Would you eat food from a coffin? To be clear, there's no body in there, but I still never thought I'd wonder about such a thing. That is, until I saw a newspaper article this week about a hot dog truck called Dead Dogs.
The "truck" is actually a hearse. At each stop, an employee rolls a coffin from the back of the hearse, pops the lid up, and starts cooking hot dogs. The inside of the coffin has been stripped of all lining and replaced with a propane tank and a hot dog steamer. It's really a genius concept. Everyone who sees an open coffin behind a hearse is going to wonder what's going on. If it's around lunchtime, chances are they'll be hungry and decide to stay for a hot dog.
But would you go back? There's definitely a novelty factor to the whole thing. I'd try the hot dogs just so I could tell all my friends. After that, I'm not so sure. Years ago, an Italian restaurant who shall remain nameless arranged my husband's two meatballs and single sausage in a very inappropriate manner. On the one hand, it was hilarious. On the other hand, the ick factor was pretty darn high. Every time we thought about ordering from that restaurant, we'd think about the meatballs and sausage and get grossed out. It took us years to go back.
I might have the same response if I ate from a coffin. The first time would be a riot, but thinking about a return trip would seem wrong on so many levels. That sense of unease might keep me from returning. I guess I won't know about a repeat visit until I've tasted how good the hot dogs are.
So if you're driving along and see someone holding a pair of tongs while standing over an open casket, you might want to stop and have lunch. At the least, it'll provide you with a good story. Who knows, it might be your favorite new lunch spot.