Chino’s Parrilla taco truck forms stationary partnership

778932_460523714001337_2031127192_oChino’s Parrilla, the taco truck that’s mostly a catering business, now will offer its food on a regular basis.

The owners have partnered with Maggie’s Scotch & Soda at 3827 W 13th St. N. to begin offering Taco Thursdays. Every Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., they’re taking over the unused kitchen at the bar and preparing street tacos, tostadas, nachos, beans, rice, fiesta dogs and more for owner Maggie Ballard’s customers.

The partnership came about after the Chino’s Parrilla, owned by Chino Herrera, his wife, Kim, his daughter, Tasha Schrant, and his son-in-law, Bill Schrant, was hired by Ballard to serve at a Cinco de Mayo party at the bar.

“We talked to her about the fact that she had kitchen she was not using a lot,” Bill Schrant said. “We thought this would get some more people in there for her on Thursday nights and would be a way for us to get our food out there.”

Chino’s Parrilla opened in 2012 and since then has regular served at street fairs and private parties.

The owners dream of opening a restaurant someday and decided this would be good practice.

The Thursday night menus also will offer specialty tacos including an Asian inspired “Kung Pow” taco and a carne elote taco, filled with steak, cheese, cabbage, sour cream sauce and sprinkled with corn and Parmesan. Ballard will offer drink specials such as $2 Coronas and $3 margaritas.

For more information, call 316-990-3646.

BlackTop Nationals: Perfect place for hungry car fans

The big BlackTop Nationals  classic car and bike show, which draws more than 150,000 people from more than 20 states to the areas in and around Century II, is coming up this weekend.

And organizers have come up with a trendy method for feeding the crowds: Food trucks.

Instead of the River Festival-style food court the event had its first few years, this year, the BlackTop Nationals will have local food trucks and other vendors stationed throughout the event all three days.  No matter where they are at the show, attendees should find some mobile food nearby.

Among the trucks signed on to participate are B.S. Sandwich Press, Big Daddy’s Smoked Shack Meats, Chino’s Parrilla and the new Cajun food truck, Vautrot’s Cajun Goods. There will also be lemonade, root beer and funnel cake folks set up as well as Chris Cakes, the famous purveyor of pancakes and link sausages.

The food vendors will be serving from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on the BlackTop Nationals, visit the website. Also, we’ll have a story in Friday’s Go! section about all the entertainment options there, which in addition to food includes live music.

Chino’s Parrilla: A new mobile food business

Chino Herrera and his wife, Kim, cooking up deliciousness at Sunday’s Wichita Toy Run.

Wichita can claim another mobile food business — this one specializing in Mexican food.

Chino’s Parrilla opened this summer, but the family that runs it doesn’t cart it out as regularly as other food trucks and carts… so far.

It’s owned by head cook Chino Herrera, his wife, Kim, his daughter, Tasha Schrant, and his son-in-law, Bill Schrant. The business, a mobile grill and prep cart covered by a canopy, is manned by the quartet with assistance from  friends. They grill up delicious meats such as carne asada and al pastor and serve them in flour tortillas with traditional toppings.

The Chino’s Parrilla menu board on Sunday

During the summer, the family would park the cart in Old Town and serve after-bar crowds. But the bulk of their business came between 1 and 2:30 a.m., and after an outbreak of Old Town violence this summer, street vendors are required to close down at 1 a.m.

Now, they’re concentrating on catering gigs and the occasional street fair. I saw them at the Wichita Toy Run in Delano on Sunday, and a long line was forming. Come Spring, the family might start taking the cart out regularly throughout the week.

When the cart is out, its location is listed on its Facebook page. To reach Chino’s Parrilla, call 316-990-3646.