Archive | June, 2012

Food Truck Fever: The Flying Stove

14 Jun

The food truck craze has finally materialized itself in Wichita over the past several months. Although there have long been taco trucks in Wichita they rarely venture from their favored locations along Broadway. Now Wichita has three new food trucks that roam the city slinging out their mobile delights.

The Decadent Truffle Fries

The most well known and visible is The Flying Stove and after several attempts to track them down I finally had the chance to sample their food.

The menu at the Flying Stove is small and ever changing much like their location. Through Facebook, website, and Twitter they announce their location for the coming day as well as a menu that usually consists of about 5 or 6 items. Unlike most food trucks, The Flying Stove serves up gourmet street food  including the famous truffle fries, Korean Bulgogi wraps, tri-tip sandwiches, and bahn-mi sandwiches.

When I visited the truck they were serving their Riverfest menu, which was an eclectic mix of the tri-tip sandwich, LA street taco, coconut curry, panzanella salad, and truffle fries.

Porktastic Street Taco

The street taco was made with carnitas(pork) so of course I had to order one of those. The tri-tip sandwich sounded great so I went with one of those as well as an obligatory order of truffle fries to experience what everyone has been raving about. Luckily there were not many people in line ahead of me, so my order was ready within 5 minutes.

The street taco was great, the pork was nice and tender and the avocado salsa complimented it perfectly. The tri-tip sandwich was pretty amazing as well. It was piled high with tender and medium cooked tri-tip, potato cream, cheese, and watercress. The potato cream, which tasted basically like mashed potatoes, really put this sandwich over the top. From here on out I will be a strong advocate for any sandwich containing potato cream. Lastly, the truffle fries lived up to all the hype. They were wonderfully seasoned with shaved truffles, thyme, salt, and parmesan. To even think about dipping these fries in ketchup would be a mortal sin.

Steph and I both really enjoyed our food from The Flying Stove, and the fact that it all came from the back of a truck is even more impressive. One of the main complaints with The Flying Stove is the wait time. Since there are only two cooks working on orders I can see how the line can get backed up during busy lunch rushes. Rest assured that the food is worth waiting for.

One of the Best Sandwiches in Wichita

Cafe Maurice

1 Jun

In case you haven’t noticed Wichita has quite the abundance of Lebanese/Mediterranean restaurants. We might even have the most restaurants per capita in the nation if such pointless stats were compiled. There is apparently a large demand for these places among Wichitans, because rarely do they go out of business. We just can’t enough hummus, fattoush, or shawarma.

Plate of Cabbage Rolls

Located at 21st and Webb, Cafe Maurice is one of the newer additions to the Lebanese scene. Tucked away inside a strip mall it offers nice ambiance indoors as well as cozy patio seating outdoors. The menu is very similar to other Mediterranean places and includes all the favorite dishes plus a couple burgers, pasta plates, and a vegetable curry. If delicious French pastries are your thing they have a dessert counter filled with decadent delights.

We were both rather hungry when we visited Maurice on a Saturday night so we ordered an appetizer of cabbage rolls to get things going. Luckily they were delivered quickly and promptly consumed. The fresh rolls were stuffed with rice and ground meat and served with some yogurt dipping sauce. For our main courses I ordered the Mixed Grill which consisted of a chicken, steak, and kafta skewer and Steph ordered the Falafel Sandwich. I ordered hummus and the Maurice salad as sides,

The Mixed Grill Dish Left Me Wanting More of Everything

while Steph opted for the always popular fattoush salad. I was very happy with my plate of skewers. The chicken and kafta were great, but the beef was slightly overcooked and a few pieces were fatty. I was happily surprised by the Maurice house salad, the candied almonds and light house dressing left me wanting a larger bowl of it, minus the cucumbers. After tasting Maurice’s hummus I can see why it was voted by the astute Wichita Eagle reader’s as the best in Wichita.  A generous basket of pita chips sealed off a good meal. The falafel sandwich was probably the best we have sampled in Wichita. Sometimes the mashed and fried chickpeas that comprise falafel can be bland, but this particular fried delight was spot on. Maurice also gets points for not drowning the sandwich in tahini sauce. The fattoush salad was fine, but I thought the dressing could have used a bit more flavor. To top off the dinner our waitress dropped off some tiramisu unexpectedly. I’m not sure if they were just trying to get rid of it since it was closing time or they took pity on two tired looking parents and their little baby. Anyway, I will not dwell on the motives behind our free

The Falafel Sandwich

dessert.  The tiramisu was great by the way.

In a sea of tough competition Cafe Maurice stands out as one of the top Lebanese places in town. The service was very good and the owner is a friendly person who likes to mingle with the customers(and hold babies).

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