Food Truck Fridays: Tick Tock Tavern delivers timeless meals on wheels

This Lafayette staple is cooking up new dishes from its oh-so-classic American menu.

Posted: Jun 28, 2019 5:50 AM
Updated: Jun 28, 2019 8:11 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- This food truck has only been on the road for a little over a year, but its name is more than familiar. This Lafayette staple is cooking up new dishes from its oh-so-classic American menu.

"All of the food here is homemade. It is excellent," said Kathy Kiser, a regular customer at Tick Tock Tavern. 

Tick Tock has no shortage of regular customers.

"Wouldn't go anywhere else," Kathy said. 

Kathy Kiser and her husband Dick eat at Tick Tock every single day. You could say they're treated like family.

"One of the servers calls us mom and dad," Dick said.

The Tick Tock family is hitting the road to expand its business past its Ninth Street location. Jason Conley, the restaurant's owner, took the wheel with it all.

"Everyday I'll run into people that'll be like Tick Tock? Where's that at?"

1816 North Ninth Street in Lafayette, to be exact.

"I think the mobility of the food truck will bring more recognition to the actual brick and mortar," Conley said. 

The Conley's purchased the restaurant in the 1980's. Now they're cooking up something new, which brings new challenges.

"I made the mistake of well I can run a bar/restaurant, a food truck shouldn't be any harder than that and you come to find out it is its own little monster," Conley said.

"It's been ridiculous. It's a good ridiculous," Conley said. "Food trucks are becoming a really in-demand thing."

Conley said his truck is giving him opportunities he never had before, including new menu items.

"We try to utilize as much of the food as we have in there [Tick Tock's brick and mortar restaurant] because that's what people know us as on this truck. But we also want to have a little bit of variation to it too so we can make it our own on this truck," Conley said.

Tick Tock also wanted to appeal to a new crowd.

"We had to look at our menu from a more health-conscious point of view as well. So if you were to look at the two menus you would see a different calorie average per meal."

Some of the items are new, including vegetarian and heart-healthy options like the impossible guac burger and grilled watermelon, and others are a new take on an old dish.

"We do a lot of the same things that we do in there [restaurant]. Instead of doing a breaded loin sandwich we do strips, so it's easier for people to eat on the go."

No matter how much time ticks by Conley said Tick Tock will always serve hearty dishes for the soul, and his favorite customers of course.

"Porkchops, fried chicken every other Monday just like momma made, mashed potatoes and gravy are outta this world," said Kathy. 

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