By Billy Brown | The Sun Flower
Food trucks have been cropping up around Wichita lately, and I recently found myself unable to resist the allures they offer.
The Hopping Pita
The newest motorized restaurants offers mouth-watering Lebanese fusion cuisine, but you have to work for it. It took me about 20 minutes from the time I got into the short line until I left with my food. When you have a growling stomach, that is a long time.
While perusing the small menu, I also noticed one poorly placed typo (unless you’d like spit in place of pita bread.) My journey was not off to a good start, but luckily the food changed my perception.
The shawarma was very filling, and the hummus was some of the best I’ve ever had, giving the truck valuable bonus points.
The Flying Stove
The Jamaican jerk chicken tacos had a nice amount of flavor without too much spice, as is implied in the name (perhaps because of the sweet mango chutney on top).
If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, their Hawaiian Kalua pork on a sweet bun is a good option, with sweet pulled pork in banana leaf and pineapple relish.
One thing that stood out was their efficiency. I waited in line, gave my order, and received my food in less than half the time it took at the Hopping Pita.
Espress To Go Go
With bright chrome sides, the truck made from a 1973 Airstream Sovereign land yacht is hard to miss and a joy to see.
If you’re looking for Starbuck style coffee, you’re not going to find it here. They put much more care into each cup than the any Seattle-based coffee conglomerate.
The vanilla latte I ordered mixed milk, vanilla extract, coffee and cream in a manner that wasn’t too sweet or piping hot.
Their motto, “We are what coffee should be–strong, sometimes sweet, never bitter and ready to knock your socks off!” is one they obviously live by. The only downside is that they don’t serve food.
Cake Face offers a breakfast menu for those in need of a quick meal in the morning, and baked treats for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Their breakfast bierocks had some nicely prepared scrambled eggs and bacon, but the ratio of ingredients to bread was too small. That meant eating several bread bites before getting to the good stuff.
Their biscuits and gravy, on the other hand, was top-notch. Their brownies were rich in flavor without being too sweet.
Tracking the Trucks
You can follow these and other trucks on Facebook to find when they will be out, and where they are going to be next. Some of them will have permanent locations opening soon to accommodate for those with busier schedules.