This is the best time of year to roll out a food truck. People are happy to be outdoors, there are multiple festivals every weekend, and it is not 120 degrees inside the trucks.
These eight trucks have their timing down, and several of these concepts should be big hits as they cool people off over the next five months, while the others have menus that are already making me hungry!
TX Ballpark Express. The boys of summer now have their food truck with TX Ballpark Express. This truck, with its Texas Rangers wrap, will be parked outside the Ballpark in Arlington for home games, and will be posting up across the Metroplex when the Rangers are not at home. TX Ballpark Express will be at the Texas Food Truckin' Fest on April 26-27. Otherwise, you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find their locations.
Trolls Nut House. As you might guess, nuts are the focus at this house. Trolls Nut House is an events food truck featuring cinnamon roasted almonds. The truck has been operating since November 2012, but I just became aware of them when they served at Denton 35 in March. Trolls Nut House will be at the Real Texas Festival in Mesquite on April 26-27, and the International Festival in Dallas on May 25. More on Facebook and Twitter.
Shiitake Swerve. Almost a year after announcing they were coming soon, DFW has another vegetarian truck. Shiitake Swerve's menu is based around the shiitake mushroom and is used to create a variety of tacos and sandwiches. Shiitake Swerve plans to be on the UNT campus and has already begun operating in Fort Worth. More on F Facebook and Twitter.
Taste of Cuba. One of Dallas' most awarded chefs, Issac Rousso is rolling out a Cuban food truck. For those not familiar with Issac, he is most well-known for his fried foods that are celebrated each year at the State Fair of Texas Fried Food contest. He is also the concessionaire at Taste of Cuba and Magnolia Beer Garden inside the Fair. Scott Reitz of The Dallas Observer called Rousso's Cuban Sandwich one of the best in Dallas. That sandwich will take center stage on the Taste of Cuba truck, along with empanadas, tamales and several other surprises. Taste of Cuba will debut at the TTexas Food Truckin' Fest on April 26-27. More on Facebook and Twitter.
Maui Wowi of DFW. Dallas, Fort Worth and all points in all directions will have a smoothie and coffee truck this month, when Maui Wowi hits the streets. Along with the all-natural smoothies in a variety of flavors, Maui Wowi will offer a full line of coffee and espresso drinks. More on Facebook and Twitter.
Parrot Icce will be a favorite this summer, with its shaved ice truck. The truck is in the final build stage with Cruising Kitchen and will even have a starring role in Cruising Kitchen's reality show that is being filmed. Parrot Icce's menu is a bit different from that of other shaved ice trucks, in that many of the items are made with condensed milk. Yum! More on Facebook and Twitter
Glazed Donut Works. Within the next month, Dallas will have a doughnut truck, featuring handmade, small-batch doughnuts. I don't have specifics about the menu yet, but it is doughnuts, so I am interested! More on a href="https://www.facebook.com/GlazedDonutWorks">Facebook and Twitter.
The Original Jolly Trolley and Jolly Trolley Express. Recently I found out about an events trailer, the Original Jolly Trolley, which sells brisket sandwiches, nachos, Frito pies and baked potatoes. The owners also have a Jolly Trolley Express food truck in the works and plan to sell snack foods, such as popcorn, sno-cones and desserts on the streets of Dallas. An entry on their Facebook page indicates the Jolly Trolley Express has been delayed while some legal issues are worked out, but the Original Jolly Trolley served this weekend at an event. You can follow both on Facebook..
I'm looking forward to trying all of these trucks. It is shaping up to be a great spring and summer for food trucking!