How to bite into the Big Kahuna Burger

How to bite into the Big Kahuna Burger this summer. Video by Connie Post

The Big Kahuna Burger is the made-up name of a fast-food restaurant chain in several of Quentin Tarantino’s movies, including "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs." 

It’s also the inspiration of the name of Shantz Express’ premium sandwich, but there’s nothing fictional about this burger.

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“It’s one-third pound Angus beef, Swiss cheese, sautéed onions and peppers, pineapple, homemade cole slaw and our Shantz sauce,” said food truck owner Bill Shancey.

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It’s such an enormous sandwich, I had to split it with a buddy, and with a more-than-generous amount of the mayonnaise-based Shantz sauce, be sure to ask for extra napkins.

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If “Shantz Express” isn’t a household name yet, that’s because this is the first year it’s been around. But business is good.

“It’s been increasing exponentially as we get more well known,” Shancey said.

The food truck offers several different burgers. There's the Shantz Burger, which Shancey calls "a staple." If you like bacon and egg on your sandwich, order the Fat Burger.

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If burgers aren’t your thing, Shantz Express also has wings and six different sauces to choose from, hot dogs and nachos.

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The Shantz Express is a work in progress, with pizza in the offing.

“I’m rounding up the equipment for next year,” Shancy said. “We’re not afraid to experiment and see what works.”

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Want to go? 

WHAT: Shantz Express 

WHERE: All over. For example, on Tuesdays in July you can find it at RiverScape MetroPark. On Wednesdays, it’s at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. 

INFO: A weekly schedule is posted on the food truck's Facebook page. You may also call 937-321-9950.

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