Street Eatin'

Kirkland’s Newest Food Truck: The Box on Wheels

Next stop: Seattle?

By Christopher Werner September 6, 2011

Newcomer The Box on Wheels sets its sights on Seattle. Photo courtesy Facebook.

When the bummer economy foiled Reis Llaneza’s plan to open a restaurant, he did as many have done and decided to go mobile. That was a year ago. Now Llaneza, a vet of Yarrow Bay Grill, Bellevue’s Flo Japanese Restaurant, and a long list of spots in Hawaii, is cruising the streets of Kirkland in The Box on Wheels.

His menu skews Asian but dabbles in French. There are pomme frites with truffle yuzu aioli and two types of hum bao: the soy-mirin pork belly is $2.50, a duck confit topped with apple slaw is $3. Mini bagel burgers of either beef or pork are steeped in ginger and hoisin, then topped with a house sauce. Those, too, are three bucks. A chop salad and soba noodle bowl are on offer as well.

Schedule-wise, Llaneza is parking at 11430 NE 120th Street on Tuesday and Thursday; at 12215 NE 128th Street on hump day; and on Friday and Saturday at Juanita Beach Park. All of the above locations are in Kirkland, with hours of 11–2 (except for Saturday, when he’s there till 3). Tolan Furusho, a buddy of Llaneza’s who’s helping out with things, says now that Seattle has relaxed its street food rules The Box is looking to venture thisaway as well. They’ve scouted several spots—Furusho mentioned one in Belltown—but nothing is official yet.

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