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New food trucks will make DFW sizzle this summer

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Posted 5:47pm on Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013

Things have been relatively slow on the new rollouts. No surprise there — we usually see most new trucks come out at the beginning of fall or spring, so truck owners can maximize their sales and build a following before the extreme temperatures impact food traffic. Several of the new trucks are cold-dessert trucks, so they should be instant successes in their service areas. With all of these trucks, this summer will be tasty as well as sizzling!

Happy Camper’s is an old-fashioned shaved ice, lemonade and float truck operating in Denton. The ices comes in a variety of flavors, from sweet to sour to even a chili salt, which sounds spicy. The lemonade is hand-squeezed with no artificial flavors or high-fructose corn syrup. The floats are the old-school variety with Coke, root beer, orange cream or watermelon flavors. Follow Happy Camper’s on Facebook (facebook.com/HappyCampersSno) or Twitter (@HappyCampersSno) to find out where it will be serving.

Lee Malone’s is Denton’s slider truck. I don’t know much about its specialty items, but based on its Facebook and Twitter feeds, it seems to do a lot of late-night service on Fry Street. Sounds like the perfect location — college kids, live music and sliders. Follow Lee Malone’s on Facebook (search “Lee Malone’s) and Twitter (@leemalones).

The Crazy Pig is a Dallas-based truck with an eclectic menu and daily specials. The truck’s website (www.ghrestaurantgroup.com) describes the menu as modern American with a seasonal menu, and items like gourmet wings, sandwiches and even ramen noodles. I’m eager to try this truck and see if the flavor matches up with the creativity. Follow the Crazy Pig on Facebook (facebook.com/ElCrazyPig) and Twitter (@The_Crazy_Pig) for its schedule.

The Smoke Wagon is a new truck from Fred’s Texas Cafe. It serves all the barbecue standards you would expect, using the Outlaw Chef line of sauces. Fred’s Smoke Wagon is usually posted up at Clearfork Food Park. Follow it on Facebook (facebook.com/thesmokewagon) for specifics.

What’s Da Scoop? is the newest truck from the group that brought Gandolfo’s New York Deli and The Butcher’s Son. This truck serves ice cream from Wisconsin and has already become a favorite of diners in the North Central U.S., many of whom have told me about the truck’s old-fashioned flavors. Even if ice cream isn’t your dessert of choice, it is worth tracking down this truck to see the giant artwork on top. Follow What’s Da Scoop on Facebook (facebook.com/WhatsDaScoop) and Twitter (@WhatsDaScoopTX) to find out where it will be.

Arriving soon

Several interesting trucks plan to make their debut within the next month.

Bobaddiction will be Dallas’ first boba tea and shaved-snow truck. The truck is owned by three friends who want to share Taiwanese specialties with North Texas. The fruit- and milk-flavored teas were a recent success at the Dallas International Festival, even without the truck. Bobaddiction will also be bringing the Taiwanese dessert of shaved snow to the streets. The truck owners have described this as a cross between shaved ice and frozen yogurt, topped with fresh fruit. Follow Bobaddiction on Facebook (facebook.com/Bobaddiction) and Twitter (@bobaddiction) to find out when it will launch.

Crackhead Pies fills a need I mentioned in an article on what is missing from the DFW Street Food Scene. (Read “DFW food truck scene: What it lacks” on DFW.com.) This truck will offer pies of all types, sweet and savory. One of the owners tells me the pies have been successful as a home-based business and they are ready to take it to the streets. I look forward to not only traditional pies like pecan and meringue, but also to chicken pot pie and jalapeño grits pie. Follow Crackhead Pies on Facebook (search “Crackhead Pies”) to find out its launch date, and in the meantime, check out www.crackheadpies.com to learn more about the pies.

The Food Station is owned by the charity group D.Cares and has a mission to serve children who do not have hot, nutritious meals at home. The truck will be out daily serving gourmet meals around Dallas, and in off hours will travel to low-income areas to serve complimentary meals. The Food Station’s owner has quite a bit of experience working on Dallas food trucks and is excited to see her mission come to life through this truck. Follow the truck on Twitter (@FoodStationDFW) or go to d-cares.org for more information about the organization.

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