Food trucks made their debut in the US more than 150 years ago, and while the popularity of this restaurant on wheels concept has fluctuated, the recession that hit this country in 2008 sparked a sudden rise in new food trucks hitting the streets. The rollout of food trucks seems to show no sign of slowing down, and entrepreneurs are realizing the economic benefit of opening them over a physical restaurant. Specialty mobile restaurants are bringing unique tastes to cities big and small across the country, and starting later this month, Wichita, Kansas, will be home to the brand new German food truck “Let’m Eat Bräts”.
Manuela English always looks forward to stopping in at the nearest street stand to pick up a fresh bratwurst and side of pommes as soon as she and her husband make a return visit to Germany. These food stands, often referred to as an Imbiss in Germany, inspired her to bring the concept of good traditional German food to her new hometown of Wichita, Kansas. As more food trucks are moving into the city, English wanted to get in on the action and put her passion for German food and her 20 years of foodservice experience to good use.
Let’m Eat Bräts is set to open by the end of May and will be rolling into roughly 5 to 6 locations every week to meet the lunchtime demand of workers throughout Wichita. Many of the menu items come from original recipes passed down from Manuela English’s mom and sisters, and include 6 different brats (Beer Brats, Cheddar Brats, Knackwurst, Curry wurst, Original fine Brats, and a vegan sausage) served on a fresh Brötchen, and for those looking for something different, Flammkuchen and Bierock.
Sides of French Fries, Krautsalat, warm Potato salad, Sauerkraut relish, sauteed onions, Bretzeln will be available, and Let’m Eat Bräts will be offering a desert menu consisting of Apple strudel, small Ritter sport chocolates and Toblerone.
For $8, customers will be able to get a Brat with Brötchen, French Fries or salad, and a drink, which in my opinion is a great price for a taste of Germany on the go.
If things go well, and the demand for quality German food presents itself, Let’m Eat Bräts may expand the menu to include even more German staples such as Sauerbraten with Knödel, and Rouladen. English also has her sights on opening a more permanent location with a Biergarten if Let’m Eat Bräts proves to be a hit. So be sure to check out the official Facebook page for all the updates on when and where you can find Let’m Eat Bräts on the streets of Wichita.
Sources: Let’m Eat Bräts [Facebook]