After six years of serving popular vegan fast food takes, Cycle Dogs has finally set down more permanent roots. The former food truck has opened its first-ever restaurant in Ballard at 5410 17th Avenue NW, with a menu of longtime favorites, including meatless loaded hot dogs, burgers, and sandwiches. For now, the service is takeout-only, with a plan to add outdoor dining soon and eventually indoor seating, once the space is fully finished. After previews this past weekend, regular hours start up Wednesday, May 19.
Cycle Dogs has long been known for enticing vegan hot dogs using locally sourced ingredients, as well as meat-and-dairy-free spins on Whataburger and Dick’s burgers. It most recently added a fried “chicken” sandwich, but the menu will continue to evolve. Among some of the newer items to appear soon include cookies, beer-battered mushrooms, quiches, and savory pies, with brunch planned for the weekends (breakfast burritos, scrambles, hash browns, and tofu “eggy” sandwiches). On the drinks side, diners can expect beer, wine, and cocktails added to the mix. And the shop is also selling its “Best Damn Ranch” and other sauces for retail via its website.
The restaurant takes over the space formerly occupied by fellow vegan restaurant No Bones Beach Club, which featured retro tropical decor. When renovations are finished, co-owner Keaton Tucker promises a similar escapist vibe “where it will feel like summer year round,” with trellises, garden lights, lanterns with warm cedar accents, and plenty of greenery.
Those who eat meat free will also have another option right outside the Cycle Dogs doors. New vegan doughnut truck Dough Joy has taken the Tucker’s truck, and is planning to set up shop sometime in May. When it opens, there will be a vegan version of a classic glazed, plus maple bars topped with smoky coconut “bacon,” all good dessert options for those who still have room after a Cycle Dogs visit.