We’ve noticed a new food truck in Ballard, a food truck of that eclectic, “only-in-Seattle” variety.
Basil & Javi’s Fresh Food Now offers all-vegan fare, and it strives to use as many fresh, local ingredients as possible. It combines all the convenience and character of a food truck with all the health and environmental benefits of intentional eating.
Plus, it’s delicious.
Basil & Javi’s hangs out at the corner of 17th Ave. NW and NW Leary Way, and you can try their food from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week. It’s an all-vegan truck, but veganism isn’t some intimidating dietary restriction at Basil & Javi’s. Chefs Andy Weyrick and Harold Dodd make animal-free food of a kind that will satisfy anyone. No need to worry–meat-eaters won’t feel as if their meal is lacking. Here’s a sample of some of that local, vegan fare:
- Garden veggie gyro with kalamata aioli ($9)
- Curry vegetable naan with house-made sriracha ($8)
- Savory sweet potato burger with roasted corn and red lentils ($9)
Basil & Javi’s Fresh Food Now
Fare: vegan and local
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day
Location: 17th Ave. NW and NW Leary Way
Basil & Javi’s juices are something else, too. Apple cucumber mint? Orange apple ginger? Basil & Javi’s combines fruits and vegetables and herbs in ways that we’ve never seen before, and the result is bafflingly delicious. The drinks feel pricey for a food truck ($6), but they also don’t feel like something you’d find in any other food truck. Because, to put it simply, Basil & Javi’s isn’t like any other food truck.
Basil & Javi’s uses local farm-to-table ingredients, which makes for a healthier, fresher, and greener dining experience. All their bread, for instance, comes from The Essential Baking Company, baker of local and organic artisan breads. It means GMO-free food, and it means less gas used in food transport.
“We think these things are important to people,” co-owner Evan Cox told us, “and fresher just tastes better. Overall, it is a fresher, healthier food and business model.”
Evan Cox and Charity Cox, Evan’s wife and co-owner, have brought new and mouthwatering vegan food to Ballard, operating out of an Andy Warhol-inspired truck. The Real Estate Gals, for one, are more than happy to have them.
For the story behind the Basil & Javi name, check out the food truck’s Facebook page!