Eat & Drink

The Star's 2014 Food Truck Guide

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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