Food Truck! Yes, I’ve been wanting to get out and support our local food trucks as well as our brick and mortar restaurants. A few weeks back we did just that. Wonton Jon’s was set to be outside of Pint 9 Brewing Company and Kros Strain Brewing on Portal Road in La Vista. I was excited because I had been hearing a lot about them over recent months. I heard Jon on the Restaurant Hoppen podcast and my friend, Ryan, also mentioned being friends with Jon. Ryan is the owner of the Willie Dogs food cart.
I did a little recon and contacted my friend, Jen, to see how many wontons it would take to fill the average person. I was trying to see how many I needed to order because…I’m Fatt. She said that 3 would be enough and 4 might be a little too much. Obviously, that meant that I had to get at least 4. We were looking online to plan our attack of the wonton menu. After some deliberating, our minds were made up and we felt solid about our choices. It was time to set out to go and pick up the meal.
I pull up and see that each brewing company had sizeable crowds in attendance. COVID wasn’t scaring these folks. I popped into Kros Strain to say hello to my friend, Jason, who was hanging out with some friends from work. After a little catching up I had to hop outside to place my order. Before I could get over to the truck and place my order, I heard my name called. Yet another friend! Wow, I’m a popular guy. This was my friend, Tom, who was sitting on the patio with his fiancé and a couple of their friends. After a short conversation I again embark on my 20-foot journey to the food truck line.
I look at the menu and the realization hits that the online menu wasn’t the same as the current menu for the day. (insert Home Alone Face and a little panic) I’m indecisive and now I’m on my own at the truck because my wife is at home. No worries though. After all, it is 2020. I pull out my handy dandy phone and call the wife. Her order didn’t change much so that was good. I just had to confirm one alternative option for her and then whatever my daughter wanted.
I wanted to get a good pool of wontons to sample so I ordered more than I would on a typical visit. I went with 4 Poketon, 2 Bacon Cheeseburger, 2 Thai Peanut Butter, 1 Buffalo Ranch Chicken then added the specials: 2 Mac & Cheese and the Pumpkin Cheesecake Cinnaton. Doesn’t all that sound interesting? I know I thought so. All this with a tip came to just over $56 with tip.
I got the food home and everything looked good. We divvied up the wontons and began digging in. The Poketon was an Ahi Tuna option that we wanted to try because we all love sushi. I thought it was pretty good. You might be kinda skeptical about getting tuna from a food truck, but I can say that I didn’t have a problem with it. I have never had poke and it was a nice introduction to it. I would say that the Buffalo Ranch Chicken was my favorite. I mean, I was already looking forward to eating this one. The flavor and kick were on point here. The Mac & Cheese one was served in a pretzel bowl which is a cool concept; these things were thick! As far as execution, it was okay. I’m not mad at it at all.
My daughters thought the Poketon, Bacon Cheeseburgers and Mac & Cheese ones were okay. My oldest said that she wasn’t too excited about any of them. My wife said that there was a weird taste to each of the Poketon and Thai Peanut Butter. At first, she thought that it might have been the rice, but after retasting the wontons she came to the conclusion that they may have been the cause. There was just something that was off with them. I didn’t have that with mine.
Now, about that dessert. The Pumpkin Cheesecake Cinnaton was a special dessert that was made, “with a Pint Nine Oso Café caramel whip”. You know I have a sweet tooth and I am a fan of pumpkin cheesecake. Unfortunately, this didn’t hit the mark for me. I think it was overcooked as the crust was a little black and it was harder than I believe was intended. When I imagine cheesecake, I also envision a smooth and creamy filling with a big sweetness. It wasn’t really sweet. That may have been by design, but I don’t know. Just not my cup of tea.
I would give Wonton Jon’s another try based off of what I have heard about them. I will also say that they were slanging food at a rapid pace. While I was there, they had a steady flow of traffic. I can’t imagine how tough of a job they have. The food wasn’t bad; it just didn’t move us. I know that this may be an unpopular opinion and I’m okay with that.
I give Wonton Jon’s 3 Fatties. Have you been? If so, what do you think?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thoughts on food. You are amazing!