Try Pretty Odd Wieners Hot Dog Cart in Meyers, California
Special to the Tribune
MEYERS, Calif. — If you’re driving from the San Francisco Bay area to Tahoe via Highway 50, you can’t miss the Pretty Odd Wieners Hot Dog Cart located in Roadrunner Gas Station’s parking lot in Meyers. With its red canopy and flags flying, it’s easy to spot.
Owners Brian Main and Jill Barberio would love to say “hi” and serve you “one of the best dogs in town.”
Their five-star YELP rating is no accident.
“It’s all about the passion we have for what we do,” Brian said. “The focus of our business is to provide customers with quality, consistency and personal service. We listen and, if customers don’t like something, we change it. We give them what they want.”
He also emphasized the importance of cleanliness.
“We keep our cart spotless,” he said.
Brian and Jill poured their heart into this unique enterprise, and it shows.
“Our hot dogs are gourmet, exotic and creative,” thus the not so typical name, Jill explained.
Brain and Jill also agreed that Meyers was a lucky opportunity for them.
“We came here from Philadelphia, not knowing anyone or much about the area and were welcomed,” Brian said. “Within two weeks of opening business we began to establish great relationships. The locals in both Meyers and South Lake Tahoe saw us working hard and supported our efforts. We wouldn’t be where we are now without the outpouring of community support.”
As for how it all began Brian explained, “We grew up in Philly where hot dog carts were common. When we came to Tahoe there were none. So we decided, ‘Why not? Let’s give it a try.’”
According to Brian, they counted cars on Highway 50 to determine potential for business.
“It was a Tuesday in October; we counted 36,000 cars,” he said. “Don’t hold me to that number, but I think it’s close.”
From there they did research to create a unique, high-quality hot dog.
“We started with the basics, but evolved,” Brian said.
Pretty Odd Wieners Hot Dog Cart uses a local bun supplier as well — Sugar Pine Bakery.
“Their buns are fresh daily and oh-so good,” he said.
“Our Chicago-style hot dog and elk sausage are the biggest sellers,” Jill added. “We use fresh-cut ingredients including tomatoes, onions and jalapeños on all of our dogs.
Pretty Odd Wieners Hot Dog Cart also offers vegetarian options.
“It’s a tofu sausage and very tasty,” Brian said.
Going forward Brian and Jill hope to make a difference in the community, beyond the world of hot dogs.
South Tahoe High School student, Gordie, is their first employee.
“It’s his first job,” Jill said, with Brian adding: “We have an interest in employing kids in our community. If we can create jobs for them, of course we want to.”
Pretty Odd Wieners Hot Dog Cart operates year-round weather permitting, Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s located at 2933 Hwy. 50 in Meyers. A catering service is available for parties if scheduled in advance. Follow the cart on Facebook, Twitter, Yelp and Instagram.