It’s mid-November in Vancouver, and a steady stream of rain is falling off one umbrella onto another, the two positioned at varying heights to protect Eli, purveyor of Eli’s Serious Sausage, and his grill from the downpour. There’s few, if any, people coming around to the new Georgia/Beatty location at the Stadium Skytrain station, the first seasonal challenge that the city’s new found love for street food will endure.
Despite the rain, Eli is affable and willing to chat. He’s eager to get down to Portland for the weekend, his first foray to America’s mecca of food carts. He gets a lot of questions about Vancouver’s own street food program, even though his own cart is licensed under the hot dog vendor program. It makes sense: Eli has done his homework, and this sausage cart is like no other in the city.