The Five Best Food Trucks in North Texas.
Since the City of Dallas ruled in late 2011 to lift a number of restrictions on the mobile food service trade, the food truck industry throughout the region has completely blossomed.
These days, without much effort at all, one's bound to see a food truck operating around town at least once a week, if not daily. Some trucks have bonded together too, creating mini-parks to better serve their patrons (see: Wednesday nights at Sigel's on Upper Greenville, among many, many others). And, with the opening of Klyde Warren Park, there's only been an even greater influx of food trucks throughout the epicenter of the city in recent months.
Yes, 2012 was certainly The Year of the Food Truck in Dallas. And we only expect that trend to continue as we move deeper into 2013.
It must be the experience of it, right? There's just something about walking right up to a window to place an order, watching your food being made right then and there, and being able to snarf the goods down while enjoying an outing like a concert, a day at the park or, well, whatever. Food trucks have mobilized delicious food straight to people's fingertips — and at almost any calling hour. (We're especially partial to the ones that stay in bar parking lots until closing time, but that's just us.)
Here's the thing, though: The food at most of these trucks? It's damn good. With that in mind, here are our picks for the five best food trucks in town, presented in no particular order.
House of Blues alums Caroline Perini and Miley Holmes kicked off this truck last year in hopes of bringing people wholesome food they could eat with their hands and share with friends. Their menu is packed with beef sliders you've never imagined before (see: The Sweet & Lowdown, which puts strawberry jam, bacon, goat cheese and beef all together on a bun and somehow comes out delicious). They offer something up to the vegetarians, too, with their Baby Bella, a mushroom-based concoction that will blow even the most dedicated carnivore's mind. And their presentation is just as incredible as the food itself. Each slider of theirs comes speared with a stick and a decorative (and awesomely edible) garnish on top. Find their weekly schedule here.
The Nammi Truck.
Nammi, one of the first food trucks to grace Dallas-Fort Worth, has been serving up Vietnamese fusion all over for the past two years — and they're keeping a good pace. As one of the only trucks in the area serving up traditional Banh Mi and other Vietnamese cuisinem they've certainly carved out a market for themselves. Unfamiliar with Nammi's offerings? Think of their Banh Mi as a Vietnamese 12-inch sub sandwich. There's protein (usually marinated pork or chicken), garlic mayo, cucumbers, picked daikons and carrots, plus cilantro and jalapenos. When all of these flavors are mixed together the results are spicy, yes, but fresh and crisp, too. They also offer up a breadless Banh Mi, as well as other dishes like Vietnamese tacos and even dessert. Find Nammi's schedule right here.
This truck wins for concept and menu. The whole idea is based around the yellow tomato, which this truck's operators describe as “a low-acidic, heartburn-friendly fruit with a much sweeter taste than a red tomato.” Thus, Yellow Belly bases all of its dishes around the yellow tomato. The fact that their ingredients are all locally-sourced is just a bonus. You can order an array of yellow-tomato-based sauces, and they incorporate small portions of the fruit into most everything. Take the BLYT, for example: It's freshly sliced yellow tomatoes, candied bacon, leaf lettuce, and chipotle aioli on a bollio roll. We definitely recommend the Flying Swine, though. Dip those suckers in some Yellow Belly Smokey BBQ sauce and call it a day.
Find their monthly schedule here.
Lee's Grilled Cheese.
Lee's is making the standard grilled cheese sandwich worthwhile again. But this isn't your mom's grillled cheese, either. Lee's offers nine different varieties of this comfort sandwich, each of which comes with 100 percent real cheese stuffed between fresh, locally baked sourdough bread. They also offer up a selection of “Epic Sandwiches” that most definitely deserve a call-out — and specifically The Back Breaker, whose name is a hint as to how full you'll be from all the BBQ pulled pork inside of the sandwich, paired here with macaroni and cheese, plus sharp cheddar. Another worthy item? The Duke. This delight's a melty mix of Swiss cheese and roast beef, topped with caramelized onions and dijon mustard. Not quite that hungry? Try a shot of Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. Follow Lee's on Twitter for scheduling updates.
Bombay Street Food.
The name says it all: Food served from this truck is inspired by the popular street foods of Bombay, India. There are two main dish options — a bowl or a dosa. We recommend the dosa — a staple dish in India that comes packed with flavor. It's a hefty serving, too. Basically, a dosa is made on something like a crepe or pancake made from rice batter and lentils, and it's then filled with either chicken, paneer masala, potatoes or lamb curry, with some chutney to top it all off. Sound intimidating? Order the bowl instead. The bowls are also flavorful, but simply come with a choice of rice, sauce and a protein. Of course, if you're just looking for a snack and are out and about, try a side dish like a samosa. You can't go wrong here, really. Follow Bombay on Twitter for scheduling and updates.