Republished from Inside Columbia Magazine
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The country’s biggest culinary trend, food trucks, has rolled into Columbia. Three trucks, with trained staffs, commissary kitchens and business licenses, are redefining the on-the-go lunch in parking lots across Columbia. Line up for a taste.
Fat Chicks Chow Wagon
Those curious about the veracity of the Fat Chicks Chow Wagon’s title need look no further than the Thumper Stopper burger. Consumers of this delicacy get a taste of fried egg, sausage, bacon, cheese and jalepeños sandwiched between two full Krispy Kreme glazed donuts — if they can get their mouths around it, that is.
The calorie-conscious need not run away, though, as healthy options such as salads and smoothies are also on the Fat Chicks menu.
“You can get some great home-cooked-style food with healthy options like fruit salad — and fun, friendly service,” says customer Ana Lopez. This diversity of options reflects owner Lisa Nichols’ commitment to providing food that satisfies each and every customer. The truck’s menu encourages suggestions, bragging that “Fat Chicks takes all suggestions to heart and will do everything they can to get your business. We go the extra mile to make sure you are getting a quality product that is hot and delicious.”
Fat Chicks was the first food truck to hit CoMo. And it all started by watching television.
“While watching The Great Food Truck Race, I decided that Columbia, Mo., needs to get with the program and get urbanized,” Nichols recounts on the Fat Chicks’ Yelp page. “I brought a box truck and made my husband design and build a kitchen for me.”
Dubbed “The Beast,” the white, orange and yellow truck can be found all around town, and Nichols encourages patrons to check the Fat Chicks’ social media pages for updates on locations and daily specials.
In addition to a popular breakfast menu, Fat Chicks also serves homemade sandwiches, soups, casseroles and desserts. The 50-cent brownies are the “best in town,” according to the menu.
The Beast went into hibernation on July 9 due to mechanical issues. A month later, the truck was not yet fixed, but hungry Facebook fans were reassured with the following post: “Still working on truck. I appreciate everyone’s concern. Sometimes it’s just nice to know you are wanted. Love all my customers and working hard to get back on the road.”
Owner: Lisa Nichols
On the road since 2010
Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Credit Cards: Yes
“Girl, that salad last week was the best salad I have ever eaten. Ever.” — Deb Fleenor Sielert