With flourish and fanfare, food truck returns

The Hungry Hungry Husky, which re-opened today, sports a new, internationally inspired look. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

There is designer food; then there is the designer food truck.

Northeastern’s version of the latter, which first arrived on campus this fall, will re-open today sporting a new internationally inspired exterior and a revamped menu shaped by input from student diners.

Northeastern University Dining Services will host a re-launch celebration between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Snell Quad. The first 100 customers will receive a free shirt with their order. Eight customers will receive $50 in Truck Bucks (equivalent to five complimentary meal passes), and “bounce-back” coupons — which give diners $1 back for each purchase of $4, and $2 back with each purchase of $6 — will be given away all day Wednesday. And all diners get a free package of mini macaroons with their order today.

In short, more than enough incentive to get students, faculty and staff to venture out on a raw February day to check out the design touches, starting with the color of the truck: Northeastern Red, naturally. The truck’s name, Hungry Hungry Husky—based on the children’s game “Hungry Hungry Hippo”—also adorns both sides of the vehicle, along with the official “H3” logo in a shade of aqua blue.

But the featured design element is a bow to Northeastern’s stature as a global university: the word “Hungry” written out in 15 languages, including English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Russian, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Finnish, Arabic, German, Hindi, Swahili, Hebrew, and Portuguese. 

The food truck offers lunchtime options to customers in Snell Quad who want to forego the hustle and bustle of Rebecca’s Café and the dining options in the Curry Student Center. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, “H3” serves up quick and tasty, late-night treats in Centennial Common. 

The new menu includes items specifically requested by students, such as an all-new buffalo chicken sandwich and a macaroni and cheese sandwich, a popular item that was previously available only on Fridays. Other lunchtime items include adobe and Thai-inspired tacos; chicken, beef and shrimp flavored rice bowls; hot dogs; falafel; and four French fry options. The late-night menu includes chicken tenders, chicken wings, a breakfast wrap with eggs, bacon, peppers and onions, and both beef and veggie burgers.

The truck’s name was the result of a naming contest launched in September. The winning name came in from seven separate entries from students Amanda Atherton, Erin William Gilligan, Hailey Koop, Ronald Patrick Landayan, Miki Onwudinjo, Kathleen Cancio and Forrest Peralta.

H3 accepts cash, credit and Husky dollars during daytime hours; during late-night hours, only electronic forms of payment are accepted. Follow NUDining on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about the truck’s location and menu options.