Food trucks in Kansas City.

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Food trucks in Kansas City.

Postby chrizow » Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:57 pm

there may as well be a dedicated thread discussing KC's embrace of this ubiquitous food trend.

obviously there have been food trucks in KC for a while - indep ave and SW Blvd taco trucks, jerusalem cafe truck, catfish trucks, etc., but now KC has a burgeoning community of more hipster-type food trucks, some with impressive culinary pedigrees.

we have not made it to port fonda yet, but are really dying to.  what other trucks are good?  fresher than fresh sno-cones is obviously a perennial favorite.  i have not tried (or even seen) The Good You, Magical Meatball Tour, etc.

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Postby mean » Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:06 pm

I've done Port Fonda (4-stars) and Magical Meatball Tour (3-stars). I wanted to like MMT more, but while the beef+pork meatball I had was good, the veggie "meatball" was embarrassing. That's the extent of the "hipster-type" food trucks I've visited.
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Postby chrizow » Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:08 pm

i would also like to open the discussion to the more traditional, taco truck type operations around town - but, to be honest, i don't think i know the name of a single one of them that i have tried!  "uhh...i like that one at, like, indep. ave and benton?"

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Postby bobbyhawks » Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:29 pm

I've been to Port Fonda once, and it was awesome. 

MG's Old Fashion Burgers (you have to see the stenciling on the van to appreciate just how low rent it is) serves greasy steak burgers ala Winstead's, with similar onion rings (but greasier).  This meal will instantly satisfy, and feel like you were punched in the stomach the next morning.  I would do it again, though, if given the right amount of beer.

I recently ate at a taco truck outside of the Mattie Rhoad's Art Center in the Westside.  I only ordered one street taco (pastor), and it was delicious and cheap.  Unfortunately, I can't remember the name.

On my list to check out still are the Good You and a few others.  Also: http://www.westportfoodtruckfest.com

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Postby mean » Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:53 pm

chrizow wrote:i would also like to open the discussion to the more traditional, taco truck type operations around town - but, to be honest, i don't think i know the name of a single one of them that i have tried!  "uhh...i like that one at, like, indep. ave and benton?"


Yeah, that's the problem. They usually have names, often something like "Taqueria " or whatever, but I can never remember which is which. There's one guy I've noticed lately with what appears to be a big, flaming grill and a small cart who is up and down the sidewalk along the Avenue in the evening. I haven't stopped in to see what his deal is yet, but it looks interesting, at least. He appears to be quite mobile, moving up and down the street all night.
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Postby KCKev » Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:29 pm

When it's good,snap a pic with you smart phone and post it here. Everyone has one! :lol:
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Postby foodsnobnot » Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:35 pm

Westport Food Truck Fest coming up in July...not really sure what the $5 gets you, or who is going to be there, but may be worth checking out

http://www.beaumontkc.com/events/single/the_pitch_boulevard_present_westport_food_truck_festival/

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Postby KCPowercat » Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:41 pm

I saw via twitter that someone was looking to create a food truck centralized parking area in the Crossroads.
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Postby KCMax » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:13 am

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Postby WSPanic » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:42 am

I'm not a big cupcake fan, but the 3 Girls cupcakes are pretty damn good.
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Postby bobbyhawks » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:22 am

It is great to have a good variety and quantity of food trucks coming up in KC.  One other thing I would like to see us copy is pretty popular in Chicago.  A woman with a big cooler of tomales with hot sauce walks around to many of the bars and sells tomales for like $1 or $2 a piece.  I think some of the bars with late night snacks don't like her to come in, but for many, it has just become a part of the evening atmosphere.  It's like an adult ice cream man with everyone pointing her out when she walks inside a bar.

There is actually a woman like this who walks door to door in the Westside every now and again.  Now, if I brush up on my Spanish, perhaps I can convince her to sell them in Westport some weekend... or perhaps a Port Fonda branded cooler could make its way around to get the word out?  $2 tomale and a flyer?

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Postby chrizow » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:53 am

bobbyhawks wrote: One other thing I would like to see us copy is pretty popular in Chicago.  A woman with a big cooler of tomales with hot sauce walks around to many of the bars and sells tomales for like $1 or $2 a piece.  I think some of the bars with late night snacks don't like her to come in, but for many, it has just become a part of the evening atmosphere.  It's like an adult ice cream man with everyone pointing her out when she walks inside a bar.

There is actually a woman like this who walks door to door in the Westside every now and again.  Now, if I brush up on my Spanish, perhaps I can convince her to sell them in Westport some weekend... or perhaps a Port Fonda branded cooler could make its way around to get the word out?  $2 tomale and a flyer?


yeah i was going to say, i have seen at least one Tamale Lady walking around with a cooler.  also, one time at the Hideout bar on Central in KCK, a guy was going door to door selling (raw) STEAKS.  i think bahua was tempted to get one.

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Re: Food trucks in Kansas City.

Postby brewcrew1000 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:18 am

chrizow wrote:yeah i was going to say, i have seen at least one Tamale Lady walking around with a cooler.  also, one time at the Hideout bar on Central in KCK, a guy was going door to door selling (raw) STEAKS.  i think bahua was tempted to get one.


if a door to door tamale or steak Guy did this in overland park, the cops would be called within 5 minutes and you would hear 5 news reports about it.

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Postby nilsson1941 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:22 am

"I just want to drive around in my Gucci sunglasses all summer"
Gross.....

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Postby bahua » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:36 am

brewcrew1000 wrote:if a door to door tamale or steak Guy did this in overland park, the cops would be called within 5 minutes and you would hear 5 news reports about it.


For selling food or for being a suspicious-looking foreigner?

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Postby brewcrew1000 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:00 am

bahua wrote:For selling food or for being a suspicious-looking foreigner?


I would say both

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Nice! 
Anyone else see the grilled cheese chain that is starting out in California funded by Tech VCs and founded by the former founder of Flip Camera? http://on.wsj.com/jMaKkg There will be a huge focus on technology for the restaurant. Pretty cool stuff.

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Re: Food trucks in Kansas City.

Postby redperro » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:35 pm

nilsson1941 wrote:"I just want to drive around in my Gucci sunglasses all summer"
Gross.....


another good reason to hate johnson county henh eh

this an intriguing idea, take the restaurant with u, sit at a park or favorite viewing spot n munch outdoors

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Re: Food trucks in Kansas City.

Postby KCJhawker » Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:38 pm

Been trying to get with Idios Carbonsitos for a while now, but haven't made it.

Anyone had their mexican/bbq??

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