We love Food Trucks. I mean who doesn’t? Mobile, locally owned places filling up hungry patrons anywhere they can get on 4 wheels. The inventive menus always allow for a Food Adventure. And when the trucks form a rally? It’s like a dream ! An instant food court powered by generators !
One such truck that has flown a bit under the radar, is Shantz Express Food Truck. But lately, they have been making some big leaps and bounds.
HERE IS THE SKINNY on SHANTZ EXPRESS FOOD TRUCK:
— Owner Bill Shancey had a pizza place in Pittsburgh, before moving to Dayton more than 16 years ago.
— The menu features, Sandwiches, Gyros, Pulled Pork Nachos, Cheesesteaks, Subs, Pizza, Wings, Fries, Burgers, Dogs and Pierogies.
— They have just announced they are opening a restaurant at 5993 Bigger Road next to Bee-Gee’s Market near the Centerville / Kettering Border. The location is near the Victoria Secret call center which could mean some serious lunch carry out business and they hope to be open in October and to continue to keep the food truck out as well.
— The owner is sometimes flexible and was able to make a private party with just a few hours notice.
We have visited the truck 3 times and always have been impressed. Whether a Food Truck rally or a pool party, Shantz Express pleased the masses.
Here is our list of MUST EATS from our times at this wonderful food truck….
“MUST EATS” AT SHANTZ EXPRESS FOOD TRUCK:
— BUFFALO HOT WINGS:
They are crispy with a kick and a little tang to them. These wings are what put Buffalo on the foodie map.
— GARLIC BUTTER WINGS:
Possibly the best food truck wings in Dayton. These are served wet, and with a few napkins. The results are quiet patrons gnawing on the wings in pure delight.
— THE SHANTZBURGER with CHEESE:
Have you ever had the burgers at the Rootbeer Stand or The K in Springboro?? This burger is just like those. It is a delicious taste of summer and a throwback top the burgers of the 60’s with bellhops. We loved it , great flavor on a soft bun.
Polish people of Dayton unite ! This take on the pierogie is a deep-fried, almost crunchy version served in a buttery garlic bath. The result is a mixture with the garlic mashed potato filling that is simply divine. Dip, bite and repeat for maximum effectiveness.
— THE CHICKEN PARM SANDWICH:
Deep fried chicken sandwich with a slice of mozzarella cheese and homemade tomato sauce. Pretty good stuff for a food truck ! His sauce is the same as Shauncey’s former pizza place in Pittsburgh.
—THE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK:
Flavorful, hearty and filling are the strengths of this sub. He must have spent some time in Philly learning the cheese steak trade…
Honorable Mention: The French Fries, which are slightly reminiscent of McDonalds… whose of course are the best. Also, try a GYRO but make sure to ask them to grill the onions and add extra tzatziki sauce. It makes it all good.
They do have pizza, but we found the other items to be the menu stars.
So, there you have it hungry foodies, your best chance for success when devouring some Shantz Express. We look forward to the new “brick and mortar” place, as they say. For us, it means enjoying Mr. Shauncey’s food year round ! Ohh, those wings though …..
Feel free to browse our gallery below and we will see you at the next food truck rally !!