No matter where around the globe you travel, street food is, to quote Donald Trump, “HUGE!” In fact, wandering chef Anthony Bourdain told the World Street Food Congress that “street food, I believe, is the salvation of the human race.” No matter your longitude or latitude, there are mind-boggling variations on pizza, crepes, noodles and dumplings galore — from sandwiches to dim sum, from empañadas to every imaginable meat-on-a-stick.
When it comes to North America, however, two icons stand out: the all-American hot dog and poutine, Canada’s sloppy but delicious mashup. It is on these two comfort foods, that King, an English bulldog, has built his nascent empire with the assistance of human follower, Stephen Schrutt. The kingdom reigns as Kings Street Food Counter
, Schrutt’s second downtown St. Pete restaurant concept (the other being the AVENUE eat/drink).
For a pooch, King has an unerring design sense, with a black, white and sea-foam green retro flair. He’s allowed the humans a handsome 1950s diner interior with a counter and booths, but provided a large, luxurious AstroTurf-clad garden for his canine pals. It’s outfitted with sleek wood and white gloss communal tables and chairs. Knowing humans’ predilection for beer and sports, he’s also furnished an outdoor bar with local brews on tap and a couple of HDTVs to make sure the bipeds extend their visit. Smart dog.