My "regular" job takes me all across the greater Hattiesburg area on almost a daily basis. An interesting trend is emerging across the area - lunch trucks and street vendors. To my knowledge there are now three traveling vendors selling hot dogs in the Hattiesburg area, one just off of Broadway Drive near Timothy Lane, one just off of Lincoln Road near the Hancock Bank. And a third in Petal on Central Ave. on the property where David Dearman Auto has closed. Our friends at myhattiesburg.com have also pointed out that there's a Gyro vendor operating (or soon to be) on Westover Drive.
While working in Petal today, I stopped at "Big Herb's New York Style Hot Dogs". He's the vendor on Central Ave. Very nice man, who hopes to be in business there for a long time. He has a modern vending cart with running water, propane burners and his station was very clean.
He offers a lunch special which included two hotdogs, a bag of Lays chips and a 12oz. canned coke for $5.00 including tax. That's a pretty good deal.
Now the dogs that he is serving are not your run of the mill grocery store franks, these are the real deal that you would get from a vendor in New York, a more than bun length all-beef frank that were fresh, hot and had that all familiar "snap" when you bite into them.
He's got all the condiments on the cart that you care for - chili, onions, relish, sauerkraut, a couple of different kinds mustard, ect. All the condiments looked to be fresh and stored in a sanitary manner.
The dogs were great, the service was fast and friendly. I wish Big Herb well in his endeavor, I know that I'll be stopping in often.
Over the next few weeks I am going to try to make it a point to stop in and try the other vendors that have popped up around Hattisburg.