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Posted on April 12, 2018 at 3:37 PM by Michael Goens
Phenomenal flavors simmer all about when you’re in Manhappiness. Unique-venue restaurants set the tone for abundances of happy faces in foodie places. Discover the flavor-filled extension to our dining settings during special events like this weekend’s Little Apple Renaissance Festival (City Park) and Flint Hills Festival upcoming on May 19 in Blue Earth Plaza. These festivals bring MHK’s mobile food trucks to the fore. We’ll introduce our blog readers to those and a handful of stationary trucks that nonetheless pack power into their food presentations.
The really great part beyond tasty flavor is these menu items remain below the $10-level without running short on taste. K-State students flocked to Bosco Plaza during recent student union renovations for well-known offerings from Mr. K’s, Vista and Tasty Traveler. You’ll find those trucks around town (each has social media presence to announce locations) for big events like Flint Hills Fest.
Mr. K’s offers a yummy southwest chicken sammy to put a whammy on your hunger woes. The K-krawler makes a mean sandwich, for sure. Tasty Traveler has taken its mobile service to another level with Philly cheesesteaks on toasted hoagie and Mexican fajitas that hit the spot. Buffalo chicken wraps are another favorite. As for Vista, the drive-through and restaurant have been a regular part of college students’ dietary intake, and who can pass up a Vistaburger with cheese at any time of the day or night?
Keep an eye out for these trucks when your company has a conference set for MHK or during the busy spring and summer event season.
Stationary sacred samples
The mobile truck sensation doesn’t necessarily put a dent in the offerings from those of a more stationary situation. Varsity Donuts sets the tasty trends for K-State students and late-night Aggieville devotees. The insatiable menu is short but powerful with bacon bombs and corn dogs, oh my!
How do you figure ya might induce an otherwise brilliant college student to lose focus on an Instagram post? Mention grilled cheese mac-n-cheese at the Varsity Donuts truck, that’s how (on National Grilled Cheese Day, April 12!). This other-worldly sandwich – it seems so much more than a sandwich – is a runaway favorite among students who line up at the late-night alley stop for Opal doughnuts and of course, corn dogs. Have ’em slab it with mustard; don’t you dare put ketchup on that cornucopia of cornmeal!
Also in Aggieville, you’ll find Streetside Kitchen nearby The Hat, which is a haven for live country music (not head-topping fashion). Streetside serves up mind-boggling breakfast burritos and out-of-this-world chicken & waffles. “Breakfast and brunch for the early birds,” reads its Facebook listing (9 p.m. open).
Tacos, tacos, tacos
Not to be outdone and just a little bit off the beaten path -- good for conference travelers with transportation – are a pair of Tuttle Creek Boulevard settings that tip the flavor scales to toast taco temptation. Locals have raved about Tacqueria Los Burritos, en route to Tuttle (corner of Kimball Ave. & Tuttle Creek Blvd). If you’re in town for boating activities or family reunions at Tuttle Creek State Park, this is a must. Fish tacos, tamales, burritos, gorditas and yeah, even tacos. Devour a catfish basket or Po-Boy sandwich, as this food truck will be a hot spot during June’s Country Stampede three-day music festival held at Tuttle Creek Park.
There’s more Mexican flavor nearer Manhattan with the genuine flavorings at 420 Tuttle Creek Blvd. Taco Street MHK packs a wallop with tacos de asada, tortas and chimichangas to leave your taste buds ablaze with flavor.
Our restaurants in Aggieville, downtown, Westloop and more deliver can’t-miss menus, but if you get late-night hunger pangs or want to step off the beaten path, remember MHK food trucks as an alternative.
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