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Yum-Yum! food truck pulls into Fort Worth

Posted 1:38pm on Monday, Dec. 06, 2010

It's a scene you'd expect on South Congress in Austin, not across the street from the federal building in downtown Fort Worth: Hungry, curious office workers steadily making their way up to a food truck, parked near the corner. But that's what awaits patrons at the corner of W. 10th and Taylor with the arrival of Yum-Yum! Food Truck, which opened for business Dec. 1 and which bills itself as the "first gourmet food trucks" in town.

The truck (a twin is parked at Houston St. and W. Weatherford St.) serves up breakfast tacos, burritos and quesadillas starting at 7 a.m. For lunch, it offers tacos, burritos and quesadillas, as well as cheeseburgers. The truck churns out grub until 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Right now, they're cash-only at the Taylor location, but do take plastic at their other location. Prices run from $2 for a lunch taco all the way to $7 for a "monster burrito." (Breakfast prices are similarly scaled; $1.50 for a breakfast taco to $6 for a "monster" breakfast burrito.)

Don't worry if you're new to the food truck experience -- the staff at Yum-Yum! are more than happy to walk you through the ordering process. Whether you want a burger or a burrito, you fill out a form that allows customization (or, as the form says, "pimping") of everything from toppings to wrappings. Hand it off to one of the Yum-Yummers and wait about 10 minutes. (Needless to say, when it's brisk outside, this isn't nearly as much fun as it will be when spring arrives.) The tacos and burritos offer the choice of flour, corn or chipotle tortillas, with a slew of sauces available as well.

I sampled three different lunch tacos -- steak, chicken and carnitas -- of the five types available (brisket, either shredded or chipotle-flavored, rounds out the selection). They won't break my bone-deep addiction to Fuzzy's anytime soon, but for what you pay ($2/taco), it's a satisfying meal. I added cilantro, grilled onions and bell peppers and cheddar cheese to all three of my tacos, which were dipped in the complimentary red chile salsa. The salsa packed a little heat, but not so much as to overwhelm the flavors of grilled meat (and grilled tortilla!) and veggies.

Of the three, I probably liked the carnitas (pork) the most, just slightly ahead of the steak and way ahead of the underwhelming chicken. The tacos would never be mistaken for grittily authentic street food, but these tacos were definitely a cut above the impostors being offered by the likes of Taco Bell or Taco Cabana.

While I saw a few folks ordering cheeseburgers, the overwhelming majority were walking away from Yum-Yum! bearing bags of burritos and tacos. Hopefully, the truck will catch on with downtown office drones beyond the immediate area -- I'm thinking warmer weather will fix that -- who take advantage of a funky alternative to chain restaurants and stale sandwich shops.

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