This past weekend was the The Great Texas Food Truck Rally in Dallas, Texas and we had the distinct pleasure of attending. We had a great time! We got there a bit early and thereby avoided waiting in lines which meant that we could sample more foodie delights in less time but also we had our choice of delights before supplies starting running low! There was such a wide variety of trucks and eclectic dishes, there was something for everyone whether it was pickle flavored shaved ice cones, to a grilled peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich, to Mexican street tacos and of course the favorite standbys, hot dogs and home made ice cream.
Celebrating its second year, The Great Texas Food Truck Rally was created to benefit Executives in Action, a pro bono firm that supplies consulting advise to other non-profit organizations in the areas of management and organizational needs to help that company operate more effectively and efficiently so that it can support its mission and expand its reach to those in need.
There was a good turn out for the Food Truck Rally with around 28 trucks and hundreds of people. There was live music, a beer garden, and of course, lots of food to choose from! Some of my favorite palette tantalizing trucks were:
DOWN TO EARTH
Celebrating their 1st anniversary this year, Down to Earth, vegetarian and vegan cuisine and catering based out of Keller, Tx. is owned by two “crazy vegetarians who love to cook!”. Maribel Rubio and Alma Rangel whip together for your delight menu items Lentil Sloppy Joes, Black Bean Burgers or my favorite, Mexican Veggie Torta which has black beans, roasted zucchini, roasted red pepper and a chipolte crema fresca. What about desert you ask? They have that too! Try the NSB Panini, a French brioche with Nutella, strawberries and bananas, how can you say no to that!
The idea for a food truck was developed after continuous frustrating dining experiences where the vegetarian/vegan selections were minimal at best. They realized that if they were frustrated with menu selections then others would be as well. Being avid foodies themselves they knew that they could create delicious meals that are both good for you taste great! It was then that they decided to embark on a mission to change the way that people think about vegetarian/vegan meals, which is lacking in taste and texture or it had to be fried.
We are all about living a healthy life style by eating healthy delicious meals without compromising or negotiating being a foodie… we CAN have it all!
What are the future plans for Down to Earth? Rubio and Rangel foresee a dream of opening several restaurants in the DFW metroplex in addition to offering nutrition classes and partnering with local non-profit organizations to offer healthy meals to the homeless and other groups in need.
Have a sweet tooth but can’t have gluten or dairy? Then you have got to check out The Vegan Noms! Envisioned and created by Allison Catalane who had no intention of relinquishing her beloved sweets in order to eat healthy! After much trial and error, Allison developed her recipes for her delectable cookies and cupcakes, which are quite delectable! Trust me! The Snickerdoodle cookies and Banana Bread Cookies are superb!
“when you try my treats, you won’t even know they are vegan!”
Love pizza? Then you have got to try Bellatrino. This is not your run of the mill food truck, Bellatrino is based out of Southlake, Tx and is DFW’s ONLY wood fired pizza oven food truck! They will create for you a fabulous lightly smoked wood fired pizza that is full of flavor and delicious melted cheese all you need to do is bring the beer! They also have salads, desserts and appetizers. Their key ingredients are imported from Italy with its greens bought locally and organic.
Parrot Icce, Licensed to Chill is a Hawaiian shaved ice specialty truck that has a large selection of flavors from the old tried and true raspberry, lemon-lime and cherry to flavors like fireball, margarita and even pickle!
THE GUAVATREE TRUCK
The Guavatree Truck which has been on The Great American Food Truck Race on FoodNetwork is a Cuban American truckstaurant that brings a twist and some uniqueness. The GuavaTruck has been rolling around Texas since 2012 with Onel and Pam Perez at the wheel. Inspiration for their menu was derived from Onel’s traditional Cuban family recipes, with a twist, of course! Some of their more popular tasty treats are Cuban sandwiches with guava mustard, Yucca Fries (a very dense and heavy starchy root) loaded with Black Beans, Queso Fresco, Cuban Donuts (a spin on a traditional Guava and Cream Cheese Pastelito), Ropa Vieja, and many other Cuban specialties. The Guava Tree is sure to satisfy your Cuban Fare Cravings.
THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN MEAT PIE COMPANY
The Great Australian Meat Pie Company which is based in Plano, Texas came into existence when the owners returned to the US after spending several years in Australia and decided to offer delicious meat pies from Australia with an American twist.They have a passion to feed people and it shows in the quality of their food. They have some of the best meat pies that I have ever tasted! A tower of delightful flavors!! We had the chicken pie, it was so good with a creamy white sauce with onions, mushrooms, chunks of chicken on a dumpling and all of it liberally sprinkled with shredded cheese. They have a large selection of pie varieties including an Australian mainstay, Vegemite Sandwich.
Did you miss this once a year event? Did reading about all this delectable variety of food make your mouth water? Never fear! Every weekend on Woodal Park Freeway, nestled in between the Dallas Museum of Art and Klyde Warren Park you will find a pleasant selection of food trucks, bistro tables to sit at while you are munching on the assorted tasty delights that have been offered in addition to being entertained by watching the variety of people that enjoy relaxing in Klyde Warren Park.
Another food truck haven in the DFW area of Texas is the newly opened Richardson Food Truck Park located at 522 Bishop Ave, Richardson, Texas 75081. They are open Sunday— Thursday 11:30 am-8:30 pm and Friday-Saturday 11:30 am-12 am. Newly remodeled with plenty of tables to sit at to eat your morsel adventures, beautiful landscaping and even restrooms. Here you will find the trucks that I have mentioned in addition to many others.