Students lack vegetarian options at food trucks

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Mr. K's food truck is one of few food trucks on campus that offers vegetarian options. One option is their house salad. (Miranda Snyder | The Collegian)

As the food court in the K-State Student Union closed down, the food trucks rolled in. Serving a variety of foods, from biscuits and gravy to barbecue, the trucks do not offer much in the way of vegetarian options for students.

“I know there’s not a whole lot of us on campus,” Madison May, junior in political science and international studies, said. “But we’re here.”

May said since the food court closed down, she has packed her lunch with vegetarian foods almost every day. She said she would like to see more options available at the food trucks, but does not think much will be done.

“At this point, it’s just we’re kind of used to (the lack of options),” May said.

Brad Streeter, owner of the Vista Burger food truck, said his truck does not currently sell any vegetarian options, but he plans to put salads on the menu once the weather gets warmer.

Mr. K’s Mobile Kitchen currently serves salad, one of the few vegetarian options available through all of the food trucks.

“Now that we know there are people interested, we might try to do (vegetarian) sandwiches and more options down the road,” Scott Sieben, owner of Mr. K’s Mobile Kitchen, said.

According to Sieben, Mr. K’s menu will be changing weekly and will provide a variety of different soups, salads and sandwiches throughout the semester that might include more vegetarian options. Sieben said he recommends that students follow Mr. K’s Mobile Kitchen on Twitter if they concerned about what options will be available in the future, as it will provide weekly menus.

Besides the salads at Mr. K’s, the Tasty Traveler has cheesy hushpuppies, which are good for vegetarians but not for vegans, May said. Many of the other food trucks provide options like muffins and french fries, as well.

Sieben said some meals at Mr. K’s might have substitutions or special requests to make them more vegetarian-friendly. For example, he said if a salad comes with grilled chicken or other meat, he is more than willing to change it for students who ask.

Streeter said he is willing to add more vegetarian options, at least on a trial basis, if enough students express an interest in it.

“If nobody requests anything, there’s nothing I can do,” Streeter said.

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