Wichita has more than 30 food trucks roaming our streets serving up food and beverages as creative as the rolling restaurants’ names: The Flying Stove, Funky Monkey Munchies, Let’m Eat Brats, LumpiaPalooza, Garden of Eatin’.
These chef-owned and operated eateries serve some of Wichita’s tastiest food and deliver everything from comfort food to gourmet street cuisine. New American, traditional American, German, Italian, Mexican, Filipino, Mediterranean, Asian fusion, barbecue, pizza, sandwiches, vegan/vegetarian, organic/natural, shave ice and desserts, coffee and adult beverages – you’ll find what you’re craving at one of Wichita’s food trucks.
The Flying Stove hit the road in 2011 as Wichita’s first food truck and has been called one of the “25 Coolest Food Trucks in America” by Forbes. Jeff Schauf owns the truck with his chef brother Rob Schauf, and the duo have a loyal following who crave their high-end street cuisine like Kansas beef burgers loaded with premium toppings and truffle fries or inventive sandwiches like marinated kale and avocado on marbled rye.
One of the newest food trucks in Wichita is also the city’s first dine-in food truck. Kind Kravings started its mobile life in 2015 inside a graffiti-covered trailer. They upgraded this winter to a 14.5-foot-tall double-decker tour bus that originally operated in London. Kind Kravings features comfort food veganized. Think chocolate chip cookie dough balls, roasted cauliflower tacos, flavorful veggie burgers and tofu manicotti. Place your order from the all-vegan menu at the window on the bottom level, then find one of the 30 original bus seats upstairs or take your food to go. Don’t look for Kind Kravings at rallies, though, as the big bus doesn’t have a generator so it must park in locations with power.
Tracking food trucks in Wichita
Each food truck has its social media accounts that are regularly updated with menus and schedules. About 20 of Wichita’s food truckers belong to a coalition that maintains a website at wichitafoodtrucks.com with photos, maps and quick links to each member’s online outlets.
You’ll find mobile restaurants parked outside businesses and taking part in markets, fairs, festivals and special events throughout the area nearly every day of the week.
There are two regular food truck parks where you will find at least one truck parked and as many as four:
ICT Pop-Up Urban Park
121 E. Douglas
Hours at Wichita’s downtown food truck park are: coffee 8-10 a.m. & 3-5 p.m., lunch 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and dinner 3-9 p.m. Depending on what events are scheduled downtown, there might not be trucks for dinner every day or any parked on Sundays. Check the schedule before heading there.
Wichita State University Food Truck Plaza
1845 Fairmount St.
WSU’s Food Truck Plaza has room for up to four trucks across the street from the National Institute for Aviation Research at the intersection of Wheatshocker Drive and Perimeter Road. Lunch is almost always available from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on weekdays only, with occasional breakfast, brunch or afternoon break hours as well. Be sure to consult the schedule before going.
Wichita also has several monthly food truck rallies that generally occur April through October, but always check the social media sites before heading out as details can change!
South Side Food Truck Rally
6346 S. Broadway
This is a new rally being held in south Wichita on the first Saturday of each month. The event is located at Blood Orchards and usually coincides with a vintage market organized by reBorn Boutique & Marketplace. A coffee truck starts serving at 9 a.m. and other trucks should be open for lunch by 11 a.m. To see the schedule of trucks attending each month, keep an eye on the events page for The Big Apple, the host truck for this event.
Westside Food Truck Rally
at GracePoint Church, 9035 W. Central
These rallies are from 5 to 8 p.m. on the second Friday of the month and offer live music in addition to a rotating lineup of food trucks. The lobby of the church is open and set up with tables and chairs, offering climate controlled dining and access to restrooms. The first event of 2017 is April 14 and watch the events page for host Funky Monkey Munchies for details on future events.
The Workroom’s 2nd Saturday Artisan Market
150 N. Cleveland
Food trucks are always a part of the Artisan Market held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month outside The Workroom. You’ll find local products and art and enjoy live music, too. See the schedule for the markets on The Workroom’s event page.
** Note that for April 2017, the Artisan Market is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 (the THIRD Saturday) to celebrate the date of The Workroom’s fourth anniversary.
A Night at the Fountain at the Wichita WaterWalk
515 S. Main
Funky Monkey Munchies also hosts this rally, which brings an evening option to the same site of the Food Trucks at the Fountain daytime rally. A Night at the Fountain takes place 5 to 8 p.m. on the third Friday of the month except July, when a KEYN concert series occurs. Time your visit to catch Fountains at WaterWalk, an amazing water, light and music production referred to as liquid fireworks. During the warm months when the fountain operates, you’ll find the light show schedule on the WaterWalk Facebook page.
Food Trucks at the Fountain at Wichita WaterWalk
515 S. Main
It’s not uncommon to have more than 20 trucks gathered for this mega-rally from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the final Sunday of each month. In addition to food, there’s yoga before lunch and musical entertainment during lunch. Check The Flying Stove’s event page for details on each month’s gathering.