodness down at the High Cascade campus this summer, so Mark Clavin caught up with Spencer to hear what’s bun going on with the and the Cobra Dogs crew. – Mary T. Walsh
MC: First off, congrats!
How did the idea to bring Cobra Dogs back come about?
How long has it been in the works?
Who is on the new crew?
Who on the crew would win a hot dog eating contest?
Did we see a Bahn Mi option? New offerings?
Any secret menu items we should know about?
Who got the first dog?
What is your favorite part about having a restaurant on wheels?
You can jib it.
Will the truck hit any of the features in the skatepark?
The speed bump. Could be you!
Any collabs on the horizon? Or any dream collabs you want to put out there into the universe?
We already got some in the works! Keep an eye out for the Howl and Autumn collabs. Also we’re down to do Tesla, Amazon, or whatever else, if you’re reading this.
Will you be airdropping dogs to Trail while he hikes the PCT?
See, we’re waiting on that Amazon drone collab to be dropping dogs off-site to whoever needs them
Will you be traveling at all with the truck?
Yes we will! Starting here in Oregon and maybe Utah this winter?!
Plans once summer camp is over?
Catch ya down in Portland!