Why did the chicken cross the road?
Probably to get some of Street Wing’s burnt ends-stuffed wings.
The wings are the signature item for the Lee’s Summit-based food truck owned by Michelle and Jeff Franke. The secret to getting the burnt ends into the wing is, well, a secret, but their popularity is no joke.
The wings (three for $8) are stuffed with smoked brisket, seasoned with salt and pepper, baked, flash fried and tossed in sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce and then garnished with chopped chives.
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“The trick is to bake them first so you can hold in all the juices,” Michelle says.
Street Wings will be one of the food trucks parked at 17th & McGee streets for The Star’s Food Truck Friday event from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 3. Other trucks include Beauty of the Bistro, Bochi, Crave KC, El Tenedor, Monk’s Roast Beef, Pip’s Burgers, Poppy’s Ice Cream, Torched Goodness and the bar Ollie’s Local.
On a typical outing, Street Wings customers have a choice of 14 sauces and rubs, including the Parmesan, Caribbean jerk and jalapeno-pineapple.
Other items on the menu this Friday include double-fried tater tots tossed with Buffalo sauce, sprinkled with blue cheese crumbles, bacon and drizzled with sour cream for $5.50 and two chicken and waffle sliders with maple syrup for $7.
“I love that the food truck industry is growing,” Franke says, noting that two trucks serving wings (Bochi has an Asian-style stuffed wing) is never too many. “It’s no different than having 15 or 20 Italian restaurants in KC. Everyone sells the same thing, but it’s done a little different.”
Does she ever dream of owning a restaurant?
“We just want to hang out with all the food truck people. We like to see people coming up to our window. We don’t want a restaurant,” she says.
Future 2016 Food Truck Fridays at The Star will be Sept. 2, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4.