101 Best Food Truck Feature: Marination Mobile

Staff Writer
A look into the story of the truck serving the streets of Seattle

Tacos, sliders, quesadillas, and more await customers of Marination Mobile.

Kamala Saxton and Roz Edison started Marination Mobile after a not-so-great venture on Wall Street. Saxton marinated and Edison came over, and the two women supported each other over meals. Then the idea of a food truck came to them and Marination Mobile, The Saucy Food Truck was born. They came in at number 16 on our list of 101 Best Food Trucks in America 2013 because of their saucy treats. They have tacos, sliders, quesadillas, rice bowls, and even a Spam Musubi waiting for hungry customers in the Seattle area.

When did you launch your truck?
June 19, 2009.

What was the inspiration for going into this business?  
Kogi in Los Angeles and Skillet in Seattle are obvious choices. But I don’t think the food truck scene would ever have had the opportunity to go this mainstream if it weren’t for the trucks that have been parking outside manufacturing plants and construction sites every day — breakfast and lunch — in cities across the U.S. for years. It’s important that they be acknowledged as the real pioneers.

What's the story behind the name?
Two things: Kamala’s marinades, which have been famous within five blocks of our house since we moved in, and Kalbi beef, which is marinated. We thought we'd roll with that theme.

What's the inspiration for your cuisine and recipes?
One word: Kamala.

What's your signature dish? Is it also your most popular dish?
Our signature and most popular dish has to be our Aloha Sliders — Kalua pork and our now famous Nunya sauce.

If you haven't already, would you ever go brick-and-mortar? And if you have, is there anything you feel gets lost in the transition?  
We've gone brick-and-mortar with Marination Station, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and Marination ma kai, which opened last fall on Alki Beach with an incredible view of the Seattle skyline. As long as we keep our customer service the same, we feel we've kept the best part about our truck.

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How did you come up with your truck's design? Is there a designer you'd like to give a shout-out to? 
We were lucky. The truck was mostly built when we found it in LA. Big Blue has had a lot of good people get her on the road, and then work hard to keep her there.