In previous posts, I've theorized that there would be fewer trucks rolling out this summer; the heat, the increase in mechanical problems and the vacationing clientele would seemingly make people wait until things settle down again in September.
This month proves my theory wrong: July brings the highest number of new trucks in one month since food trucks started rolling in DFW. There are 14 set to roll -- a number that's likely caught food truck owners and people involved in the industry a little off guard. Here's what's new:
The first group of trucks is the "Already Rolling But I Haven't Told You Yet" group.
As of June 1, Fort Worth has a fourth hot dog truck. The Dog Pound Gourmet Hot Dogs has been working the area around the courthouse and on North Main. The link takes you to their Facebook page where you can find more information.
The Grill Kings have taken their catering business to a truck and have hit the streets of Fort Worth. One of the locations they will be working late night is the 7th Street Truck Court; but they also have other locations throughout the week. Follow them on Facebook to find out where you can get their burgers, brisket quesadillas and other grilled items.
In the "Brick & Mortar Location Adding a Food Truck" group we have:
La Grange at Dallas West Trailer Park. This will be a shaved ice trailer, set up at 400 W. Commerce in Oak Cliff, near the Foundry and Chicken Scratch Restaurant. The trailer will serve kid-friendly shaved ice (or ask for a grownup version, with a sample of alcohol added). The trailer opened for business on July 3. The plan for this location is to draw more trailers that have been converted to kitchens, so watch closely to see how things evolve.
The Lab Food Truck is a joint venture between Oak Cliff's well-known restaurants, Catfish Connection and Lil Cajun. The truck will be serving Cajun food and is expected to roll in Dallas within the next several weeks. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for exact dates.
In the "Brand New Truck" group, we have:
World Tour Food Truck plans to roll out in Fort Worth this month. Chef Jeramy tells me the menu will be wraps and paninis from across the globe, allowing you to have the flavors of the world in one hand. The menu looks very interesting, so follow on Facebook to find out the exact launch date and location.
Taste of Home Food Truck will be bringing a taste of Chicago to DFW. When I posted about this truck on Facebook, the reaction was quick and positive. I look forward to tasting the food from this truck, especially the Italian Beef, and seeing if it lives up to the standards of the Windy City. This truck will make its debut at Taste of Dallas in mid-July. Follow on Facebook and Twitter to find out where and when you can find them after that event.
In the "Haven't I Seen You Somewhere Before" group, we have three trucks and/or owners who are familiar.
By the end of the month, the guys who brought The Munch Box to Fort Worth will be introducing their second concept to the streets of DFW with Slush Works. Owner Rob tells me that this truck will be slushes based on their gourmet lemonade, iced tea and a flavor of the day. Fresh fruit will be available to add in, and guests will be able to create their own combination of flavors. Follow Slush Works on Twitter to get more information on their opening date. Until then, you can watch the truck being built on Cruising Kitchen's website.
This month we should also see The Belgian Waffle Co. join the Dallas street scene on a full time basis. I loved this truck at the TX Food Truck Festival. I loved them when they were in Addison, testing the waters, and I am ecstatic that they will be in Dallas soon. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out the exact date.
Finally, in the "Coming Soon But I Don't Know If It Will Be July" group, I am not going to go in to much detail about these trucks, either because I have talked them to death already, or I don't have enough information to give you. But be on the lookout for these trucks to hit the streets soon. I am linking to each truck's Facebook page.
Gandolfo's New York Deli should be rolling out their second truck any day now.
Cafe Con Leche has a truck that is ready and we are in a waiting mode, but I hope to see this LA-based Cuban truck rolling soon!
Hypnotic Donuts in Dallas has posted on their Facebook page that they have purchased a trailer. I hope this means they will have their famous and fabulous donuts and chicken biscuits out on the streets in the next month.
The Smiling Moose Deli in Carrollton posted on my Twitter page and asked how I felt about them having a food truck. I, of course, responded with a Yes! I have not received any more information, but most established restaurants don't post things like this unless they are close to being ready to roll.
Coreanos Food Truck from Austin and Houston tells me that they are coming to Dallas in the next few weeks to check out locations. This was a truck that did very well at the TX Food Truck Festival. I will keep you posted as I hear how the scouting mission goes.
Whew, that's a lot of trucks for one month! The new fleet may present a challenge to existing trucks that are barely making ends meet in a flooded market. I hope you join me in supporting all of these trucks along with those that are already on the road.