You might need a GPS to help you locate Skully’s, a new food truck open off West Tampa Street in Springfield, but if you're searching for innovative Asian cuisine, you won't be disappointed. Open just a little over two months, Skully’s has been the new take-out talk of the town, and rumor has it that the ramen alone is worth the drive.
The food truck is completely family owned and operated: headed up by Joe and Lora Still, with some help from Joe’s mom, Becky, and brother, Johnny. As Joe explains, he and Lora initially operated the same food truck under a different name and menu. “We were doing something totally different originally, near Sunshine and West Bypass for about three months,” he says. “When we bought the food truck, it already had four fryers in it. The original owner mainly focused on fair food.” Joe and Lora first opened the truck as Coops Fresh Kitchen, focusing on fried-chicken sandwiches, but it wasn’t the menu they had been dreaming of.
“We started cooking food we actually like,” Joe says, “and that turned out better.” The Stills relocated to an area closer to downtown, and created a new concept, focusing on ramen, wings and bowls. Diners will be happy to learn that all meat is sourced locally through Springfield's Hörrmann Meats. And if you have a sweet tooth, keep an eye on the window when you order, as Lora creates rotating desserts based on available ingredients.
The Stills are very familiar with vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, and wanted to provide those options for diners, too. Bowls come with a choice of pork, chicken or tofu and either steamed jasmine rice or stir-fried buckwheat noodles. For those who want wings, Skully’s offers two options: “hot,” cured with blackened chiles, or “not,” with a red curry dry rub.
If you think “food truck” is synonymous with “fast food,” the Stills hope to change your mind. Many of the protein options, including the tofu, are smoked for an hour before being served. When available, Skully’s has pulled pork, which is brined overnight.
“We really want to offer high-quality protein, and we source a lot locally,” Joe says. “We care a lot about the food that we’re making.”
Skully’s is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 2pm and 4 to 7pm.
Skully’s, 616 W. Tampa St., Springfield, Missouri, 417.298.2021, skullysfoodtruck.com