Roger Mumm caught too many fish. From the frigid Alaskan waters of Bristol Bay, he pulled more than 6,000 pounds of salmon. Mumm—whose frosted tips and perma-tan make him look more like a surfer than a fisherman—came up with a way to unload his catch and pay for his trip. In January, he rented a trailer and opened Salmon Fusion food cart.
Mumm likes to bait his hook with samples of his chowder. This thick, creamy and subtly sweet chowder is swimming with salmon, ensuring a fishy flavor comes through the creamy broth. It’ll have you seriously considering the full serving ($7.50), which comes in a toasted bread bowl.
Given the success of his trip, Mumm can afford to be generous with his catch. Every offering includes a large portion of tender, flaky and moist smoked salmon. If you’re trawling for a big piece of fish, the sliders ($7.50) are your best option. Mumm also serves up a rich jambalaya pot pie ($7.50) with a spicy kick, in a heavy pastry crust. Many dishes are served with a sweet fruit-infused Hawaiian coleslaw, his mother’s recipe, and bland, utilitarian saffron rice. These are not the shiniest lures in his tackle box.
dessert, Salmon Fusion offers white and dark chocolate salmon ($4).
Don’t be scared by the description. Although experiments showed he could
get chocolate to adhere to cooked salmon, Mumm sticks to a simple
chocolate bar—in the shape of a salmon.
- Order this: Salmon chowder ($7.50).
- Best deal: The sliders are very filling for the price.
- I’ll pass: Avoid the rice and leave yourself more room for the main dishes.
EAT: Salmon Fusion, Southwest 3rd Avenue between Stark and Washington streets. 10 am-4 pm daily.