Name of business: Krepe Dog
Type of business: Food truck
Location: 61 W. Canal Dr., Turlock
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday
Contact information: 209-648-3510
Specialty: Gourmet hot dogs
History of business:
A new food truck has rolled into town, and it’s not your average hot dog stand.
Krepe Dog is the four-wheeled creation of Turlock residents Eileen and Jorge Rodriguez, who began their first food venture earlier this month after cycling through several truck ideas. The pair toyed with the idea of a taco truck but wanted a business that was entirely their own.
“My husband wanted to open a taco truck at first, but I said, ‘No, we have too many of those in Turlock. Let’s try to do something different,’” Eileen said. “I like the idea of a food truck because you can do so much.”
Eileen and Jorge walked away from the drawing board with a unique menu featuring bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed hot dogs straight from the grill and fresh-cut, seasoned fries – and that was just the beginning.
Customers looking for a protein-packed meal might opt for the Sancho Dog, which features the base hot dog with bacon and cheese, topped with grilled onion, carne asada, chorizo, ketchup, one fried egg, chili flakes and a special house sauce. There are other dogs offered in addition to the best-selling Sancho Dog as well, like the Hot Cheeto Dog, topped with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and nacho cheese, and the Elote Dog, which mimics the recipe for Mexican grilled corn.
Krepe Dog also offers fries, which can be topped with fixings like carne asada, jalapenos, macaroni and cheese, bacon and more.
The flexibility of the food truck has allowed the Rodriguez’s to keep their menu fun and changing, Eileen said.
“In the restaurant industry you have to stick to the same thing, but I think in a food truck you have a little more flexibility not only with hours but with the menu as well,” she said, adding that in the future, Krepe Dog hopes to offer crepe ice cream cones.
In the meantime, Eileen and Jorge have been busy serving customers in Canal Drive’s food truck lot, where they are joined by neighboring truck Fancy Frost. Since opening on May 3, many visitors have come to Krepe Dog following recommendations from friends. Music, lights and even corn hole greet customers, providing entertainment, fun and food all in one space.
“All your hard work has definitely paid off when you hear good comments like that,” Eileen said. “We are fast food, but a little more inviting. It’s a cool little atmosphere.”