Hot Diggity! ‘Totally Awesome Vegan Food Truck’ Scores National Award for Rad Dawg

For Immediate Release:
July 12, 2023

Brittney Williams 202-483-7382

Portland, Maine – PETA scoured the country for the Top 10 Vegan Dogs that kick meaty dogs’ buns—and Portland’s own Totally Awesome Vegan Food Truck has won a top spot for its deliciously craveable Rad Dawg.

The food truck—owned by chef Tony DiPhillipo—offers a mouthwatering fully vegan menu with multiple styles of dogs, from the 80’s Drive-In Dawg topped with ketchup, mustard, pickles, and minced onions to the Korean Street Dawg smothered in Korean BBQ baked beans, house-made spicy Asian slaw, scallions, and Sriracha drizzle. The award-winning Rad Dawg is a fan-favorite charbroiled vegan frank topped with sauerkraut and house-made Bavarian mustard on a grilled sub.

“The Rad Dawg is a tasty twist on a summertime classic and the perfect animal-friendly answer to any comfort food craving,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the award wieners on PETA’s national Top 10 list prove that compassion is a delicious business.”

The Totally Awesome Vegan Food Truck will receive a framed certificate from PETA in honor of its culinary achievement. The other top dogs receiving the group’s recognition are the Scarecrow at The Frankenstand (Los Angeles), the Bahn Me Dawg at Pingala Cafe (Burlington, Vermont), the Big Daddy Special at Kale My Name (Chicago), the Vegan Buffalo Blu at Sporty Dog Creations (Baltimore), the Vegan Italian Warsaw at The Wienery (Minneapolis), the Coney Dog at VEG-N (Lansing, Michigan), the Chicago Hot at Doggystyle (Sarasota, Florida), the Vegan at Wiener Kitchen (Overland Park, Kansas), and the Vegan Chilly Cheez Dawg at Chilly Dawgz (Thomasville, Pennsylvania).

In addition to saving nearly 200 animals every year, each person who goes vegan reduces their own risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer and shrinks their carbon footprint.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, and offers a free vegan starter kit on its website. For more information, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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