It’s been six years since Wichita had a taste of the Chicago-style food from Big B’s Beef who closed their restaurant down in the Delano district. Word came out in 2019 that they would be returning in the form of a food truck and it quickly became one of the more anticipated arrivals in the Wichita food scene. The wait ended this weekend, when their truck debuted. As many expected, big lines were formed and the food sold out. Of course, I wasn’t going to miss this one.
The opening weekend menu consisted of Italian beef and Italian sausage sandwiches, Chicago dogs, Polish sausages, pizza puffs and fries. It should be noted gyros will be available later.
I’ve been craving an Italian beef sandwich so that was the first thing I made sure to order. It came with sweet bell peppers & hot giardiniera and juice on the side. Just in case I was still hungry, I also ordered a pizza puff and a Chicago dog.
I had a long drive ahead of me, so I ate the pizza puff in the car. It was like the biggest pizza roll I’ve ever held; probably the size of my hand. If you’ve never had one, it’s a deep-fried dough pocket filled with cheese, tomato sauce, and other pizza ingredients like sausage or pepperoni. I loved it. They were so much better than its closest comparison of either a pizza roll or a pizza pocket. The dough pocket was very light which I enjoyed with all the pizza stuffing.
Next up I had my Italian beef sandwich and Chicago dog. Keep in mind, I had somewhere right after ordering so these items had to endure a 25-minute drive. Even with the long travel, I loved every second of my meal. The beef was still tender and delicious. It was a bit of sweet yet spicy with the juice and the peppers. And the Chicago dog, had everything in it that I remembered from multiple trips to Chicago where I’d eat a minimum of three Chicago dogs per day. It came with a natural casing Vienna beef hot dog and all the toppings to perfect it. When it comes to hot dogs, nothing beats a perfect Chicago dog.
I’ll be back very soon to Big B’s Beef get some pictures of the meals fresh out of the truck.
Seriously, the hype and wait was worth it. Wichita has been lucky this past month or two with some fantastic new food trucks in town and Big B’s Beef was no different.
Here’s the menu:
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