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U-Hungry Truck: Wichita's first food truck?

06/25/2013 10:40 AM

08/15/2014 11:31 AM

The U-Hungry Truck I was out reviewing a restaurant last night when I stumbled across something interesting in the restaurant’s parking lot — a food truck I’d never seen before.

After quizzing its owner and sole employee, I discovered that this truck — called U-Hungry Truck — might just be one of Wichita’s pioneering mobile restaurants.

Arturo Ray hit the streets with the truck two years ago. He serves a little bit of everything, including fried catfish, fried shrimp, chicken wings, tacos, burritos, brats, pulled pork and Polish sausage.

He doesn’t operate like the other food truckers, do. Ray tends to drive around an area bordered by 21st Street, 17th Street, Oliver and I-135. When he sees people who look hungry, he stops and cooks for them. When I found him, he’d stopped at  Dollar General to buy more paper products and decided to just stay parked there for a bit and serve food. Arturo Ray Ray said he tried updating his location via Facebook, but when he did, he got a huge line that he couldn’t handle. His method works better, he said, and his regulars know his patterns.

Those who want to try U-Hungry can call Ray at 810-210-2592 to find out where he is. The truck is red and decorated with lots of vintage signs.

About Denise Neil

Denise has been an Eagle reporter since 1997. She writes about pop culture on Sundays, reviews restaurants on Fridays and blogs at Dining with Denise. Previously, she worked for the Chattanooga Times and graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

Contact Denise at 316-268-6327 or by e-mailing dneil@wichitaeagle.com

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