The White Spot Triple O Mobile

Apparently there’s a new player – with a familiar name – in Vancouver’s street food scene.  Earlier this month, White Spot, Vancouver’s historic burger chain, launched the big green Triple O mobile.  The truck debuted at one of the Celebration of Light fireworks events at English Bay.

The Triple O mobile offers a full lineup of Legendary Burgers, Double Doubles (two quarter-pound patties with two slices of cheese and bacon), fries and milkshakes made with real ice cream.  It’s also serving as a kind of mobile research-and-development lab where diners will be able to try out new, experimental dishes like the mysterious Nacho Burger.

Interestingly, the food truck represents a return to White Spot’s humble roots.  Back in the 1920s, founder Nat Bailey began serving burgers, hotdogs and milkshakes from the back of his 1918 Model T Ford truck in Stanley Park.  The first White Spot restaurant opened in 1928 on Granville Street, giving diners the choice of eating inside or being served right in their cars.

White Spot, Edmonton

Since then, White Spot has expanded across the province and around the world.   Up until the early ’90s, many restaurants featured old fashioned drive-in dining – Carhops would bring orders right out to diners’ cars, serving up meals on long trays that stretched across the seats.   Recently, White Spot has opened locations on 11 BC Ferries, as well as in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Seoul.

I haven’t seen the Triple O mobile around town yet, apart from the Celebration of Light sighting.  Apparently, the company is hoping to have a permanent mobile location, soon.  Until then, the food truck will only be making appearances at special events around the city.

Now, onto a pressing question:  Where exactly does the term Triple O – as in White Spot’s signature Triple O Burger – come from?  After a little sleuthing and some help from Wikipedia, I discovered the following.  According to a plaque hung in a Surrey White Spot,  “Legend has it that the name Triple O was part of the shorthand language of the carhops: Guests could choose from mayonnaise and relish, and the order slips were printed with three Xs and three Os. An X meant hold, an O meant extra and triple O meant plenty of everything.”

Has anyone seen the Triple O mobile around town?

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