The Truck Yard Is Finally Open, and It Rules.
Ladies, Gentlemen and Food Truck Aficionados of Dallas: The Truck Yard has finally arrived.
Yup. After a long wait, East Dallas residents finally have a permanent food truck location to call their own. First announced in late 2010, the Lower Greenville food truck park was to be a collection of permanent airstream trailers located in the then-vacant lot where the Arcadia Theater once stood.
My, how things have changed: The current iteration of the food truck park (located at 5624 Sears Street) is no longer rousing the ghosts of rock shows past (thank Trader Joes for that) and doesn't feature a collection of permanent Airstream trailers turned into restaurants or food truck wannabes as was once proposed; instead, what it does offer is something Dallasites will be sure to enjoy for years to come.
Unassuming from the outside, the Truck Yard offers a veritable adult playground on the inside. Walking through the short outdoor entryway to the yard, you're instantly transported three hours south to East Austin and its collection of offbeat but charming bars. Maybe it's the smattering of well-used and long-forgotten objects artfully strewn about or the oddly functional collection of mismatched tables and chairs. Or perhaps it's just the red gravel floors and the food trucks parked out back.
Whatever it is, it's a vibe that is both welcome and refreshing for Dallas.
But let's get down to brass tacks, as no spot, no matter how awesome the ambiance, would be worth the trip were there not tasty noshes and libations available there. And, in that department, Truck Yard does not disappoint.
First, the libations: Truck Yard offers patrons three distinct bar areas to get their drink on, including an adults-only (important as this is clearly a child- and dog-friendly venue) treehouse bar, a converted Airstream trailer serving canned beer ($3 to $5.50) and sodas (add a Truck Yard paper bag koozie for $0.50), and an indoor taproom offering both draft beer ($3 to $5) and Jason Kosmas-designed cocktails ($6). At the treehouse bar, patrons are required to buy one of the Emily Perkins designed bottled cocktails ($7) for entry. These rum-based, citrusy drinks are both delicious and refreshing — perfect for sipping while observing the scene below.
Now, the noshes: The cheesesteaks ($7.99) from permanent operation Steak Me Home Tonight are seasoned well, cooked before you, and the toppings (mushrooms, peppers, onions, jalapenos) are fresh and plentiful. You can complete your sandwich with bacon (!) or peppercorn ranch sauce. Outside, the food trucks will rotate (check out the schedule here). Finally, Truck Yard offers those with a sweet tooth an option in the also-permanent Carnival Barkers ice cream stand.
The Truck Yard will be open daily from 11 a.m. until midnight, with food trucks in service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music performance announcements are forthcoming. But we're going to preemptively add The O's to the must-play list here. Just seems like a good fit.
Whole place does, really.