Circle City Spuds
About Circle City Spuds
“Taking the spud to the next level” that’s what Heather Banter does on the Circle City Spuds & Grub food truck. Banter’s truck was a popular food stop in 2012 at the Statehouse Market and she’s back again this season serving spuds around the Circle City.
“The Statehouse Market is one of our favorite spots,” Banter says. “We love the atmosphere that the market creates and hope more types of these experiences pop up for food trucks around (Indianapolis).”
So, what can you order from the Circle City Spuds menu? Let’s be clear, the spud is the center of most of the dishes, so you’re probably getting a potato. What goes on that potato? The possibilities are nearly endless. We suggest the Veggie Spud. This one starts with a large spud filled with a mildly spicy cheese sauce, then topped with fresh broccoli, carrots and shredded cheddar. Get some sour cream, BBQ sauce or spicy ranch on the side to keep adding to the spud and you’re all set.
Banter grew up in Van Buren, Indiana and her inspiration for Circle City Spuds comes from enjoying loaded potatoes from a local pub on Friday nights with her family.
“It was (my family’s) favorite place to eat every Friday.” Banter said. “Obviously we had to get it to go because it was from a pub. Childhood memories of great food I can’t get anymore is how I came up with this idea for a food truck.”
Another favorite spud is the Hoosier Mama Taco Spud. It’s a large spud topped with a moderately spicy cheese sauce and seasoned ground beef. Then, the spud is topped with shredded lettuce, shredded cheddar, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes and tomato salsa. The big finish on this spud is the Fritos topping. Add some spicy ranch or sour cream on the side of this spud and you have a hearty meal.
Like many local trucks, Banter started her business after doing something for years completely unrelated to food service and watching shows like the Great American Food Truck Race and Eat Street.
“I used to work full time in the remodeling industry and when the economy took a nose-dive I decided to find something cash-based and recession proof,” Banter added.
Two years later, Banter is still on the road serving up the spud. She even serves the occasional soup, fruit bowl, salad or sandwich on the truck, but the spud is still the center of attention.
Statehouse Market selection:
Hoosier Mama Taco Spud- A baked potato loaded with a mildly spicy cheese sauce, seasoned ground beef, black beans, shredded lettuce, shredded cheddar, diced onion, tomato salsa and Fritos. Sour cream or spicy ranch served on side.View this vendors profile