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Food Trucks at the Fountain

25 Jul

If you have always wanted to sample some of Wichita’s most popular food trucks, keep in mind the last Sunday of each month. On this day several trucks gather at the Water Walk Fountain in downtown to serve up lunch from 11:30 to 2:30.

The owners of the Flying Stove are responsible for “Food Trucks at the Fountain”, so their truck is a constant each month. There are several other trucks that round out the offerings and provide plenty of options. On our visit B. S. Sandwich Press, Park-n-Pork BBQ, The Waffle Wagon, Brick House BBQ, and Let’m Eat Brats were serving as well.

When we pulled into the parking lot nearest the food trailers it seemed that there was some sort of problem. Apparently in a frenzied rush to order caramelized waffles from the Waffle Wagon, people had simply forgotten how to use a parking lot properly. I present to you Exhibit A:

Massive Parking Lot Fail

Massive Parking Lot Fail

Once out of our car we walked up and down the row of trailers, scouting out the menus. Steph went with a Cobb salad sandwich and the famous crack-laced truffle fries from The Flying Stove. After much deliberation I went with a Carolina style pulled pork sandwich and green beans from Park-n-Pork. There was a good crowd even at 1:30, so each truck had decent queues for both ordering and picking up food.

Cobb Salad Sandwich from Flying Stove

Cobb Salad Sandwich from Flying Stove

The Cobb salad sandwich was filled with a generous serving of lemony grilled chicken, tomatoes, avocados, blue cheese, egg, lettuce, and dressing. The chicken, while somewhat overcooked, had very good flavor. The rest of the ingredients worked as well together as in a traditional Cobb salad. I was most impressed with the bun. Laden with this many ingredients it is not uncommon for buns to suffer CBF(Catastrophic Bun Failure) and render themselves a wet mass of mess, but this one held strong. The truffle fries were as delicious as usual. There is certainly no need for ketchup with these perfectly seasoned fried potatoes.

Carolina-Style Pork Sandwich

Carolina-Style Pork Sandwich

My pork sandwich featured a decent amount of pulled pork, a vinegar based BBQ sauce, and coleslaw. I was happy to see that despite sitting in a warming tray for the last several hours the pork was still fairly moist, which is no small feat. The pork had a nice smoke flavor and good rub as well. Overall I liked the sandwich, but I thought there was too much coleslaw overpowering the pork and sauce. The spicy green beans were a disappointment because they were canned and it was such a meager serving. The peppers and garlic provided a good kick, but were unable to save the bits of bean. I think if fresh or even frozen beans had been used this would have been a tasty side dish. For dessert we were hoping to get a caramelized waffle from the Waffle Wagon, but unfortunately that had sold out by then.

I was glad to see that the event was so popular, but the large crowds meant longer waits and food that started running out towards the end. Food Trucks at the Fountain is a good way to scope out the various food trucks that continue to pop up over town.

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


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