The Bus - parked & awaiting customers!

Street food in Abilene, Texas? Maybe you thought food carts were only popular in the larger cities – such as Austin—but the first one has arrived.

You may have spotted the bright yellow vehicle at community events and festivals around the Big Country – such as the Balloon Fest in September. However, as of March 1, Rob Dekarske and his wife, Tasha, have turned this venture into a full-time business in Abilene.

The couple sells gourmet-style hotdogs in a modified, eight-seater school bus under the moniker, “Shortbus Hotdogs.” Although the “S” is displayed backwards on the actual bus, most customers have shared the duo’s sense of humor when it comes to the not-so-politically-correct name. Rob tells me they’re not out to make fun of anyone, just to concoct perfect hotdog combos.

The Menu feat. Signature Dogs

Shortbus offers approximately fifty different toppings to dress a dog, but to make it simple on first-time customers; they’ve created a menu of already themed options. I opted for “The Hawaiian,” which had Canadian bacon, pineapple and honey mustard. It was different, but definitely delicious! Rob says another popular seller is “The Texan” – a quarter-pound hotdog with bacon, cheese and ranch dressing. Wow!

"The Hawaiian"

The bus also sells chips, nachos, grilled sandwiches and beverages. It is undeniably affordable: I got a hotdog, potato chips and a soda for only $5. To see where the bus will be on any given day, check out Shortbus Hotdogs on Facebook or click here. You can also request the bus to visit your place of business for a $40 order minimum. For more info, call 325-762-0556.