A new food stand sells poutine that’s anything but routine: when it opens in Bushwick today, The Diggs will be topping fries with everything from lobster to smoked tempeh.
Brian Baskoff was a sous chef at St. Anselm in Williamsburg and then a consulting chef at Empire Biscuit in the East Village before he decided to team with the owners of The Bodega to open what’s essentially a shack on wheels on what used to be a small parking lot next to the restaurant. Granted, it’s a fancy shack (it was custom-built by a journeyman carpenter on the West Coast) with a gleaming new kitchen where Baskoff will be frying up long-cut fries and making his smoked ketchup and his bacon mayo from scratch.
“It’s got a sort of carnival feeling,” Baskoff says of the trailer, which is surrounded by about a dozen seats.
If Montana’s Trail House, which officially opens tonight, is as packed as it was during its soft opening last night, this may just be your back-up option. It’ll be open from around noon to 10 p.m. on the weekdays and till 1 a.m. or 2 p.m. on the weekends.
Here’s the menu:
(all fry orders come with your choice of one sauce)
Biggie – $6.50
Smalls – $4.50
Sauces – $1.50
Old-fashioned fry sauce
Coney – $8
Chuckwagon steak chili, cheese sauce, mustard, onions
Poutine – $8
Cheese curds, gravy (add smoked meat or smoked tempeh – $4)
Colorado – $9
Denver green chili, citrus pulled pork
Animal Style – $8
Fry sauce, pickled peppers, onions, diced tomato, bacon
Loaded – $10
Cheese sauce, sour cream, green onion, bacon
New England – $16
Old Bay, lobster, lemon, side of horseradish ketchup
L.A. Mozz (vegan) – $8
Smoked tempe, pineapple habanero “mayo,” diced tomato
Hot (and Salty) – $7
Habanero vinegar, pickled peppers and Maldon sea salt
Frozen banana bites covered in dark chocolate and natural peanut butter (vegan) – $5
The Diggs, Troutman Street near Nicholas Ave., Bushwick