The peripatetic Airstream trailer known as Skillet Street Food makes a different stop every day at lunchtime, and each stop draws a crowd. Four deep

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Best Place to Talk Politics With a New Friend While You're Waiting for Bacon Jam

Skillet Street Food

The peripatetic Airstream trailer known as Skillet Street Food makes a different stop every day at lunchtime, and each stop draws a crowd. Four deep it sometimes gets, all of us hungry, eager, and unwilling to appear impatient/uncool. To pass the time while standing on the street waiting for our names to be called, we customers resort to that most ancient form of entertainment: talking to our neighbors. Where do you work? You here every Tuesday? How about that kobe burger with bacon jam? (General consensus: damn tasty.) This spring, of course, the Democratic primary was on everyone's minds, and the small talk out front strayed into long conversations—well, 15-minute ones, because the food doesn't take that long to arrive—regarding Obama's prospects and Republican angst. The experience left me with even more questions: Should I be speaking so frankly to strangers? Was I really in Seattle? Should I have ordered the pappardelle with cod and pea vines instead of the poutine?—Jonathan Kauffman

 
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