There is an excruciatingly small window of time between southwest Missouri’s unreliable spring days (Are they cold? Are they rainy? Are they warm?) and its blistering hot summer days. That window usually hits us around June, before it’s just too dang hot to enjoy a warm meal outside, much less on a picnic table situated over asphalt. That’s why this month is ideal for food truck hopping, and you can do it at the Route 66 Food Truck Park on East Saint Louis Street in Springfield.
I love that there’s an indoor dining area as well, so if you’re a sun-hater like me, you can get some respite from the blazing heat while you tuck into your meal. (And it also means the food truck park isn’t just a fair-weather destination; diners can find shelter from rain as well.) But if eating under that burning ball of gas in the sky is your thing, the park is set up with wooden picnic table seating inside the courtyard created by the food trucks that line the park’s perimeter.
If you follow the food truck park on Facebook, you can get daily updates on which trucks are open and for how long (and if they sell out of anything). Or you can just show up with an open mind and be ready to explore whatever is open. To help you
start imagining your ideal food truck meal, here are highlights from the food truck park’s regulars.