What started out as a car lot selling work-trucks with a mechanic garage inside, is now Springfield’s newest Food Truck Park on Route 66.
Located at 1530 E St Louis St, right on Route 66, the Food Truck Park has taken on the historical significance of the location. Before starting this new venture, the owner, Kirk, took the drive across Route 66 himself from Chicago to Santa Monica. One thing that Kirk came across on his drive were 11 statues originally called “Muffler Man Giants.” Kirk found someone that knows how to recreate these statues and had him make one that was holding two spatulas and had a chef ’s hat on. Kirk named him “Carl” and he is the perfect symbol for the Food Truck Park, celebrating the past and welcoming the present.
There are currently five food trucks on the lot and a diner-like seating area and full bar in what was the mechanic’s garage. Food trucks include: Notcho Ordinary Taco, featuring different flavored tacos like “Cordon Bleu,” “Po Boy” and “Cheesesteak;” Thai Food Truck, with items like “Pad Thai,” “Drunken Noodles,” and “Thai Basil;” Billy Bob’s Barbecue, featuring classics like “Pulled Pork Sandwich,” and “Brisket Dinner,” as well as BBQ takes on classic like the “Hillbilly Philly” which has pulled pork, pulled ribs, brisket, green peppers, onions and queso; Earth’s Harvest is a 100% plant-based food truck that features vegetarian options like “squash croquettes” and “roasted parmesan cauliflower;” and lastly, newcomer, Almighty, a sandwich truck that will have a constant rotation of different kinds of sandwiches.
And don’t forget the Super Sports Bar inside! They can make any drink you’d like and also have a menu of cocktails as well as beer and wine. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the spring and summer and immerse yourself in the history of Route 66.
Route 66 Food Truck Park is located at 1530 E St Louis St. For hours of each different food truck, check out their social media pages. Hours range from 11am to 8pm for the different trucks.