STAMFORD, Conn. — After gradating at the top of their class at Johnson & Wales University, Maycie Maringer and Sam Ralbovsky went on a two-month cross-country road trip to explore the food of the United States.
Their journey inspired them to start a food truck, which took to the streets of Stamford last week. And they even picked up their mascot along the way — Clyde, a basset hound. “He’s the behind the scenes inspiration,” Maringer said.
So while Maringer and Ralbovsky can’t have the dog with them at work, Clyde did provide the inspiration for the artwork and the name of their food truck -- Nosh Hound.
Menu items at their truck range from the Southern Sammy — buttermilk fried chicken, house sweet pickles, slaw, cajun aioli and a brioche bun — to the mushroom-based vegetarian called a “VLT.”
The idea behind the menu is to “mix it up” and combine “familiar foods with global flavors” such as the Bangkok fish tacos.
“There are some people who ask, ‘Don’t you guys just have a regular burger?’ Of course, and we try to accommodate to that, but we really like to stick to our concept and stay true to what we are,” Maringer said.
Most everything they serve, including the pickles and sauces, is homemade. “The only thing we don’t make is the bread, and we get that from a local bakery right down the road,” Ralbovsky said.
Estevan Duque, a first-time customer, stopped by the truck on his day off with his wife and baby to order a quinoa-based bowl and the nosh puppies — the daily special. “I saw this from Carter’s, and I was like ‘let me take a look at it.' And it looks awesome,” he said.
But the food truck is not just for daytime eats. On Saturdays nights, Maringer and Ralbovsky head down to the Harlan Publick in SoNo to provide late night bites between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.
In the future, Maringer said she hopes to expand — and sees the food truck as a platform for a future venture. “We’re definitely not opposed to keeping the truck open and maybe opening another one in a different city,” she said. “And then eventually, our plan is to open a brick and mortar — either a Nosh Hound or maybe something a little more upscale.”
For more information on Nosh Hound, visit its website here .