As they set up for the lunch rush at Foster Plaza in Green Tree, Natalie Domachowski and Randy Gatten, co-owners of Hott Dawgz, were in for a surprise.
Voters spoke — if you’re eating from a food truck in Pittsburgh, hot dogs, the handheld, summer classic, are the way to go.
With more than 14,000 votes cast in the Ultimate Pittsburgh Food Truck bracket, Hott Dawgz topped taco truck Las Chicas with 57 percent of the vote in the Championship round.
From ketchup and mustard to a bacon-wrapped hot dog with mac ‘n’ cheese and BBQ sauce, Hott Dawgz offers a both classic toppings and toppings with a twist. Always using Nathan’s hot dogs and BreadWorks buns, of course. (Check out the full menu here.)
On Tuesday, The Incline surprised Domachowski and Gatten, who opened the truck in October 2015, with the Ultimate Pittsburgh Food Truck trophy, allowing their bragging rights to start as instantly as the lunch rush at Foster Plaza.
With looks of surprise that turned to smiles, Domachowski and Gatten accepted their trophy. The pair said they were excited to win, and Domachowski added that the owners of the Final Four food trucks —Las Chicas, Southside BBQ, Sugar and Spice Ice Cream Truck and Hott Dawgz, of course — are close friends, making the bracket fun, especially near the end.
Path to Top Dog
The truck barely advanced out of the first round with 52.2 percent of the vote over Pittsburgh Po’boy, but from there earned more than 60 percent of the vote in its matchups leading into the championship. That included 85 percent of the vote over fellow hot dog eatery Franktuary in the Elite Eight.
Find Hott Dawgs
Here’s where they’ll be this week:
Today: 11:00am-1:30 pm Foster Plaza, 790 Holiday Drive (Green Tree)
Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Station Square (South Shore)
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Rosslyn Commons, 333 Baldwin Rd. (Pennsbury Village)
Saturday: 1 to 4 p.m. on Federal Street for the Pirates Game (North Shore)
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Federal Street for the Pirates Game (North Shore)