Since opening 13 years ago, Longboards Wraps & Bowls has developed a cult following with its grilled, burrito-style wraps and hot noodle bowls.
The surf-inspired specialties are served up with lots of aloha spirit at locations in Gladstone, Liberty, Mission and Lee’s Summit.
On Wednesday afternoon, we visited the original location at 6269 N. Oak Trafficway to shoot the latest episode of Chow Town Live, our weekly Facebook Live food show. On the show, manager Jonathan Pamintuan talked about Longboards’ humble beginnings in a Cerner cafeteria, and the Gladstone location’s recent expansion, which doubled the cafe’s size. He also told us about a dangerously cheesy special inspired by one of Longboards’ most famous customers, rapper Mac Lethal.
Pamintuan also showed us how he makes a customer favorite, the 619. The grilled wrap ($12.19), named after San Diego’s area code, consists of two tortillas layered with guacamole, pico de gallo, sliced egg, pepperjack cheese, crumbled bacon, olives, white rice, shrimp, flank steak and house-made chipotle ranch.
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“It’s our version of the footlong,” Pamintuan said on the show.
The huge, protein-packed wrap is rolled and then pressed in a hot grill for 2 minutes, until the inside is melty and the outside is crunchy and crisscrossed with char marks. Chipotle’s got nothing on this burrito.
While the 619 was grilling, Pamintuan whipped up another customer favorite, the Thai Bowl ($7.99). It’s a lighter option that tops rice noodles with veggies, crisp lettuce, chicken, egg and Pamintuan’s favorite sauce, Thai peanut.
“I could drink a cup of it,” he said — and seemed serious.
We also sampled Longboards’ crave-worthy Hawaiian sliders, loaded Doritos nachos and a s’mores dessert wrap on the show. The latter is a wheat tortilla stuffed with gooey marshmallow fluff, graham crackers and Nutella that flows like molten lava. Only at Longboards.