DFW's ever-expanding army of food trucks isn't always easy to find. Truck schedules often change with the weather, or at least depend upon which bar is considered the hippest at any given time. So it makes a lot of sense to gather several trucks in one place — hence the rise of food truck parks, which can now be found all over DFW.
With last night's grand opening of the Austin St. Truck Stop, Dentonites can find their favorite mobile eateries a little more easily. This long-awaited food truck park features electrical hookups, seating and a more reliable schedule of food truck appearances — which truck operators hope will bring more reliable business, too. The park is located only a block away from the Denton square, which puts it in easy walking (or crawling) distance from favorite downtown bars. Food trucks in attendance thus far include The Pickled Carrot, The Waffle Wagon, Lean Machine, Dough Boys Pizza Truck, Flatlanders Taco Company, and Say Kimchi.
Last night's lines were impressively long, and knowing the people of Denton's small-town loyalty, they're only going to get bigger as more food trucks take advantage of the convenient space. Better grab yourself a waffle burger before it's too late.
Austin St. Truck Stop. [Photo: Aidan Barrett/EDFW]
If Denton's too far of a drive, check out the Uptown Truck Stop which opened last month in uh, Uptown. Situated next to the swanky Sisu Uptown Resort, this park's roster of frequent guests includes Easy Slider, Salsa Limon, Nammi, Ruthie's, SSahm BBQ and the Yim Yam truck. Access to Sisu's bar for $4 beers and margaritas makes it a sensible spot for lunch or late-night (scope out the Facebook page for schedules).
Of course, these two recent additions have plenty of more established competition in the Metroplex. Lower Greenville's Truck Yard is a particularly stiff contender boasting not one but three bars and those mighty fine cheesesteaks that have made it a destination in and of itself. On a typical weekend, the Yard will play host to trucks like Easy Slider, Oink & Moo BBQ, Pompeii and Tutta's.
Truck Yard. [Photo: Margo Sivin/EDFW]
Head west and you'll find the Fort Worth Food Park, with regular appearances from Bombay ChopStix, Cajun Tailgators, Eat Jo Dawgs, Holy Frijole, Life is Sweet, Po Boys & Rich Girls and many more. The park features a cantina with a few craft beers on tap, plenty of canned selections and a surprisingly deep wine list.
[Photo: Fort Worth Food Park/Facebook]
Fort Worth's other contender is Clearfork Food Park, right on the edge of the Trinity River. It boasts a covered dining area, a full bar and mainstays like the Good Karma Kitchen, The Butcher's Son, The Smoke Wagon and Top Nosh.
Now that warm weather and sunshine are (hopefully?) here to stay, any of the above would make an excellent place to while away the weekend with a few cold ones.
· Austin St. Truck Stop [Facebook]
· Uptown Truck Stop [Facebook]
· Truck Yard [Official]
· Fort Worth Food Park [Official]
· Clear Fork Food Park [Official]
· More food truck coverage on Eater Dallas [-EDFW-]