*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.
Lucky Hot Dog Cart – 1423 Main St. Columbia
This week I hadn’t gone out to eat much, but needed a place to go for the blog. I wanted to try something knew, so Aaron suggested that we go down to the hotdog stand a block or two over. Now you might already be tuning me out, thinking, “Ugh, I don’t even like hotdogs,” but hold on with me for a minute. The hotdog cart that we normally see across from Starbucks wasn’t there, so I spotted another cart with a big red and yellow umbrella just down Main Street across from the Marriott. We decided to venture that way. We were glad that we did.
We checked out the menu and saw not only hotdogs, but BBQ listed. I was intrigued. We met Lucky, the man behind the Lucky Hot Dog Cart and he told us all about his food. The hotdogs are from Chicago and they are huge. After trying out many different natural sausages, this one won in the taste test. Lucky smokes the BBQ himself. The chili is homemade. The sauerkraut is homemade from Lucky’s mother’s recipe. The BBQ sauces, red, mustard, and vinegar, are all homemade. The drinks that he serves out of coolers are corn syrup free and most are in glass bottles. I’m a sucker for a fancy glass bottle drink.
Aaron and I each decided to go with the 1 hotdog or BBQ sandwich combo. I ordered the BBQ and Aaron ordered the hotdog. It’s a pretty good deal too. You get the choice of hotdog or BBQ, chips, and a drink all for $7 tax included. My order was simple enough. Lucky gave me the option to add slaw, but I decided to go pure BBQ and topped it off with the red sauce. It was a hearty portion and I enjoyed the taste of the meat and the sauce. I’m a big fan of the smoky flavor, and it had a nice tinge of smoke to it. The sauce didn’t overpower, but complimented it nicely.
Did I mention that there is no extra charge for toppings? That’s right, you can get chili, sauerkraut, cheese, slaw, and whatever condiments Lucky has in his cooler without having to pay any extra. Aaron decided to take advantage of this and got almost everything except jalapeños on his hotdog. While I didn’t try it, Aaron seemed to enjoy it. We brought the food back up to the office and it added a good fragrance to our little space as well … bonus!
To summarize, if you’re downtown during the week and are looking for a quick, cheap place to eat, stop by the Lucky Hot Dog Cart on Main Street across from the Marriott. You’ll have a chance to enjoy the sunshine and get filled at the same time. Oh, and you’ll get to meet Lucky too.
Bonus Footage: Aaron’s Hotdog – Some Assembly Required
It was a hot day with the sun beating directly overhead. Jesus had been traveling and was tired and hot, so he sat himself beside a well to rest. A woman came to draw water from the well and Jesus asked her for a drink. You might know this story. The woman is shocked that Jesus would speak to her for many reasons. One–He was a Jew and she was a Samaritan. The two cultures weren’t on amicable terms. In asking for a drink, he wasn’t simply asking for a beverage to sip, but was opening up the floor for conversation, sort of like saying, “Hey, let’s go get coffee.” Two–He was a man and she was a woman, not to mention a woman who was visiting the well at a low traffic time of day to avoid seeing people and facing their judgements. Rightfully so, she is skeptical as to what Jesus is up to, so she questions him. He responds by telling her things about her life that he couldn’t possibly know, bringing her deepest sins to light. But then he reveals to her that he is the Messiah, who she has been waiting for. He doesn’t bring her judgement like everyone else had, but he brings her truth that changes her forever. As the disciples come back to meet Jesus with food that they had picked picked up from the city, she runs off to tell everyone what Jesus had done for her.
Amid the commotion, the disciples are simply trying to get Jesus to eat. Maybe they kind of were Baptist? Jesus gives them a very Jesus response by saying, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” (John 4:34-38) Jesus shows them that his strength isn’t just from bread alone and emphasizes the urgency in spreading the Gospel. He also in this explains to them that they will be rewarded for their work and that reward will have eternal benefits.
I love that this whole stop in Sychar (a town in Samaria, John 4:5) is an object lesson in love, acceptance, and evangelism for the disciples. Jesus breaks down racial barriers by opening up conversation with the Samaritan woman. Then he shows her kindness and love by continuing to engage with her after it is made clear that he knows “all that [she] ever did,” meaning her sins of sexual immorality. Then he uses her, an immoral Samaritan woman, to spread the good news that Jesus is the Messiah to the Samaritans. As people respond to her story, they ask Jesus to stay with them and he extends his stay for two days to spend time with these people and share his life with them. The disciples see what it means to reap the harvest and, in the process, have their prejudices turned upside down.
As much as I love physical food, I want my spiritual food to be to do the will of the Father. I pray that that is your desire as well. May our eyes be open wide to see the bountiful harvest before us.
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Hi! I’m April. I work on staff here at FIRST designing a bunch of things for print and Web. I believe that world peace can be achieved over a pan of fresh baked biscuits and everyone coming to faith in Jesus. Ok, really it’s just Jesus, but the biscuits help.