First Look at E&J’s Eatery in Valley Center

One restaurant who opened in 2023 I’ve been trying to get out to is E&J’s Eatery. It’s been one of the more requested reviews I’ve had from readers. I’m definitely familiar with this restaurant as the owners also own a food truck called Snack Shack along with a little restaurant kiosk that closed also called Snack Shack in Andover.

200 W. Main St., Valley Center, 67147

Tuesday -Friday: 11am – 7pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday

Cash/Card Accepted

E&J’s Eatery is a spin-off of sorts from the food truck. The menu features a similar eclectic selection of dishes of BBQ inspired entrées such as barbecue combos, sandwiches, and Mac Cups. There is also a limited selection of sweet treats and breakfast items like waffles, brownies, and cinnamon rolls.

The interior has a very small-town feel to it, with good vibes.

During my visit, the special was smoked beef or pork tacos with a cup of street corn. I ordered one of each along with a Mac Cup with pork.

The tacos were simple in design, but the meat had a nice smoky flavor. I would have liked the tortillas to be grilled or warmed in some capacity, but that’s totally a preference of mine. As for the street corn, I wouldn’t call it the traditional street corn you might see served on a corner in north Wichita. But E&J’s Eatery’s take was a delicious one with just the right balance of ingredients where nothing like the queso fresco or spices overpowered the other. I devoured my cup in probably seconds (maybe a minute if we’re being technical).

I somehow managed to fit some room for the Mac Cup. It was a hefty cup and probably something best ordered by itself because there’s so much food inside that will fill you up. If you love mac & cheese, this is a dish to order. It’s basically a big cup of noodles layered with BBQ. What more could you want? The cheese was extremely creamy, and they were plenty generous with the BBQ. I could only finish half, but saved the rest for a wonderful afternoon snack.

Fantastic service during my visit. There was, I believe, only one person working, whom I believe to be the owner. She handled it all and managed to find time to check on anybody who dined in. You could tell she was appreciative of the people who came in to try her restaurant.

Here’s the menu at E&J’s Eatery:

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