Tuesday, July 20, 2010; 12:10 PM

Eat Wonky in August: Add Canada to the united nations of Washington's food-truck cuisines.

Jeff Kelley and Minas Kaloosion, a pair of 34-year-old entrepreneurs from Southern California, are the men behind Eat Wonky, a new truck serving poutine that is set to open its doors in mid-August.

Canadaphiles might be familiar with the Quebecois favorite, but if you aren't, picture french fries smothered in gravy and topped with marble-size cheese curds.

In addition to offering the Canadian staple straight up under the name Wonky Fries, Kelley and Kaloosion are giving it an American twist by putting the whole shebang on a hot dog. The all-beef Wonky Dog will be the signature item on a menu that features grilled cheese sandwiches filled with cheese curds and served with a side of gravy. Prices may range from $5.50 to $6.

Eat Wonky's ride is a mail truck modified to handle the deep-fryers. "Its not an easy thing to do," Kelley said. "There are very few food trucks that do it. You just have to be very careful about how the operation works. It requires a fire suppression system and a fully functional hood."

Kaloosion comes to the project with a culinary background built in Southern California country clubs, while Kelley, an Army veteran, works locally in commercial real estate. The two plan to keep their menu short and sweet. "We want to sell simple food done really well," Kelley said, "and bring something that is distinctive and different from what you would find elsewhere in the city."

Once the truck gets rolling, follow its progress and locations at and

-- Justin Rude

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