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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Food cart

Mon–Fri 11:00am–2:00pm

Features Veg-friendly
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx


2nd Ave. and Pike St.
Seattle, WA
(206) 601-5510
Fine, but the least inspiring of Seattle’s fleet of food carts

The concept behind Maximus/Minimus seems simple. There are only three dishes: a pulled-pork sandwich, a vegetarian sandwich, and pork with pozole. Sides include slaw and chips. There are two beverages and two desserts.

But there’s much more to the concept: each selection is available in either Maximus (hot and spicy) or Minimus (sweet and tangy) versions. For example, the Minimus sauce on the pork sandwich has molasses, tamarind, and honey and forgoes the hot peppers of the Maximus.

Some of this is fun. The drinks, for example, aren’t what you’d normally find at a street cart—ginger lemonade (Maximus) and hibiscus nectar (Minimus)—and go well with their respective menu items. But ordering down one side of the menu or the other doesn’t really create a cohesive, memorable experience. Partly this is because not all of the items pop on their own. The Minimus slaw is very good, but it’s paired with the Maximus pork sandwich, which is a bit dry.

The truck is downtown most weekdays and makes the farmers’ markets rounds on weekends; check the website for more information. The dining atmosphere varies depending on where it’s parked, but you’re eating pig from a truck that looks like a pig. Points for drawing bewildered looks from passersby.

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