Every time I turn around, there’s more food truck news in Wichita.
Well, I turned around this week, and here’s what I discovered.
1. The Diamond Plate: This barbecue food truck is set up in the old Hopping Pita truck and launched in April, frequently serving at the Red Barn Outdoor Market and fundraisers around town. This summer, it’s been set up near Maple and Tyler in the Blu Nightclub parking lot and also has parked at businesses like Celebrity Cruises. It’s owned by Theresa and Jeff Walker, who both have other full-time jobs. (Theresa’s a teacher, so once school starts, the truck might become more of a weekend and special-event business.) The menu consists of pulled pork and smoked chicken sandwiches as well as barbecue nachos. When the weather cools down, the couple also will start serving their chili, which has won them two first place awards over the years at the Wagonmasters downtown Chili Cookoff. They cook under the team name AIP Afterburners. For more information and to find out where The Diamond Plate is parked, visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thediamondplate.
2. Boss Dawg: Public at the Brickyard: The owners of this Old Town gastropub will open their new food truck sometime this week. It’s operating out of a vintage 1956 trailer that, at first, will be set up only at The Brickyard, the open-air bar that adjoins the restaurant. The menu will be rotating but it will include different kinds of dogs, ranging from brats to gourmet hot dogs, plus a few Public favorites like Cuban and banh mi sandwiches. Starting in the fall, the owners plan to take the truck out on the road.
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3. Funky Monkeys Shaved Ice: J.D. Young last year got the contract to operate a shaved ice trailer outside the Home Depot at 3350 N. Woodlawn. This year, he’s added a mobile shaved ice truck that he’s taking around town for private and charity events. (He named his business, he said, before the unrelated Funky Monkey Munchies food truck launched, but so far, it’s caused only mild confusion.) He’s also driving the truck around neighborhoods, ice cream truck style. He has 32 flavors, and people can serve themselves. Prices start at $2.50 for a 12-ounce serving. The stationary trailer is open from noon to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. to keep track of the mobile truck’s whereabouts, check out its Facebook page.