The Star's 2014 Food Truck Guide

 

05/06/2014 9:45 AM

06/20/2014 10:00 AM

some_textBeauty of the Bistro Blue Moon Burger. Submitted photo

Beauty of the Bistro

Sample menu items: Sandwiches, mac and cheese, Cowboy Casserole, tacos, salads
Vibe: Whether she's opening her window to individuals or catering to groups, the food coming out of the truck is a reflection of the way the owner was raised and how she cooks for her family.
Twitter: @beautyofbistro
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/beautyofthebistro
Chef/owner: Sidney Fish
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textThe Brock Hops food truck. Submitted photo

Brock Hops

Sample menu items: Loaded burgers, hot dogs and daily specials
Vibe: This converted mail truck may be plain on the outside, but there’s nothing bland about the burgers and sandwiches served up.
Twitter: @BrockHops
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BrockHopsFoodTruck
Chef/owner: Alice, Charles and Tirrell Brock
Payment method: cash only


some_textCajun Cabin food truck. Submitted photo

Cajun Cabin

Sample menu items: Gumbo, jambalaya, red beans, shrimp etouffee
Vibe: A bit of Louisiana in the Midwest.
Twitter: @cajuncabin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cajuncabin
Chef/owner: Mark Drouin
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover


some_textThe Caribbean Breeze food truck. Submitted photo

Caribbean Breeze Food Truck

Sample menu items: Empanadas, cubano sandwich, jambalaya, red beans and rice
Vibe: Puerto Rican fare, which has influences from Spain, Africa and South America.
Twitter: @KCCARIBBEAN
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanBreezeCo
Chef/owner: Robert Ortega
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textFood from the ChickHoovenSwine BBQ food truck. Submitted photo

ChickHoovenSwine BBQ

Sample menu items: Ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage, signature sandwiches and barbecue nachos topped with pork or brisket
Vibe: Championship barbecue with sides made from scratch.
Twitter: @bbqrules
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ChickHoovenSwine-BBQ-Catering/122444177817404
Chef/owner: Eric Westervelt
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textCoffeeCake KC food truck. Photo by David Eulitt, The Kansas City Star

CoffeeCakeKC

Sample menu items: Cupcakes, coffee and smoothies
Vibe: 3 Women and an Oven cupcakes are paired with EF Hobbs coffee for a cafe on wheels.
Twitter: @coffeecakekc
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CoffeeCakeKC
Chef/owner: Brian and Melanie Jurgens
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textCrave of KC food truck. Photo by David Eulitt, The Kansas City Star

Crave of KC

Sample menu items: Chicken fusion tacos, carnitas tacos, ground beef tacos, fish tacos and loaded nachos
Vibe: With its psychedelic color scheme, you can’t miss this converted bread truck coming down the street.
Twitter: @CraveofKCTruck
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CraveofKCfoodTruck
Chef/owner: Joe and Chris Ireland
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textThe Sweet Tooth Cupcake Cruiser food truck. Photo by David Eulitt, The Kansas City Star

The Cupcake Cruiser by the Sweet Tooth

Sample menu items: Choose from dozens of cupcakes including Cherry Meltdown, Vanilla Vanilla, What's Up Doc and Apple of My Eye
Vibe: Look for the truck on the streets Wednesday through Friday or at events around town.
Twitter: @TSTCruiser
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TSTCruiser
Chef/owner: Rhonda Hayes
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textThe Deco Street Eats food truck. Submitted photo

Deco Street Eats

Sample menu items: Weekly and seasonal entrees, gourmet sandwiches and sliders, street tacos, fresh salads
Vibe: This outfit serves updated American comfort food classics.
Twitter: @DecoStreetEats
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Deco-Street-Eats/201409736587631
Chef/owner: Jennifer Stoppel
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textThe Detroit Coney food truck. Submitted photo

Detroit Coney

Sample menu items: Hamburgers, hot dogs, wings, nachos and barbecue
Vibe: Authentic Detroit coneys come to KC.
Twitter: @DetroitConeyMo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/detroit.coney
Chef/owner: Rob Johnson
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textEat Arepas food truck. Submitted photo

Eat Arepas

Sample menu items: All manner of gluten-free arepas, from pork to veggie
Vibe: "Americanized" Colombian street food.
Twitter: @eatarepas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eat.arepas.1?fref=ts
Chef/owner: Amy Aguirre and Nora Mejia
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textEl Tenedor food truck. Photo by David Eulitt, The Kansas City Star

El Tenedor

Sample menu items: Paellas, croquetas, empanadillas, Spanish meatballs
Vibe: The converted 1960s trailer roams the streets serving Spanish fusion tapas and crepes.
Twitter: @eltenedorkc
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElTenedorKC
Chef/owner: Carmen Cabia
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textFunnel cake from the Funnel Cake Truck. Submitted photo

Funnel Cake Truck

Sample menu items: Funnel cake, deep-fried Snickers, Twinkies and Oreos, homemade cotton candy and caramel corn, novelty ice cream and root beer floats
Vibe: Serving festival treats out of a truck.
Twitter: @FunnelCakeTruck
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/TheFunnelCakeTruck
Chef/owner: Michael and Suzanne Bradbury
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover,American Express  


Humdinger Drive-in Food Truck Sample menu items: Double cheeseburgers, tenderloins, Italian steaks, the Big Kahuna, tacos, French fries, tots and onion rings
Vibe: 52 years of restaurant cooking goes mobile.
Twitter: @Humdingerdrivin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Humdingerdrivein.FoodTruck/info
Chef/owner: Carl Garcia
Payment method: cash only


some_textThe tinga tostada at Indio Carbonsitos food truck. Photo by David Eulitt, The Kansas City Star

Indios Carbonsitos

Sample menu items: Tortas ahogadas, tacos, MexiQ, barbecue nachos, barbecue tamales, hot dogs
Vibe: Tricked-out vending truck has some serious MexiQ going on.
Twitter: @INDIOSCRBNSTOS
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IndiosCarbonsitos
Chef/owner: Adrian Bermudez
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover


some_textJazzy B's food truck. Submitted photo

Jazzy B’s

Sample menu items: Brisket tacos, drunkin shrimp po' boy, crab cake, smoked fried chicken wings, Armadilla Eggs (smoked stuffed bacon-wrapped jalapenos), Jazzy fries
Vibe: Barbecue meets Mexican, Italian and Cajun-style good eats.
Twitter: @JazzyBs1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JazzyBsKC
Chef/owner: Brandon Simpson
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textFood from the Jerusalem Cafe food truck. Photo by Jennifer Hack, The Kansas City Star

Jerusalem Café

Sample menu items: Gyros, schwarma, kebabs, falafel, hummus, baklava
Vibe: Three mobile units spread out across the city, bearing foods from the Westport restaurant.
Twitter: @Jerusalem_Café
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jerusalem-Cafe-Hookah-Bar/266363820044959
Chef/owner: Hani Mounged
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textFood from the KC BBQ food truck. Submitted photo

KC BBQ Truck

Sample menu items: Hickory-smoked ribs, brisket, pulled pork, hot links. Sandwiches include the Fat Kid, the Fully Monty and the Munchkin
Vibe: For those who can't get enough barbecue, this truck serves up smoked meats and handcrafted sides in fine Kansas City tradition.
Twitter: @KCBBQTruck
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kcbbqtruck
Chef/owner: Jeff Lee
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textCrowds line up for a taste of Little Italy. Photo by The Kansas City Star

Little Italy

Sample menu items: Lasagna, chicken spiedini, Sicilian street boats, Italian steak sandwiches, pizza, pasta, risotto balls, meatball sliders, Italian cone fries
Vibe: It’s easy to spot this red truck because of its depiction of the leaning Tower of Pisa on the sides. Tried-and-true family recipes.
Twitter: @Little_Italy_KC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Littleitalykc
Chef/owner: Michelle Franke
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


Los Tules

Sample menu items: Asada tacos, quesadillas, burritos
Vibe: A Crossroads restaurant takes to the streets.
Twitter: @lostuleskc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Los-Tules-Restaurant/196640723680243
Chef/owner: Salvador Tule
Payment method: cash only


Lutfi’s Mobile

Sample menu items: Catfish (swai or basa), green beans, fried okra, coleslaw
Vibe: Fried fish, homestyle foods — an offshoot of Lutfi’s Fried Fish restaurant.
Twitter: @LutfisMobile
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lutfis-Fried-Fish/131302626922138
Chef/owner: Verletta "Lady" Martin
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textCatfish po boy and banana bean pie at Mad Jack's. Photo by Shane Keyser, The Kansas City Star

Mad Jack's on Wheels

Sample menu items: Fried fish and shrimp prepared on site
Vibe: An established fried fish restaurant hops on the bandwagon to serve its specialty on the road.
Twitter: @madjackonwheels
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mad-Jacks-On-Troost/109430002460131
Chef/owner: Walter Dobbs
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover,American Express


some_textMonk's Roast Beef food truck. Photo by David Eulitt, The Kansas City Star

Monk’s Roast Beef

Sample menu items: Roast beef sandwiches are the specialty, including a French dip. Other sandwiches: hot pastrami and Reuben.
Vibe: A mobile deli serving KC quality sammies and lunchtime favorites.
Twitter: @monksroastbeef
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MonksRoastBeef
Chef/owner: Ken Debenedictis
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


Organized Chaos

Sample menu items: Banh mi, Cubano and Buffalo chicken balls
Vibe: Homemade just like they would make for their own families. Fast fusion food.
Twitter: @chaosfoodtruck
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Organized-Chaos-Food-Truck/217442751736384
Chef/owner: Marissa McWilliams, Bret Coker
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, American Express


some_textThe Banh Mi sandwich at Pigwich. Photo by Jim Barcus, The Kansas City Star

Pigwich

Sample menu items: Banh mi, hamburger, Philly cheesesteak, falafel (every day) and daily specials such as Reeben, porchetta and Cuban
Vibe: These sandwiches are sold out of a truck parked behind the popular butcher shop, the Local Pig, in the East Bottoms.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pigwich/349442415166548
Chef/owner: Alex Pope
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


Poco’s on the Boulevard

Sample menu items: Burritos, tortas, tacos, breakfast items
Vibe: A staple on the construction and concert scene, serving its restaurant fare on the road.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Pocos.Mexican.Restaurant
Chef/owner: Claudia Endicott
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textPizza from the Prairie Fire Oven food truck. Photo by The Kansas City Star

Prairie Fire Oven

Sample menu items: Savory and sweet pies
Vibe: This mobile wood-fired pizza oven sets up shop all around the metro.
Twitter: @pfoven
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pfoven
Chef/owner: David White
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


Prairie Sliders

Sample menu items: Cheeseburgers, grilled salmon, pulled pork sliders, turkey and vegetarian wraps, Chicago-style hot dogs, pretzels, sweet potato fries
Vibe: Affiliated with Gourmet Grocery Catering, the truck does mostly special events.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrairieSliders
Chef/owner: Tom Anderson
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textThe father and son team of Ron and Dustin Quick of the Quick's Bar-B-Q. Photo by Joe Ledford, The Kansas City Star

Quick's Bar-B-Q

Sample menu items: Burnt ends, pulled pork and smoked bologna sandwiches, pork nachos, corn dogs, seasoned fries
Vibe: Hickory smoked meats are offered by the same family that has been serving barbecue in their restaurant for 50 years.
Twitter: @QuicksOnWheels
Facebook: https://facebook.com/QuicksBBQ
Chef/owner: Ron Quick
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover


some_textPulled pork from the Smokin' Fresh food truck. Submitted photo

Smokin’ Fresh Streetside BBQ

Sample menu items: Sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads
Vibe: All-natural and organic meats take barbecue to a new level.
Twitter: @smokinfreshbbq
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SmokinFreshStreetsideBBQ
Chef/owner: Paula and Doug Sayles
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover


some_textStreet Wings food truck. Photo by David Eulitt, The Kansas City Star

Street Wings

Sample menu items: "Boneless, bone-in or stuffed with handmade sauces, mild, medium or hot. Also, fried shrimp Buffalo tater tots and handmade fried pies"
Vibe: Wings are the main event.
Twitter: @StreetWingsKC
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/streetwingskc
Chef/owner: Michelle Franke
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textTaco Republic offers a mobile version of its restaurant at a variety of public and private catered events. Submitted photo

Taco Republic

Sample menu items: Chips and salsa, guacamole, street tacos
Vibe: The new Taco Republic restaurant has taken to the streets with its mobile eatery.
Twitter: @TacoRepubTruck
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TacoRepublicTruck
Chef/owner: Bread Butter Concepts
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express


some_textBlue Moose shrimp and grits. Photo by The Kansas City Star

The Moose Truck

Sample menu items: Andouille corndogs, lollipop meatballs, duck confit tacos, fries and pub chips bar with assorted toppings
Vibe: This bright blue truck is an offshoot of the brick-and-mortar Blue Moose restaurants.
Twitter: @moosetruck
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theMooseTruck
Chef/owner: KC Hopps
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, American Express


some_textWilma's beignet. Photo by David Eulitt, The Kansas City Star

Wilma’s Real Good Food

Sample menu items: Barnyard Bliss sandwich, meatloaf slider, KC cheesesteak, fried grits, frog leg tacos, pork belly beignets
Vibe: Eclectic collision of "redneck" and Asian cuisine with a touch of Midwestern flair.
Twitter: @wilmasgoodfood
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wilmas-Real-Good-Food/182089678568174
Chef/owner: Brett Atkinson
Payment method: $, Visa, MC, Discover, American Express

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