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Fish-shaped waffles, Dirty Dr Peppers: New Wichita food truck serves off-the-wall treats

Wichita’s new Hit the Spot food trailer serves unusual ice cream creations, including a Japanese fish-shaped waffle stuffed with ice cream.
Wichita’s new Hit the Spot food trailer serves unusual ice cream creations, including a Japanese fish-shaped waffle stuffed with ice cream. Courtesy

A new Wichita food truck is making its official debut tonight, and it specializes in some pretty unusual desserts, including taiyaki, a Japanese fish-shaped waffle filled with ice cream.

Hit the Spot is owned by Dallas Horning and Sean Prolago, who wanted to offer something the Wichita food truck scene didn’t have.

Their business is set up in a converted horse trailer, and it specializes in taiyaki, a popular street treat in Japan. The menu has several other wacky offerings as well, including sundaes with out-of-the-ordinary toppings and a drink called a Dirty Dr Pepper, which mixes Dr Pepper with lime juice, coconut juice and fresh sweet cream.

They’ll also serve ice cream sandwiches they make themselves, only they call them “smooshes.”

Among the sundae offerings: a balsamico sundae topped with a thick balsamic vinegar and a “Twinkie Twinkie Little Star” sundae, topped with Twinkies that have been torched, creme brulee style.

“That’s kind of what we want to put us on the map is premium sundaes,” Horning said. “We have a lot of different bold flavors with that.”

They also want to be known for the fishies. The partners bought a special taiyaki maker that produces three of the fish at a time. They stuff them with ice cream then serve them with toppings like chocolate drizzle, marshmallows or skewers of fruit. A taiyaki is $6.

Hit the Spot will have its first big outing tonight, July 22, at the Lucky People concert that’s part of the weekly KEYN Summer Concert Series at the Waterwalk, 515 S. Main. The event is free and starts at 6:30 p.m. The band should take the stage around 8 p.m.

After that, Hit the Spot’s owners plan to take it to rallies and pop-up parks across the city. People can keep up with their location via Facebook.

Horning works for Xclusive Event Services, which has several of its own food trucks on the scene. Prolago owns Black Tie Celebrations, a disc jockey business.

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