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Food Truck: Sweet P’s Love Machine bringing back the goodness of Chiquita’s Corner

When one of your favorite restaurants around town closes, one can only hope the best dishes from that restaurant can live on elsewhere. It’s rare that it happens but that was the case with Chiquita’s Corner who closed down. The daughter of the Chiquita’s Corner owner recently opened up a food truck that uses many of the same recipes. You can now find those deep-fried tacos and chino tacos at Sweet P’s Love Machine.

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Sweet P’s Love Machine was often found at Park Villa in Riverside but according to them, one neighbor had been complaining about the food truck being an inconvenience for whatever reason so you’ll have to follow them on Facebook to see where they plan to be during the week.

The menu is very basic and simple. They have a 1/3 lb burger, cheesesteak , hot link, deep fried flour tacos (with ground beef), street tacos with chicken or steak, lil chino steaks with steak, and cheese-and-potato enchiladas. They also have their beans and rice which were voted “Best In Kansas………..by their kids” as advertised on their truck.

Sweet P's Love Machine

As any group of people who don’t have common sense and a realization of how big their appetite actually is, we ordered everything on the menu except the burger.

Sweet P's Love Machine

Sweet P's Love Machine

Sweet P's Love Machine

Sweet P's Love Machine

Sweet P's Love Machine

Sweet P's Love Machine

Sweet P's Love Machine

The absolute favorite item on the menu? The little chino tacos were by far the most delicious thing at least in my opinion. Imagine a street taco with toppings similar to a banh mi. The street tacos were also a hit. My cousin and I were both big fans of the steak option compared to the chicken. They were very simplistic and the salsa drizzled over the top made it even better.

The hot link was also ridiculously good. It had this kick that started to get me and I have a very good tolerance for spicy foods. I’ll be ordering this again soon.

The ever delicious fried tacos that helped popularize Chiquita’s Corner were well received by a one of my colleagues. He was a big fan while the other who refuses to go anywhere else than Paleteria La Reyna for fried tacos thought it was ok. The same reaction was given to the cheesesteaks. One guy loved it and thought it was very delicious, tender, and flavorful while the other said, “It’s a good sandwich for what it is.” Keep in mind, the latter of the two is from Philadelphia and has a high high high high high standard for cheesesteaks that’s rarely met in Wichita.

Overall though, not a single person was a disappointed with lunch. I know I have family members who loved Chiquita’s Corner who will be happy to hear about this truck. The guy running the truck that day was excellent and very customer focused. I could tell he really enjoyed anybody coming up to his truck.

My one criticism of Sweet P’s Love Machine is the actual name of the truck. After telling many people that was the destination for lunch, I was given many different glares. What kind of food could possibly be had at a truck named “Love Machine”? It evoked more of a confused and puzzled reaction. Chiquita’s Corner built such a big following that using a variation of that name would have elicited so many more customers who spent so much time in Riverside eating their food. The brand recognition is there? Why start from scratch and have to build a new following of food fans?

Anyways, be sure to follow them on Facebook.

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Happy Dining,
Eddy


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One thought on “Food Truck: Sweet P’s Love Machine bringing back the goodness of Chiquita’s Corner

  1. I had the same thoughts about the name, both that “Love Machine” was a little scary, and that they should have taken advantage of the popularity of Chaquita’s Corner in their name but the owner explained that Sweet P was named after his daughter, I’m sure the Love Machine part has its own story. Hopefully, articles like yours will resolve the mystery and help give the Love Machine its own following. We ate there last night. The three of us each had something different and each thoroughly enjoyed it. We’ll be keeping track of where this truck is parked.

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